News & Notes

News & Notes

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  • When a panel of influential scientists visited Capitol Hill this month to talk about climate change, they offered none of the barbed words or emotional confrontation that have been the lingua franca of recent political discourse. The impact of warming. Muir and Riggs glaciers in southeastern Alaska...
  • The AAAS Board of Directors has approved a dues increase for 2011. The Board authorizes increases to cover two kinds of expenses: unavoidable costs associated with running AAAS and publishing Science , and new expenses that add value to membership. Postage and paper increases and improving online...
  • AAAS members may suggest nominees (including themselves) for president-elect and the board of directors for the 2012 elections. For a list of this year’s candidates, see AAAS News & Notes in the 28 October 2011 issue of Science; for a list of current board members go to www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/...
  • With medical researchers making dramatic new advances, Margaret Hamburg is leading the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in developing a robust field of regulatory science to help bring new drugs and therapies more quickly to patients. In an address at the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology...
  • The following candidates have been added to the ballot for the 2011 election of AAAS officers. Members registered in more than one section will receive ballots for elections for each section they are enrolled in. The 2011 AAAS election of general and section officers will be held in December and...
  • A corps of promising young teachers got expert insight on the drive for the next generation of mathematics and science standards during the annual meeting of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. In June, a consortium of education and mathematics experts released new standards for K-12...
  • Thanks to decades of very successful agricultural science, few Americans ever worry about tomorrow’s food, fuel, and fiber. But the world likely will need to double food production by 2050 to meet rising food demand, and past investments alone won’t be enough to meet that goal, said experts...
  • Drastic cuts to R&D spending would undermine the United States’ international competitiveness and long-term economic strength, science leaders warned the congressional deficit supercommittee. In a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, AAAS and nearly 70 science and...
  • Learning about chemical reactions is essential for advanced chemistry studies and, increasingly, to understand the chemistry of life itself. But test scores and other evidence show that many U.S. middle and high school students struggle to understand even basic chemical reactions such as oxidation...
  • The need for effective science communicators is clear as science-based issues such as climate change, stem cell research, synthetic biology, neuroscience, and evolution become social and political flashpoints. Yet, traditional reward systems such as tenure and grants typically have not recognized...