Friday, January 15, 2010

Science is Everywhere in San Diego, 18-22 February

Scientists, engineers, educators and policy makers from all over the globe will gather in San Diego, California from February 18-22 to discuss “Bridging Science and Society.” The interdisciplinary AAAS Annual Meeting will draw participants from more than 50 countries; speakers alone will represent 99 of the world’s top 200 colleges and universities.

During the meeting, attendees will celebrate 25 years of science education reform through AAAS’s Project 2061; 50 years of accomplishment in academic research by the University of California, San Diego; 60 years of scientific support from the U.S. National Science Foundation; and 350 years of achievement by The Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy.

AAAS President Peter C. Agre, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and leader of the recent U.S. science diplomacy delegations to Cuba and North Korea, will open the meeting with the annual President’s Address. Plenary speakers include physicist Barry C. Barish; Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine Carol W. Greider; President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology co-chair Eric S. Lander; and U.S. Geological Survey director Marcia McNutt. A topical lecture series includes language and neuroscience expert Karen Emmorey, sustainability specialist; Robert T. Fraley, cellular and molecular medicine; professor Lawrence S. B. Goldstein; Nobel Prize winning economist James J. Heckman; U.S. Under Secretary for Energy Kristina M. Johnson; earth sciences specialist Thomas Hillman Jordan; marine scientist Stephen Palumbi; safe water expert Kellogg Schwab; infectious disease specialist Steffanie Strathdee; and high school biology teacher Jay Vavra.

In addition to 147 symposia across 13 tracks and day-long seminars of nine sessions in three tracks, a special session will present the 2010 Forum for Sustainability Science Programs.

Two special events are free and open to the public. Career development workshops cover all degree levels and career stages. Family Science Days, held on Saturday and Sunday, feature the Meet the Scientist Series.

The 2010 Annual Meeting underscores the importance of bridging the gap between science and society, calling on scientists to make their work understandable as well as beneficial, while also calling on people everywhere to rediscover the promise that research findings offer. The message will be heard well beyond San Diego, as hundreds of media outlets bring extensive news coverage to all continents.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Perla via email or at (202) 326-6450

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