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Contact: Monica Amarelo
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206-774-3660
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Free, public events at the 2004 AAAS Annual Meeting

Families with children, job seekers, teachers and anyone with a curious mind are invited to check out the free, public events at the AAAS (Triple-A-S) Annual Meeting, 12-16 February, in Seattle, Washington. A summary of free AAAS events is provided below. Look for details online at http://www.aaas.org/meetings/.

FAMILY SCIENCE DAYS
Saturday-Sunday, 14-15 February, 2004, Noon to 5:00 pm
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Exhibition Hall

From hair-raising electricity to mysterious "Oobleck" goo demonstrations, the AAAS Family Science Days promise excitement. Free ice cream will be made with liquid nitrogen four times daily, and all participants will receive a free flashing yo-yo, while supplies last. Drawings for fun prizes are planned both days. The schedule includes:

TABLE-TOP ACTIVITIES SHOWS & WORKSHOPS
12:30 Super Cool Science
12:45 FeedingFrenzy

1:30 Ecosystems Workshop
1:15 Respiration Station

Space Odyssey Exhibits
2:45 Ecosystems Workshop
2:00 L'Oreal /Hair Affair

Physics on Wheels Exhibits
3:45 Volts & Jolts
3:15 Construction Instr.

Make a Mission
Starlab Planetarium Shows:
12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:15

MARINE SCIENCE PAVILION
Saturday-Sunday, 14-15 February, 2004, Noon to 5:00 pm
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Exhibition Hall

Children and adults who stop by the Convention Center for Family Science Days also should visit the Marine Science Pavilion. A special theater within the Pavilion will feature recent ocean expeditions and cool deep-sea technologies.

"OCEANS FOR EVERYONE" TOWN HALL
Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Rooms 2A and 2Bl

As many marine species are disappearing faster than scientists can identify them and global warming threatens fragile coral reef ecosystems, AAAS plans a Town Hall Meeting on marine science issues that affect the Puget Sound area, the Pacific Northwest and the nation. Some 350 policymakers, scientists, environmentalists, fishing professionals and members of the public are expected to participate. The public is welcomed, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a seat, please call 206-770-7014 (Seattle) or e-mail townhall@aaas.org

CAREER SUPPORT
Friday-Monday, 13-16 February, 2004
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Exhibition Hall

A dozen Career-building Workshops are planned throughout the weekend, beginning Friday and culminating with a Science Magazine Career Fair on Monday. Career workshops cover topics ranging from basic skills (interviewing and resume-writing) to more advanced issues (technical presentations).

The Science Magazine Career Fair offers face-to-face meetings with employers and researchers in the biotech, pharmaceutical, government and manufacturing sectors. This event will take place 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday, 16 February in the exhibition hall.

PLENARY LECTURES

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-15 February, 2004
6:30 pm Each Day, Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom ABC, 2nd Floor
World Health News -- Thursday -- For her Presidential Lecture, newborn medicine pioneer and AAAS President Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, Children's Hospital Boston, will be joined by Dr. Richard Klausner, executive director for global health at the Gates Foundation. Dr. Avery will discuss the promise of scientific advances to alleviate the suffering of women and children worldwide. Dr. Klausner will discuss the Gates Foundation's next major initiatives. Also sharing the podium will be outstanding student Amanda Adeleye, a senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Global Warming -- Friday -- "Climate change is real, and the causal link to increased greenhouse emissions is now well established," Sir David King, the United Kingdom's Chief Scientific Advisor, recently wrote in Science. Prof. King will offer his latest thoughts on global warming, and its impacts to people around the world.

Infectious Diseases -- Saturday -- Kenneth R. McIntosh of Children's Hospital, Boston, is an expert on the natural history of pathogenesis, management and treatment of childhood HIV infection. He also has studied cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus. Black Holes and Time Warps -- Sunday -- Kip S. Thorne, professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology, is an award-winning author of such popular science books as Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy.

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HISTORY: The first AAAS Annual Meeting took place in 1848 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each year, the event draws some 6,000 participants, including 1,000 press registrants from around the world. Past meetings have featured such notables as Albert Einstein, former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.

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EMBARGOES / REPORTER NOTE: Specific details from scientific presentations and lectures scheduled to take place at the AAAS Annual Meeting will remain strictly embargoed, meaning they cannot be published, broadcast, posted online or otherwise made public until the event.

This news release contains only general, publicly available information about this year's program, and is therefore appropriate for immediate release.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and serves some 265 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

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