Member Spotlight

Some things are easy to ridicule at first.

Who would ask taxpayers for money to spend on massaging rats? Or peering into the sex lives of bugs? Or how mussels stick to rocks?

Amy Sheck teaches and is head of the Science Department at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), which was founded in 1980 as the nation’s first public residential science and math high school.

Joyce Longcore’s unorthodox career as a mycologist peaked in a stunning burst of achievement in 1997, which later resulted in a Golden Goose Award.

Every day, all across the globe, scientists make important contributions to the world through their work, whether by conducting research on a microscopic level to find cures for diseases, reaching out into the immeasurable vastness of space to investigate planets and stars, finding ways to combat

Each month, we highlight a AAAS member who is a force for science. To find out how you can be a force for science, visit

While statistics may appear to be all about numbers, without the proper words to start with, the numbers may not lead to the proper conclusions.

Judith Tanur has been working on getting the words and the numbers right for decades.

Hudson Freeze’s path to glycobiology was a slimy one.

Iris Wagstaff spent 15 years as an analytical research chemist. Now she’s trying to lead others into promising STEM careers.

As a young man, facing life after suffering a spinal cord injury in a bicycling accident in 1980, AAAS Fellow and AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Rory Cooper wanted three things — to become an engineer, to b

Chery Whipple has taught at many levels, including elementary, middle school, high school, and college. Currently she teaches molecular genetics, biology, microbiology, laboratory techniques, and anatomy and physiology at Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.