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Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases

Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases

Program information and registration
for the ANNUAL MEETING of the
American Institute of Biological
Sciences, 12 - 13 May 2008

The Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia

The plenary lectures from this meeting are now available for free online viewing in the AIBS Media Library.

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Location

The Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22203. A two-minute walk from the National Science Foundation building and a few station stops (Ballston) from downtown Washington DC on the Metro subway system. Directions to the hotel

Press Passes

Accredited members of the press are invited to attend all events at no charge. Contact Holly Menninger, AIBS Public Affairs Representative, at , 202-628-1500 x 229

Overview

The 2008 annual meeting of the American Institute of Biological Sciences will be held 12 and 13 May on the theme of "Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases," at The Westin Arlington Gateway, Virginia. The program chair is 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, College Park.

Interrelationships of climate, environment, and human health are manifested in infectious disease patterns, notably seasonality. Vector borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Avian influenza, SARS, and related diseases are known to be closely linked to the environment and, more recently, to climate. Interactions between climate, climate change, and the environment have been studied extensively by investigators in the United States and abroad. The AIBS annual meeting will address these issues.

The interplay of science and science policy in cross-cutting themes involving science, public policy, and education will also be addressed in a special session with plenary speakers featuring science communicators, including authors of popular books addressing various aspects of infectious disease, human health, climate, and the environment. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the issues of climate change as these issues intersect with human health.

The rest of the meeting's program will be rounded out by events including a contributed poster session, a diversity lunch, AIBS awards, a special session from the National Council for Science and the Environment on climate change and human health, a teachers workshop organized by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and National Association of Biology Teachers, and a workshop on science cafes organized by the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science. The 2008 AIBS annual meeting marks the anniversary of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, which began as a part of AIBS and is now celebrating 50 years of independent operations.

NOTE: The 2008 meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations will be held immediately following the AIBS annual meeting, in the same hotel, 14 May, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Program and Schedule

Monday, 12 May 2008



9:20 a.m.

Opening remarks

2008 AIBS President, Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, College Park

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Terry Maple, Palm Beach Zoo
Co-author with Newt Gingrich of "A Contract with the Earth"

10:00 a.m.

Plenary Speaker

James E. Hansen, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Title of presentation: "Global Warming: The Threat to Life"

10:45 a.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

11:15 a.m.

Plenary Speaker

Durland Fish, Yale University
Title of presentation: "Environmental Determinants of Lyme Disease Risk"

12:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:00 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

Howard Frumkin, National Center for Environmental Health
Title of presentation: "The Public Health Response to Climate Change"

1:45 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

David Rogers, University of Oxford
Title of presentation: "Climate Change: a Cause in Search of Effects?"

2:30 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

Stephen Morse, Columbia University
Title of presentation: "How Could Climate Change Affect Avian Influenza?"

3:15 p.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

3:30 p.m.

Special Session

Convenor: AIBS
"Science and Society: the Art of Communication"
Moderator: Ira Flatow, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.
Participants
Robert Morris, author of The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink
Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Sixty Days and Counting

4:30 p.m.

AIBS Annual Awards

Media Award — Michelle Nijhuis, High Country News
Past-President's Award — Douglas J. Futuyma, State University of New York at Stony Brook
President's Citation Award — Ira Flatow, NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday
Education Award — Eric Klopfer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Outstanding Service Award — David E. Blockstein, National Council for Science and the Environment
Distinguished Scientist Award — Terry L. Yates, University of New Mexico (posthumous)

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Break

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Welcome reception, poster session, and exhibits.

 

Tuesday, 13 May 2008



9:30 a.m.

Plenary Speaker

Andrew Dobson, Princeton University
Title of presentation: "Disentangling the Role of Climate, Immunity, and Biotic Interactions in the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases"

10:15 a.m.

Plenary Speaker

Duane Gubler, University of Hawaii
Title of presentation: "The 20th Century Emergence and Spread of Epidemic Dengue/Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: Is Climate or Environmental Change Responsible?"

11:00 a.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

11:30 a.m.

Special Session

Convenor: National Council for Science and the Environment
"Climate Change and Human Health: Developing Collaborations with the Public Health Community"
Moderator: David Blockstein, NCSE
Participants:
Bernard D. Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
David Hassenzahl, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Susan L. Polan, American Public Health Association
Caryl Eleanor Waggett, Allegheny College

12:30 p.m.

Lunch break

1:30 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

Stephen Hoffman, Sanaria Inc., Rockville, Maryland
Title of presentation: "The Role of Radiation Attenuated Plasmodium falciparum Sporozoite Vaccine in Global Malaria Eradication"

2:15 p.m.

Endnote Speaker

2008 AIBS President, Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, College Park

2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1
Convenors:
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study— Paul Beardsley
National Association of Biology Teachers
"Your Classroom: Integrating Case Studies and Evolution to Help Students Understand Infectious Disease"

Workshop 2 (included in meeting registration)
Convenor:
WGBH Educational Foundation — Ben Wiehe
Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science — Sheri Potter, Holly Menninger
"A Scientist Walks into a Bar: Using Science Cafés to Reach the Public"

5:00 p.m.

END OF AIBS MEETING

 

Members of the Press

Accredited members of the press are invited to attend all events at no charge. Contact Holly Menninger, AIBS Public Affairs Representative, at , 202-628-1500 x 229

Exhibitors, Sponsors, and General Information

Contact

Sue Burk
AIBS Meetings Director
1313 Dolley Madison Blvd., Ste. 402
McLean, VA 22101
Phone +1.703.790.1745 x 14
Phone +1.800.992.2427
Fax +1.703.790.2672

Download the Exhibitors and Sponsors Brochure (112 KB PDF)
Download the Exhibitors and Sponsors Registration Form (58 KB PDF)

Prices:

  • Tabletop display on 6'-wide table or 6'-wide freestanding booth $500
  • Materials at Take-One Table $200
  • Registration Packet Inserts $200 each
  • Website link on meeting website $100
  • Welcome Mixer and Poster Session Sponsor $2000
  • Student Poster Award Sponsor $1000
  • Diversity Scholars Luncheon Sponsor, $2000
  • Coffee Break Sponsor $1000 per coffee break
  • 25% across-the-board discount for nonprofits and AIBS member societies and organizations

Special Packages:

  • Platinum Sponsor - $5,000
  • Four paid meeting registrants
  • Recognition in registration material and 1 page advertisement in Program
  • Logo on tote bag
  • Marketing material inserted in conference bag
  • List of participants (w/contact information)
  • Slide recognition listing between presentations/sessions
  • Gold Sponsor - $2,500
  • Three paid meeting registrants
  • Recognition in registration material and 1/2 page advertisement in Program
  • Marketing material inserted in conference bag
  • List of participants (w/contact information)
  • Slide recognition listing between presentations/sessions
  • Silver Sponsor - $1,500
  • Two paid meeting registrants
  • Recognition in registration material and 1/4 page advertisement in Program
  • Marketing material inserted in conference bag
  • List of participants (w/contact information)
  • Bronze Sponsor - $500
  • One paid meeting registrant
  • Recognition in registration material and in Program
  • List of participants (w/contact information)
  • Supporting Sponsor - $250
  • One paid meeting registrant
  • Recognition in registration material and in Program
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