National Academies advisory: NAS annual meeting May 1-3

02/28/05

The National Academy of Sciences will hold its 142nd annual meeting, at which new Academy members will be elected. ELECTION RESULTS will be available on May 3 at noon EDT on the Web at http://national-academies.org. Reporters can register in advance to receive the list of new members via e-mail.

The meeting also will feature the NAS president's annual address to members, an award ceremony, and symposia. These events will be held in the auditorium of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

DETAILS:

MAY 1, 10 A.M. TO NOON MARS ROVER MISSION. At this session -- open to media and NAS members only -- STEVE SQUYRES, lead scientist for the mission, will discuss the exploration of the martian surface -- rovers' operations, scientific results, and the implications of the new data.

MAY 1, 1:30 P.M. TO 3 P.M. COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS. At this public symposium, panelists will discuss and explore methods -- computational, mathematical, and social-science -- used by researchers to better understand Web communities, economics and game theory, and the effects of connectivity on the marketplace.

MAY 2, 8:30 A.M. TO 9:15 A.M. NAS President BRUCE ALBERTS will address the members. His speech will be webcast live at national-academies.org. (The webcast requires RealPlayer software, available free at http://www.real.com/player.)

MAY 2, 2:30 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M. THE ACADEMIES GO GLOBAL. At this public symposium, international leaders in science will discuss the importance of organizing the world's science, health, and technology communities as a source of global science policy advice. A roundtable discussion on the future of international science policy will follow.

MAY 2, 8 P.M. TO 9 P.M. AWARD CEREMONY. Recipients of NAS awards in 2005 will be honored, including WILLIAM H. FOEGE, who received the Academy's most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. A reception will follow from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

MAY 3, 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M. WORLD YEAR OF PHYSICS: EINSTEIN IN THE 21st CENTURY. This symposium will celebrate Einstein's published papers, which shook the foundations of modern science. Speakers will discuss his renowned work and explain how his ideas still pervade the most advanced areas of modern physics.

REPORTERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.

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