AAAS Pacific Division

A Century of Meetings

During a time which saw a proliferation of specialized scientific societies, the division’s establishment and first meeting on 9 Aug. 1916 was a crucial component in launching a unifying body and forum for all west coast scientific societies. The additional strength that the AAAS gave to the division was a vital element to its growth and legitimized it’s standing in the science community.

1910-01-01 00:00:00

Pacific Association of Scientific Societies

In 1910, west coast scientists establish the Pacific Association of Scientific Societies (PASS). Comprised of several west coast science societies it aims to unite, engage, and foster greater communication between scientists.

1912-01-01 00:00:00

Pacific Coast Committee

In 1912, AAAS begins planning its 1915 annual meeting. The first time it's held on the Pacific Coast, the Pacific Coast Committee is formed to handle logistics.

1914-04-20 00:00:00

Pacific Division Genesis

In 1914, the Constitution is drafted, and in 1915, the division conducts a few sessions at AAAS' annual meeting.

1915-01-01 00:00:00

The Scientific Monthly

James McKeen Cattell, owner and editor of Science, creates a second AAAS journal, The Scientific Monthly.

1915-01-01 00:00:00

Nature & Science on the Pacific Coast

The AAAS Pacific Coast Committee publishes, Nature & Science on the Pacific Coast A Guide Book for Scientific Travelers in the West. It's dedicated to John Muir who dies in 1914.

1916-01-01 00:00:00

Pacific Division Meetings - 1910s

The 1915 AAAS Annual Meeting is held for the first time on the Pacific Coast. At the meeting, the Pacific Division conducts a few sessions. Then in 1916, the division holds it first annual meeting.

1916-01-01 00:00:00

National Park Service & AAAS

In 1916, the US establishes the National Park Service. Historians argue that the AAAS plays a critical role in its establishment.

1917-04-01 00:00:00

Pacific Division & World War I

World War I begins in 1914. Three years later, the US enters the war.

1919-06-04 00:00:00

Women & the Vote

The 19th amendment of the US Constitution is passed which grants women the right to vote.

1920-01-01 00:00:00

Pacific Division Meetings - 1920s

The 1923 meeting coincides with the total eclipse of the sun.

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