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This evaluation of the first five years of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute focuses on sustained outcomes from the fellows' experience both for them as individuals and towards organizational change to support public engagement; the value of the program from the fellows' perspectives (as researchers, in public engagement, and as leaders); what aspects of the program are most important; and what changes fellows perceive in public responses to their engagement, post-fellowship. 

Stronger institutional support for public engagement is necessary and inclusive practices should be built into public engagement training and relationships, argue AAAS Center for Public Engagement staff Elana Kimbrell, Mary Catherine Longshore, and Gemima Philippe in a Perspective recently published in Frontiers in Communication.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, is announcing the election of a standout group of individuals across scientific disciplines to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.

The 2022 AAAS Communicating Science Seminar (the 10th annual!) will be held virtually on Thursday, February 17. Register for free through the AAAS Annual Meeting registration site (select "Basic Access Passport"). 

As a professor of computer science, cognitive science, and mechanical engineering at Yale University, Brian Scassellati gets a lot of calls to lead robot demos for kids. The robots he develops provide support for education and therapy and are often specifically focused on diagnosing or treating autism spectrum disorder, so he also gets a fair amount of media interest in his work. However, during his year as a 2020-21 AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellow, Scassellati hoped to devote more time to writing a book geared toward the public. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he had to put most of this on hold to manage his lab and students during the crisis. Yet other opportunities arose to engage with public audiences over the past year.