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Free public events at the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting

American Association for the Advancement of Science

SAN FRANCISCO -- Families with children, teachers, early-career scientists and all others with a curious mind are invited to check out the free public events at the AAAS (Triple-A-S) Annual Meeting, 15-19 February in San Francisco, Calif.

With cutting-edge lectures on topics such as robotics and science-based efforts to create better forms of energy as well as hands-on science activities for children, the AAAS Annual Meeting promises something for people of all ages and interests. A summary of free AAAS events is provided below. Look for further details online at

Saturday - Sunday, 17-18 February, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco, Ballroom Level, Yosemite
(See→ Program and Events → Family Science Days)

AAAS is partnering with Bay Area museums, universities and others to host Family Science Days, a free event with hands-on activities and stage shows for children and families. The program features Adam and Jamie from the popular television show Mythbusters (Discovery Channel); Billinda the Robot Dog; how to make robots at home; authors of science books for children; and demonstrations such as how vegetable oil used to make French fries can be transformed into biodiesel fuel.

Thursday - Sunday, 15-18 February, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, 19 February, 8:00 a.m.
Hilton Fan Francisco, Ballroom Level
Continental Ballroom 4-6
(See → Program and Events → Full Program → Browse )

AAAS President John P. Holdren, Ph.D., President's Address, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. -- Holdren, director, The Woods Hole Research Center and Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Harvard University, trained in engineering and plasma physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. He co-founded the graduate program in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 after brief stints at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Caltech. At Harvard he teaches both in the Kennedy School of Government -- where he directs the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy -- and in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. His work has focused on energy technology and policy, global environmental change, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation.

Technology Innovator Larry Page, Title to be announced, Friday, 6:30 p.m. -- Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president, Products in April 2001. Since then, the company has grown to more than 5,000 employees worldwide. The son of Michigan State University computer science professor Carl Victor Page, Larry's love of computers began at age six. He was an honors graduate from the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.S. degree in engineering. During his time there, Larry built an inkjet printer out of Lego™ bricks. While in the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, Larry met Sergey Brin and together they developed and ran Google, which began operating in 1998. Larry went on leave from Stanford after earning his master's degree. In 2002, he was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. Together with Sergey Brin, Larry was honored with the Marconi Prize in 2004. He is a trustee on X PRIZE Board, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.

Nobel Prize Winner Steven Chu, Ph.D., The Energy Problem and What We Can Do To Solve It, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. -- A renowned scholar and international expert in atomic physics, laser spectroscopy, biophysics and polymer physics, Chu is director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the oldest and most varied of the multi-program research laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy. While at Stanford University, his groundbreaking work in cooling and trapping atoms by using laser light led to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, an honor he shared with two colleagues. Their discoveries, focusing on the so-called "optical tweezers" laser trap, were instrumental in the study of fundamental phenomena and in measuring important physical quantities with unprecedented precision. He also helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine.

International Science Leader Mohamed H.A. Hassan, International Cooperation on Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being, Sunday, 6:30 p.m. -- As executive director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Trieste, Italy, Hassan has been a key player in introducing research on climate issues, especially how climate affects the lives of the most underserved populations. He also is president of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and secretary general of the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations. One of Africa's most distinguished scientists, Hassan was born in the Sudan and holds a Ph.D. degree in plasma physics from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom (1974). A former professor and dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Khartoum, he received the order of scientific merit of Brazil and the order of merit of Italy. He is a fellow of TWAS, AAS and the Islamic Academy of Science; honorary member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences and the Palestine Academy of Science and Technology; corresponding member of the Belgian Royal Overseas Academy of Sciences; and foreign fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. His research areas include theoretical plasma physics, physics of wind erosion and sand transport.

Renowned Climate Scientist Susan Solomon, Ph.D., Assessing the Physical Science of Climate Change: Key Findings of IPCC (2007), Monday, 8:00 a.m. -- A leading atmospheric scientist at the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Solomon is well known for her pioneering work in identifying the mechanism that produces the Antarctic ozone hole and for her many contributions toward the science of global environmental problems. Within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), she is co-chair of Working Group I, which assesses the scientific basis of the climate system and climate change. The key findings of a new report, which are the subject of this lecture, will represent a comprehensive state-of-the-science through a rigorous multi-year assessment process involving more than 130 authors and more than 600 expert and government reviewers.

Friday - Sunday, 16-18 February
Hilton San Francisco, Ballroom Level
Times and Rooms Below
(See → Program and Events → Full Program → Browse )

Friday, 16 February, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Three concurrent lectures) • Kerry Sieh, Ph.D., Robert P. Sharp Professor of Geology, California Institute of Technology, The Intersection of Burgeoning Human Populations and Natural Hazards, Continental Ballroom 5 • Vicki Colvin, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Sustainable Nanotechnology: Making High Technology Safe Technology, Continental Ballroom 4 • Keith Wailoo, Ph.D., Professor of History, Rutgers University; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, Calif., 2007 George Sarton Award Lecture in the History and Philosophy of Science: Discipline and Disease: The Social Transformation of Cancer in the Age of Biomedicine, Continental Ballroom 6

Saturday, 17 February, 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Four concurrent lectures) • Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS: 25 Years and Counting, Continental Ballroom 9 • Elinor Ostrom, Ph.D., Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University; Founding Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University, Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems: An Impossibility?, Continental Ballroom 6 • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Chief Adviser to the German Government on Climate and Related Issues; Director, Potsdam Institute, Climate and Energy Security: Do We Need a Global Manhattan Project?, Imperial Ballroom B • Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D., John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University, 2007 John P. McGovern Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences: Stress, Health and Coping, Continental Ballroom 2

Sunday, 18 February, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Two concurrent lectures) • Marcia McNutt, Ph.D., President and CEO, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Sustainable Resources from the Oceans: Taking Some Lessons (Good and Bad) from the Shore Side, Continental Ballroom 2 • Michael E. Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Planetary Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Planets, Dwarf Planets and Other Ice Balls at the Edge of the Solar System, Continental Ballroom 3

Sunday, 18 February, 1:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hilton Fan Francisco, Ballroom Level
Continental Ballroom 4-6
(See → Program and Events → Climate Change Town Hall)

Teachers, students, scientists, science-center professionals, business leaders, policy-makers and the general public are encouraged to attend a town hall meeting on Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change. It features top climate experts and will include a demonstration of the Wedge Game, a hands-on strategy for explaining the impacts of different strategies for reducing greenhouse gases. Registration for this free event is required either in advance or on-site.

Tuesday, 13 February
Thursday, 15 February
(See → Program and Events → Career Fair)

Friday, 16 February, Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 17 February, 10:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 18 February, 10:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
San Francisco Hilton
(See → Program and Events → Full Program → Browse )

Science Careers and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) bring together job candidates with recruiting companies at a free Biotech Industry Career Fair from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., UCSF Mission Bay Community Center, Robertson Auditorium, 1675 Owen Street. Attendees can learn how to present their credentials effectively by attending a free seminar on 13 February, 6:00 p.m., UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Auditorium.

On site at the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting, more than a dozen Career-Building Workshops for scientists, educators and others are planned throughout the weekend, beginning Friday. Career workshops will cover topics ranging from basic skills such as interviewing, to more advanced issues, including dealing with career transitions and working with the U.S. Congress. In addition, nearly 15 Exhibitor-Sponsored Workshops will take place during the AAAS Annual Meeting.


HISTORY: The first AAAS Annual Meeting took place in 1848 in Philadelphia, Pa. In 2006, the AAAS Annual Meeting drew some 7,000 participants, including nearly 700 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.

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.

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