97th Annual Meeting
University of San Diego
San Diego, California
June 14 - 17, 2016

"Engaging Science"


for USD Campus

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Presentation DATES, TIMES, PLACES and OTHER INFORMATION for the San Diego Meeting (PDF)

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Information for
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Information for
Field Trip Organizers

Meeting Flyer
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Scientific Maker
Program Flyer

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Call for Contributed Oral and Poster Papers

Call for Symposia

Call for Workshops

Affiliated Societies
and Sections

Sponsoring Programs
Contact Information

Meeting Rooms

Presentation Dates,
Times, and Rooms

Poster Sessions


K-14 Teachers

Preliminary Meeting Schedule


Housing and Meals


Workshops and
AAAS Forums

Field Trips

Public Lecture Abstracts

Maker Exhibit Abstracts



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The Pacific Division of AAAS is pleased to announce the conclusion of its Centennial Year with its 97th annual meeting, to be held on the campus of the University of San Diego (USD), 14 – 17 June 2016. We are also pleased to announce that once again the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, will be joining us. Membership in AAAS or its affiliated societies is not required to participate in or present research at the meeting.

All scientists, including graduate and undergraduate students, are invited to present their research results at the meeting, either orally or as posters. Persons paying the registration fee may attend all scientific sessions as well as participate in many other activities (field trips require advance registration and payment of additional fees). USD's Dr. Frank Jacobitz (Mechanical Engineering) is chairing the Division's local program committee, with the able assistance of Drs. Ron Kaufmann (Environmental and Ocean Sciences), Veronica Galván (Psychological Sciences), Ronn Johnson (Clinical Mental Health Program) and Ms. Amy Besnoy (Copley Library).

The theme for this year's meeting is "Engaging Science." Engaging Science is particularly relevant for this, our 100th anniversary of the first independent meeting of the Pacific Division of AAAS, also in San Diego. Engaging Science reflects not only on how researchers go about entering into their scientific endeavors but also on how science can captivate the imaginations of the general public, especially through the intersections of science with the arts, literature, and music. One goal of this meeting is to take time to think about where science has come from over the last 100 years and where it might be heading into the future, both in the minds of those doing and teaching about scientific research as well as those of the public at large as it brushes up against the humanities and continues to percolate into the social consciousness of the citizenry.

New for the meeting this year is a Maker Program, which includes an exhibit of maker projects followed by a maker symposium. Click HERE to download a flyer describing this program and the requirements to be part of the maker exhibit. To apply to demonstrate a scientific maker device, click HERE.

Plan to join us for a full schedule of activities:

Societies and Sections Sponsoring Programs

The following societies and Pacific Division sections will sponsor symposia and/or contributed paper and poster sessions at the meeting:

o Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society

o Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources

o Anthropology and Archaeology

o Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences

o Cell and Molecular Biology

(includes Medical and Dental Research in these areas)

o Chemistry and Biochemistry

o Computer and Information Sciences

o Earth Sciences

(includes Geology, Physical Geography, Geophysics, Paleobiology)

o Ecology, Environmental Sciences, and Sustainability

o Education

o Engineering, Technology, and Applied Sciences

o Evolution, Organismal Biology, and Biodiversity

o General and Interdisciplinary

o History and Philosophy of Science

o Materials Science

o Mathematics

o Physics

o Psychology

o Science and the Arts and Humanities

o Social, Economic, and Political Sciences

(includes Health Services)

Societies and Sections – Contact Information

Click HERE for society and section contact information.

Meeting Rooms

This year's technical sessions will be held on the campus of the University of San Diego, San Diego, California. All meeting rooms will be equipped with computers running PowerPoint and computer projectors. Speakers requiring other equipment must make their requests known at the time of abstract submission. Such equipment will be provided, if available, and may incur an expense for the presenter.

Presentation Dates, Times and Rooms

The meeting rooms and presentation time schedule will be published in the "Program with Abstracts" issue of the Proceedings (vol. 35, part 1), which will be provided to all meeting registrants at registration. Speakers will be able to download the schedule, which shows their day, time and place to present, from this and from the AAAS Pacific Division homepage no later than 1 June 2016.


Poster Sessions

Each poster will be assigned a display space of 48" H x48" W (roughly 1.2 m x 1.2 m). Posters will be grouped by discipline and subject matter. Each presenter will be given at least two hours for poster display, although more time may be available. Presenters should set up their posters no later than 15 minutes before the beginning of their presentation session and are expected to be available to discuss their work while their poster is on display. Posters should be removed within 15 minutes of the close of the session. Student posters will be judged for Awards of Excellence. Therefore, students must be available for questions until all of the judges have seen their posters.

Please check our current Newsletter for the most up to date information on posters.

A web site with much useful information pertaining to poster presentation is that prepared by G.R. Hess, K. Tosney, and L. Liegel, 2006, Creating Effective Poster Presentations. CLICK HERE to enter the site.



The AAAS Pacific Division is pleased to offer a number of programs to encourage students to attend its annual meetings and to help further their career goals. These include:

for students presenting their original research at an annual meeting:

    • complimentary ticket to the divisional banquet upon request (student awards are announced at this event)
    • sectional and divisional awards for excellence in student research presentations at the meeting, which include
      • certificates of award
      • cash awards

      sample judging forms:     ORAL   pdf     POSTER   pdf

to aid research projects leading to students' advanced degrees:

Additional information for students...click here.

Teachers, K - 14

The AAAS Pacific Division strives to offer symposia and workshops specifically organized to meet teachers' classroom needs and to introduce them to new and exciting materials and techniques. Teachers K–12 and Community College who plan to attend the meetings may pre-register at a reduced rate. There are also a limited number of $75 stipends available to K – 14 teachers that pre-register for the meeting and request the stipend on their Early Registration form.

The Division’s Science and Technology Education Section seeks teachers' participation in its sessions to share their knowledge and innovative methodologies with colleagues. To this end, contributed paper and poster sessions are being planned. Teachers attending the annual meeting can receive, upon request, a certificate of attendance from the Pacific Division.

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