“Building a Global Knowledge Society”
A woman photographs the skyline of downtown Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, on February 3, 2010. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Dr. Sharon H. Hrynkow serves as Counselor and Senior Scientist in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary.

The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) concluded on President’s Day after five days of scientific discussions around the conference theme, “Building a Global Knowledge Society.” The meeting, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, brought together over 5,000 scientists, students, journalists, policy practitioners, and university administrators from more than 50 nations, every state of the United States, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C, and more than 6,000 citizens who participated in “Family Science Days.” With the spotlight on innovation and international collaboration, it came as no surprise that there was a palpable buzz at the meeting, one fueled by the many exchanges among scientists taking place during the formal sessions as well as in the coffee shops and corridors throughout the convention hall.

This buzz of excitement… more »

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