Become an Advocate for Science: Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center
Quick, free, easy, effective, impactful! Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. This new tool is made possible through contributions from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Botanical Society of America. AIBS an...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
A bipartisan bill to establish a roundtable at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and an interagency working group within the White House, to serve as platforms for discussions among stakeholders on how to address issues of foreign influence on science and academic espionage has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Supporters of the bill hope that the forums will help to identify practical steps that universities and research funders can take to protect intellectual property without suppressing scientific collaboration. The legislation is sponsored by Representative Mikie Sherrill (D-...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Meet Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy
Registration is now open for the 2019 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is an opportunity for scientists from across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research and education. Now in its eleventh year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state ele...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Register Now: 2019 AIBS Writing for Impact and Influence Course
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering a professional development program to help scientists and students hone their written communication skills to increase the power of their message. Writing for Impact and Influence combines practical instruction and hands-on exercises to improve participants’ general writing proficiency and their ability to reach large audiences. The program will provide participants with the skills and tools needed to compose scientific press releases, blog posts, emails, and memoranda. Learn to write for stakeholders, decision-makers, and the general public, with a f...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

European Open-Access Initiative Delayed Until 2021
European research agencies have announced that Plan S, an effort to make research funded by them openly accessible on publication, will not be implemented until 2021 to allow researchers and publishers more time to adapt to the new publishing model. Coalition S, a coalition of European research funding organizations, had released guidance on implementing Plan S in November 2018. Earlier this year, high profile journals, such as Nature and Science, had indicated that it was not possible for them to comply with the open access model in the timeframe allowed for the transition. Prestige journals also argued that their intern...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

USGS to Only Use Climate Projections Through 2040
Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Dr. James Reilly, has instructed scientists at the agency to only use computer-generated climate models that project climate change impacts through 2040 in their assessments, according to a report by the New York Times. The standard practice in climate science has been to project impacts through the end of the century. The effort to focus on short-term climate projections follows a February 2019 White House memo revealing the Administration’s plan to create an ad hoc panel to reassess the government’s analysis of climate science and examine whether climat...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Trump Administration Restricts Funding for Fetal Tissue Research
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 5, 2019 that it will restrict federal funding for medical research that uses human fetal tissue from elective abortions. According to the department’s statement, “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration.” The decision is the result of a review launched by HHS in September 2018 to examine all human fetal tissue research after the department terminated a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc., which supplied fetal tissue to...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Honored for Science Policy Advocacy
The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) has recognized the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) with a Special Service Award for AIBS’ advocacy on behalf of natural history museums and other scientific collections. The Award was presented on May 31, 2019, in conjunction with the SPNHC annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Sharing the recognition with AIBS is the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance). “On behalf of everyone affiliated with AIBS, I thank SPNHC for this recognition. Many current and former staff members and members of the Board of Director...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Action Alert: Ask Your Senators to Support Investment in NSF
Congress is working to determine funding levels for federal programs for fiscal year (FY) 2020. On May 22, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee approved $8.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), an increase of 6.9 percent. Please show your support for the NSF by asking your Senators to provide the NSF with at least $9 billion in FY 2020. NSF is the primary federal funding source for discovery-driven biological research at U.S. universities and colleges. The agency provides approximately 69% of extramural federal support for non-medical biological and environmental research at academic institutions. The ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 10, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Become an Advocate for Science: Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center
Quick, free, easy, effective, impactful! Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. This new tool is made possible through contributions from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Botanical Society of America. AIBS an...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has introduced legislation to protect the nation's most threatened wildlife in response to a recent U.N. report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The report drew attention to the million species of plants and animals worldwide facing extinction within the next few decades. Representative Grijalva said the bill is intended to respond to the report's call for immediate action to protect sensitive species and their habitats. The "Extinction Prevention Act of 2019" would provide $5 mil...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Help Inform Science Policy This Summer
Registration is now open for the 2019 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is an opportunity for scientists from across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research and education. Now in its eleventh year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state ele...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Register Now: 2019 AIBS Writing for Impact and Influence Course
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering a professional development program to help scientists and students hone their written communication skills to increase the power of their message. Writing for Impact and Influence combines practical instruction and hands-on exercises to improve participants’ general writing proficiency and their ability to reach large audiences. The program will provide participants with the skills and tools needed to compose scientific press releases, blog posts, emails, and memoranda. Learn to write for stakeholders, decision-makers, and the general public, with a f...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Former EPA Chiefs Urge Oversight
Seven former Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including individuals appointed by Republican and Democrat presidents, are offering their assistance to help Congress conduct oversight of the agency. In an April 8 letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the former agency chiefs said: “We are united that there has never been a more important time for us to put aside our differences and advocate collectively for public health and the environment. Time is of the essence, and much is at stake.” They expressed their eagerness to be a resource on many issues that a...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

