May 1, 2008


The 2008 AIBS annual meeting will take place at the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel in Arlington, Virginia, a two-minute walk from the National Science Foundation building and the Ballston Metro station. The program chair is AIBS President Rita Colwell, of the University of Maryland at College Park. The theme is Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases. Registration and poster submission forms are online at

Program and Schedule

Opening Remarks

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

Keynote Speaker

  • Terry L. Maple, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo, and
    co­author, with Newt Gingrich, of A Contract with the Earth

Plenary Speakers
(in order of presentation)

  • James E. Hansen (National Aero­nautics and Space Administration):
    “Global Warming: The Threat to Life”

  • Durland Fish (Yale University): “Environmental Determinants
    of Lyme Disease Risk”

  • Howard Frumkin (National Center for Environmental Health): “The
    Public Health Response to Climate Change”

  • David Rogers (University of Oxford): “Infectious Diseases
    and the Environment”

  • Stephen Morse (Columbia University): “How Could Climate Change Affect Avian Influenza?”

  • Andrew Dobson (Princeton University): “Disentangling the Role of Climate, Immunity, and Biotic Interactions in the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases”

  • Duane Gubler (University of Hawaii): “The 20th Century Emergence and Spread of Epidemic Dengue/Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: Is Climate or Environmental Change Responsible?”

  • Stephen Hoffman (Sanaria Inc., Rockville, Maryland): “The Role of Radiation-attenuated Plasmodium falciparum Sporozoite Vaccine in Global Malaria Eradication”

Endnote Speaker

  • 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell

Special Sessions

  • Special Session 1: “Science and Society: The Art of Communication”

    Convenor: AIBS

    Moderator: Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio’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: “Climate Change and Human Health: Developing Collaborations with the Public Health Community”

    Convenor: National Council on Science and the Environment


  • Workshop 1: “Your Classroom: Integrating Case Studies and Evolution to Help Students Understand Infectious Disease”

    Convenors: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and the National Association of Biology Teachers

  • Workshop 2: “A Scientist Walks into a Bar: Using Science Cafés to Reach the Public”

    Convenors: WGBH Educational Foundation and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science

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