Short Takes
President Trump has nominated Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Neil Jacobs previously served as the chief atmospheric scientist at Panasonic Avionics Corp. and is a proponent of weather data privatization. The President's previous nominee for the position, Mr. Barry Myers, the former CEO of AccuWeather, Inc., withdrew his nomination in November 2019. The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) will receive $38.4 million in funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020, an increase of $13 million relative to ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

In Their Own Words: A New Podcast from AIBS
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has launched a new podcast series as part of its on-going BioScience Talks program. The new series, In Their Own Words, is a monthly interview with an individual who has helped to shape the biological sciences in the late 20th or early 21st century. The interviews provide an oral history of biology. The first program, an interview with Dr. Rita Colwell, was released in December 2019. Dr. Colwell, is a former president of AIBS and former director of the National Science Foundation. The newest episode, just released, is a conversation with Dr. Kent Holsinger of the Unive...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Enhance Your Interdisciplinary and Team Science Skills
Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.” There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams. Team science is increasingly...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Graduate Students: Apply for the 2020 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award
Are you a science graduate student looking to make a difference in science policy and funding? The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is now accepting applications for the 2020 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy. Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive: A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

4th Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference Announced
Indiana University (IU), iDigBio, and the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA) will hold the 4th annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference on June 1-3, 2020 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. The theme for the conference is “Harnessing the Data Revolution and Amplifying Collections with Biodiversity Information Science.” Registration will open January 13, 2020 and will cost $50 for students and $100 for professionals. Sign up to receive a reminder when registration opens on January 13, 2020 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-digital-data-in-biodiversity-research-conference-t...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

OSTP Extends Deadline to Submit Input on American Research Environment
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has extended the deadline to submit comments on its request for information on the American Research Environment. In a notice published in the Federal Register on November 26, 2019, OSTP requested input on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) on “actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research en...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NSF Announces Plan to Develop and Support NEON User Community
In a December 26, 2019 Dear Colleague Letter, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) outlined how it would promote the continued development of individuals and investigator teams conducting research using the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). The letter encourages “engagement and integration of biological and environmental science communities, and to grow convergent research across the foundation.” “Because many environmental controls, responses, and feedbacks operate over regional to continental scales, they cannot be investigated mechanisti...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

EPA's Science Advisory Board Rebukes Proposed Transparency, WOTUS Rules
In a draft report dated October 16, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) criticized the agency’s proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” also referred to as the “secret science” rule. The regulation, first proposed by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in April 2018, would bar the use of scientific studies in crafting regulations unless the underlying data “are publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.” E&E News reported that the SAB released draft commentaries on four key ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The Senate has confirmed Ms. Aurelia Skipwith to be the next Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Ms. Skipwith has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Department of the Interior since April 2017. She worked for Monsanto Co. for about six years, after which she briefly worked as a research and legal intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also worked as Assistant Corporate Counsel at Alltech, Inc. and co-founded agricultural consulting firm AVC Global. Ms. Skipworth has a B.S. in biology from Howard University, M.A. in molecular genetics from Purdu...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Enhance Your Interdisciplinary and Team Science Skills
Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.” There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams. Team science is increasingly...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Graduate Students: Apply for the 2020 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award
Are you a science graduate student looking to make a difference in science policy and funding? The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is now accepting applications for the 2020 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy. Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive: A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Faces of Biology Photo Contest Winners Selected
Three winners have been selected in the 2019 Faces of Biology Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). “Telling the story of science can often be enhanced through imagery. A great picture can educate and inspire,” said Robert Gropp, Executive Director of AIBS. “We have been working hard to help scientists strengthen their communication skills. Part of this has always involved challenging individuals to think creatively about how to share their excitement for their science with new audiences.” The AIBS Faces of Biology contest showcases biological research i...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Scientific Societies Express Concerns with Potential OSTP Mandate
A coalition of 60 scientific societies, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), joined forces on December 18 to share their concerns with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in response to reports that OSTP is considering an Executive Order that could jeopardize the sustainability of professional societies and the scientific and technical journals they publish. The letter to OSTP expressed deep concern over changes being proposed to the administration’s policy on the open distribution of published journal articles containing federally funded research. If enacted, t...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Congress to Create Two Entities to Address Research Security
Lawmakers are expected to approve legislation that would create two bodies aimed at preventing foreign influence on U.S. scientific research. The annual defense bill, titled the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizes an interagency working group within the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House to coordinate activities aimed at protecting federally funded research from foreign interference. The bill would also create a roundtable comprised of academics, government officials, and industry officials, coordinated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to advise the...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