House Would Block Relocation of NIFA, ERS
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies approved its version of the spending bill for FY 2020 on May 23, 2019. The legislation includes $24.3 billion in discretionary funding, $1 billion above FY 2019. The bill provides $3.3 billion, $387 million above the President’s budget request, for agricultural research programs, including the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The bill would target funding to research to mitigate crop diseases, improve food safety and water quality, i...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science, Environment Slated for Funding Boosts by House
The House Appropriations Committee has approved fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations legislation for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), Interior, Environment related Agencies, and Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, rejecting the President's proposed budget cuts for science. The measure must still navigate the full House, Senate, and secure the President's signature. On May 22, 2019, House appropriators approved funding increases for most science agencies that fall under the jurisdiction of the CJS appropriations: The National Science Foundation would receive $8.64 billion, $561 mi...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 28, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Become an Advocate for Science: Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center
Quick, free, easy, effective, impactful! Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. This new tool is made possible through contributions from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Botanical Society of America. AIBS an...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The National Science Board (NSB) is accepting nominations for the NSB Class of 2020-2026 through May 31, 2019. NSB, the oversight and governance board of the National Science Foundation, is seeking recommendations for new Board Members from leading scientific, engineering, and educational organizations, as well as the public. Information about the process and requirements is available at: https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=298427 The National Science Foundation (NSF) is requesting ideas for future NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks that build on the foundational research developed by its 10 Big Ideas, or...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Webinar: Grant Proposal Development
Join Dr. Julie Cwikla in a discussion about grant proposal development. The webinar will focus on - Art, Architecture, and Attitude - all important in building a competitive grant proposal. Dr. Cwikla holds degrees in Mathematics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. She serves as Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Department of Education, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and others. A recipient of the National Science Foundation’s “Early CAR...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Increase Your Career Opportunities and Your Impact: 2019 AIBS Writing for Impact and Influence Course
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering a professional development program to help scientists and students hone their written communication skills to increase the power of their message. Writing for Impact and Influence combines practical instruction and hands-on exercises to improve participants’ general writing proficiency and their ability to reach large audiences. The program will provide participants with the skills and tools needed to compose scientific press releases, blog posts, emails, and memoranda. Learn to write for stakeholders, decision-makers, and the general public, with a f...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Help Inform Science Policy This Summer
Registration is now open for the 2019 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is an opportunity for scientists from across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research and education. Now in its eleventh year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state ele...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

UN Panel Warns of Unprecedented Species Extinction
A new report by the United Nation’s (UN) Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns that about a million species of plants and animals worldwide face extinction within the next few decades. “Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history - and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely,” warned the report, released on May 6, 2019. According to the report, land-use change resulting from agriculture and urban developments and disruption of marine environments are the big...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

USDA Announces Top Sites for Relocation of NIFA, ERS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its top three choices for where it might relocate the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Economic Research Service (ERS). Multiple sites within Indiana, the Greater Kansas City Region in Missouri, and North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, have been shortlisted. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the “finalists” on May 3, 2019 from a list of 136 Expressions of Interest from parties in 35 states. Two “alternative locations” were also identified by the department in St. Louis, MO and Madison, WI, in case t...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

House Looks at FY 2020 Funding
Appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives have started to consider spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Importantly, Congress and the President have not yet reached agreement on a deal to raise the budget caps that are set to kick in later this year, when the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 expires. Unless these spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 are raised, many programs will experience budget cuts in the next fiscal year. The House Appropriations Committee advanced the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, their first spending bill fo...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 13, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Become an Advocate for Science: Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center
Quick, free, easy, effective, impactful! Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. This new tool is made possible through contributions from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Botanical Society of America. AIBS an...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would increase federal advisory committee transparency and accountability. The Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments (S. 1220), would require committees to provide more public information about their proceedings, and would expand the Federal Advisory Committee Act to include panels currently exempt from the legislation. According to Senator Portman, the bill intends to promote "evidence-based" rather than "interest-based" decision-making and "strengthen the independence of federal advisory committee...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Webinar: Grant Proposal Development
Join Dr. Julie Cwikla in a discussion about grant proposal development. The webinar will focus on - Art, Architecture, and Attitude - all important in building a competitive grant proposal. Dr. Cwikla holds degrees in Mathematics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. She serves as Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Department of Education, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and others. A recipient of the National Science Foundation’s “Early CAR...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Registration Open for 2019 AIBS Writing for Impact and Influence Course
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering a professional development program to help scientists and students hone their written communication skills to increase the power of their message. Writing for Impact and Influence combines practical instruction and hands-on exercises to improve participants’ general writing proficiency and their ability to reach large audiences. The program will provide participants with the skills and tools needed to compose scientific press releases, blog posts, emails, and memoranda. Learn to write for stakeholders, decision-makers, and the general public, with a f...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Meet with Your Lawmakers to Inform Science Policy This Summer
Registration is now open for the 2019 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is an opportunity for scientists from across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research and education. Now in its eleventh year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state ele...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

