Some 30 WUSTL faculty to present at AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis

More than 30 Washington University faculty, administrators and staff will participate in science and technology presentations when the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific organization, holds its annual meeting Feb. 16-20 at both the America’s Center and Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

Some of the world’s top scientists will explore challenges ranging from poverty and illness to the search for distant life at the meeting, titled “Grand Challenges, Great Opportunities.” The multidisciplinary program will feature more than 200 symposia, plenary and topical lectures, seminars and tutorials, a poster competition, a career fair and an exhibit hall. The university will staff an information booth on “St. Louis Row” in the exhibit hall. The Mars rover replica from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences will be the centerpiece.

Founded in 1848, AAAS is an international non-profit organization that serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, education and more.

AAAS publishes Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated readership of 1 million. The association also publishes many newsletters, books and reports, and it spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science.

“Washington University in St. Louis is extremely pleased to welcome the American Association for the Advancement of Science to our city, and is very proud that St. Louis was chosen as the venue for the annual meeting,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, an AAAS fellow.

“AAAS is an esteemed organization that has been integral in the dissemination and advancement of science since before the Civil War. It has been and continues to be a dynamic association, reaching out beyond universities and institutions to communities and government.

“We also are proud of the participation of our faculty in the program. We have many presenters on a wide range of topics, indicative of the breadth of our university. The AAAS annual meeting certainly offers a tremendous platform on which to observe scientific endeavors today.”

To view a list of WUSTL participants in the AAAS annual meeting by name or by time, please see the schedules below.To view the WUSTL participantsin the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting by name or by time please view the schedules below.

Advance information may be available by clicking on participant’s name and/or contacting a WUSTL public affairs staff member.