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AAAS \AAAS\ n. 1. the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Its goal is to advance the physical and social sciences, and it publishes a weekly journal Science, with original research articles as well as reviews and commentary.

Syn: American Association for the Advancement of Science.


init. 1 (w: American Academy of Arts and Sciences) 2 (w: American Academy of Asian Studies) 3 (w: American Association for the Advancement of Science) 4 (w: Australian Association for the Advancement of Science)


AAAS may refer to:

  • Organizations:
    • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary society and center for policy research
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, an organization that supports scientific collaboration, education, and outreach
    • Association for Asian American Studies, an organization that promotes teaching and research in Asian American studies
  • AAAS (gene), a human gene responsible for triple-A syndrome (achalasia, adrenocortical insufficiency, alacrimia)
AAAS (gene)

Aladin also known as adracalin is a protein that in humans is encoded by the AAAS gene [achalasia, adrenocortical insufficiency, alacrimia (Allgrove, triple-A)].

Usage examples of "aaas".

Some seats and tables in the center at the front were reserved for the current AAAS president, Irwin Schatz, a physics Nobel Laureate, who was nominally hosting and chairing the event, along with several officials from major scientific agencies and their administrative assistants.

Although it was tough to zero in and talk with specific scientists at AAAS, there were some great computerized reference works in the Exhibition Hall and even some print books that were handy, and I was able to talk with a few people, almost by accident, just looking around at name tags and also searching out particular exhibitors, one of which, interestingly, was Genetique, of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The media had a bonanza, capturing red-faced, spluttering professors hurling pejoratives from the floor, the AAAS president pulping a file folder on the edge of his table as he shouted for order, and Sariena at the podium, quiet and dignified, waiting while one mêlée after another erupted and subsided.

See also AAAS 1992, for Schoch's views on the recarving of the Sphinx's head.