The American Association for the Advancement of Science By Dr. Robert D. Stebbins

December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Established in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) endeavors to advance science globally through education, leadership, advocacy, and professional association. The organization’s U.S. headquarters, the William T. Golden Center for Science and Engineering, opened in 1997 and holds Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. AAAS also maintains an office in Cambridge, England.

AAAS science and policy programs include the Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs; the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy; and Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. Other initiatives range from the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program to science and technology policy fellowships and research competitiveness. Altogether, AAAS supports eight centers dedicated to the above purposes and also addressing sustainability, diplomacy, public engagement, engineering and curriculum.

To encourage underrepresented groups to become involved in the sciences, AAAS created Alliances for Graduate Education in the Professoriate. ENTRY POINT! provides internships for aspiring engineers and scientists with disabilities, and Kinetic City offers fun online experiences for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Numerous other programs aid graduate students pursuing careers in the sciences, engineers and scientists seeking summer reporting positions, students in the Middle East/ North Africa region, and others.

In addition to assisting budding and established scientists, AAAS produces a journal, Science, as well as other publications; hosts scientific conferences; and works with schools, teachers, and librarians to foster education in both science and technology.

About the author: A longtime physician, educator, and researcher, Dr. Robert D. Stebbins maintained a private practice in internal medicine in Palo Alto, California, for 20 years; taught at prestigious medical schools including the Stanford University School of Medicine; and conducted research while reporting to the Stanford Pediatrics Research Department’s National Institutes of Health Research Coordinator.


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