Torture—the word conjures medieval images of mangled limbs and jagged scars. But the torturer’s repertoire today includes practices that leave less dramatic evidence of their use, such as rape and waterboarding. For victims fleeing torture or persecution, gaining the sanctuary of asylum in the U.S. often requires rigorous science-based assessment, experts said at a two-day workshop at AAAS.
In a letter dated 8 November 2011, AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner, executive publisher of Science, expressed “grave concerns regarding the prospect of a 50 percent reduction in the budget of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP),” as proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science headquarters building has earned gold-level certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.
AAAS is the first and so far the only building in Washington, D.C. to achieve the gold level of certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) rating system.