Ask Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the RISE Act
On February 27, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the latest COVID-19 relief package—the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319). The package includes $600 million for the National Science Foundation and $150 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, but it does not include research relief provisions at the levels requested by the scientific community.    Related StoriesScience Groups Call for Increased Federal Investment in Agricultural ResearchScientific Organizations Highlight Biodiversity Collections in Letter to House Science CommitteeLatest Public Poli...
Source: Eye on Education - March 4, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Scientific Organizations Highlight Biodiversity Collections in Letter to House Science Committee
On March 1, 2021, the American Institute of Biological Sciences joined forces with the Natural Science Collections Alliance and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) in highlighting to lawmakers the value of mobilizing biodiversity specimens and data in spurring new scientific discoveries.    Related StoriesLatest Public Policy ReportHouse Passes Relief Package with Funds for NSF, NISTBiden’s Agriculture, Energy Secretary Nominees Confirmed  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - March 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Groups Call for Increased Federal Investment in Agricultural Research
AIBS joined a coalition of more than 130 scientific, academic, and agricultural stakeholders in urging newly confirmed Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase public investment in food and agricultural research and development (R&D) programs.    Related StoriesScientific Organizations Highlight Biodiversity Collections in Letter to House Science CommitteeLatest Public Policy ReportHouse Passes Relief Package with Funds for NSF, NIST  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - March 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Committees Announce Leadership
Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate with jurisdiction over science have announced the leadership for their subcommittees.    Related StoriesAIBS RECOGNIZES EMERGING PUBLIC POLICY LEADERSLatest Public Policy ReportWork Begins on Next COVID-19 Relief Package  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - March 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Biden ’s Agriculture, Energy Secretary Nominees Confirmed
The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Biden’s nominees for Agriculture and Energy Secretary.    Related StoriesScience Committees Announce LeadershipAIBS RECOGNIZES EMERGING PUBLIC POLICY LEADERSLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - March 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

House Passes Relief Package with Funds for NSF, NIST
On February 27, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, largely along party lines, with two Democrats voting against the measure.    Related StoriesBiden’s Agriculture, Energy Secretary Nominees ConfirmedScience Committees Announce LeadershipAIBS RECOGNIZES EMERGING PUBLIC POLICY LEADERS  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - March 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Latest Public Policy Report
The Public Policy Report has been released. The report provides analysis and communication on important issues in the scientific community.    Related StoriesHouse Passes Relief Package with Funds for NSF, NISTBiden’s Agriculture, Energy Secretary Nominees ConfirmedScience Committees Announce Leadership  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - March 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Recognizes Emerging Public Policy Leaders
AIBS is pleased to announce that Shyla Cooks and Karl Palmquist have been selected as the 2021 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award (EPPLA) recipients. The EPPLA recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy.    Related StoriesLatest Public Policy ReportWork Begins on Next COVID-19 Relief PackageAIBS Endorses Plan to Double Federal Science Spending  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 26, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Sea Turtles in the News: What ’s the Real Story?
Sea turtle conservation is more complicated than the simplified version the media may portray...    Related StoriesIn Their Own Words - Thomas LovejoyFebruary Issue of BioScience Now AvailableIndigenous Systems of Management for Healthier Fisheries  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 24, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

February Issue of BioScience Now Available
The February 2021 issue of BioScience is now available on the Oxford University Press website.    Related StoriesIn Their Own Words - Thomas LovejoyIndigenous Systems of Management for Healthier FisheriesSlothBot - Engaging the Public with Robot Ecology  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 17, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Announces Diversity Plan
AIBS has announced a 12-month action plan focused on three of our core activities, as part of our commitment to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the biological sciences.    Related StoriesAIBS Selects Winners of 2020 Photo Contest  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 16, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Signs Petition in Support of Field Stations
AIBS has endorsed a petition expressing support for scientific research stations and their educational programming that have been adversely impacted by financial concerns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.    Related StoriesScience Groups Endorse Legislation to Track COVID-19 VariantsScience Community Urges Biden to Rescind Proposed Rule on Fetal Tissue ResearchLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 16, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Endorses Plan to Double Federal Science Spending
AIBS has endorsed an action plan developed by the Science and Technology Action Committee calling for doubling the federal expenditure for research and development and STEM education relative to GDP over the next five years.    Related StoriesAIBS Signs Petition in Support of Field StationsScience Groups Endorse Legislation to Track COVID-19 VariantsScience Community Urges Biden to Rescind Proposed Rule on Fetal Tissue Research  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 16, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Work Begins on Next COVID-19 Relief Package
Lawmakers are now working to craft a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 pandemic relief package—the blueprint for which was adopted by both chambers of Congress on February 5, 2021 in the form of a budget resolution.    Related StoriesAIBS Endorses Plan to Double Federal Science SpendingAIBS Signs Petition in Support of Field StationsScience Groups Endorse Legislation to Track COVID-19 Variants  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 16, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Latest Public Policy Report
The Public Policy Report has been released. The report provides analysis and communication on important issues in the scientific community.    Related StoriesWork Begins on Next COVID-19 Relief PackageAIBS Endorses Plan to Double Federal Science SpendingAIBS Signs Petition in Support of Field Stations  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 16, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

