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February 15, 2014 @ 11:00 am - February 16, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers, and journalists from around the world arrive in Chicago this week to discuss recent developments in science and technology for the AAAS annual meeting. You can see all the details here, but we’ll highlight below events open to the public, whichISC highly recommends.
Plenary lectures are given by world renown speakers with a passion for science and technology. The Thursday opening address at 6pm is Phillip A. Sharp, AAAS President and Professor, of Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. Dr. Sharp, a noted molecular biologist with a focus on the genetic causes of cancer, shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of “split genes” – the finding that genes could be composed of several separate segments within DNA. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign fellow of the Royal Society (U.K.)
Other talks will be given by: Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy speaking on Innovation and Energy Challenges (Friday 5pm); Alan Alda on science communication (Saturday 5pm); Susan Lindquist, professor of Biology at MIT discussing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s discoveries (Sunday 5pm); and John Rogers, professor of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Illinois on “Stretchy Electronics that Dissolve in the Body” (Monday 8:30am)
Family Science Days is a FREE community science showcase featuring hands-on demos, shows, and other activities appropriate for K-12 children and their families. The event features a broad range of educators and scientists promoting an interest in science among the public. Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists!
Career Development Workshops are geared towards attendees of different age and career-levels. A wide range of topical sessions focus on providing insight and tools needed to move forward in a scientific career. Sessions take place Fridaythrough Sunday, Feb. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency. Yours truly will be presenting “Bad Presentation Bingo” a talk encouraging scientists to practice good presentation habits when speaking to the lay public.
The AAAS meeting Exhibit Hall is also open to the public. Organizations from all over the world gather to demonstrate their capabilities and inform attendees of their scientific products and services. Friday – Sunday, Feb. 14-16, 10:00am – 5:00pmat the Hyatt Regency Hotel.