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Media Advisory 04-02

NSF Speakers Tackle Biocomplexity and Science Workforce at AAAS Annual Meeting

February 4, 2004


Biocomplexity in the environment, cyberinfrastructure for environmental research, the scientific workforce at home and abroad and other topics will be featured in presentations by National Science Foundation (NSF) speakers and in symposia organized by NSF staff at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle, Feb. 12-16, 2004.

NSF will also be hosting booth #200 in the meeting's exposition hall. The booth will feature videos, a touch-sensitive display and presentations about NSF's funding opportunities. NSF program officers will be at the booth to meet with scientists and engineers interested in learning more about NSF opportunities.

The AAAS annual meeting is being held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers. To locate the room for a specific session, please refer to the meeting program.

Oceans in Our Solar System. Speaker: Rita Colwell, NSF director. (Saturday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

From Outside to Inside: Environmental Microorganisms as Human Pathogens. Speaker: Rita Colwell, NSF director. (Saturday, Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Frontiers in Biocomplexity Science. Co-organizer: Thomas Baerwald, NSF program director for Geography and Regional Sciences. Speakers are grantees from NSF's Biocomplexity in the Environment priority area. (Saturday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Complex Environmental Systems, Chemistry and High Latitudes. Speaker: Thomas Baerwald. (Monday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Cyberinfrastructure: Revolutionizing Environmental Science in the 21st Century. Co-organizers: Margaret Leinen, NSF assistant director for Geosciences, and Peter Freeman, NSF assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. (Part 1: Friday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Part 2: Friday, Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Forum for School Science. Keynote: Rita Colwell, NSF director. (Sunday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.)

Forum for School Science: Science Professionals in the Service of K-12 Education. Speaker: Terry Woodin, NSF program director for Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education. Participants represent universities with NSF funded graduate teaching fellows programs. (Sunday, Feb. 15, 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Systemic Transformations in the Role of Women in Science and Engineering. Speaker: Alice Hogan, program director for NSF's ADVANCE program. Speakers represent the nine initial campuses to receive ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Awards. (Friday, Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Leading the Changing University Research Environment. Speaker: Robert Barnhill, Dean in Residence with the NSF Division of Graduate Education. (Friday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Challenges in International Science: Effective, Innovative Collaborations with Developing Countries. Speaker: Kerri-Ann Jones, director of NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering. Co-organizer: Elizabeth Lyons, acting regional coordinator for NSF's Africa, Near East and South Asia Program. (Friday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

The Market for Ph.D. Scientists. Speaker: Wanda Ward, NSF deputy assistant director for Social and Behavioral Sciences. (Monday, Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Issues of Trust and Security in Biological Databases. Speaker: Maria Zemankova, NSF program officer for Information and Data Management. (Saturday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

The New Cosmology. Co-organizer and discussant: Michael Turner, NSF assistant director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. (Sunday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Scientific Integrity in Policy Contexts. Co-organizer: Rachelle Hollander, NSF program director for Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science and Technology. (Monday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)


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