AIBS is pleased to announce that in January, director of public policy Robert Gropp will conduct a day-long policy and media training workshop as part of the annual New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR; www.nmepscor.org) Junior Faculty Training Program. AIBS participated in this innovative faculty development program last year as well.
Early-career faculty from higher-education institutions across New Mexico will participate in a three-day program that includes a variety of workshop activities designed to enhance leadership skills and increase competitiveness for national-level funding opportunities. In 2008, program topics included communication with decisionmakers, proposal development, management of large research projects and laboratories, meeting facilitation, and broadening impacts through education and outreach.
"AIBS is pleased to once again be participating in this important program," Gropp said. "We often hear from graduate students and early career professionals that they want to develop skills that will help them communicate their science. The NM EPSCoR program helps to cultivate communication and other leadership skills that will serve faculty members throughout their career."
The NM EPSCoR is designed to enhance research competitiveness through investment in three strategic areas: critical research infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, and human infrastructure. These investments are intended to help establish New Mexico as a laboratory for climate change research and as a model for science-based public policy. The multidisciplinary, multiscale effort aims to transform climate-change science and policymaking in New Mexico by providing the tools required for quantitative, science-driven discussion of difficult water policy options facing the state in the 21st century.
The NM EPSCoR program gathers resources and expertise from academic institutions, national labs, private industry, and state and federal sources to benefit education, the environment, and the New Mexican economy. The initiative focuses on ensuring that New Mexicans gain access to superior education, state-of-the-art research, and the quality of life and employment that comes with an active and competitive science and technology base.
For more information about AIBS policy and communication training programs, please visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/policy_training.html.
The president of the Natural Science Collections Alliance, William Y. Brown, will be the next president and director of the Woods Hole Research Center, an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, education, and public policy. The center, located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, has projects in the Amazon, the Arctic, Africa, the mid-Atlantic, and New England, as well as integrative efforts at continental to global scales. Brown will begin his appointment at the center on 1 February 2010. He is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The previous director of the Woods Hole Research Center, John Holdren, was appointed to be science adviser to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
AIBS welcomes the American Society of Primatologists (ASP; www.asp.org) into membership.
As described on its Web site, the purposes of this society are both educational and scientific. Its goals are to promote and encourage the discovery and exchange of information regarding primates. Anyone engaged in scientific primatology or interested in supporting these goals may apply for membership. The society is established as a nonprofit corporation under the nonprofit laws of the state of Washington and the United States.
Robert Gropp, the director of public policy at AIBS, has been corresponding with the leadership at ASP about potentially sponsoring a policy fellow or making a public policy contribution. We are pleased to have them among our member organizations.
ActionBioscience.org, the bilingual educational Web site produced by AIBS, is running an online survey in English and Spanish to learn more about the site's visitors and to gauge user satisfaction with the site's content and usability.
Some educators use the Spanish version of the site with students whose first language is not English. The resource may improve students' scientific literacy skills, especially if they experience difficulty reading scientific information in English.
Is ActionBioscience.org of value to you? What do you prefer to read, teach, or study? How can AIBS better meet your needs? Please let us know by participating in our visitor survey. The English version is located at www.actionbioscience.org/2009-survey.html and the Spanish version is at www.actionbioscience.org/esp/encuesta.html.
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