Science imposes the discipline of having to find the best ideas among varied teams of people. This gives scientists and engineers the opportunity to be at the forefront of change. For diversity to be effective, the working environment must be right. For an individual, it takes conscious effort to overcome unconscious biases. For an organization like AAAS, it takes processes, procedures and a culture of acceptance. In this video, Shirley M. Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS, discusses AAAS and its history as a pioneer in cultural change. »
A woman places a colorful hatbox on a table and puts on rubber gloves. She carefully reaches inside and removes an unexpected object that she calls the “most magnificent structure on this earth—a human brain. »
The humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq includes concerns about the region's cultural heritage. With over 250,000 dead and millions displaced, all aspects of daily life have been upended. Destruction of the region’s historical sites has prompted an outpouring of international concern. Cultural heritage sites are a critical component of the physical manifestation of cultural identity. Despite many humanitarian interventions, there have been fewer efforts to protect the heritage inside both countries. »
In the Fagan Lab at the University of Maryland, mathematics and computational techniques—along with field research—are being used to understand questions about plant and animal populations and how they interact with one another. It's an effort to address matters in ecology and conservation biology.
Biologist and AAAS Fellow Bill Fagan leads the lab. His team of researchers have several projects focusing on how animal populations move and spread across a landscape. A wide variety of species are studied, ranging from Mongolian gazelles to tiny weevils. In this video, Fagan and three of his team introduce us to their work. »
An overwhelming majority of felony incarcerations involve substance abuse, costing states and the federal government tens of billions of dollars. What is the correlation between drug addiction and crime, what are leading scientists working on to address this problem, and are there policy solutions to remediate this issue?
A recent AAAS-Dana Foundation briefing on Capitol Hill, featuring two leading experts in the field, discussed the nexus of drug addiction and incarceration. »
Marijuana has been making headlines as state governments—as well as the District of Columbia—grapple with making the best policies to regulate use of the drug. But what about marijuana’s effect on the brain? To get a better understanding of the current research, AAAS, with support of the Dana Foundation, recently hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill for lawmakers to learn about the brain on marijuana and marijuana as medicine from top experts in the field. »
This Capitol Hill briefing, hosted by AAAS and featuring Matt Hourihan, director of AAAS's R&D Budget and Policy Program, discusses federal investments in scientific research and development in the FY 2016 budget. Hourihan highlights new funding priorities for FY 2016 as well as funding at the NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA, and USDA. »
When humans eventually explore Mars, they will need specialized equipment to conduct research—suits that supply ample oxygen and allow astronauts to move with agility, rovers for long-distance travel, and a home base equipped to house humans for 36 months at a time. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and co-founder of the Mars Institute, who is testing prototye equipment that someday could be used to explore Mars. At the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Lee showed attendees NASA-protypes of Mars space suits and RVs. »
If there is a lack of diversity in STEM in the U.S., you wouldn’t know it here. The recent 2015 Emerging Researchers Network Conference in STEM (ERN) in Washington, D.C., was a beehive of activity as more than 750 students from across the nation gathered to present research, hear speakers, do workshops and network. »