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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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Education, Industry Leaders See Legal Threats to Diversity in Higher Ed S&T Programs

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Education, Industry Leaders See Legal Threats to Diversity in Higher Ed S&T Programs

Recent U.S. court decisions limiting efforts to recruit underrepresented minority students pose a profound challenge for colleges, universities and science-related industries, educators and business leaders said at a recent forum co-sponsored by AAAS. Still, they said, many effective programs are in place, and others could be put in place, that meet the legal standard of strict scrutiny and result in more diversified student bodies.


By AAAS, USA.


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