News: AAAS 2010 Annual Meeting News
With your schedule for the rest of 2010 already filling up, it’s not too early to mark the dates 17-21 February 2011 on your calendar. That’s when thousands of the world’s most influential scientists, science educators, and journalists will gather in Washington D.C. for the AAAS Annual Meeting.
The theme of the meeting—“Science Without Borders,”—is a natural for our time. Think of the world’s most pressing issues—in health, energy and climate, security, and education. All of them have a significant science component. All are international.
The increasing complexity of these challenges calls for innovative problem-solving, AAAS President Alice S. Huang says in her invitation to the meeting. Many of these problems require an approach across several disciplines and areas of technical expertise. We need to tap the full potential of a diverse workforce, and bring that diversity of experience to bear on the problems that confront us. We need to work together to build knowledge.
When the 177th AAAS Annual Meeting convenes in Washington, “sessions will feature strong scientific content to illustrate the interface of different disciplines or will exemplify a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving,” Huang said.
You can learn more about the meeting now, but be sure to check back to learn more as the program comes together. Registration opens 10 August.
See you in February!
[Alice S. Huang, a distinguished virologist now at the California Institute of Technology, took office as president of AAAS on 22 February 2010. AAAS Senior Writer Edward W. Lempinen recently interviewed her by phone.]
Speaking Friday morning during a symposium at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego, a panel of scientists who have worked with filmmakers along with writers from the NBC superhero drama Heroes said that portraying science correctly-- at least partly--can be as important as other production values.
Researchers have developed a new technique for tracking cancer by
identifying personalized biomarkers from tumor DNA.
during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego, the findings show that
next-generation sequencing technology is poised
become an important tool in the new era of personalized management of
The results will be published in the 24
February 2010 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine, published
"There is currently no test for cancer patients that provides personalized biomarkers for clinical management of disease, and we feel that this is an important step in bringing new genome sequencing technologies to personalized patient care," said senior author Victor Velculescu, associate professor of oncology and Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Program at Johns Hopkins.
The Nobel laureate praised the European Union's efforts to build a "knowledge-based society," encouraging the United States to follow their lead. "Nations that fund science are investing in the future," he said, "while those who cut science spending are just hoping for the best."
In response to questions from journalists, Agre said recent news about errors in climate change reports "has caused significant damage" to the science community at large. But he urged researchers to "stay with their game plan, and do science the best we can" while communicating the difficulties involved in climate studies.
Promising a "laid-back" speech to fit the Southern California setting, Agre said his presidential address tonight will include stories from his work as a "cheerleader" for research on malaria and other disease of the developing world.