Videos

  • May 24, 2016

    Leadership skills are often honed in the crucible of crisis, for issues ranging from a budget meltdown to a natural disaster. Science Editor-in-Chief and president-elect, National Academy of Sciences, Marcia McNutt is no stranger to crisis management—during her years helming the USGS, she was known as the "master of disaster."

    In this AAAS Colloquium Talk, she gives examples of lessons she has gained from her career of fighting oil spills, responding to earthquakes, reinventing institutions, and even combating scientific misconduct. »

  • April 28, 2016

    AAAS Fellow Lucy McFadden is a senior scientist in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center working on robotic space missions related to the study of asteroids. She is the co-investigator on NASA’s Dawn Mission which seeks to learn more about the history of our solar system by exploring objects thought to have formed early on. Dawn's probe is focusing on two large objects in the asteroid belt, a band of rocks located roughly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. »

  • March 31, 2016

    These thought-provoking talks were apart of AAAS's 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. They cover a range of topics, career development, education, science policy and more. »

  • March 29, 2016

    Last September, the United Nations member countries approved 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as their 2030 Agenda for guiding the world over the next 15 years. In January, AAAS Fellow E. »

  • March 3, 2016

    In his keynote speech to the 2005 AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy, President George W. Bush’s science advisor, John Marburger, called for the creation of "a new interdisciplinary field of quantitative science policy studies." These science policy studies were needed, he declared, "to provide a basis for understanding the enormously complex dynamic of today’s global, technology-based society."
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  • February 24, 2016

    Each year, AAAS honors individuals who, during their careers, demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. One of those individuals is Saundra Yancy McGuire, recipient of the 2015 AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement. McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. »

  • January 22, 2016

    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. »

  • January 11, 2016

    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. »

  • December 28, 2015

    It started back in 2006. Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies across North America were abandoning their hives en masse, in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The scientific community mobilized to study these mysterious die-offs and find the culprit. May Berenbaum is professor and head of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is one of the world’s preeminent entomologists. She's taken part in numerous CCD studies in the past nine years. In this video, she discusses what the scientific community has learned about the loss of honey bees and the many potential causes for their disappearance. »

  • December 1, 2015

    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. »