The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is a mix of scientific workshops, lectures and public sessions that provide cutting-edge science, while also trying to tackle hot-button political issues like adapting to global climate change and embryonic stem cell research.
Of course, the Bush administration has sent its own representative to talk about all the sciency stuff:
Nina Fedoroff, science and technology adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, will be giving a keynote talk called "Making the World Flat"
I wish I were making that up. At least the title implies that they know the world isn't flat already.