AIBS Comments to DHS on Proposed Student Visa Restrictions
AIBS is deeply concerned by this proposal to impose complicated new visa restrictions on international students and urge that the proposed rule be withdrawn in its entirety.    Related StoriesMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 27, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The objective of the Roundtable is to improve coordination among the U.S. Army's research and development stakeholders and to increase awareness in the broader open science community of current and future capabilities. Nominations are sought for 8-10 committee members within government, military, industry, and academia with expertise in synthetic biology science and technology, laboratory infrastructure management, policy development and administration, battlefield medicine, human performance, and biosphere ethics and regulation. Nominations will be accepted until November 2, 2020 at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5941980/...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Deadline Extended: NSF's Request for Information on STEM Education
In coordination with the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting input on the implementation of the Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan, Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education. This Request for Information (RFI) addresses changes in education systems that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Information collected from this solicitation may be used to guide future Federal STEM education resource devel...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Webinar Series: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World
Recognizing the rapid changes happening within museum communities and the efforts being made throughout the community to adapt to these changes, iDigBio is organizing a webinar series, entitled Adapting to COVID-19: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World. The webinar series aims to help provide insight into how different groups and institutions are adapting to life in a quickly evolving world. AIBS, the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), and the Natural Science Collections Alliance contributed to the planning of these programs. The next two webinars will be held...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NSF Soliciting Future Topics for Convergence Accelerator
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a Request for Information (RFI) on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator. With this RFI, NSF is seeking input from industry, institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profits, government entities, and other interested parties on potential NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Proposed topics must have the potential for significant national-scale societal impact. Topic ideas may also relate to Industries of the Future (IotF) and/or NSF’s Big Ideas. Ideas submitted in response to this RFI must be broad in scope to support and id...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Trump Establishes Trillion Trees Interagency Council
On October 16, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council and increasing U.S. involvement in the global Trillion Trees Initiative in an attempt to boost his environmental credentials ahead of the election. The goal of the Trillion Trees Initiative, launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum, is to plant, grow, conserve, and restore one trillion trees around the world by 2030 to sequester carbon. According to the White House, the Order “promotes healthy and resilient forests and rangelands by actively managing them through partnerships with St...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Work Begins on National Climate Report after Concerns over Delay
After public outcry over a months-long delay, the Trump Administration has moved ahead with the fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) by soliciting nominations for authors and technical input. The National Climate Assessment report is congressionally mandated to be prepared every four years by scientists from 13 federal agencies. The fourth installment, which was published in 2018, was written by more than 300 authors, including Federal and State government scientists as well as scientists from the private sector. President Trump rejected the findings of the last assessment, which concluded that “Earth’s cl...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Report Urges Increased Investments in U.S. R & D
A new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science & Engineering, urges significant action and research funding to ensure that the United States does not lose its leadership position in innovation. The report offers a five-year update to the Academy’s 2014 report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream, which called for annual U.S. investments in research and development (R&D) to equal 3.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). “China is projected to become the world’s lar...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Relief Negotiations Remain Unfruitful
Negotiations continue between the White House and congressional leaders over the next emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with disagreements persisting over the price tag of the measure. Earlier in October, the House passed a $2.2 trillion package - a pared-down version of the $3.4 trillion Heroes Act that the chamber passed in May. The revised proposal includes nearly $3 billion in emergency funding for the National Science Foundation as well as $11.9 billion for higher education institutions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has expressed unwillingness to go below $2.2 trillion. The White Ho...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Election Day Approaching: Remember to Vote