In Their Own Words - Thomas Lovejoy
This episode is the next in our oral history series, In Their Own Words. These pieces chronicle the stories of scientists who have made great contributions to their fields, particularly within the biological sciences. Each month, we will publish in the pages of BioScience, and on this podcast, the results of these conversations. Dr. Thomas Lovejoy is a professor at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, in the United States, explorer at large with the National Geographic Society, and senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation. He is also a past president of AIBS.    Related StoriesIndigenous...
Source: Eye on Education - February 15, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Community Urges Biden to Rescind Proposed Rule on Fetal Tissue Research
A group of more than 90 scientific and medical stakeholder organizations, including AIBS, have called on President Joe Biden to withdraw a January 13, 2021 proposed rule on extramural research involving human fetal tissue (HFT).    Related StoriesLatest Public Policy ReportWhite House Orders Review of Federal Scientific Integrity PoliciesBiden Issues Series of Executive Orders on Science, Climate  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Groups Endorse Legislation to Track COVID-19 Variants
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) joined 45 scientific, academic, and medical stakeholder groups in expressing support for legislation aimed at scaling up efforts to track and respond to coronavirus variants in the United States.    Related StoriesScience Community Urges Biden to Rescind Proposed Rule on Fetal Tissue ResearchLatest Public Policy ReportWhite House Orders Review of Federal Scientific Integrity Policies  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 11, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Indigenous Systems of Management for Healthier Fisheries
Before European colonization, populations of Pacific salmon were successfully managed by the Indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest since time immemorial. Colonization and its associated fisheries management practices have depleted stocks and disrupted the complex social–ecological systems that underlie them.    Related StoriesSlothBot - Engaging the Public with Robot EcologyIn Their Own Words- Peter RavenIn Their Own Words- Alan Covich  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 10, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Research Security Directive Issued in Final Days of Trump Administration
On January 14, 2021, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum offering guidance to federal agencies, universities, and researchers on how to protect the U.S. research enterprise from foreign interference while still allowing for open and collaborative international science.    Related StoriesScience Coalition Urges Congress to Provide Emergency Relief to NSFAIBS Supports the Nomination of Dr. Lander as OSTP DirectorMembers of Biden-Harris Science Team Announced  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

New Lawmakers Assigned to Science Committees
Details about who will serve on key congressional committees with jurisdiction over scientific research and education are emerging.    Related StoriesResearch Security Directive Issued in Final Days of Trump AdministrationScience Coalition Urges Congress to Provide Emergency Relief to NSFAIBS Supports the Nomination of Dr. Lander as OSTP Director  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Biden Issues Series of Executive Orders on Science, Climate
Soon after taking office on January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a myriad of Executive Orders pertaining to the ongoing pandemic, the climate crisis, and other science-related issues.    Related StoriesNew Lawmakers Assigned to Science CommitteesResearch Security Directive Issued in Final Days of Trump AdministrationScience Coalition Urges Congress to Provide Emergency Relief to NSF  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

White House Orders Review of Federal Scientific Integrity Policies
On January 27, 2021, the Biden Administration issued a memorandum ordering a government-wide review of the effectiveness of existing scientific integrity policies.    Related StoriesBiden Issues Series of Executive Orders on Science, ClimateNew Lawmakers Assigned to Science CommitteesResearch Security Directive Issued in Final Days of Trump Administration  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Latest Public Policy Report
The Public Policy Report has been released. The report provides analysis and communication on important issues in the scientific community.    Related StoriesWhite House Orders Review of Federal Scientific Integrity PoliciesBiden Issues Series of Executive Orders on Science, ClimateNew Lawmakers Assigned to Science Committees  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - February 1, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Coalition Urges Congress to Provide Emergency Relief to NSF
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) has called on congressional leadership to include $3 billion in emergency relief for the NSF while providing relief to all federal science agencies.    Related StoriesAIBS Supports the Nomination of Dr. Lander as OSTP DirectorMembers of Biden-Harris Science Team AnnouncedLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 27, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