President Nominates New NSF Director
President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan to serve as the next director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). If confirmed, Dr. Panchanathan would be the agency’s 15th director. He would assume the office following Senate confirmation. He would replace Dr. France Cordova at the end of her term in 2020. Following the announcement, Dr. Cordova said: “For five years, Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan has been a bold, energizing presence on the National Science Board and he was a leader in every sense of the word in the research community pri...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

FY 2020 Appropriations Wrapped-Up in Time for Holidays
Just prior to the expiration of the most recent stopgap funding resolution that kept the government running through December 20, 2019, both chambers of Congress passed two packages of appropriations bills totally approximately $1.4 trillion. The two compromise packages were signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. As an indication of the compromise nature of the package, groups from the left and right have criticized the final fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations package. Among the compromises are some funding for the border wall and significant new investments in renewable and clean energy research progr...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 27, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The Senate voted 70-15 on December 2, 2019 to confirm Mr. Dan Brouillette to be the next Secretary of Energy. President Trump nominated Brouillette to lead the Department of Energy in October after Secretary Rick Perry announced his resignation. Brouillette has served as Deputy Secretary of Energy since August 2017. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President and head of public policy for USAA, a provider of financial services to the military community, and as Vice President of the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Brouillette has also served as Chief of Staff to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Assistant Secret...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Enhance Your Interdisciplinary and Team Science Skills
Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.” There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams. Team science is increasingly...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Graduate Students: Apply for the 2020 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award
Are you a science graduate student looking to make a difference in science policy and funding? The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is now accepting applications for the 2020 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy. Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive: A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

OSTP Requests Input on American Research Environment
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has requested information from the public on the American Research Environment. In a notice published in the Federal Register on November 26, 2019, OSTP has requested input on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) on “actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment.” Comments ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Journal Editors Criticize EPA Transparency Rule
In a joint statement, the editors of six major scientific journals have expressed concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” which would bar the use of scientific studies in crafting regulations unless the underlying data “are publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.” In the statement released on November 26, 2019, the editors of Science, Nature, PLOS, Cell Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and The Lancet wrote: “We urge the EPA to continue to adopt a...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Elsevier Signs Open Access Deal with U.S. Institution
Elsevier, which now describes itself as an “information analytics business,” has inked an open-access agreement with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the first U.S. institution to enter such an agreement with Elsevier. The “transformative agreement” was announced on November 22, 2019. The agreement allows researchers at CMU to both publish open-access articles in any Elsevier journal and access paywalled Elsevier articles by paying one flat fee. Previously, publishing and accessing open-access articles involved two separate payment mechanisms. CMU was engaged in negotiations for an open-access dea...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Societies Urge Lawmakers to Complete FY 2020 Appropriations
On December 4, 2019, 162 organizations, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences, sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to complete work on fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations. Government agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, have been operating under FY 2019 funding levels since FY 2020 began on October 1, 2019. The letter reads, in part: “Federal investments provide the lifeblood for research, discovery and innovation in the United States, driving one of the most powerful engines for American prosperity and global leadership. At leas...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is seeking nominations for 5-7 new members of its Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Council with appointments beginning in early 2020. ILAR conducts activities related to advancing science to benefit human and animal health, with a focus on the responsible use, care, and welfare of animals in research and education. Nominations should be submitted by December 11, 2019. More information at https://nas.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=18fe6f8f25ec0bc7509e65e97&id=1ed6f0a5d6&e=cfc3938e72. NASEM is also accepting nominations for expert...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Registration Open: Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science
Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.” There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams. Team science is increasingly...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Call for Applications: 2020 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award
Are you a science graduate student looking to make a difference in science policy and funding? The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is now accepting applications for the 2020 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy. Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive: A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

EPA Plans to Propose Supplemental to " Secret Science " Rule Next Year
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to propose a supplemental addition to the proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” also referred to as the “secret science” rule, according to a report in the New York Times. The regulation, first proposed by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in April 2018, would bar the use of scientific studies in crafting regulations unless the underlying data “are publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.” The proposal received more than 600,000 comments during a public comment period last...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