Participate in U.S. democracy by voting on Tuesday, November 3rd. In addition to the presidential race, all members of the House of Representatives and one-third of Senators are up for re-election. There are also many state and local races on the ballot. The next Congress and President must address many significant environmental and public health challenges, including impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Contact your state board of elections to find your polling location or to learn about early voting opportunities.       (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Work Begins on National Climate Report after Concerns over Delay
After public outcry over a months-long delay, the Trump Administration has moved ahead with the fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) by soliciting nominations for authors and technical input.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Trump Establishes Trillion Trees Interagency Council
On October 16, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council and increasing U.S. involvement in the global Trillion Trees Initiative in an attempt to boost his environmental credentials ahead of the election.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Report Urges Increased Investments in U.S. R & amp;D
A new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science & Engineering, urges significant action and research funding to ensure that the United States does not lose its leadership position in innovation.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Relief Negotiations Remain Unfruitful
Negotiations continue between the White House and congressional leaders over the next emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with disagreements persisting over the price tag of the measure.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 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 StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

October Issue of BioScience Now Available
The October 2020 issue of BioScience is now available on the Oxford University Press website.    Related StoriesLatest BioScience Talks Podcast  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 19, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Latest BioScience Talks Podcast
The latest BioScience Talks podcast has been released - In Their Own Words: Marvalee Wake.    Related StoriesLatest BioScience Talks PodcastOctober Issue of BioScience Now Available  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 19, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has appointed environmental researcher Dr. Geoffrey Plumlee to the agency's newly established position of Chief Scientist. Plumlee previously served as Senior Science Advisor to the USGS Director and Associate Director for Environmental Health. He has a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of New Mexico and earned his Ph.D. in geochemistry from Harvard University. "USGS has such a wide range of expertise and addresses such a broad range of complex science topics, no one individual can provide expert guidance on it all," noted a USGS spokesperson, according to E&E ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NASEM Webinar: Research Strategy to Examine the Taxonomy of the Red Wolf
This report builds on a 2019 NASEM report that found that red wolves constituted a taxonomically species distinct from the extant gray wolves and coyotes. A report release webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT. Dr. Joseph Travis, Past President of AIBS, Distinguished Professor of Biology at Florida State University, and Chair of the report’s panel, will present the report’s findings and conclusions. Register at: https://nasem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WNvYjEGxFPTcCTY8sJ9pBX2w?mccid=6177c5dcd9&mc_eid=a271cda812       (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NSF BIO Changes Solicitations Process
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) has announced changes to their program solicitation process, specifically the migration of BIO’s “no-deadline” solicitations from FastLane to Research.gov. BIO will require submission of full proposals via Research.gov or Grants.gov for program solicitations that have no deadlines in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and in the Research Resources Cluster of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (D...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Trump Administration Proposes New Student Visa Restrictions
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rulemaking on September 25, 2020 that would impose new restrictions on international student visas. The proposed changes would require international students to apply for a visa extension after fixed terms of two to four years. Essentially, an expiration date would be placed on most student visas that previously lasted the duration of a student’s degree program. Most international student visas would expire after four years, while some students, depending on their country of origin, would have to apply for an extension after two years - specifically studen...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Congress Passes Stopgap Measure, Relief Talks Resume
Congress has now passed and the President has signed a continuing resolution to keep the government open in the new fiscal year (FY), which started on October 1, 2020. The stopgap measure will allow federal science agencies to continue operating at FY 2020 budget levels. Decisions about FY 2021 appropriations bills have been deferred until December 11. Pandemic relief negotiations between congressional Democrats and the White House restarted earlier this month, after the House of Representatives passed a pared-down version of the Heroes Act. The revised stimulus package trims $1.2 trillion from the initially proposed $3....
