American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
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Washington, DC 20005 Phone: (202) 628-1500
For Immediate Release: 3 March 2008
For more information, contact:
Sue Burk, AIBS Meetings Director
Washington, DC. The 2008 annual meeting of the American Institute of Biological Sciences will be held 12 and 13 May on the theme of “Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases,” at The Westin Arlington Gateway, Virginia. The program chair is 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, College Park.
Interrelationships of climate, environment, and human health are manifested in infectious disease patterns, notably seasonality. Vector borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Avian influenza, SARS, and related diseases are known to be closely linked to the environment and, more recently, to climate. Interactions between climate, climate change, and the environment have been studied extensively by investigators in the United States and abroad. The AIBS annual meeting will address these issues.
The interplay of science and science policy in cross-cutting themes involving science, public policy, and education will also be addressed in a special session with plenary speakers featuring science communicators, including authors of popular books addressing various aspects of infectious disease, human health, climate, and the environment. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the issues of climate change as these issues intersect with human health.
The rest of the meeting’s program will be rounded out by events including a contributed poster session, a diversity lunch, AIBS awards, a special session from the National Council for Science and the Environment on climate change and human health, a teachers workshop organized by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and National Association of Biology Teachers, and a workshop on science cafes organized by the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science. The 2008 AIBS annual meeting marks the anniversary of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, which began as a part of AIBS and is now celebrating 50 years of independent operations. Speakers at the event include:
In addition, special sessions are offered:
Accredited members of the press are invited to attend all events at no charge. Contact Holly Menninger, AIBS Public Affairs Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-628-1500 x 229
For more information about the AIBS annual meeting, visit: http://www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting/