98th Annual Meeting
The following symposia are in various stages of planning for the annual meeting. The listings below are tentative and subject to change. New symposia will be added as information is received from the organizers. Check this web site regularly for updated information. Inquiries can be emailed to email@example.com. If you plan to attend the meeting largely for one symposium, please call 541–552–6869 to confirm its status before committing travel funds.
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Index To Symposia
(2) The 2014-2016 Mass Coral Bleaching Event in the Pacific Islands – Impacts, Resilience, Hope and Actions
(3) Adiabatic Quantum Computation and Quantum Annealing Program withdrawn by organizer.
(4) Recent Advances in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Medicinal Chemistry
(5) Mechanisms of Tumor Progression and Cancer Therapeutics
(6) Social Responsibility of Scientists in the Technological Age
(7) Turbulence Conference at Mauna Kea (TMC 2017): Recent Advances in Turbulence Research
(8) High Altitude Climate Change Trends and Alpine Ecosystem Impacts in Hawaii
(9) New Challenges in Environmental Sciences, Heredity and Development, and Evolution
(10) Thinking Philosophically Across the Sciences: Analogies, Models, and Mechanisms
(11) The Humanities and the Changing Environment
(12) Structural Variation of Materials by Design
(1) Galápagos 2017: Galápagos and Hawai`i. Organizer: Matthew J. James (Department of Geology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Two day program, scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, 20 and 22 June.
This will be a three-day symposium with opportunities for speakers with research interests in both the Galápagos Islands and the Hawaiian Islands. The range of topics can cover conservation biology, any aspect of zoology, botany, or paleontology and geology, and evolutionary biology. Holding the symposium on the Big Island of Hawai’i will afford an opportunity for interactions between researchers with expertise in two of the world’s best known archipelagoes, that also have played pivotal roles in shaping evolutionary theory and testing policies and procedures in conservation biology. Those interested in contributing to the symposium should contact the symposium organizer and AAASPD President for 2017 Prof. Matt James, Sonoma State University at email@example.com.
Over the period 2014-2016 (and possibly into 2017), coral reefs experienced the longest lasting (2.5–3 years) and likely the most damaging and widespread global coral bleaching event ever observed. Across the vast Pacific Ocean, repeated mass coral bleaching and mortality events were observed in Hawaii in the North Pacific in 2014 and 2015, in Samoa in the South Pacific in 2015, in the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific in 2014 and 2015, in Kiribati and the Line and Phoenix Islands of the Central Pacific in 2015-2016, across much of the Great Barrier Reef and portions of the Coral Triangle in 2016, across Micronesia in 2016, and elsewhere around the globe. The early stages of this global bleaching event appeared associated with the so-called ‘Blob’ of anomalously warm water across the eastern North Pacific in 2013-2015 and later tightly associated with the extreme 2015-2016 El Nino warm event. This symposium aims to bring together a diverse range of speakers to discuss all aspects of this devastating coral bleaching event, including: the causative warm water events, the observed vulnerabilities, resistances, and resilience of different coral taxa under varying environmental conditions, lessons learned from laboratory and mesocosm response experiments and numerical models, reasons and needs for hope and optimism, and actions that local communities and global society can take to reduce the frequency, severity, and impacts of future mass bleaching events to increase the likelihood of persistence of coral reef ecosystems and marine biodiversity in the face of climate change.
Program withdrawn by organizer.
The development of novel therapeutic strategies is a long and complex process that requires a detailed understanding of mechanisms that regulate homeostasis, along with an appreciation of the delicate balance that exists between the pharmacological and toxicological effects of chemical compounds. This session will focus on recent advances in understanding the pharmacological and toxicological effects of known drugs, drug candidates, other chemicals and environmental contaminants. Investigators are invited to present research on the identification of targets for new drug development, new drug screening strategies, discovery and development of potential drug candidates as well as elucidation of novel mechanisms of drug action. Emphasis will also be placed on the identification of mechanisms of toxicity for drugs, chemicals and environmental contaminants, as well as novel approaches to toxicity testing.
Cancer is a large group of different diseases, all involving uncontrolled growth of cells in the body. During tumor progression, cells proliferate, form malignant tumors, invade to nearby parts of the body and metastasize, or spread, to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. This program will provide scientific presentations addressing different mechanisms of tumor progression and metastasis, as well as mechanistic discussions on established and emerging cancer therapeutics. This symposium is designed for all types of biomedical researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, physicians and oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, and others who research or manage patients with cancer.