After NIH, NSF Asked about Foreign Influence on Research
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has asked the National Science Foundation (NSF) about the processes in place at the agency to detect and deter foreign threats to federally-funded research. In the letter to NSF Director France Córdova dated April 15, 2019, Senator Grassley asks about the background check process used to vet recipients of NSF grants, the rules and procedures in place to prevent any theft of research data and findings, the resources and dollars used to identify and investigate such violations, and the enforcement mechanisms to protect intellectual property generated by taxpayer-funded research. He als...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

White House Releases Guidance on Use of Science in Rulemaking
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released new guidance on the quality of information to be used in rulemaking by federal agencies. In an April 24 memo to the heads of federal agencies and departments, Acting OMB Director Russell Vought provided updated standards for agencies to use to comply with the Information Quality Act. The guidance updates implementation of the current information quality guidelines established by a 2002 OMB memo, Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies. These updates “refle...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Action Alert: Ask Your Members of Congress to Support NSF
Congress has begun its work to set funding levels for federal programs for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Scientists interested in the National Science Foundation (NSF) should consider contacting their U.S. Representative and Senators to ask that they provide NSF with $9 billion in FY 2020. NSF is the primary federal funding source for discovery-driven biological research at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides approximately 69% of extramural federal support for non-medical biological and environmental research at academic institutions. The President’s budget request for FY 2020 proposes a 12.5...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Testimony: Fund NSF at $9 Billion in FY 2020
In testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, the American Institute of Biological Sciences urged Congress to provide the National Science Foundation with at least $9 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2020. “Biological research is in our national interest. Increasing our knowledge of how genes, cells, tissues, organisms, and ecosystems function is vitally important to efforts to improve the human condition. Food security, medicine and public health, national security, economic growth, and sound environmental management are informed by the biological sciences....
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 29, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Become an Advocate for Science: Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center
Quick, free, easy, effective, impactful! Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. This new tool is made possible through contributions from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Botanical Society of America. AIBS an...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) has announced a new information opportunity; monthly virtual Office Hours. These information sessions are an opportunity to learn about ongoing and new opportunities at NSF. Program Directors will be available on the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm Eastern Time to answer questions, discuss current opportunities at NSF, and make NSF accessible to all. The first IOS virtual Office Hour session will be held April 18th, 2019 and will include discussion of the new IOS solicitation, the different tracks within it, and operating detai...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Scientists Call for National Agenda on Biodiversity Research, Education
The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), an NSF-funded project led by AIBS in partnership with the NSC Alliance and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, released its new report, Extending US Biodiversity Collections to Promote Research and Education, at the National Press Club on April 4, 2019. The report outlines a national agenda that leverages digital data in biodiversity collections for new uses. Informed by a series of workshops and stakeholder discussions, the report aims to stimulate new research endeavors, particularly in areas where biology intersects with other fields and engages ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Scientific Societies Oppose Revised Definition of WOTUS
In conclusion, we wish to state in the strongest possible terms that the proposed Rule should be rejected.” The comments, including a list of signatories, can be found here: https://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20190410jointsocietyl1.html       (Source: Public Policy Reports)
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Address Sexual Harassment in Science
Democratic Senators have introduced a bill to address sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. On April 4, 2019, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, which would authorize $17.4 million per year in funding to address the causes and consequences of sexual harassment in STEM. The bill comes in response to a National Academies’ study published in 2018 that found that 58 percent of women in STEM fields say they have been sexually harassed. A companion measure was introduced...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

843 Organizations Urge Congress to Raise Spending Caps
The American Institute of Biological Sciences was among 843 national, state, and local organizations that called upon federal lawmakers to negotiate a new budget agreement that provides relief from budget sequestration for nondefense discretionary programs. An excerpt from the letter reads, “Congress and the President must work together to reach a new agreement that averts the cuts that would be required under the Budget Control Act and allows us to make smart investments in our nation’s future. In reaching an agreement, new investment must be balanced between nondefense and defense programs, as strong investm...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

