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2016 AAAS Pacific Division Annual Meeting

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The Pacific Division of AAAS is pleased to announce the start of its Centennial Year with its 96th annual meeting, to be held on the campus of the University of San Diego (USD), 14 – 17 June 2016. Membership in AAAS or its affiliated societies is not required to participate in or present at the meeting.

All scientists, including graduate and undergraduate students, are invited to present their research results at the meeting, either orally or as posters. Persons paying the registration fee may attend all scientific sessions as well as participate in many other activities (field trips require advance registration and payment of additional fees). USD Dr. Frank Jacobitz (Department of Engineering) is chairing the Division's local program committee, with the able assistance of Drs. Veronica Galván (Department of Psychology), Ronn Johnson (Clinical Mental Health Program, School of Leadership and Education Sciences) and Ms. Amy Besnoy (Copley Library).

The theme for this year's meeting is "Engaging Science." Engaging Science is particularly relevant for this, our 100th anniversary of the first independent meeting of the Pacific Division of AAAS, also in San Diego. Engaging Science reflects on not only how researchers go about entering into their scientific endeavors but also on how science can captivate the imaginations of the general public, especially through the intersections of science with the arts, literature, and music. One goal of this meeting is to take time to think about where science has come from over the last 100 years and where it might be heading into the future, both in the minds of those doing and teaching about scientific research as well as those of the public at large as it brushes up against the humanities and continues to percolate into the social consciousness of the citizenry.

Plan to join us for a full schedule of activities:

The purpose of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is to:

  • further the work of scientists and their students
  • facilitate cooperation and communication among scientists and their students
  • foster scientific freedom and responsibility
  • improve the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare
  • increase public understanding and appreciation of science
  • foster science education
  • unify and coordinate scientific societies affiliated with the Pacific Division.