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AAAS Annual Meeting Heads to Austin Next Week

Austin, Texas. Photo Credit: Clipart.com.

Spend February 15-19 soaking up scientific knowledge at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. This year the meeting theme is Advancing Science: Discovery to Application, focusing on the full spectrum of the scientific enterprise—and the sectors that advance it.

Will you be in the area? There's still time to register, which gives you access to a broad array of events ranging from poster presentations and lectures to AAAS Force for Science trainings and 10-minute informal flash talks. The classroom to career program track is designed for educators and will cover topics like science fairs and an evidence-based curriculum. AAAS President Susan Hockfield will deliver the President's Address, while plenary lectures will include NASA's Ellen Ochoa speaking about the International Space Station and Vice President Joe Biden discussing cancer research, among others.

There are other events associated with the Annual Meeting that don't require registering for the full meeting. The evening before the meeting begins, AAAS will host a free Science Film Showcase at Hilton Austin. Join some of the world's top science filmmakers on Feb. 14 for an evening of clips from five films and conversation, followed by reception with light refreshments. Pre-registration is required, because seating is limited.

Want to bring the kids? Family Science Days are two days of free hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for K–12 children and their families. Family Science Days will be held February 17–18 at the Austin (Texas) Convention Center. Free pre-registration is open on the website or can be completed on-site the day of the event.

Among other activities, kids can make their own bioart design with National DNA Day (National Human Genome Research Institute); conduct hands-on experiments; learn how games are created from the creative director of Notion Games, LLC; meet an astronaut; and play music with Thinkery. You can also check out the latest materials from Science NetLinks' colleagues at the Education and Human Resources table in the AAAS Pavilion in Hall 4.

You'll have a chance to meet the winners of the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books at the Subaru booth. Lee Alan Dugatkin, co-author of How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog), and Jane Veltkamp and Deborah Lee Rose, authors of Beauty and the Beak, will both give presentations on the Family Science Days Stage. There will be an awards ceremony with all the authors on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the AAAS Pavilion. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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