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D'Souza AAAS committee

D'SouzaDr. Rena D'Souza, professor and chair of biomedical sciences, has been appointed by the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to serve as a member of the annual meeting scientific program committee.

AAAS annual meetings bring together an array of speakers addressing some of the most crucial and timely areas of science, technology, engineering, education and policy-making. The meeting is one of the most widely recognized and reported interdisciplinary scientific events. It typically includes up to 10,000 participants and hundreds of members of the national and international media. The 2009 meeting was held in February in Chicago and the 2010 meeting will be in San Diego.

The scientific program committee is charged with establishing the theme and program tracks, reviewing proposals and selecting symposia, and coordinating other scientific elements of the AAAS annual meeting. Fourteen members, each reflecting the scientific disciplines of the AAAS membership, are appointed to the committee to serve three-year terms.

AAAS is the world's largest federation of scientists and engineers with 130,000 members. Since its founding more than 160 years ago, AAAS has played a leading role in promoting scientific collaboration, attracting funding for scientific work and bringing scientific information to the public. AAAS runs programs in science policy, education, science and security. It also publishes the world-renowned journal, Science, which has the world’s largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal with an estimated 1 million readers.