April 1, 2008
The 2008 AIBS annual meeting, to be held 12â€“13 May, will explore the theme of climate, environment, and infectious diseases. Relationships among climate, the environment, and human health are manifested in infectious disease patterns, notably seasonality. Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, avian influenza, and SARS, are known to be closely linked to the environment and, more recently, to climate. Investigators in the United States and abroad have studied interactions among climate, climate change, and the environment extensively, and the AIBS annual meeting will address these issues.
The meeting will take place at the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The program chair is 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell, of the University of Maryland at College Park. Registration and poster submission forms are online at www.aibs.org/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2008.html.
Program and Schedule
(in order of presentation)
Special Session 1: â€œScience and Society: The Art of Communicationâ€
Moderator: Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radioâ€™s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday
Participants: Robert Morris (author of The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink) and Kim Stanley Robinson (author of Sixty Days and Counting)
Special Session 2: â€œClimate Change and Human Health: Developing Collaborations with the Public Health Communityâ€
Convenor: National Council on Science and the Environment
Workshop 1: â€œYour Classroom: Integrating Case Studies and Evolution to Help Students Understand Infectious Diseaseâ€
Convenors: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and the National Association of Biology Teachers
Workshop 2: â€œA Scientist Walks into a Bar: Using Science CafÃ©s to Reach the Publicâ€
Convenors: WGBH Educational Foundation and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science