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  • Linda Roberts is a visiting scholar, AAAS Education and Human Resources. Linda Roberts remembers well how, as a student, she struggled with geometry. Today’s interactive software makes it far easier to see and understand the concepts that challenged her, and although students today may now take...
  • Doctors are already using genetic data to customize patients’ treatments, but they could soon be overwhelmed by logistical and legal issues arising from inexpensive genome screening, experts said at a colloquium cosponsored by AAAS. Within the next two years, people will be able to get their entire...
  • A few weeks after Haiti’s devastating January earthquake, Allegra da Silva was on the streets of Port-au-Prince, interviewing people about latrines. Jay Graham was helping assess water and sanitation needs in the camps of the newly homeless. Adam Reinhart was planning for the day when Haitian...
  • SAN DIEGO—Public engagement is perennially a top issue for the global science and engineering community, but with political attacks against climate science escalating and polls reflecting a decline in public confidence, the issue has grown more critical. At the recent AAAS Annual Meeting, science...
  • Hundreds of children and students found that the South Lawn of the White House was a great place to do research, as they studied seeds and the growth and development of lima beans at an AAAS—Science exhibit on the science of spring. South Lawn scientists. Gabriel Caprio, 4, sorts seeds at the 2010...
  • With climate change science under political attack in the United States and little global consensus on how to move forward, an eminent climate policy expert urged that scientists and policy leaders embrace the persuasive power of uncertainty. Mohamed El-Ashry and Vicki Seyfert-Margolis. Credits: (...
  • The 2011 AAAS election of general and section officers will be held in November and December. All members will receive a ballot for election of the president-elect, members of the Board of Directors, and members of the Committee on Nominations. Members registered in more than one section will...
  • Research institutions should take the lead in securing their labs against biological threats, but they would benefit from biosecurity guidelines coordinated across federal agencies, says a new report from AAAS. Copy of Competing Responsibilities?: Addressing the Security Risks of Biological...
  • Haiti and the international community should work together to advance Haiti’s science sector, building on the nation’s existing science capacity to support earthquake recovery and long-term, sustainable development, says a new report from AAAS. Science for Haiti was delivered to Haitian leaders in...
  • A six-member delegation led by Nobel laureate Peter Agre, chairman of the AAAS Board of Directors, made a rare visit to Myanmar for high-level discussions on forestry, health, and other science-related issues with science and academic leaders in Naypyitaw and Yangon. A hopeful visit. AAAS Board...