Contact: Edward W. Lempinen
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Pacific Division will convene in Boise from June 24-27 with presentations and field trips that span the fields of science and hold strong appeal for researchers, science students and the public.
Among the highlights will be a discussion featuring former NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan; explorations of criminal psychology in a dozen high-profile cases; and a look at how the warming climate is changing sagebrush-steppe ecosystems in Idaho and beyond.
The division's 93rd annual meeting will be held at the Boise Centre on the Grove, located in the heart of Idaho's historic capital city. The meeting will be held alongside of the 67th Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Registrants for the AAAS meeting will also get access to the full ACS program, including symposia on cancer research, the nuclear fuel cycle, nanotechnology, and new insights on science education. [http://www.snakeriveracs.com/Norm%202012/program.html]
An estimated 700-800 registrants are expected for the two meetings. In addition, the program features a number of lectures and discussions that are open to the public, without charge.
The AAAS meeting features 16 symposia in all. Among them:
Other symposia will cover a range of topics: mathematics; the development of biofuels from cellulose; and old diseases that emerge in virulent new strains.
"It's an amazing program, and the location is fantastic," said Pacific Division President Robert Chianese. "It really reflects the diversity that is so important to AAAS. Science education will be an important focus—AAAS is always supportive of young scholars and students pursuing science careers, and many of them will be making presentations. And it will create exciting opportunities for the public to enjoy a major science meeting."
The meeting will also include a number of field trips. One will take participants on a day-long visit to the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Another will explore the Bruneau Dunes and Observatory on the expansive Snake River Plain, with the later portion of the trip focused on using the observatory's equipment to view the sun and celestial objects in the night sky.
While members of the public are welcome to register for the full meeting, several free presentations do not require registration:
[For registration information and the full AAA program, see: http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2012BOISE/Schedule12.html]
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