University of San Diego to Host Pacific Division Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Research on climate change, a demonstration of 3-D technologies, and policing in diverse communities are a few of the topics at a meeting of leading scientists taking place at the University of San Diego from June 14-17.

Nearly 450 professors and researchers are expected to attend the 97th annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Several of the sessions are also free and open to the public.

“As an institution committed to research and exploration we’re excited to host the 2016 event,” said University of San Diego President James T. Harris III. “It’s fitting that it takes place here in San Diego since 2016 marks the Centennial Celebration of the first independent meeting of the Pacific Division which also occurred in America’s Finest City.” That first gathering, one of the first general science meetings in San Diego, took place at the San Diego High School and the U.S. Grant Hotel.

Climate change will be a major topic at the conference, including research on how ocean warming and increased acidity are affecting marine organisms. University of San Diego researchers will share their work on communicating the effects of climate change to diverse audiences. Several presentations have a local focus including sessions on the ecology of Mission Bay.

The meeting’s first-ever Scientific Maker Exhibit will showcase do-it-yourself lab equipment created with technologies such as 3-D printers and simple electronic sensors.

As communities across the country continue to grapple with shootings and other conflicts, participants will discuss how forensic psychology can make law enforcement agencies more culturally responsive.

“Engaging Science” is the theme for the 2016 event, said Frank Jacobitz, President of the AAAS’s Pacific Division and Professor at the University of San Diego Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. “We want to reflect on where science has come in the last 100 years and where it is headed, as it continues to percolate in the social consciousness of citizens.”

The public is invited to free afternoon sessions on Friday, June 17 at the USD Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. No RSVP is necessary. Topics will include climate change, the evolution of drug discovery from ancient to modern times, thermodynamics and life, and integrating the humanities and science and technology to find solutions to local and global challenges.

Community college professors and K-12 educators are eligible to attend the entire event at a reduced rate.

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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