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ERIC Number: EJ788884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A Rite of Science Puts on a Public Face
Monastersky, Richard
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n23 pA1 Feb 2008
This week newspapers in Beijing, radios in Brisbane, and television sets in Berlin will all carry stories springing from Room 112, a windowless cell buried within Boston's Hynes Convention Center. More than 600 reporters and producers from media outlets around the world will be buzzing around that news-briefing room and nearby meeting halls, lured by legions of scientists giving talks about AIDS, climate change, poverty, stem cells, and many other thorny issues that confront modern society. This rite has been repeated, in one form or another, for the past 160 years, ever since the first meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, known to most as the AAAS. That initial gathering, in Philadelphia in 1848, convened the top natural historians of antebellum America, and the annual event soon became the premier intellectual meeting of the country. In recent decades, though, the AAAS has struggled to keep its annual meeting from fading into history. As more-specialized societies have taken over the regular business of science, the AAAS meeting has had trouble attracting researchers and providing cutting-edge presentations. It actually loses money for its parent organization, and some have questioned its usefulness. So the AAAS has tried to carve out a unique niche for its annual meeting--as a place where scientists can best reach out not just to colleagues, but also to the mass media and the world at large.
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Language: English
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