White House Research Summit Tackles Research Security
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) held a closed-door summit of the recently established Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) on November 5, 2019 to hold discussions on topics of transparency, foreign influence in research, conflicts of interest, and sexual harassment. JCORE was established by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in May 2019. In a September 16, 2019 letter to the U.S. research community, OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier announced that JCORE would focus on four major areas, namely research security, safe and inclusive research environments, research ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Second Stopgap Funding Bill Keeps Lights On
Congress has passed and the President has signed a second stopgap funding bill in the form of a continuing resolution to keep the government funded until December 20, 2019 at fiscal year (FY) 2019 levels. The first continuing resolution passed by Congress before the current fiscal year began on October 1, 2019 funded the government until November 21, 2019. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 231-192 on November 19 to pass another short-term measure that extends funding until the end of the year. The Senate followed on November 21, approving the measure with a 74-20 vote. Lawmakers now have another month to complete t...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Shares Recommendations with House Select Committee on Climate Crisis
The American Institute of Biological Sciences has offered a series of recommendations to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Committee was soliciting input from a broad range of stakeholders on the policies that Congress needs to develop to maintain and expand efforts to address climate change. The panel was established in the U.S. House of Representatives to “investigate, study, make findings, and develop recommendations on policies, strategies, and innovations to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis, which will honor ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Enhance Your Interdisciplinary and Team Science Skills
Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.” There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams. Team science is increasingly...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 12, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
President Trump has announced his intention to nominate cancer specialist Dr. Stephen Hahn to be the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Hahn currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, where he oversees clinical care. He previously worked at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Pennsylvania medical school, where he chaired the radiation oncology department for nine years. Until Dr. Hahn is confirmed by the Senate, Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, will oversee the FDA. The Biolo...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 12, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Call for Community Input: NSF RFI on Data-Focused Cyberinfrastructure
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Data-Focused Cyberinfrastructure Needed to Support Future Data-Intensive Science and Engineering Research. According to the notice, the challenges of growing volumes of scientific data - their availability, transmission, accessibility, management, and utilization - have become urgent and ubiquitous across NSF-supported science, engineering, and education disciplines. NSF is particularly interested in understanding how broader cross-disciplinary and domain-agnostic solutions can be devised and implemented, along with the structural, functi...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 12, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Brexit's Impact on UK Science Funding and Researchers
The United Kingdom’s (UK) share of European Union (EU) research funding has dropped by 28 percent since the Brexit referendum vote was cast in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the Royal Society. There has been a 39 percent reduction in UK applications to Horizon 2020, EU’s flagship research funding program. The assessment also found that the number of international scientists coming to the UK through key fellowships has fallen by 179 or 35 percent since the referendum. In the same period, the number of fellowships for scientists relocating to work in Switzerland and Italy increased by 53 each. Ireland,...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 12, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Report Addresses Political Interference in Government Science
The National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy (Task Force), a nonpartisan group of former public servants and policy experts at the Brennan Center, recently released a report outlining ways to restrict political interference in government science and fix the process for appointing senior government officials. According to the report, “In recent years, the norms and expectations that once ensured that our government was guided primarily by the public interest rather than by individual or partisan interest have significantly weakened. There are now far fewer constraints to deter abuse by executive branch actors...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 12, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Senate Passes First Spending Package as Stopgap Funding Nears Expiration
On October 31, 2019, the U.S. Senate voted 84-9 to pass a four-bill spending package that includes fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. The spending measure provides funding increases for most science and environmental agencies and programs relative to FY 2019 enacted levels, including a 3 percent increase for the National Science Foundation. Although, the Senate and H...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 12, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

