2009 Annual Meeting, 18-19 May
The Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia

In collaboration with

Year of Science 2009          Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
(Biological Sciences
Curriculum Study)
National Association of Biology Teachers          National Council for Science and the Environment
(National Council
for Science and
the Environment)

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

Monday, 18 May 2009

8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

May R. Berenbaum

May R. Berenbaum, 2009 AIBS President
Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Bruce Alberts

Bruce Alberts
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California - San Francisco; Science editor-in-chief
"Why Redefining Science Education is the Key to Enhancing the Public Understanding of Science"

9:45 a.m.

Plenary Speaker

Louise E. Jackson

Louise E. Jackson
Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
"Biodiversity-friendly Agriculture: Why Scale Matters"

10:45 a.m.

Coffee break, exhibits, and posters

11:15 a.m.

Plenary Speaker

Fred Gould

Fred Gould
Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University
"From Transgenic Crops to Transgenic Pests: How Can AgBiotech Be Green?"

12:15 - 2:45

Lunch on your own, exhibits, posters, mid-day awards, guest speaker, book signings (see below)

12:15 p.m.

AIBS Awards Luncheon (ticketed event; tickets available for purchase with online meeting registration or onsite)

1:00 p.m.

AIBS Awards Presentation (open to all meeting attendees)

in Luncheon Room

Distinguished Scientist Award: Joseph Felsenstein, Department of Genome Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Washington
Education Award: Bruce Alberts, University of California - San Francisco; Science editor-in-chief
Outstanding Service Award: Robert Pennock, Michigan State University
President's Citation Award (video-recorded acceptance) Michael Pollan, Author and John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism
Immediate Past-President's Award: Rita Colwell, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Media Award: Chip Rowe, Senior Editor, Playboy Magazine, "The Hard Facts"

1:45 p.m.

Special Guest Speaker

Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney
Center for Collaborative History, Princeton University
Speaking about his new book, Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future

2:15 p.m.

Book signings by Bruce Alberts, Chris Mooney, and Robert T. Pennock

Exhibits and posters continue until 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

Robert Tauxe

Robert Tauxe
National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Foodborne Diseases: The Continuing Public Health Challenge of Finding Problems and Finding Solutions"

3:45 p.m.

Coffee break, exhibits, posters

4:15 p.m.

Breakout Discussion Groups A (concurrent sessions)

  1. Group 1. "What Does the Public Learn from the Media about Sustainable Agriculture?"

    This hour-long session will review what is known about the media's impact on public understanding of and attitude towards sustainable agriculture and will provide an opportunity for discussion. Few studies have examined public understanding of agriculture (including sustainable practices), although there is a sense that the public is disconnected from farming issues. Given this, we will discuss learning from the media in general, factors that influence news media coverage of agricultural issues, and framing of these issues. In our discussion, we will consider what the public has learned and can learn about sustainable agriculture from the news media and ponder how news media, and communication in general, can improve public understanding and discourse.
    • Cathlyn Stylinski, Senior Agent, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

    • Martin Storksdieck, Director of Project Development, Institute for Learning Innovation

  2. Group 2. "The Science and Technology of Biofuels"

    Introduction Biofuels: Fact vs. Fiction
    • Alan Hecht, Director for Sustainable Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    The Technology Challenges of Converting Feedstocks to Biofuels Sustainable Biofuel Production: Addressing Environmental and Health Issues Science and Modeling Challenges to Assess Land-Use Changes and Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  3. Group 3. "The ABCs of Agriculture, Biodiversity and Climate Change"

    The rapidly changing climate makes the conservation of biodiversity even more important as a course of resilience and adaptability. Genetic diversity is essential to the continued production of food and fiber. Agricultural landscapes are important reservoirs of biological diversity and agricultural practices can have significant positive and negative impacts on natural biodiversity. Yet, there is little interchange among the agricultural, biodiversity and climate change communities of scientists or policymakers.This session will explore issues of science and policy at the intersection of these issues. We will look both from a genetic and landscape perspective, domestically and internationally.

    Overview from Session Chair
    Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
    Ecosystem Services Provided by Agricultural Biodiversity
    • Devra Jarvis, Senior Scientist, Agricultural Biodiversity and Ecosystems Diversity for Livelihoods Programme at Bioversity International

    Domestic Policy Issues Related to Biodiversity and Agriculture
    • Martha L. Noble, Senior Policy Associate, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

    International Policy Issues Related to Biodiversity and Agriculture
    • Susan H. Bragdon, Sustainability Advisor to the Oregon Board of Higher Education and Director of the Summer Sustainability Series

5:30 p.m.