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Associations Urge Rigorous Assessment of Vaccine Safety, Efficacy
AIBS has joined fourteen other scientific societies in urging Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to adhere to stringent scientific and medical standards while assessing the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. The letter responds to President Trump’s claim that a COVID-19 vaccine would probably be available before Election Day. This raised concerns about political interference in the vaccine approval process. The scientific coalition urged FDA “to exercise the independence and scientific rigor for which the FDA is know...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Groups Oppose Executive Order Banning Federal Diversity Training
AIBS has endorsed a community letter urging the Trump Administration to rescind its elimination of federal employee training programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion as specified in the September 4, 2020 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies and the September 22 Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. According to the Executive Order, “Instructors and materials teaching that men and members of certain races, as well as our most venerable institutions, are inherently sexist and racist are appearing in workplace diversity trainings across the country, even in compone...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Scientific Societies Highlight Pandemic Work, Urge NSF to Continue Support
Forty-three scientific societies, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), have written to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to highlight the important role scientific associations have played during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our societies engage in an array of activities, consistent with the goals laid out in the National Science Board’s Vision 2030,” the groups note. “As a key component of the science and engineering ecosystem, we are in a position to provide our expertise and efforts to reach broad segments of the scientific community in ways that other institutions can...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 13, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Trump Administration Proposes New Student Visa Restrictions
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rulemaking on September 25, 2020 that would impose new restrictions on international student visas. The proposed changes would require international students to apply for a visa extension after fixed terms of two to four years.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 12, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Scientific Societies Highlight Pandemic Work, Urge NSF to Continue Support
Forty-three scientific societies, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), have written to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to highlight the important role scientific associations have played during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Related StoriesMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 12, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science Associations Urge Rigorous Assessment of Vaccine Safety, Efficacy
AIBS has joined fourteen other scientific societies in urging Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to adhere to stringent scientific and medical standards while assessing the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 12, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NSF BIO Changes Solicitations Process
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) has announced changes to their program solicitation process, specifically the migration of BIO’s “no-deadline” solicitations from FastLane to Research.gov.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 12, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Congress Passes Stopgap Measure, Relief Talks Resume
Congress has now passed and the President has signed a continuing resolution to keep the government open in the new fiscal year (FY), which started on October 1, 2020. The stopgap measure will allow federal science agencies to continue operating at FY 2020 budget levels. Decisions about FY 2021 appropriations bills have been deferred until December 11.    Related StoriesWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 12, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Building Resilient Scientific Societies - Strategic and Financial Planning
AIBS has announced a new webinar, Building Resilient Scientific Societies: Strategic and Financial Planning, which will take place November 11, 2020 at 2:00pm ET.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 9, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Building More Resilient Organizations - Strategic and Financial Planning
AIBS has announced a new webinar, Building More Resilient Organizations: Strategic and Financial Planning, which will take place November 11, 2020 at 2:00pm ET.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 9, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Joint Letter to OMB on Federal Diversity Training Changes
The undersigned scientific societies strongly urge the Administration to rescind its elimination of federal employee training programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion as specified in the Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies issued September 4th, 2020 and the September 22nd Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.    Related StoriesMultisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and EfficacyWHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation PlansLatest Public Policy Report  (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 7, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
Members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, led by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), have introduced bipartisan legislation to create a new postdoctoral fellowship program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help keep early career researchers whose employment opportunities have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the STEM pipeline. "I am deeply concerned about the disappearance of STEM job opportunities and the potential long-term consequences for our STEM pipeline," stated Chairwoman Johnson. "For established researchers, the COVID-19 crisis has severely limited their...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Last Chance to Enter the 2020 Faces of Biology Photo Contest
Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest for your chance to win $250 and to have your photo appear on the cover of the journal BioScience. The competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers. The theme of the contest is “Faces of Biology.” Photographs entered into the contest must depict a person, such as a scientist, researcher, collections curator, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The depicted research may occur outside, in a lab, with a n...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

SPNHC Panel Discussion on Actions to Conserve Biodiversity
The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is hosting a panel discussion to consider how the biological collections community can most effectively contribute to protecting biodiversity. Join the SPNHC Biodiversity Crisis Response Committee and a panel of five experts on October 7, 2020 from 11:00 - 1:00 PM EDT. Panelists include: Dr. Tara Cornelisse, an insect conservation biologist and Senior Scientist with the Endangered Species Program at the Center for Biological Diversity. Dr. Robert Gropp, Executive Director of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Climate Science Critic to be Appointed as NOAA Chief Scientist
