Annual Report 2012 - Building a Global Knowledge Society: Science Communication and Collaboration

AAAS Chair Nina V. Fedoroff
and CEO Alan I. Leshner provide an overview of the organization’s efforts to advance science and serve society.

On the Cover

Even the seemingly pristine Galápagos Islands, one of the most biologically rich and diverse ecosystems on the planet, face increasing threats as a result of climate change, water pollution, invasive plants and animals and other challenges related to human activities. This famous view of Pinnacle Rock on Bartholomew Island was captured in February 2013 by Alan I. Leshner. An extinct volcano, Bartholomew Island features colorful lava formations and wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, Pacific green sea turtles, sea lions and a rare colony of Galápagos penguins. Pinnacle Rock (on the right) is a spear-shaped obelisk known as a “tuff cone,” formed when sea water cooled volcanic magma, triggering an explosion that resulted in a huge igneous rock comprised of many thin layers of basalt.

About AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes some 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.