Adjourn for the day at the hotel

6:00 p.m.

Buses leave hotel for the National Academies' Koshland Science Museum and Keck Center, Washington, DC

6:30 p.m.

Tour of the Koshland Science Museum

7:00 p.m.

Reception, then Lecture at the Keck Center

Robert Pennock

Robert Pennock
"Reason Enough for Scientific Researches: Darwin and the Scientific Virtues"

9:00 p.m.

Buses return to the hotel


Tuesday, 19 May 2009

9:00 a.m.

Plenary Speaker

Hans R. Herren

Hans R. Herren
Millennium Institute, Arlington Virginia
"Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: The Wake-up Call for Change"

10:00 a.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

10:30 a.m.

Breakout Discussion Groups B (concurrent sessions)

  1. Group 1. "Transforming Education in Agriculture and Biological Sciences: Implementing NRC's 'Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World'"

    This session is motivated by the 2009 National Research Council report 'Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World'. Panelists and participants will discuss the relevance of the report to the AIBS community, the need for integration of agriculture with biological sciences at the undergraduate level, the impact of the report and its messages for the university community, and the role of disciplinary societies in addressing the themes in the report. The session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in the agriculture and biological sciences communities to suggest and refine ideas for implementing change in undergraduate education.
    • Adam P. Fagen, The National Academies Board on Life Sciences

    • Peter Bruns, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    • Ian Maw, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

    • John Havlin, Department of Soil Science, North Carolina State University and the Soil Science Society of America

  2. Group 2. "Changing the Way We Talk about Science: Understanding Science and Year of Science 2009"
    • Sheri Potter, COPUS Network Project Manager and the American Institute of Biological Sciences

    • Jen Collins, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

    • Marie Studer, Encyclopedia of Life

  3. Group 3. "Agroecology of Biofuels"

    As cropping systems will shift to produce biofuels, how will policy guide agricultural production, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities? This breakout session is an opportunity to list and discuss the policies and practices affecting sustainable agricultural production systems, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities.

    Introduction and Moderator
    • Elizabeth Kirchner, the American Institute of Biological Sciences

    Water Resources and Biofuels Agricultural Economics and the Biofuels Rural Sociology and Biofuels Production

11:30 a.m.

Lunch break

1:00 p.m.

Special Session 1

Scott M. Swinton

Scott M. Swinton
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Title: "Cultivating Agricultural Landscapes for Ecosystem Services"

Taylor Ricketts, Co-presenter, Conservation Science Program, World Wildlife Fund-USA
Title: "Pollination Services, Sustainable Agriculture, and Your Lunch"

2:00 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

Pedro Sanchez

Pedro Sanchez
"The African Green Revolution Moves Forward"

3:00 p.m.

Endnote Speaker

May R. Berenbaum

May R. Berenbaum
"America's Agricultural Future: Soylent Green + 25"

3:30 p.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

4:00 p.m.

Workshops (concurrent sessions)

  1. "Fuels for the Future? Helping Students Use a Systems Approach to Analyze Biofuel Production." Sponsored by the NABT and BSCS
    • In this workshop, educators will be introduced to inquiry-based activities designed to both help students learn about ethanol generation from plants and to think critically about ethanol as a fuel for society. Educators will participate in a laboratory activity that helps students apply their understanding of biomolecules, enzymes, and anaerobic cellular respiration to the challenge of efficiently converting starch into ethanol. Educators will also learn to teach students how to use a systems approach to analyze critically the practicality of ethanol as major source of fuel.

      Paul Beardsley, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)

  2. "Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media"
    • AIBS Public Policy Office staff provide public presentations and small-group training programs that help scientists and educators become effective advocates for science. Participants at this mini-workshop will learn of basic skills and knowledge that will help them work productively with policymakers, administrators, news reporters, or the public. A tool-kit of quick reference materials will be provided, including the AIBS publication, Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.

      Robert Gropp, Director of Public Policy, American Institute of Biological Sciences

  3. "Professional Science Masters: Connecting to the Business Side of Science"
    • The worlds of science and business are increasingly interconnected, creating strong demand for the Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree and graduates who can combine their scientific and technical knowledge with business and communication skills. This interactive workshop will help you learn more about the national PSM movement and its potential role in sustainable agriculture.

      Ursula Bechert, National Professional Science Masters Association, Oregon State University

      Patrick Lukulay, U.S. Pharmacopeia

      Terry Bousquet, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.

      May R. Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana

      Carol Lynch, Council of Graduate Schools

      Myles Boylan, National Science Foundation

  4. "Updates on Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students through the National Science Foundation Division of Graduate Education Programs"

5:30 p.m.


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