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Join Us This Week for the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston


Science NetLinks invites educators and members of the public to join AAAS during our 2017 annual meeting, held this year in Boston, Mass., February 16–20. Each year, our community gathers together to discuss recent developments in science and technology. This year, in addition to covering the latest innovations in the field, the meeting will also highlight the theme of "Serving Society through Science Policy."

While formal meeting events don't officially kick off until Thursday, there are two free events on Wednesday, February 15, that are open to the public.

First is a discussion and book signing with Dr. Hope Jahren, author of the award-winning memoir Lab Girl. The event will be held 5–6:30 p.m. in the Hampton Room at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. You can register to attend here. A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the event.

Second is the annual AAAS Science Film Showcase. Enjoy clips from five award-winning science films, including Gross Science, NOVA: Making North America, David Attenborough's Light on Earth, Think Like a Scientist: Vulcan and the Power of Ideas, and Second Century Stewardship: Science beyond the Scenery at Acadia National Park. The event features clips from each film, followed by conversation with some of the filmmakers and scientists involved in them. The event will be held 7–9 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass. Register for the event here.

On Thursday, the AAAS Annual Meeting officially begins. Among the first-day activities is the AAAS Science Days: In the Classroom, in which scientists recruited from local universities and businesses will visit Boston-area middle and high schools to share their unique personal journeys into science careers and answer students' questions. Later, at 6 p.m., join Dr. Barbara Schaal for the AAAS President's Address. Schaal was one of the first botantists to use molecular biology-based approaches to understand evolutionary processes in plants, including their molecular systems and population genetics. If you aren't able to attend her talk in person, it will be streamed live.

If you're an educator who'll be attending the meeting in person, the education program track is designed for teachers and will cover topics such as leveraging informal learning environments to close achievement gaps. If you aren't able to attend the meeting, a number of talks will be streamed live over the course of the weekend, ranging from The Ethics of Gene Editing: Should Concerns Beyond Safety Matter in Science Policy? to Can Science Save the Honey Bees? to Science and Evidence-Based Policymaking.


playing with robots at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting. Photo Credit: Kirstin Fearnley.

Kids play with robots during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting Family Science Days. Photo Credit: Kirstin Fearnley.

Over the weekend, the public is invited to join AAAS for Family Science Days, two days of free and fun hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for K–12 children and their families. You can see marine creatures, learn science cheers, meet an astronaut, and play with robots. Family Science Days will be held February 18–19 at the Hynes Convention Center. Free pre-registration is open on the website or can be completed on-site the day of the event. If you'll be at Family Science Days, make sure to come meet the winners of the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books at booth 709 and check out the latest materials from Science NetLinks' colleagues at the Education and Human Resources table in the AAAS Pavilion. 

You are also invited to attend the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize Award Ceremony and Reception, 6:30–8 p.m. in the Liberty Ballroom at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. This year's winners include:

  • Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers by Sara Levine. Illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth.
  • Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird by Pamela S. Turner
  • Ricky's Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire by Judith Li
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

M.L Herring, illustrator of Ricky’s Atlas, and Andy Comins, photographer of Crow Smarts, also will attend the event.

The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and encourages the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all ages.

We hope to see you this week at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting!

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