Determining if a fire is accidental or due to arson is a process often plagued by poorly understood science, subjective judgments on the part of investigators and inadequately trained personnel, according to a new AAAS report on the quality of fire investigation in the United States.
Earth does not have environmental problems—rather, psychologists argue that the environmental crises we currently face are the result of unsustainable human behavior. This paper reviews psychology research about why our responses to environmental crises have been inadequate. Why might some people believe climate change is real while others do not? The article discusses why understanding ecology is critical and notes specific types of behaviors that can inspire the change that is needed to create a livable planet. The review ends with a description of conservation psychology topics that need further research.
As the need for science in policymaking grows along with the complexity of challenges facing society, AAAS is issuing a report providing a panoramic view of programs that physically place scientists and engineers in the policy environment — mapping what works best to develop the personal relationships, trust and productive dialogue needed to bridge two very different worlds.
Important forces bring science and government together. Congress makes decisions that directly affect researchers through the allocation of funding and guidelines for its use. Meanwhile, science and engineering contribute to understanding a host of policy issues at the forefront of congressional debate ranging from perennial topics such as national security and climate change, to emerging issues such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology.
In this era of global competitiveness, it is clear that America’s 21st-century workforce—students in classrooms today—will be critical to ensuring that the United States remains a world leader in the years ahead. It is similarly clear that the pervasiveness of technology in our society demands that our students receive a sound education in Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM including Computer Science) knowledge and skills.
This one-hour course, hosted by Dr. Marga Gual Soler and Dr. Tom Wang of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, is the first ever online course fully dedicated to science diplomacy. It includes the basic definitions and frameworks of science diplomacy, its evolution in history, and several case studies with interviews with top practitioners in the field. Join us and learn all about the connections between science and diplomacy throughout the ages.
The linked dashboard can be used to follow science and technology appropriations for FY 2018. Click on individual tabs to see how different agencies are faring throughout the funding debate, and mouse over for more detail. Currently, only data from the Trump Administration's budget request is displayed; data from Congressional spending bills will be added and updated once Congress begins to take up spending legislation this summer.
From Research to Reward is a new series from the National Academy of Sciences that demonstrates how advances in our understanding of natural processes often lead to surprising and remarkable benefits for society. These articles and videos tell true stories of the men and women who creatively apply new scientific research and stimulate further innovation in order to solve problems around the world.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science was among the early partners of the March for Science that eventually drew the support of some 270 organizations. On April 22, the march brought together tens of thousands of science enthusiasts in Washington, D.C. and more than 600 other satellite locations across the globe to hear from scientific leaders, to participate in educational sessions and to champion the ongoing advances science delivers society.
Watch all the #AAASLive chats. Topics include Messaging for the March, Engaging Congress, Understanding the Science Policy Landscape, What the President's Budget Request Means for Science, Communicating Science and a Q/A with AAAS CEO Rush Holt.
This course introduces several options for engaging in policy and explains how to pursue those options to affect change. The instructor discusses the importance for scientists to be engaged in the policymaking process and various levels of possible engagement, from what can be done in an hour to what can be done in a year or more. Engaging in Science Policy highlights several key venues and aspects of policy engagement with AAAS specialist interviews covering topics including: policy fellowships, communicating science, working with Congress and understanding the federal budget.
These resources will help kids explore the ways in which science can impact their daily lives from when they wake up in the morning to when they go to bed. In the process, students will come to understand that science is all around them.
Visit the Science in My Life initiative to learn more and and to encourage kids be a force for science.
Nearly 10% of the National Institutes of Health's research grants directly generate a patent and more than 30% generate research papers that are then cited by patents, a new study reveals. The results , published in the 31 March issue of Science, emphasize the critical service provided by research funded by the NIH, an institution facing a cut of nearly 20% under a discretionary budget proposed by the Trump administration.