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After celebrating ten years of Communicating Science workshops this spring, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology recently hit another milestone: its 200th workshop. These workshops have provided more than 6,400 scientists and engineers around the United States – and sometimes beyond (AAAS workshop facilitators have traveled as far as Kuwait and Chile) – the opportunity to learn core communication skills and to think strategically about their goals for engaging in two-way conversations about science with non-technical audiences.
An op-ed by George Washington University President Steven Knapp and AAAS CEO Rush D. Holt urges Congress to provide modest but much-needed funding increases for U.S. R&D.

The patent system does not promote innovation and should be scaled back drastically, an economist argued at the recent AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy. He was immediately challenged in a lively debate by two long-time patent specialists who defended the system.