The technological age has brought unprecedented benefits to society. Given the scope and speed of these developments, though, society may not have the ability and time to fully understand long-term impacts and react appropriately. For example, DDT, upon the discovery of its anti-arthropod activities, was widely used to help control diseases such as malaria. It was only years later that its sinister side was realized with the discovery that it accumulated within food chains causing reproductive failure in bird populations and problems in other species as well. The development of CFCs led to widespread use of these compounds as refrigerants, only to later be determined a causative factor in the development of holes in the ozone layer. The development of newer chemicals such as neonicotinoids for insect control and glyphosate and atrazine for weed control has environmentalists worried that sensitive ecosystems and even entire biospheres may be endangered by these newer chemical and genetic engineering technologies. The thesis of this symposium is that science, as an expression of human life, should embody ethics and responsibility. Technology, being an outcome of science, should be considered a scientific responsibility. This symposium will focus on the approach scientists and technologists might take to fulfill this responsibility by discussing such questions as:
(7) Turbulence Conference on Mauna Kea (TCM 2017): Recent Advances in Turbulence Research. Organizer: Frank Jacobitz (Mechanical Engineering Department, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org). Co-organizers: Kai Schneider (Institut de Mathématiques de Marseille (I2M) du Centre de Mathématiques et d’Informatique, Aix-Marseille Université, 39, rue Joliot-Curie, 13453 Marseille Cedex 13, France; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org and Katsunori Yoshimatsu (Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University, Nagoya, 464-8603, Japan; email@example.com).
Three day program, scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 20, 22, and 23 June.
The turbulent motion of fluids is an important mechanism for the transport and mixing in many engineering applications and geophysical environment. This symposium is organized as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and it aims to include work on recent advances in turbulence research from theoretical, experimental, and field studies. In addition to oral and poster presentations in the mornings, the symposium will include time for discussions and joint work during the afternoon and evenings of the conference days.
A discussion of tropical alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems in high mountain areas of Hawai'i as influenced by ongoing rapid climate change. Papers will focus specifically on high altitude vegetation ecotones, seabird habitat, and unique arthropod diversity The session will include both scientific and management issues for protected lands in the alpine zone ecosystems including: National Parks, State Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Science Reserves. The natural resource issues and stakeholder concerns common to these areas span diverse management jurisdictions and objectives.ABSTRACTS: Click HERE to download.
(9) New Challenges in Environmental Sciences, Heredity and Development, and Evolution. Organizer: Roberta L. Millstein (Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616; RLMillstein@UCDavis.edu).
Half-day program, scheduled for Thursday morning, 22 June.
The history and philosophy of biology examines conceptual, methodological, and ethical assumptions across the biosciences. Three areas of biology that have received particular attention include environmental sciences (such as conservation biology), development and heredity, and evolution. Yet new scientific, theoretical, and technological findings raise new challenges in each of these areas. We seek to clarify and address these challenges.
As society and the sciences become increasingly specialized, it becomes ever more difficult to talk to one another across the sciences. We explore a number of ways in which we might cross scientific disciplines by examining a number of different areas of science and thinking about the various ways in which the sciences could potentially find common ground: models, analogical reasoning, mechanisms, incorporating citizens into science, and policy issues.
Poets, Writers, Artists, Philosophers, Historians and other Humanists have noticed, described and reshaped our cultural views of Nature and the Environment for centuries. Today they have a new challenge in how they see, understand, and depict what we as human beings have done to the planet while science explains how radically we have altered it to its detriment.
Speakers will describe their work on two-dimensional materials and surfaces, which are interesting from both a scientific and an applications point of view. By systematically varying the structure, either by separating layers, or adding/subtracting atoms, or straining the materials, forefront techniques allow new and surprising physical properties to emerge. The Scanning Tunneling Microscope can be used to move individual atoms, and engineer a structure with unusual magnetic and other properties. The second speaker describes isolating 2D monolayers from layered materials, which result in greatly improved electrical properties. A third will describe the calculations on these systems, which use high performance computing centers, and which give unusual insight into these materials.ABSTRACTS: Click HERE to download.