The 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston will focus on "Science and Technology from a Global Perspective." David Baltimore, AAAS president, will open the Meeting with the President's Address at 6:30 PM on Thursday, 14 February 2008.
Baltimore is Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. He shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of reverse transcriptase. Baltimore has published more than 600 papers, including seminal research on the genetics of cancer, the workings of the HIV virus and AIDS vaccine candidates, and fundamental observations in molecular immunology. He was a founder of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, president of Rockefeller University and the California Institute of Technology, and a leading figure in national policy commissions on recombinant DNA and AIDS research.
The multidisciplinary AAAS Annual Meeting program will feature 165 symposia; plenary and topical lectures; a poster competition; career fair; career workshops; and an exhibit hall. Specific details about the scientific program and speakers will be available at the AAAS Annual Meeting Web site.
The program also will include a AAAS Town Hall on Understanding Obesity and Childhood Nutrition, a special public engagement event for teachers, school health professionals, parents, students, scientists and the public.
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The theme of the meeting, "Science and Technology from a Global Perspective," emphasizes the power of science and technology as well as education to assist less-developed segments of the world society. The meeting also will focus on ways to improve partnerships among already-developed countries and spur knowledge-driven transformations across a host of fields.
The meeting will deal with global issues such as climate change, health, energy, environment, development, and education as well as frontiers in fundamental and applied science.