CSSP Chair Elect David Penrose (left)and CSSP President and CEO Madeleine Jacobs share a lighter moment with AAAS CEO Rush Holt.  Photo Credit: Peter Cutts.

CSSP Chair Elect David Penrose (left)and CSSP President and CEO Madeleine Jacobs share a lighter moment with AAAS CEO Rush Holt.
Photo Credit: Peter Cutts.

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents held a highly successful meeting in Washington, D.C., May 2-5, with nearly 50 people in attendance! Our members and special guests heard from an array of brilliant scientists working on the frontiers of science and covering topics from the brain and olfaction to 3-D printing. In addition, sessions on the future of science publication, enhancing the public appreciation of science, issues in climate and energy, and unlocking the value of science by interdisciplinarity kept our attendees’ attention. The Honorable Bart Gordon, a former Congressman from Tennessee and chair of the House Science Committee and now a partner in K&L Gates, and the Honorable Rush Holt, a former Congressman from New Jersey and now the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, offered concrete ideas on forging a common message to the new Congress. Dr. Peter Gleick, President & Co-Founder, Pacific Institute, spoke on “2st Century Water Challenges and Solutions.” Dr. Gleick received the CSSP Citation for Leadership & Achievement Award. Dr. James Pellegrino, Co-Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, spoke on learning paradigms and received the CSSP Educational Research Award. We also inaugurated The Fred Kavli Science at the Frontiers Lecture, delivered by Dr. Alan Lightman of MIT. This address, made possible by The Kavli Foundation, was a free, public lecture and was well attended. Dr. Lightman’s address is available on the CSSP YouTube Channel, and also by clicking here. It is entertaining and informative.

It is not too early to mark your calendars for  December 5-8, the fall meeting of CSSP which is already shaping up to be a jam-packed and exciting meeting. The Fred Kavli Science at the Frontiers Lecture will be held on Monday, December 7. Watch our website for details.

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