SlothBot - Engaging the Public with Robot Ecology
Despite having a professed trust in the science, many members of the public fall short when it comes to making choices that protect the environment and support informed decision-making. To help excite and inspire broad audiences to have a greater appreciation for and engagement with science, our guests today, Jonathan Pauli, associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Magnus Egerstedt, robotics professor at Georgia Tech, have created SlothBot. The forest-canopy-dwelling robot, which mirrors its biological counterparts in many ways, offers an exciting pla...
Source: Eye on Education - January 27, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Supports the Nomination of Dr. Lander as OSTP Director
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is pleased to support the nomination of Dr. Eric Lander—a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician—as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and presidential science advisor.    Related StoriesMembers of Biden-Harris Science Team AnnouncedLatest Public Policy ReportBiden Selects Life Scientist as Science Adviser  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 22, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Members of Biden-Harris Science Team Announced
The Biden-Harris transition team have announced the names of several members of their science team.    Related StoriesLatest Public Policy ReportBiden Selects Life Scientist as Science AdviserMembers of Biden-Harris Science Team Announced  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 19, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

EPA Finalizes “Secret Science” Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its data transparency rule to limit the use of certain scientific studies in crafting regulations.    Related Stories2021 Virtual Advocacy EventScience Community Urges President-Elect Biden To Rescind Fetal Tissue Research RestrictionsLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 19, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Members of Biden-Harris Science Team Announced
The Biden-Harris transition team have announced the names of several members of their science team.    Related StoriesEPA Finalizes “Secret Science” Rule2021 Virtual Advocacy EventScience Community Urges President-Elect Biden To Rescind Fetal Tissue Research Restrictions  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 19, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Biden Selects Life Scientist as Science Adviser
President-elect Joe Biden has announced that he will nominate Dr. Eric Lander—a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician—to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and his science adviser.    Related StoriesMembers of Biden-Harris Science Team AnnouncedEPA Finalizes “Secret Science” Rule2021 Virtual Advocacy Event  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 19, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Latest Public Policy Report
The Public Policy Report has been released. The report provides analysis and communication on important issues in the scientific community.    Related StoriesBiden Selects Life Scientist as Science AdviserMembers of Biden-Harris Science Team AnnouncedEPA Finalizes “Secret Science” Rule  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 19, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

2021 Virtual Advocacy Event
Join the American Institute of Biological Sciences on April 19-23, 2021 for our Virtual Advocacy Event.    Related Stories2021 Virtual Advocacy EventAIBS Communications Boot Camp for ScientistsScience Community Urges President-Elect Biden To Rescind Fetal Tissue Research Restrictions  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 13, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

2021 Virtual Advocacy Event
Join the American Institute of Biological Sciences on April 19-23, 2021 for our Virtual Advocacy Event.    Related StoriesAIBS Communications Boot Camp for ScientistsScience Community Urges President-Elect Biden To Rescind Fetal Tissue Research RestrictionsEnabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 12, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists
Discussion on Biological CollectionsBuilding More Resilient Organizations - Strategic and Financial Planning  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 12, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Statement on the Insurrection Attempt at the Capitol
The American Institute of Biological Sciences completely condemns the forces that led to the occupation and violence that took place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.    Related StoriesScience Community Urges President-Elect Biden To Rescind Fetal Tissue Research RestrictionsScience Coalition Lays Out Priorities, Recommendations for Biden Transition TeamScience Groups Write to Congress About FY 2021 Appropriations, Research Relief  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 11, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

January Issue of BioScience Now Available
The January 2021 issue of BioScience is now available on the Oxford University Press website.    Related StoriesDecember Issue of BioScience Now AvailableIn Their Own Words- Alan CovichVirtual Meetings in the Pandemic Era - American Society for Gravitational and Space Research  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 8, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

