• October 19, 2015

    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. »

  • July 17, 2015

    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. »

  • June 8, 2015

    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.  »

  • March 25, 2015

    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. »

  • March 19, 2015

    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. »

  • March 18, 2015

    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. »

  • March 16, 2015

    Do you know the three C's of crafting a manuscript? According to Raeka Aiyar, communications and engagement manager at Genetics Society of America, they are: centralize, conceptualize and criticize. While getting her Ph.D. in genetics, Aiyar, helped many scientists in her lab prepare manuscripts for publication. Subsequently, she was hired by the lab to continue in this role, where she developed an excellent set of do's and don'ts aimed at increasing a researcher’s odds of getting published. »

  • March 10, 2015

    University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios grew up reading comic books. He was a fan of The Flash, Spiderman and The Fantastic Four, among others. In 2001, he taught a freshman seminar that focused on the physics of superheroes as a way to motivate students. The course was wildly popular and lead to his authoring two books on the subject, The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics»

  • March 10, 2015

    Shane Bergin is a physics professor at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He wanted to expose the average Dubliner to physics in a playful, non-intimidating way, so he and his students came up with a billboard campaign for DART, the city's mass-transit system, which promped commuters to ponder intriguing questions about physical phenomena. For this effort, Bergin was awarded the 2014 AAAS Early Career Award–outreach/public engagement, which honors a researcher for engaging the public in science through innovative methods that bring science into the daily lives of a local community. »

  • March 3, 2015

    Forty years ago, two computer engineers at UCLA—Vinton 'Vint' Cerf and Robert 'Bob' Kahn—created a common communication protocol that would allow data to flow from computer to computer across the Internet. Known as TCP/IP, it earned them the A.M. Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science, as well as the moniker "fathers of the Internet."  »