December 1, 2007
AIBS has joined the Facebook social networking community with the launch of its group page at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5534817377. Facebook is an online networking utility that connects people with others who work, study, and live around them. Professionally, Facebook makes it possible to learn more about colleagues, peers, and like-minded members of professional communities and is a useful way to keep in touch with them. AIBS joins other scientific groups on Facebook such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Center for Science Education, and the American Chemical Society.
Members of AIBS are invited to sign up with the AIBS Facebook group in order to network with each other and with AIBS staff on biology topics.
Two AIBS programs, the Student Chapters Network and the Diversity in Biological Sciences (DIBS) Coalition, also have their own Facebook groups. Following efforts to improve networking and communication between AIBS student chapters, AIBS has created a group for the student chapters to allow for the diffusion of a wealth of information, such as programming ideas and career opportunities. It will also serve as a venue for the discussion of current news, issues, and research in biology.
The DIBS Facebook group is a new forum for discussion, and the sharing of best practices will help expand the coalition’s reach and its ability to effect change in the biological community. Links to both of these sites can be found on each group’s page on the AIBS Web site.