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AAAS 2005 Meeting Was Where Science Meets Society, and Sociology Was There, Too

At 125th AAAS Annual Meeting, ASA exhibits, sociological research reigns, and ASA President Duster participates in press conference

Science advocates and national policymakers, scientists and students, parents and children all found common ground at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), according to AAAS CEO Alan Leshner. And given the sociological relevance of the theme of AAAS' meeting, "The Nexus: Where Science Meets Society," ASA was a prominent exhibitor at this 125th Annual Meeting, held in Washington, DC.

Following the meeting, AAAS reported, "attendance records were broken in almost every category."








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