AAAS Conference 2012


The 2012 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was held in Vancouver, and some of our students attended. According to its website, the AAAS is a nonprofit professional society dedicated to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence across all disciplines, and to the public's understanding of science and technology. AAAS is among the oldest scientific societies in America, having been founded in Philadelphia in 1848. The AAAS Annual Meeting offers a unique, exciting, interdisciplinary blend of more than 150 symposia, plenary and topical lectures, specialized seminars, poster presentations, and Exhibit Hall.

Professor Rick Routledge was one of the speakers featured at the meeting. The focus of his talk, entitled Fire History in Ponderosa Pine Grasslands: Lessons from the Past, was what the layers of charcoal in lake-bottom sediment can tell us about an area’s forest fire history. He also discussed whether First Nations’ historical success with using frequent intentionally set small fires to suppress forest fire occurrence generally could inform present day forest fire management. Click here to learn more.

fileProfessor Rick Routledge
fileGraduate student Nathaniel Payne and his brother-in-law with Rick Hansen.
fileThe theme of this year's meeting.