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.