New AIBS Report on Biological Sciences in the President's FY 2020 Budget
A new report from the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) provides an analysis of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget request for biological sciences research and education. The report provides an overview and analysis of the budget request for several federal agencies and programs, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Geological Survey, Department of Energy Office of Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency, among others. The report is availab...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NOAA Facing Deep Cuts in FY 2020
Under the President’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2020, funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would be cut by nearly 18 percent to $4.5 billion. The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) would receive $335.1 million (- 41 percent), with funding for climate research activities slashed by 45 percent. Competitive grants for climate-change research, which received $60 million in FY 2019, would be terminated. The plan calls for eliminating NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory in College Park, Maryland (-$4.8 million), which studies air chemistry and atmospheric transp...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Action Alert: Ask Your Members of Congress to Support NSF
Congress has begun its work to set funding levels for federal programs for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Scientists interested in the National Science Foundation (NSF) should consider contacting their U.S. Representative and Senators to ask that they provide NSF with $9 billion in FY 2020. NSF is the primary federal funding source for discovery-driven biological research at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides approximately 69% of extramural federal support for non-medical biological and environmental research at academic institutions. The President’s budget request for FY 2020 proposes a 12.5...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Become an Advocate for Science: Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center
Quick, free, easy, effective, impactful! Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. This new tool is made possible through contributions from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Botanical Society of America. AIBS an...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AIBS Opens 2019 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 competition must depict a person, such as a scientist, researcher, technician, collections curator, or student, engaging in biological research. The research may occur outside, in a lab, with a natura...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NSF Announces First Convergence Accelerator Pilot
The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on March 15, 2019 for a pilot Convergence Accelerator (C-Accel) activity. The program intends to fund 50 Phase 1 projects (up to 9 months) at up to $1 million each. In 2020, Phase 1 projects will be eligible to apply for Phase 2 C-Accel funding, for up to $5 million. The NSF C-Accel pilot seeks to transform how NSF supports innovative science and engineering to accelerate convergence research in areas of national importance by facilitating convergent team-building capacity around high-risk proposals. The initiative reflects NSF’s commitment ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Radioactivity Largely Cleared from Fish Near Fukushima Plant
An independent study published in PLOS ONE has found that fish in the waters around Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are largely clear of dangerous radiation resulting from a March 2011 tsunami that destroyed the plant. According to a report by E&E News, the researchers said that they sampled popular seafood species taken from near the Fukushima plant and measured the concentrations of radioactive cesium in fish. Their analysis showed that cesium concentrations had either decreased to levels before the 2011 tsunami or to levels safe for consumption. The research also confirmed that fish species high...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

BCoN Report to Offer National Agenda for Biodiversity Collections Research and Education
The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) will release its new report, Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Promote Research and Education, at 9:00 AM eastern time on April 4, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. You are invited to this event to learn more about this important report and what it means for science and society. The report is the outcome of a series of workshops and stakeholder conversations that BCoN has held over the past four years. Scientists familiar with the report have expressed enthusiasm for its recommendations. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. I...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NASEM Study: Red Wolves Are a Distinct Species
A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) panel has found that the red wolf is a taxonomically distinct species from the Mexican gray wolf. The committee released its congressionally mandated report, Evaluating the Taxonomic Status of the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Red Wolf, on March 28, 2019. In 2018, at the direction of Congress, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) asked NASEM to conduct an independent assessment of the taxonomic status of the red wolf and Mexican gray wolf. The study was mandated as a part of an appropriations bill passed in March 2018, in order to inform conser...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

USDA Research and Forest Service Slated for Cuts in FY 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is slated to receive $20.8 billion in FY 2020, $3.6 billion below FY 2019. The proposed budget for research, education, and economics at USDA is 8.2 percent below the FY 2019 level. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which partners with extramural academic institutions to conduct research, education, and extension activities, would receive $1.4 billion (-5 percent) in FY 2020. Within NIFA, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) would receive funding at $500 million (+20 percent) for competitive extramural research grants. Lower priority programs su...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

President Proposes Shrinking DOE Science Budget by 16 Percent
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would receive $31.7 billion in FY 2020, $3.8 billion below FY 2019 enacted appropriation. Within this, $5.5 billion (-16 percent) would be directed toward the Office of Science. The request allocates 40 percent of Office of Science’s FY 2020 budget to research. Approximately 22,000 researchers are supported by grants from the Office of Science. Funding for Biological and Environmental Research (BER) would be slashed by nearly 30 percent from the FY 2019 level to $494 million, with funds directed to research in foundational genomic sciences. The proposed level of funding for BER...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news