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Pacific Division Celebrates 100th Annual Meeting with Showcase of Regional Research

A flowering tree and a building on the campus of Southern Oregon University
The 100th meeting of the AAAS Pacific Division meeting will be held at Southern Oregon University. | Al Case/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will hold its annual meeting in Ashland, Oregon, from June 18-21 to share new research, with a particular focus on work relevant to the region and its “unique scientific, cultural and environmental features.” The theme of the meeting, the 100th in the division’s history, is “Think Globally, Organize Regionally, Act Locally.”

The meeting brings together scientists, educators and students to the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland for four days of scientific symposia, oral and poster presentations, plenary addresses, workshops, town hall meetings, student awards, local field trips and networking events.

One of three AAAS regional divisions, the Pacific Division represents more than 30,000 AAAS members in California, Hawaii, Idaho, western Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and all other countries bordering or lying within the Pacific Basin, with the exception of mainland Mexico south to Panama.

Several events on the agenda will explore climate change and its regional effects. Phillip Mote, the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University who previously served as Washington state climatologist, will deliver a plenary talk on June 19 on coping with climate hazards in the 21st century. Symposia will address such subjects as climate change and wildfires in western North America, the potential effects of climate change on Oregon wineries, the present and future of agriculture in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, and the role of science in public policy related to climate change.

The connections between art and science will also be highlighted. The meeting’s opening reception on June 18 will take place at the Schneider Art Museum at the public opening of an exhibit on art and science, and a June 19 symposium will explore how artists and scientists respond to climate change with science-themed works of art.

Other key themes include science education resources and methods, with Pacific Division President Crystal Goldman delivering the June 19 presidential address on “Open Libraries, Open Science.” Goldman is an associate librarian and the instruction coordinator for the University of California, San Diego Library. Other events focus on innovative strategies for science instruction, including a workshop on using active learning in undergraduate science education and a townhall meeting on the use of “maker” technologies like 3D printing to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The full agenda is available on the Pacific Division website. Meeting participation is open to all, but registration is required.



Andrea Korte

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