Category Archives: AAAS

AAAS: Coles on Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Victoria Coles of the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland will be speaking on “The Impact of Climate Change on the Chesapeake Bay” at 6:00 p.m. on May 17 in the second floor auditorium of the AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue NW in Washington DC.

Her talk will be the main event at the annual meeting of the AAAS STEM Volunteer Program, which has been placing STEM professionals in DC metro area schools since 2004. This school year, around two hundred volunteers assisted teachers and more than six thousand students in nine school districts.

The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by e-mail to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

For more information about the STEM Volunteer Program, visit:

http://www.aaas.org/senior-scientists-and-engineers/programs-dc

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DoSER: Exoplanets and Life Beyond Earth

Exoplanets and Life Beyond Earth

The Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science invites you to join us:

as we explore new findings in the search for planets and life beyond Earth. No longer science fiction, new extrasolar planets are being discovered at an incredible rate, some potentially habitable. Astrobiologist Stephen Freeland will describe how the burgeoning field of astrobiology is revealing the robust and tenacious nature of life even in extreme conditions on Earth and whether we can expect life elsewhere to be common. Historian Steven Dick will respond with insights on the implications of these new findings for our understanding of the significance of life in the universe.

June 19, 2013

Lecture and Discussion, 2nd floor auditorium
5:30 to 7:00 PM
Reception to follow.

AAAS Headquarters
12th and H Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Speaker:

Dr. Stephen Freeland, NASA Astrobiology Institute & Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Discussant:

Dr. Steven Dick, Historian, Author, & Incoming Baruch S. Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology, NASA/Library of Congress

Please RSVP by Friday, June 14

Keep up-to-date with DoSER news as well as the broader science, ethics, and religion dialogue on DoSER’s Facebook page!

For more information about the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics & Religion (DoSER) program, click here

DoSER Holiday Lecture: Are We Only Our Genes?

Holiday Lecture: Are We Only Our Genes?

The Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science invites you to join us

to explore the complex relationship between genes and human identity. Molecular biologist and scholar of science and religion, Denis Alexander, will discuss recent advances in developmental biology, genomics, epigenetics and behavioral genetics, including the flurry of publications from the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) consortium, along with their implications for notions of human freedom and responsibility. Journalist Steve Paulson will respond with insights into how the public responds to questions of science and determinism arising not just from genetics but from neuroscience as well.

December 13, 2012

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Lecture and Discussion, 2nd floor auditorium

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Reception, 2nd floor atrium

AAAS Headquarters
12th and H Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20005


Speakers:

Dr. Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, UK

Steve Paulson, Executive Producer and interviewer for the nationally syndicated public radio program To the Best of our Knowledge
 

Please RSVP by Friday, December 7th

 

Keep up-to-date with DoSER news as well as the broader science, ethics, and religion dialogue on DoSER’s Facebook page!

 

For more information about the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics & Religion (DoSER) program, click here

AAAS DoSER: What Do Scientists Believe?

What Do Scientists Believe?
Religion Among Scientists and Implications for Public Perceptions

Please join us

for a lively discussion about the religious beliefs of scientists and the implications for dialogue between the scientific and religious communities. Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund will describe her recent major study of scientists, and NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty will consider the results in light of the media’s coverage of science and religion and her own experiences in engaging with the public.

Sponsored by:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

December 15, 2010

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Reception, 1st floor

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Lecture and Discussion, 2nd floor

AAAS Headquarters
12th and H Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Speaker:

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director, Religion and Public Life Program, Rice University and Author, Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, Oxford University Press, 2010

Discussant:

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR Religion Correspondent, and Author, Fingerprints of God: In Search of the Science of Spirituality, Riverhead Hardcover, 2009

Please Register by Wednesday, December 8.
https://secureapps.aaas.org/EventRSVP/Login.aspx?eventid=187

AAAS-hosted events at Science & Engineering Festival

For your information, the following is a schedule of talks sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the ‘Science Stage.’…

You are cordially invited to join us at the “Meet the Scientists!” stage show, presented by AAAS as part of the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

If you and your family have ever wondered what it’s like to work with endangered species, are curious about the physics of superheroes or just want to learn more about science, then join us as we explore these and
other topics at the stage show.

This free, family-oriented event will take place from 12:30pm – 3:00pm on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24. The “Meet the Scientists!” stage will be in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, located on Constitution Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th Streets.

You can find directions to the Mellon Auditorium and learn more about the event here. Come ready for learning, science, and fun!

Contact:
Tiffany Lohwater, Public Engagement Manager, tlohwate@aaas.org
Rachel Schaffer, Public Engagement Associate, rschaffe@aaas.org

Schedule of Presentations:

Saturday, October 23
12:30 pm”X-ray Vision: Revealing Ancient Secrets with New Technology”
Uwe Bergmann, Physicist
Deputy Director, Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

1:00 pm”What Does It Mean to be Human?”
Rick Potts, Paleoanthropologist
Director of Human Origins Program, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

1:30 pm”Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes”
Marc Abrahams
Editor, Annals of Improbable Research, and Founder, Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

2:00 pm”Hip Hop, Video Games and Math”
Juan Gilbert, Computer Scientist
Professor and Chair, Human-Centered Computing Division, Clemson University

2:30 pm”Virtual Earths: Studying Climate Change with Supercomputers”
Keith Dixon, Climate Modeler
Research Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Sunday, October 24
12:30 pm”What We Know and Don’t Know about Climate Change”
J. Marshall Shepherd, Research Meteorologist
Associate Professor, Department of Geography/Atmospheric Sciences Program, University of Georgia

1:00 pm”The Physics of Superheroes”
James Kakalios
Physics Professor, University of Minnesota
Science Consultant for Watchmen

1:30 pm”Searching for New Planets”
Paul Butler, Astronomer
Staff Scientist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science

2:00 pm”Conserving Endangered Species”
Jennifer Mickelberg, Zoologist
Research Fellow, Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program, Smithsonian National Zoological Park

2:30 pm”Bird Brains and Human Language”
Erich Jarvis, Neuroscientist
Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center

* This schedule is subject to change.

Re-Envisioning the Science & Religion Dialogue

Re-Envisioning the Science and Religion Dialogue

Please join us

to welcome Dr. Jennifer Wiseman as the new director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) and to explore the future of the science and religion dialogue.

June 16, 2010

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Reception to follow

AAAS Headquarters, 2nd floor
12th and H Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Introductions:

Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS, and Executive Publisher, Science

panelists:

William Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics
David Anderson,
Founder and Lead Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, and author, Gracism: The Art of Inclusion
Howard Smith, Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and author, Let there be Light: Modern Cosmology and Kabbalah, A New Conversation Between Science and Religion

Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 9.

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