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   from the issue of February 15, 2007

Researchers featured at AAAS event


Researchers featured at AAAS event

Three UNL researchers will give presentations Feb. 16-18 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest science research conference in the United States.

Christopher Fielding, Kenneth Cassman and Mary Anne Holmes were invited to present and discuss their research in front of thousands of peer scientists at the event in San Francisco.

The AAAS annual meeting is an international science and technology event that influences science professionals around the world and generates news coverage to further the public understanding of science. The range of topics makes it an important gathering for the growing segment of the science, technology, and engineering communities interested in interactions among disciplines.

The conference theme, "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being," brings together decision-makers and thinkers to address global and national issues in health, energy, the environment, economic development, education, terrorism and science frontiers.

Cassman, a professor of agronomy and horticulture, directs the new Center for Energy Sciences Research. His talk Feb. 18 is "The Science of Sustainability in U.S. Agriculture," as part of a symposium on "Science, Sustainability and Subsidies for Agriculture and Resource Conservation."

Fielding is a professor of geosciences and will talk Feb. 18 about "Reconciling Timing, Duration and Character of Late-Paleozoic Glaciations." His talk builds on his research co-authored by UNL researcher Tracy Frank and J.L. Isbell from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on an overview of their research on the rock record that shows repeated fluctuations of warming and cooling in eight glacial intervals, each 1-8 million years in duration. Fielding's presentation is part of a session on "Geosystems and Climate Lessons from Earth's Last Great Icehouse." Fielding, Frank and associates published a paper on associated climate-change research in the Jan. 5 issue of the international journal Science.

Holmes, a research associate professor in geosciences, will discuss barriers to the advancement of women in academia, both from structural impediments and inadequate preparation of women students for academic life. "Strategies To Improve the Retention of Women Science Professors," is part of a Feb. 16 session "Achieving and Sustaining a Diverse Science Work Force," and based on a paper co-authored with Suzanne O'Connell from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Information about AAAS and the annual meeting is available online at



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