While people are the cause of plastic marine pollution, they can also be the solution. The Ocean Plastics Lab is an international outdoor travelling exhibition, showcasing the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. After Paris, Turin and Brussels, the Ocean Plastics Lab opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from June 4 through 17. Admission is free. Visitors of all ages are invited to enter four shipping containers to gain an insight into current international research on marine pollution, and are encouraged to engage on scientific work in progress around the world. The exhibit brings attention to the global problem of ocean plastic pollution and highlights science-based solution
Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam. Immediately following the lecture, Dr. Van Eenennaam will join a panel discussion with noted leaders from the international research community, agribusiness, and other stakeholders including Dr. Jay Akridge and Dr. Rattan Lal. The discussion will be led by Lowell W. Randel.
The Pacific Division of AAAS is pleased to announce its 99th annual meeting, to be held on the campus of the California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona), Pomona, California, 11 – 15 June 2018. Membership in AAAS or its affiliated societies is not required to participate in or present research at the meeting.
Join forces with over 500 industry professionals when you attend the AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy. This is your opportunity to engage with the nation’s top S&T policy experts, strengthen existing relationships, and create new ones. The Forum is the major public meeting in the U.S. on S&T policy issues. It provides dedicated networking time with top policymakers and the chance to connect and learn from the innovative ideas at work. The Forum brings together the science and policy communities to exchange ideas and discuss the future of science and technology.
Register for this exciting event and contribute to valuable peer exchanges that will make a difference in science and technology policy.
Oregon State University, Oregon Department of Aviation, and Oregon Department of Education are partnering to offer a 3-day training on using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the classroom. This training is designed for educators who are currently using drones or who are interested in learning more about how to incorporate drones into the classroom.
The drone training will be held onsite at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Learn from experts in the industry, including OSU faculty, on the current best practices and cutting edge uses in the field of drones.
The STEMM Equality Congress 2018 (www.stemmequality.com) will offer delegates an opportunity to hear from and interact with thought leaders in equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, policy and practice in STEMM worldwide.
All proceedings, presentations and posters from the congress are published online on both the event website (view 2017 presentations here) and via the IngentaConnect library and are completely open access. All presentations are deposited in Portico and published under a Creative Commons licence to give delegates a valuable resource to utilise following the congress.
The 2017 Congress was attended by over 220 delegates from 31 countries across 5 continents.
Building on some of the key themes and issues presented during the 2017 congress, 2018 will focus on inter-sectionality, sharing success stories from around the world, practical measures that are working for other organisations, local challenges that organisations are facing, the tools they are using to address these challenges and how these tools can be applied in other countries and regions. in 2018 special attention will be given to presentations from emerging countries and the latest themes.
(Webinar) Making Sense of Refugee Support: Using Narratives to Evaluate a Program to Protect and Integrate Refugees in Ecuador
Join the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition for a one-hour webinar with Maria Veronica Gottret, Nicole Kast and David Leege of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Their presentation will focus on their use of SenseMaker™ in evaluating a refugee support project aimed at filling critical gaps in the humanitarian response and integration of Colombian and Venezuelan refugees in Ecuador, as well as assisting vulnerable Ecuadorians.
With the ubiquity of data and its use for research and education, an increasing number of questions are emerging around the ethical considerations of analyzing personal data. Federal and state agencies are having discussions centered around fairness, accountability, and transparency. From a consumer perspective, companies are considering how customer data can be monetized, while consumers are fighting for their privacy and many others are unaware of the implications of sharing their data. Privacy for single-source datasets, particularly those with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) has been explored through policies such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).
What makes a good science news story? How do science reporters choose stories to write about? How can scientists work with reporters when they have a newsworthy story? In this webinar, AGU’s Sharing Science program along with reporters Carolyn Gramling of Science News and Ben Guarino of The Washington Post will demystify what reporters are looking for in a news story and how science makes it from a research paper to the front page.
Please join us for the release of the new National Academies report, The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree, which analyzes the benefits of undergraduate and graduate experiences that effectively integrate STEM, Arts, and Humanities. The report is the culmination of a two-year study that examined the evidence behind the assertion that more integrated educational experiences can better prepare graduates for life and work.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Hitachi Ltd. are pleased to invite you to the 2018 Annual AAAS-Hitachi Lecture on Science and Society
AAAS cordially invites you to the May 2018 AAAS Colloquium:
Some commentators fear that we are in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution where artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, and robots are replacing workers at staggering rates. Others worry about AI-fueled intelligent machines overpowering human control. In this session, Rob Atkinson explores these impacts and concerns and the implications for education. He concludes that instead of fretting about tech killing jobs, we should be worrying about how to boost record-low productivity growth—the only sustainable way to increase living standards.
NHGRI will host its annual National DNA Day Speaker with special guest speaker Olivier Noel, M.D., Ph.D., DNAsimple CEO and recent contestant on ABC’s Shark Tank.
Dr. Noel’s discussion topic is entrepreneurship and startups in science. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium (Bldg. 38A). Light refreshments will be provided after talk and Q&A.
Getting onto NIH's Campus can be a little tricky, please bring a government-issued Photo ID, and see the NIH Visitor Information Website for details.
To Register, Please go to our Eventbrite page.
Media are powerful agents of communication, enabling the rapid dissemination of news and information – but they can also spread misinformation. This public program will address the role of media and news in spreading misinformation about science, which can affect the public’s attitudes and behaviors about topics such as climate change and the environment, health and medicine, and more.
