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2007 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize Awarded to Burton Richter for Exceptional Service to Science

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2007 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize Awarded to Burton Richter for Exceptional Service to Science and Society

For his outstanding contributions to science and its use in the shaping of public policy, Burton Richter, a Nobel laureate in physics and former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, has been awarded the 2007 Philip Hauge Abelson Prize.The prize selection committee praised Richter for "his world-class contributions to research, successful management of a leading scientific laboratory, and his unrelenting work (much of it behind the scenes) on behalf of science and its responsible use in shaping public policy."


By AAAS, USA.


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AAAS Honors Climate Scientist James Hansen with Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award

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AAAS Honors Climate Scientist James Hansen with Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award

James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been named to receive the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award during the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., for speaking forcefully about human influence on global climate despite pressure to alter his message.


By AAAS, USA.


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'Real-life Spiderwoman' Captures Students with Facts at AAAS Public Science Day

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'Real-life Spiderwoman' Captures Students with Facts at AAAS Public Science Day

Binford, also known as the 'real-life spiderwoman' for her work on spider venom, mesmerized more than 300 local students and teachers during AAAS Public Science Day. The 14 February event was sponsored by local colleges to bring students face to face with scientists here at the AAAS Annual Meeting.


By AAAS, USA.


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AAAS Leadership Again Decries Intimidation of Scientists Who Use Animals in Research

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AAAS Leadership Again Decries Intimidation of Scientists Who Use Animals in Research

In response to an attack by animal rights extremists who reportedly placed an incendiary device against the front door of a California researcher who uses animals in her research, AAAS reaffirmed a 29 November 2007 statement by its Board of Directors, decrying such tactics.For the second time in four months, the home of Edythe London, a professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral science and of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), apparently was targeted by animal rights extremists. The AAAS Board of Directors has noted that "the use of animals in research continues to make critical contributions to understanding basic life processes and to the treatment of human disease." Board members said they recognize and support the right of all citizens to protest and dissent from policies with which they disagree. But, they added that unlawful and dangerous actions should not be tolerated.


By AAAS, USA.


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