Program information and registration for the ANNUAL MEETING of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, 14 - 15 May 2007

Joint Meeting with the Natural Science Collections Alliance

Cosponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Additional Sessions to Include Discussions of Framing Issues in Scientific Explanations, Launch of Online Encyclopedia of Life


Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

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


The 2007 AIBS annual meeting will be held 14 to 15 May 2007 in Washington DC, on the theme of "Evolutionary Biology and Human Health," at the Capital Hilton Hotel. The program chair is 2007 AIBS President Douglas Futuyma, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Plenary speakers and discussion groups will approach the meeting's topic from a variety of cross-cutting themes involving science, education, and public policy. Principles and methods of evolutionary biology are becoming increasingly important in many aspects of health science, among them understanding the human genome, the normal functions and malfunctions of human genes, and the origin and evolution of infectious diseases. These are among the topics addressed in sessions on Infectious Diseases; Genes and Genomics; and Human Adaptation and Malfunction. The rest of the meeting's program will be rounded out by events such as a contributed poster session, a diversity lunch, and AIBS awards.

The AIBS annual meeting this year is a joint meeting with the Natural Science Collections Alliance, whose meeting program is online here. Registration for the AIBS meeting includes entrance to all NSC Alliance events. The AIBS and NSC Alliance meetings take place immediately after the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) Conference and General Assembly (requires separate registration, see the IUBS meeting website), 9 -12 May at the Capital Hilton.

NOTE: The 2007 meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations will be held immediately following the AIBS annual meeting, in the same hotel, 15 May (2:00 pm - 5:30 pm) and 16 May (9:00 am - 12:30 pm).

AIBS Program and Schedule

(the Natural Science Collections Alliance program and schedule are online here)

Monday, 14 May
Congressional Room

8:30 a.m.

Opening remarks, AIBS President, Douglas Futuyma, State University of New York at Stony Brook

8:45 a.m.


Eric Green
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

"Comparative Genome Sequencing: Using Evolution to Decode the Human Genome"

Session A: Infectious Diseases

9:30 a.m.

Edward Holmes
Department of Biology
Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

"The Evolution of Emerging Viruses"

10:15 a.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

10:45 a.m.

Rustom Antia
Department of Biology
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

"Modeling the Emergence of Infectious Diseases"

11:30 a.m.

Session A Discussion Session

Plenary Speakers Edward Holmes and Rustom Antia
Irene A. Eckstrand, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health
Diane Griffin, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Robert Fleischer, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution

12:00 p.m.

Lunch break (on your own)

Special event: Diversity Luncheon (separate registration required; see meeting registration form) Speaker: Georgia M. Dunston, Director of Molecular Genetics, National Human Genome Center, Howard University, Washington DC

"Human Genome Variation in Human Identity and Health Disparities"

Discussion Group, 12:30 - 1:15pm: "Education at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center" with Kristin Jenkins, NESCent, Durham, NC. Includes information on the NESCent conference, 23 - 26 May, "Evolution in Contemporary Human Populations: Medical, Genetic, and Behavior Implications"; Read: Press Release (PDF 20 KB)

1:30 p.m.

AIBS Awards

Print Media Award - Kenneth R Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling for "Altered Oceans"
Broadcast Media Award - David Baron for "Bioko's Endangered Monkeys"
Past-President's Award - Kent E. Holsinger, University of Connecticut
President's Citation Award - Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History, New York
Education Award - Carol A. Brewer, University of Montana
Outstanding Service Award - William Murdoch, University of California, Santa Barbara
Distinguished Scientist Award - Simon A. Levin, Princeton University

Session B: Genes and Genomics

2:30 p.m.

Carlos Bustamante
Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

"Computational Methods for Enabling Gene Mapping in Natural Populations and Domesticated Species"

3:15 p.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

3:30 p.m.

Douglas C. Wallace
Center for Molecular & Mitochondrial Medicine and Genetics, Biological Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

"A Mitochondrial Paradigm of Metabolic and Degenerative Diseases, Cancer and Aging: A Dawn for Evolutionary Medicine."

(Sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology)

4:15 p.m.

Session B Discussion Session

Plenary Speakers Carlos Bustamante and Douglas Wallace
Stephen J. O'Brien, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Robert Fleischer, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution
Adam Fagen, The National Academies

5:00 p.m.

Special Discussion Groups: Education and other topics

These three 5 - 6 pm sessions are free and open to the public

Session 1: "Speaking Science 2.0: The Road to 2008 and Beyond"
with Matthew Nisbet, School of Communication, American University
and Chris Mooney, Washington correspondent, Seed magazine

Session 2: "Why don't doctors learn evolution, and what can we do about it?"
Randolph Nesse, Evolution and Human Adaptation Program, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Kenna Shaw, American Society of Human Genetics
Joseph McInerney, National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics

Session 3: "The Encyclopedia of Life: A Web Site for Every Species"
with James L. Edwards, Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Read: EOL Framework Distribution Draft (PDF 417 KB)

6:15-8:30 p.m.

Welcome reception, poster session, and exhibits


Tuesday, 15 May

Session C: Human Adaptation and Malfunction

9:00 a.m.

Sarah Tishkoff
Department of Biology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

"Genetic Variation and Adaptation in Africa: Implications for Human Evolution and Disease"

9:45 a.m.

Martin Nowak
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

"Evolutionary Dynamics of Cancer"

10:30 a.m.

Coffee break and exhibits

11:00 a.m.

Session C Discussion Session

Plenary Speakers Sarah Tishkoff and Martin Nowak
Jay Labov, National Academy of Sciences
Kenna Shaw, American Society of Human Genetics
Stephen J. O'Brien, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

11:45 a.m.


Randolph Nesse
Evolution and Human Adaptation Program
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

"Evolutionary Medicine is Flowering. How can we help it set seed?"

12:30 p.m.



Discussion Groups

Led by plenary speakers, invited guests, AIBS Board and committee members, and AIBS staff.

Diversity Luncheon (Pre-registration required)

Attendees interested in working towards expanding career, professional development, and service opportunities for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the biological sciences are welcome to register for the AIBS Diversity Luncheon on 14 May by checking the box on the meeting registration form. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the AIBS leadership, interact with members of the AIBS Human Resources Committee, and network with others interested in creating a more diverse scientific community.

Members of the Press

Accredited members of the press are invited to attend all events at no charge. Contact Richard O'Grady, AIBS Executive Director, at

Exhibitors and Sponsors and General Information

For full details, see the brochure and registration form (380 KB PDF).


  • 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


Sue Burk
AIBS Meetings Director
950 Herndon Parkway Suite 450
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone +1.703.790.1745 x 14
Fax +1.703.790.2672

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