We hope you’re getting excited for the 2018 March for Science! The 2018 March for Science on April 14 is a worldwide movement that draws attention to the importance of science in exploring and explaining our world, enhancing our daily lives, and improving policymaking.
Call the Hotline! AAAS Offers New Service, Real-Time Science and Technical Support for Human Rights
Are you a human rights professional whose work could benefit from scientific or technical support?
Are you a scientist, engineer, or health professional interested in learning more about how you can volunteer your time and expertise to support human rights projects?
Join us for a webinar on Thursday, March 22, 2018, noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern, to learn about the new On-call Scientists Hotline. In addition to an overview of the On-call Scientists volunteer service and how its new Hotline works, Hotline members will share examples of the successful impacts of science applied in the service of human rights. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar: Register Now!
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films.
Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist? Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in the media and used in policy? Have you wondered just what they’re teaching about science these days? Join us at our annual conference and find out!
Until 2017, the number of registered lobbyists had dropped for each of the past 10 years. From a record 14,827 lobbyists in 2007, to a 20-year low of 11,169 in 2016, there’s now some indication that this trend is starting to reverse.
But the rise in “education and advocacy” is accounting for some of the decline in what’s occasionally referred to as the world’s second oldest profession.
So what’s the difference between advocacy and lobbying, where are the grey areas, and why should you care? Find out in our next webinar, where we'll cover how these two key aspects of government relations differ — and where there's overlap.
At NIH, Dr. Lauer has been instrumental in formulating the NIH's new policy on human subjects research, which reportedly requires that all such studies be registered as a clinical trial. This policy is controversial as many believe that it creates an undue burden for those who conduct basic, non-translational research on human subjects. Dr. Lauer has promised to take lots of questions and will be receptive to discussions about this and any other topic that may be of interest. Please mark your calendars to attend what promises to be an interesting and lively conversation.
A growing number of STEM educators are finding that integrating human rights into their teaching sparks their students’ interest in applying research theories and methods, engages them in research on issues of relevance to their community or society more broadly, and gives practical context to scholarly debates around ethical responsibilities, and the roles of stakeholders. Can a broader adoption of these experimental approaches improve STEM education, including learning outcomes, retention, and diversity? What resources can be drawn from the human rights education movement’s practices and pedagogies? What are the opportunities for collaboration across disciplines to strengthen these efforts? Meeting participants will learn from case examples and contribute to discussions aimed at identifying key challenges, considering potential models for integrating human rights into STEM education, and articulating needs and opportunities for mentoring and other types of support. Register here.
Coalition meetings convene scientists, engineers, and health professionals with human rights leaders and policy makers to discuss emerging issues at the nexus of science and human rights. The Coalition serves as a catalyst for the increased involvement of scientific, engineering, and health associations and their members in human rights-related activities.
Please join us to learn about how citizen science is revolutionizing the way we turn data into discovery with the Zooniverse Project Builder. The talk will be followed by an optional demo for anyone who wants to try their hand at project building. Please see the first comment for a more detailed description.
Bring a laptop if you want to explore Zooniverse’s project builder afterwards.
Snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring a dinner to eat during the presentation.
Bill Bonvillian, a leading expert in US innovation policy with extensive experience on the Senate staff and at MIT, will discuss the future of US manufacturing and how innovation policies must evolve to reinvigorate this key sector of the economy. He will discuss key points from his new book, Advanced Manufacturing – The New American Innovation Policies, co-authored with Peter L. Singer. His talk will cover the context of the decline in American manufacturing and the social disruption it led to, including the difficulty of bringing innovation into a complex, established “legacy” economic sector like manufacturing.
I'm a former Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House now working with scientists to strengthen congressional advocacy abilities.
At a lunch event on January 16th, I'm presenting findings of my recent research on scientists' attitudes about advocating in Congress.
Over a million citizen scientists in the U.S. volunteer to assist in research, such as through collecting environmental samples, compiling and analyzing data, reporting medical symptoms, and making other observations that help professional scientists make major advancements. At the January AAAS Colloquium, we will explore the role citizen scientists play in advancing scientific discoveries.
In "I'm an undocumented scientist fighting for my Dream," a AAAS Facebook live broadcast, Evelyn Valdez-ward discusses her experience as a scientist in the United States with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. She'll talk more in depth about her experiences and those of others in her position with Chloe McPherson of AAAS and Lizbet Boroughs, the Associate Vice President for Federal Relations at the Association of American Universities (AAU).
We hope you'll join us for that conversation and for the Q&A to follow. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments section of the Facebook post.
Leading scholars and practitioners will examine strategies being used to promote rights and dignity in situations of displacement and identify challenges that scientists, engineers, and health professionals can help to address.
Agenda (pdf) here
Climate intervention…fracking… vaccines…human genome editing…artificial intelligence… with so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public have resulted in a growing area of research—the science of science communication. The National Academy of Sciences is hosting its third Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on this topic to advance a national dialogue.
Chris Rothfuss, Senate Minority Leader at Wyoming State Legislature, Debra Cooper, Principal Consultant for the California State Senate, and Melanie Roberts, consultant for the Washington State Legislature will discuss experiences working from the inside and outside of the State Legislature to support evidence-informed state policy. They will share tips about how to engage in state policy and thought on pursing a career in state policy.
Registration for the 2017 AAAS Leadership Seminar in Science & Technology Policy is now open. The Leadership Seminar is a “crash course" in science and technology (S&T) policy that spans over 4 ½ days, designed for those who need or want to know how S&T policy works.
REGISTER BY OCTOBER 15, 2017