The 2009 AIBS annual meeting, "Sustainable Agriculture: Greening the Global Food Supply," will be held 18–19 May at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The program chair is 2009 AIBS President May R. Berenbaum, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Registration, poster submission forms, and the preliminary program are online at www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting. The meeting will bring together plenary speakers, panelists, and discussion groups from the basic and applied life sciences to examine food sustainability, supply, and security. The two-day program is geared toward the science-policy interface for an audience of scientists, educators, students, representatives from nongovernmental organizations, members of Congress, and the media. The rest of the meeting's program will be rounded out by, among other events, a contributed poster session, AIBS awards, a teachers' workshop organized by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and the National Association of Biology Teachers, and a workshop, led by the AIBS Public Policy Office, focusing on the AIBS publication Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media. As a special event, there will be a reception and lecture starting at 6:30 p.m. on 18 May at the National Academies' Keck Center, in Washington, DC. The speaker will be Robert Pennock, of Michigan State University, who will give the talk "Reason Enough for Scientific Researches: Darwin and the Scientific Virtues." The evening will also include an after-hours tour of the Koshland Science Center. (The $35 fee for the reception includes return bus transportation from the meeting hotel and after-hours access to the Koshland Science Museum.) The meeting is taking place during "Year of Science 2009," a year of activities aimed at engaging the general public in the nature and value of the scientific enterprise. Year of Science 2009, which is co-organized by AIBS and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science, involves more than 500 organizations. Recordings of the plenary lectures from the annual meeting will be available online for free viewing in the AIBS Media Library (www.aibs.org/media-library/) about two months after the meeting. The meeting's confirmed speakers and the topics of their presentations, if available, are listed below:
Breakout discussion sessions
AIBS and the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) are pleased to announce the availability of an internship in the AIBS Public Policy Office in Washington, DC. The internship is open to ASM members who are currently enrolled in a graduate program and who are engaged in research that will contribute to our understanding and conservation of mammals. The internship is for three months during the fall of 2009, and carries a monthly stipend of $2000. Selection criteria include a demonstrated interest in the public policy process, strong communication skills, and an excellent academic record.
The AIBS Public Policy Office focuses on science and science education public policy (e.g., federal research and development funding policy). Additional information about ASM and AIBS can be found on their Web sites (www.mammalsociety.org, www.aibs.org).
The ASM-AIBS public policy internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in public policy at the national level. By working with the AIBS Public Policy Office, the intern will learn how scientific societies, nongovernmental organizations, executive branch agencies (e.g., the National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey), and the legislative branch interact to craft science policy. Duties include (but are not limited to) the following:
Applicants are not required to be ASM members at the time of application, but if selected must join the society before starting the internship. All application materials must be received by 1 May 2009 and should be sent to Alicia V. Linzey, Evaluation Committee Chair, 148 Double Brook Drive, Weaverville, NC 28787. Questions about the internship can be addressed in an e-mail to Linzey at email@example.com.
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