News: AAAS 2012 Annual Meeting News
“Not only are women on the wrong side of the digital divide in general, they’re also on the wrong side of the knowledge divide,” said Sophie Huyer, executive director of WIGSAT, a non-profit international consulting group. “As the world moves more and more to a knowledge society, women stand a chance of being increasingly disadvantaged.”
"Coral reef biologists were the first ones to sit up and say, 'The change in the ocean pH and how it changes the chemistry could really alter the way things make their calcium carbonate hard parts,'" Hofmann explained in an interview before her presentation at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver. "One of the most important ones from and ecosystem perspective are stoney corals that build the reefs that we all love in tropical environments."
Illuminating the Obesity Epidemic with Mathematics, symposium. VCC West Room 205-207.
See the full Monday schedule online or on page 21 of the program book.
The speakers came with different areas of expertise, their arguments were provocative, and they faced tough questions. But all agreed on the need for clear, accurate information, especially in times of emergency or social stress. That, they said, could reduce public apprehension and opposition to important new technologies and create a stronger foundation for public policy.
In a symposium Sunday at the AAAS Annual Meeting, Fels and other scholars described the evolution of a new era in sign, gesture, and interactive communication. But to really understand the glove, and the strangely beautiful sounds it can make, you have watch, and listen.
Instead, the University of Minnesota professor talks about how he uses superheroes to engage students. At the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Kakalios spoke at a symposium entitled "Using Pop-Culture Icons To Slip Science into the Mainstream."
The symposium also featured Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University discussing the physics of Star Trek and E. Paul Zehr of the University of Victoria in British Columbia exploring whether Batman and Iron Man are instructive on the field of neuroscience.
Science offers volumes of data to demonstrate that the Earth is warming, but huge sectors of the American public simply don't believe it. It’s a disconnect that many scientists find baffling and troubling--and their efforts to bridge the gap over the last decade have largely fallen short.
But Saturday night, in a passionate, humorous, and highly animated 90-minute multimedia event at the AAAS Annual Meeting, a panel of renowned science communicators debated ways to break through public apathy and misinformation on climate.Held before a packed ballroom of more than 1400 participants and webcast live worldwide, the event was billed as a way for scientists to explore new ways of getting their messages out to the public. If science isn’t enough to convince people that warming is a real “planetary emergency,” the panelists asked, what can researchers try next?
Family Science Days and Meet the Scientists. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., VCC West, Exhibit Hall A-B1.
Revealing the Universe seminar, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.VCC West Room 109.
"Science Is Not Enough" Plenary Panel, with James Hansen, Olivia Judson, Hans Rosling, and Frank Sesno. 5:00-6:30 p.m., VCC West, Ballroom C.
Books on vanishing frogs, secretive seabirds, and the fascinating
history of feathers were among the winners of the 2012 AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Film (SB&F)
Prize for Excellence in Science Books. The annual award, established in
2005, recognizes books for young readers that encourage an
understanding and appreciation of science.
This year’s winners feature compelling mysteries and exquisite artwork, and for the first time include a book written and illustrated by the same person.The 2012 finalists and winners were selected by a group of judges made up of librarians, scientists, and science literacy experts. The judges selected 12 finalists out of 178 books up for consideration. Winners will receive $1500 and a plaque recognizing their achievement at a ceremony Saturday 18 February in Vancouver.
"The Power of Ideas" Plenary Lecture, by Mike Lazaridis, vice-chair, RIM Board of Directors; founder and board chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. 5:00-6:00 p.m., VCC West Building, Ballroom C.
Scientists and students attending the AAAS Annual Meeting
can sharpen their job skills at 15 career workshops, covering topics from
workplace negotiations to public communication. The sessions are free to
all meeting participants and designed for all degree levels and career stages.
The workshops include practical advice on using technology to search for a new job, negotiating a better workload or a better salary, and learning how to network effectively. Several sessions focus on science communication, with tips on how to engage the public and convince "decision-makers" from corporate and academic leaders to government officials.
Others feature hands-on, interactive training--like the bingo game that teaches participants how to avoid presentation pitfalls.
The awards, administered by AAAS since their inception in 1945, go to
professional journalists for distinguished reporting for a general
audience. The Kavli Foundation provided a generous endowment in 2009
that ensures the future of the awards program. Independent panels of science journalists pick the winners, who will be honored at a ceremony Friday night at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Five Chinese newspaper and magazine reporters will attend the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver under the 2012 AAAS-EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters.
The fellowships are intended to help support excellence in science communication worldwide by providing science reporters with the opportunity to cover the latest research and to network with peers from around the world.The recipients of the 2012 fellowships are:
Yingqi Cheng, China Daily;
Yongming Huang, Southern Weekly;
Shanshan Li, Southern People Weekly;
Shaoting Ji, Xinhua News Agency; and
Yan Yan, Science Times Media Group.
"Globally, our support for basic science and international collaborations must not waver," Toope and Leshner conclude. "If we are to combat emerging diseases and climate change, and provide food and clean drinking water for a growing global population, we must effectively tap the powerful, combined talents of scientists and engineers worldwide."
It is a question that frames the 21st century scientific enterprise:
As the world population moves toward 9 billion, will it be possible to
provide food, water, and energy for everyone without dangerously
depleting natural resources and damaging the environment?
These challenges will be the focus of the 178th AAAS Annual Meeting, convening 16-20 February in Vancouver, British Columbia. The meeting will feature thousands of top scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers, and science journalists from some 50 nations and a full spectrum of disciplines. More than 170 plenary addresses, lectures, seminars, and symposia—plus more than two dozen briefings and interview sessions for reporters—are scheduled under the theme “Flattening the World: Building a Global Knowledge Society.”
“The theme... is intended to focus the program on the complex, interconnected challenges of the 21st century and on pathways to global solutions through international, multidisciplinary efforts,” AAAS President Nina V. Fedoroff said in her letter of invitation.