Scientists gather next week in Boise

Boise residents will get a rare chance to hear some of the nation’s top scientists talk about issue ranging from space and crime to global warming.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division will convene in Boise from June 24 to 27 with presentations and field trips.

Among the highlights will be a discussion featuring former NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan; explorations of criminal psychology in a dozen high-profile cases; and a look at how the warming climate is changing sagebrush-steppe ecosystems in Idaho and beyond.

Registration and the full AAA program are available online.

The division's 93rd annual meeting will be held at the Boise Centre on the Grove, alongside of the 67th Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. They expect an estimated 700-800 registrants In addition, the program features a number of lectures and discussions that are open to the public, without charge.

They include a panel Sunday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m., "When Science and Policy Meet: Marriage or Divorce?" The panelists will examine both successful and failed efforts at this important relationship.

John Bieter, an associate professor of history at Boise State University (BSU), will deliver a lecture, "Aukera: A History of the Basques in Idaho." Monday June 25 at 8 p.m.

Greg Hampikian, BSU professor of biological sciences and criminal justice, will present a lecture about his DNA work and Amanda Knox's Wrongful Conviction.

Pacific Division President Robert Chianese will talk about a new monograph-"Art Inspired by Science: Imaging the Natural World," Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

Certainly they will be

Certainly they will be plotting to to lie about things like global warming and tobacco. In no other venue than science can you get near unanimous agreement on anything, but in science, they stick together to lie.

Global warming Scientists?

Global warming Scientists? Is that an oxymoron?


So this is your latest theory?


You fry wants with that?

What does the 'Godfather' of Global Warming have to say now? Enjoy your little religion.

It's all a horse's rear? Capish.


You fry wants with that?

He says

That says that rapid climate change caused by fossil fuel burning is happening but its more complex than he earlier recognized. Since he predicted more impacts than most he's now backing off those predictions short term.

I tend to go with Revkin's view which he states in this post

Both he and Roberts are journalists, not scientists. But both journalism and science are human constructs so they both share our strengths and weaknesses.

Scientists meet to discuss basically....

nothing, and complain about America and their tenure (pensions)....

Towards greater ignorance

This trend of demonizing scientists (and teachers) bodes poorly for our intellectual future. This helps to explain how an inarticulate buffoon like shrub could be elected...twice.

Bush doesn't have anything to do with it. Come again?


You fry wants with that?

sure he does

I think one of the reasons shrub had the support he did was in large part due to his image as a non-intellectual. The comments on this thread reflect the growing disdain for educated experts (elites). And this anti-intellectualism is also reflected in the demonization of teachers. This is not a good thing when ignorance is exalted. You get dain bramaged leaders like shrub.

As reason is the enemy of faith, ignorance is the enemy of democracy.

He didn't do it all by himself...


You fry wants with that?

shrub was the result...

not the cause.