In Their Own Words- Peter Raven
This episode is the next in our oral history series, In Their Own Words. These pieces chronicle the stories of scientists who have made great contributions to their fields, particularly within the biological sciences. Each month, we will publish in the pages of BioScience, and on this podcast, the results of these conversations. Today, we are joined by Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also a past president of AIBS.    Related StoriesIn Their Own Words- Alan CovichVirtual Meetings in the Pandemic Era - American Society for Gravitational and S...
Source: Eye on Education - January 8, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Community Urges President-Elect Biden To Rescind Fetal Tissue Research Restrictions
On behalf of the scientific, medical, and patient communities dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and improving human health, we congratulate you on your election and urge you, upon taking office, to swiftly rescind the human fetal tissue (HFT) research restrictions and policy changes that the Department of Health and Human Services made in 2019.    Related StoriesLatest Public Policy ReportCongress Approves FY 2021 Spending, Stimulus LegislationAcademy Report Discusses Future of Science Policy  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 7, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science
Discussion on Biological CollectionsBuilding More Resilient Organizations - Strategic and Financial Planning  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 6, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Report Examines Economic Benefits of Scientific Collections
A new advisory report, entitled, “Economic Analyses of Federal Scientific Collections,” explores the economic benefits of Federal scientific collections. The report provides a framework for economic analyses, including methods for documenting long-term operating costs and benefits of collections.    Related StoriesLatest Public Policy ReportLawmakers Reach Deal on COVID-19 ReliefBiden Announces Key Nominees  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 4, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Academy Report Discusses Future of Science Policy
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released proceedings from a February 2020 symposium that summarizes discussions among leading business, academic, and government professionals on the future of science policy in the U.S. and whether the modern research architecture needs to be reconfigured to meet 21st century challenges.    Related StoriesReport Examines Economic Benefits of Scientific CollectionsLatest Public Policy ReportLawmakers Reach Deal on COVID-19 Relief  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 4, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Congress Approves FY 2021 Spending, Stimulus Legislation
On December 21, 2020, both chambers of Congress passed a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package along with the fiscal year (FY) 2021 omnibus spending legislation. After demanding changes to relief provisions in the congressionally approved legislation for a week, President Trump capitulated and signed the stimulus-spending bill into law on December 27, 2020, just prior to the expiration of the most recent stopgap funding resolution.    Related StoriesAcademy Report Discusses Future of Science PolicyReport Examines Economic Benefits of Scientific CollectionsLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 4, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Latest Public Policy Report
The Public Policy Report has been released. The report provides analysis and communication on important issues in the scientific community.    Related StoriesCongress Approves FY 2021 Spending, Stimulus LegislationAcademy Report Discusses Future of Science PolicyReport Examines Economic Benefits of Scientific Collections  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 4, 2021 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

December Issue of BioScience Now Available
The December 2020 issue of BioScience is now available on the Oxford University Press website.    Related StoriesIn Their Own Words- Alan CovichVirtual Meetings in the Pandemic Era - American Society for Gravitational and Space ResearchScience Leaders Issue Clarion Call for Evidence-Based Policy  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - December 22, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Forward-Thinking Discussion on Biological Collections
We invite the Biological Collections community at-large to join the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Natural Science Collections Alliance, and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections for a joint discussion with the Biodiversity Collections Network and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the future of biological collections.    Related StoriesBuilding More Resilient Organizations - Strategic and Financial Planning  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - December 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Biden Announces Key Nominees
Over the past two weeks, President-Elect Joe Biden announced several nominations and appointments for key health and climate related positions in his Administration.    Related StoriesScience Coalition Lays Out Priorities, Recommendations for Biden Transition TeamScience Groups Write to Congress About FY 2021 Appropriations, Research ReliefLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - December 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Lawmakers Reach Deal on COVID-19 Relief
After months of unfruitful negotiations, congressional leaders reached an agreement on a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package over the weekend.    Related StoriesBiden Announces Key NomineesScience Coalition Lays Out Priorities, Recommendations for Biden Transition TeamScience Groups Write to Congress About FY 2021 Appropriations, Research Relief  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - December 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

In Their Own Words- Alan Covich
This episode is the next in our oral history series, In Their Own Words. These pieces chronicle the stories of scientists who have made great contributions to their fields, particularly within the biological sciences. Each month, we will publish in the pages of BioScience, and on this podcast, the results of these conversations. Today, we are joined by Alan Covich, Professor of Ecology at the Odum School of Ecology, at the University of Georgia. He is also a past president of AIBS.    Related StoriesVirtual Meetings in the Pandemic Era - American Society for Gravitational and Space ResearchIn Their Own ...
Source: Eye on Education - December 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Latest Public Policy Report
The Public Policy Report has been released. The report provides analysis and communication on important issues in the scientific community.    Related StoriesLawmakers Reach Deal on COVID-19 ReliefBiden Announces Key NomineesScience Coalition Lays Out Priorities, Recommendations for Biden Transition Team  (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - December 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news