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On December 7, 2012, AAAS and over one hundred other scientific societies sent a letter to the White House and Congress, urging them to avoid the sequestration.

To the President and Leadership of the U.S. Congress:

Las Vegas

Organized loosely around the theme “desert science,” the annual meeting of the AAAS Pacific Division is expected to draw hundreds of science students, faculty, professionals and members of the public to the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus, 16-19 June.

From software piracy and transhumanism, to pandemic influenza and public school music curricula, the topics of the papers presented at the STGlobal Consortium’s Science and Technology in Society conference ran the gamut of science policy-related issues.

Nancy B. Jackson, past president of the American Chemical Society (2011) and manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been chosen by AAAS to receive the 2012 Award for Science Diplomacy.

Diverse learning environments clearly offer educational benefits to both minority and majority students, AAAS and seven other scientific societies wrote in a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon hear a challenge to diversity-recruitment efforts by the University of Texas at Austin.

The computer algorithm that led to the Google search engine and a multi-billion-dollar business was developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were working as graduate students under part of a $4.5 million National Science Foundation grant for a digital library project at Stanford University.

Sabrina McCormick is a sociologist, author, and filmmaker, and over the past decade, her research has ranged broadly across the intersection of society and environment—from environmental factors in breast cancer and the health effects that extreme heatwaves have on humans to damming the Amazon River.