Member Spotlight

AAAS member David Morrison has been trying to battle doomsday fears for years. He spoke with AAAS MemberCentral about what it is like talking to the public about such terrifying, but untrue, myths.

AAAS member Mike Roam is teaching his students to "dream about the future." Roam's students learn soft circuits, build space colonies and play Flight Control on iPads, activities that serve to seed interest in computer programming.

AAAS member Emily Redman is currently a Ph.D. candidate researching the history of mathematics education reform. This dog owner shares why her favorite food is a sandwich with cream cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and spinach.

AAAS member Mike Kelly an aerospace engineer working for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC). He shares his passion for archeoastronomy and how at the age of nine he was inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing to become an engineer.

AAAS member Jeff Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University. The existence of a human evolutionary relative, like Sasquatch or Yeti, has been the focus of much of his research.

Wendy Baldwin is president of the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C. She has spent her life advancing family planning and studying population growth as a social demographer.

Nudibranch specialist and AAAS Member Hans Bertsch has spent his life in the water around Mexico's Baja California peninsula. He shares his favorite things about science and a lighthearted story about his granddaughter.

In 1979, AAAS member Amy Ong Tsui co-authored an article that projected the world's population would reach 9 billion by 2050. At the time, she was criticized for being overly optimistic. Now her figures are seen as being right on.

Since the 1970s, AAAS fellow Claire Parkinson has observed the melting of Arctic sea ice. She won bronze medals for swimming at the U.S. Nationals of the Senior Olympics. Yet she says, "I'm not a serious swimmer."

AAAS member J. John Cohen has dedicated his life to not just his medical research, but telling the public about it. He spoke with AAAS MemberCentral to describe his public engagement work and why he finds this activity so important for the scientific community.