US Begins Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
The Trump Administration has formally started the process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. In a November 4, 2019, letter to the United Nations (UN), Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated the United States’ intention to opt out of the global climate agreement. He expressed concern with the “unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement.” This starts a year-long process of withdrawal from the accord, with the U.S. officially leaving the agreement on November 4, 2020, one day after the 2020 U.S. Pr...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 12, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Announced
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on October 22, 2019, establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) after more than two-and-a-half years into his administration. The PCAST, first established in 2001, is a presidential advisory council comprised of science and technology leaders from the private sector and academic communities who advise the President on science, technology, and innovation topics critical to the country’s security and economy, as well as public health and welfare. The council is tasked with providing “policy recommendations on strength...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 9, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Help Your Scientists and Students Strengthen Their Communication Skills
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) can bring our science communications professional development program to your organization. Designed to enhance the communication skills of scientists, particularly those interested in engaging with decision-makers and the news media, the program is an excellent way to develop new communication skills and identify effective methods for broadening the impact of research and education programs. The AIBS Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists expands on AIBS’s highly successful media and science policy training workshops. The Boot Camp meets the needs of ev...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
Companion legislation to the America Grows Act, which was introduced in the Senate last month, has been introduced in the House by Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Kim Schrier (D-WA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA). If enacted, the legislation would authorize a five percent annual funding increase over the next five years for research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to a new report by the Audubon Society, a U.S.-based conservation group, two-thirds of bird species in North America are at risk of extinction due to global temperature rise. The report concluded that 389 of the 604 types of birds studie...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Bipartisan Climate Caucus Launched in Senate
On October 23, 2019, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Braun (R-IN) launched the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus that will focus on energy innovation and business-friendly solutions to climate change. In an Op-Ed for The Hill, Senators Coons and Braun wrote: “Today, we are launching the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of senators who, like the Americans we serve, believe Congress should play a central role in guiding America’s 21st century energy economy and addressing the challenge of a changing climate. Our caucus seeks to take the politics out of this important issue. Inst...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Announcedncil of Advisors on Science and Technology Announced
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on October 22, 2019, establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) after more than two-and-a-half years into his administration. The PCAST, first established in 2001, is a presidential advisory council comprised of science and technology leaders from the private sector and academic communities who advise the President on science, technology, and innovation topics critical to the country’s security and economy, as well as public health and welfare. The council is tasked with providing “policy recommendations on strength...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Senate Considers First Spending Package
The Senate agreed to move forward with debate on its first spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2020 through a procedural vote on October 22, 2019. The package includes four of the twelve appropriations bills: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST); Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, which includes funding for agricultur...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Scientific Integrity Bill Advances in House
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology voted 25-6 to advance the Scientific Integrity Act to the House floor on October 17, 2019. The legislation (H.R. 1709), which was approved by the panel with bipartisan support, would require federal agencies that fund, conduct, or oversee scientific research to adopt and enforce clear scientific integrity policies. The bill would prohibit the government from suppressing agency scientific research and intimidating or coercing individuals to alter or censor scientific findings. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced the bill in March. “The fact remains [that] ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Provides Comments on U.S. Bioeconomy
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) provided comments on the U.S. bioeconomy to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which recently issued a call for public input. The OSTP has initiated a process to gather input to help inform “notable gaps, vulnerabilities, and areas to promote and protect in the U.S. Bioeconomy that may benefit from Federal government attention.” Bioeconomy is defined as the infrastructure, innovation, products, technology, and data derived from biologically-related processes and science that drive economic growth, promote health, and increase pu...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Help Your Scientists and Students Strengthen Their Communication Skills
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) can bring our science communications professional development program to your organization. Designed to enhance the communication skills of scientists, particularly those interested in engaging with decision-makers and the news media, the program is an excellent way to develop new communication skills and identify effective methods for broadening the impact of research and education programs. The AIBS Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists expands on AIBS's highly successful media and science policy training workshops. The Boot Camp meets the needs of everyone...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 14, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) has announced that she will retire at the end of the current Congress. The Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), is next in line to lead the full panel and said, "I am interested in placing my name for consideration as the committee member with the most experience and seniority when the time is appropriate." Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has also expressed an interest in running for the sought-after House Appropriations Committee chair in 2021. However, if Democrats lose control of the Ho...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 14, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Ecosystem Scientists to Share Insights on Coastal Ecosystems and People with Congress
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is working with the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers - an AIBS member organization — to provide policymakers with news insights about the complex interfaces between coastal processes and hazards and natural and built environments. The briefing for lawmakers will be held in Washington, DC on October 30, 2019. Read more about the program and RSVP here: https://www.aibs.org/rsvp/aerc2019.html       (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 14, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NSF Announces Repositioning of SBE Research Programs
On September 24, 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced broad plans to reposition some of its basic research programs under the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) based on stakeholder input. There are several notable changes within the Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Division of SBE. The “Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact” program, formerly designated “Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program (SciSIP),” will focus on basic research to “increase the productivity of scientific workflows, our nation’s capacity to communi...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 14, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Ag Group Calls for Protecting Genetic Diversity of Food Animal Livestock
According to a new publication by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), the genetic diversity of livestock and poultry is declining, leaving one-third of the world’s protein supply at risk to extreme weather and disease outbreaks. CAST warns that “up to 25 percent of global livestock breeds are either at risk of being lost, or have already been lost.” The report discusses the risks associated with reduced access to genetic traits and recommends actions to protect remaining breeds that build on current conservation practices such as cryopreservation and germplasm repositories. &ldqu...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 14, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news