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NSF speakers to address trust, communication, language, and learning at AAAS meeting

National Science Foundation

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This year's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston will feature several National Science Foundation (NSF) speakers and organizers. The meeting will be held Feb. 14-19 at the Hynes Convention Center, the Sheraton Boston Hotel, and the Boston Marriott-Copley Place. Topics and speakers include:

Science and Public Trust. NSF program officer Rachelle Hollander will lead a session on "The Politics of Human Participants for the Social and Behavioral Sciences." She will be joined by NSF program officers Stuart Plattner, who will discuss "Meeting Requirements for Human Participation: How NSF Responds," and Joan Sieber, who will discuss "Doing Ethically Responsible Research--A View from the Trenches." (Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-noon)

NSF program officer Hyman Field will discuss "Why the Public Needs to Understand the Process of Research" at a symposium "What Message is Science Sending--and How?" (Feb.17, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.)

Communicating Across Boundaries. Hyman Field will also speak at a session on "Best Practices from Research Scientists Who Communicate with the Public." (Feb. 17, 9 a.m-noon)

Brain, Mind, and Behavior. NSF division director Philip Rubin has organized a session on "Speaking, Signing, Reading: Brain Systems that Support Language Use" to present research on neural mechanisms, the flexibility of language systems, and neuroimaging of reading. (Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to noon)

Teaching, Learning, and Careers. NSF program officer Maria Ruiz Primo will discuss current research on assessment, related to a national report that suggested the creation of a system of education from preschool through college, at a session on "Seamless K-16 Science Education." (Feb. 16, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.)

NSF program officer George Rubottom will present "A Survey of External Funding of Research at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions" at a session on "Academic Excellence; The Role of Undergraduate Participation in Research." (Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.)

Science and Sustainability. NSF's Rachelle Hollander has organized a session on "The Search for a Common Future: Communicating about Global Sustainability" that will include talks on politics, global change, and economics. (Feb. 15, 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.)

NSF division director Pierre Perrolle will discuss "Scientific Capacity-Building through International Cooperation" at a "Science and Technology in International Development" (Feb. 17, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.)

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