The White House will appoint Dr. Ryan Maue, a meteorologist and former researcher at the Cato Institute, to serve as the new Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), according to The Washington Post. Maue currently serves as the developer of weathermodels.com, a website that offers weather related information, maps, and tools. He previously worked as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank involved in efforts to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change. Maue acknowledges that humans contribute to climate change but has challenged connections bet...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

WHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Plans
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a preliminary framework for the global allocation of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. The plan is intended to guide policymakers at the global, regional, and national level in their allocation and prioritization decisions about vaccines. WHO’s “fair allocation mechanism” emphasizes equitable allocation of vaccines and lists groups of people that should have priority access. The plan proposes vaccine distribution in two phases. In the first phase, all countries would receive vaccine doses in proportion to their population size - initially enoug...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Global Biodiversity Goals Not Being Met, Says UN Report
A new report from the United Nations (UN) concludes that the world has not met any of the targets set 10 years ago by the Convention on Biological Diversity for protecting nature. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, published by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on September 15, 2020, serves as a final report card on progress on the 20 global biodiversity targets, known as the Aichi biodiversity targets, established in 2010 with a ten year deadline. The report found that despite some progress, natural habitats have continued to shrink, large numbers of species remain threatened by extinction from human activi...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

American Society of Human Genetics Denounces Unethical Use of False Genetic " Theories "
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has issued a statement reinforcing facts about human genetics and expressing strong opposition to efforts that bend genetics knowledge for social or political ends. The statement reads, in part: “Genetics demonstrates that humans cannot be divided into biologically distinct subcategories or races, and any efforts to claim the superiority of humans based on any genetic ancestry have no scientific evidence. Moreover, it is inaccurate to claim genetics as the determinative factor in human strengths or outcomes when education, environment, wealth, and health care access are ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NASEM: Biological Collections Need National Strategy, Increased Investment
According to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), biological collections - living and natural history specimens, biological materials, and data in museums, stock centers, research centers, and universities - are in need of long-term financial sustainability, digitization, recruitment and support of a diverse workforce, and infrastructure upgrades. The report, Biological Collections: Ensuring Critical Research and Education for the 21st Century, which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), argues that biological collections are an “invaluable, and ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Congress to Pass Stopgap Measure to Avoid Shutdown
With negotiations over COVID-19 pandemic relief stalled, lawmakers are looking to pass a stopgap funding bill to keep the government operational in the new fiscal year which starts on October 1. A stopgap funding measure is required because the House and Senate have not yet agreed on and passed appropriations bills to fund the government in fiscal year 2021. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reached an agreement to pursue a clean short-term spending bill earlier this month, the House passed a bipartisan continuing resolution on September 22 extending federal funding through Dece...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

WHO, NASEM Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Plans
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a preliminary framework for the global allocation of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. The plan is intended to guide policymakers at the global, regional, and national level in their allocation and prioritization decisions about vaccines.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Multisociety Letter Urging Rigorous Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Efficacy
As representatives of hundreds of thousands of scientists across the country, we write to urge you to adhere to stringent scientific and medical standards as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prepares to assess the safety and efficacy of vaccine candidates that are currently in phase III clinical trials.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Climate Science Critic to be Appointed as NOAA Chief Scientist
The White House will appoint Dr. Ryan Maue, a meteorologist and former researcher at the Cato Institute, to serve as the new Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), according to The Washington Post.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NASEM - Biological Collections Need National Strategy, Increased Investment
According to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), biological collections - living and natural history specimens, biological materials, and data in museums, stock centers, research centers, and universities - are in need of long-term financial sustainability, digitization, recruitment and support of a diverse workforce, and infrastructure upgrades.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Global Biodiversity Goals Not Being Met, Says UN Report
A new report from the United Nations (UN) concludes that the world has not met any of the targets set 10 years ago by the Convention on Biological Diversity for protecting nature.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Congress to Pass Stopgap Measure to Avoid Shutdown
With negotiations over COVID-19 pandemic relief stalled, lawmakers are looking to pass a stopgap funding bill to keep the government operational in the new fiscal year which starts on October 1. A stopgap funding measure is required because the House and Senate have not yet agreed on and passed appropriations bills to fund the government in fiscal year 2021.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

American Society of Human Genetics Denounces Unethical Use of False Genetic “Theories”
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has issued a statement reinforcing facts about human genetics and expressing strong opposition to efforts that bend genetics knowledge for social or political ends.      (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is holding a webinar entitled, Designing Research Campaigns for the Next Decade of Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, on September 29 from 1:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time. The Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space 2020-2030 is slated to begin later this year, bringing together the research community to identify priorities for the next decade. The survey will include a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) request to present research ideas, which may integrate multiple missions and multiple disciplines to tackle an overarchi...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 14, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news