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Happy Birthday AAAS MemberCentral!

Today marks the first anniversary of the launch of AAAS MemberCentral, the website exclusively for AAAS members. The past twelve months have been a busy and exciting time for us. We've worked tirelessly (and will continue to do so) to bring you the best of what the AAAS community has to offer.

In a short amount of time we've created a place where members can get to know each other via videointerviews, podcasts, audio slideshows, and exclusive member profiles.

Through our popular and ever growing blog section, AAASMC is now the place for members to share ideas and opinions. Qualia, our premiere blog, and the history of science blog, Scientia, engage members and often spark lively feedback.

At MemberCentral we understand that members lead busy lives and can't always attend AAAS sponsored events. So, we are recording them for you to watch on this site. Recent highlights include, speeches at AAAS Headquarters, presentations from AAAS's 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and Capitol Hill briefings geared at informing policymakers.

This year we also launched a unique event series titled the Cutting Edge, video lectures produced exclusively by AAASMC offering members insight into emerging trends and advances in science. These video lectures have proven very popular and we are planning more in the near future, so stay tuned.

Over the course of the year, based on your feedback, we've revamped the site multiple times to make it easier for members to update their accounts and navigate to content they are most interested in viewing. And we will continue to fine-tune the site in order to give our members the best experience possible.

Our hard work has been recognized with three awards: The "Outstanding Website" Award in the Web Marketing Association's 15th Annual WebAward competition, Interactive Media Awards "Outstanding Achievement Award" in the "Association" category, and top honors at the 17th Annual Communicator Awards winning the 2011 Silver Award of Distinction (Websites ' Associations).

Finally, keep logging on because we have some exciting new content for you in the coming months including, in-depth articles on scientific discoveries and the stories behind them, as well as exclusive coverage from the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada and much more.

Thank you again for you continued support of AAAS and AAAS MemberCentral.