News: AAAS 2008 Annual Meeting News Blog
Second Day Opens With Oceans, NPR Science Friday Broadcasts Live
Covering over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and threatened by pollution and climate change, oceans will be the big topic when the second day of the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting opens.
At 8:30, the first session of the Managing Threats to Marine Ecosystems seminar series will have the first-ever global atlas of human effects on the world’s oceans. Released yesterday at a press briefing, it shows areas most affected by humans as well as those that remain untouched. In addition, there are morning symposia on deep-sea corals and ocean acidification.
Additional symposia today, which run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., include sessions on cloned foods, satellites and sustainability, biofuels, AIDS/HIV, Arctic and Antarctic science, poverty’s effect on brain development, and exploring Mars.
Also today, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation will launch a new website to help researchers communicate their research broadly.
From 2:00 to 4:00, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday will be broadcasting live in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Sheraton Boston.
Other afternoon events tomorrow include a topical lecture by NASA’s Charles Elachi and Harvard’s Curtis McMullen, an EntryPoint! luncheon and panel discussion for science with disabilities, a Science Careers fair and workshop, a Science and Human Rights reception, and a AAAS/Science Careers Facebook Meet.
In the evening, Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Center will deliver a plenary lecture and AAAS will hand out its 2007 Science Journalism Awards at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.