Among the priorities for the House Committee on Science and Technology during the final session of the 111th Congress is reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act (Public Law 110-69; Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science). Enacted in 2007, this law authorizes programs and funding levels for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), National Institutes of Standards and Technology, and NASA. Title VI of the law addresses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
As the committee and science stakeholders review and consider the next version of the America COMPETES Act, AIBS provided several suggestions for how the science education provisions might be reshaped to better leverage limited federal resources while also developing resources and educators prepared to help students learn about 21st-century science.
You can read AIBS's complete statement here.
AIBS Director of Public Policy Robert Gropp and Ecological Society of America Director of Public Affairs Nadine Lymn have teamed again to conduct an analysis of the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request for the nonmedical life sciences. The analysis will appear as a chapter in a forthcoming report of the Intersociety Working Group, and will be published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
This year, the AIBS Public Policy Office produced a new document, The President's FY 2011 Budget for Biological Sciences Research. The report gives biologists a snapshot of the president's proposed fiscal year 2011 investments in key federal extramural and intramural research programs. The nine-page document provides a summary and analysis of the budgets for the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service, and US Geological Survey. The complete report is available here.
The Public Policy Office also provides news and analysis of the federal budget and appropriations process in its biweekly public policy reports. To receive this free resource, visit www.aibs.org/public-policy-reports/.
In January, AIBS responded to a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) request for information about public access to scientific publications. Among AIBS's recommendations to the OSTP were that (a) the process be extended to allow all stakeholders time to consider the findings of the recently released Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, (b) any policymaking process related to public access to scientific literature be decoupled from White House transparency initiatives, and (c) the OSTP should work with the scholarly publishing community to foster innovation without imposing artificial and potentially damaging open-access mandates.
To read the complete text of the AIBS comments to the OSTP, please visit www.aibs.org/position-statements/20100120_aibs_submits_co.html.
The AIBS Public Policy Office is pleased to announce that its annual report for 2009 is now available online. This concise document summarizes the office's many accomplishments from 2009 and outlines the work ahead for 2010. To read this document, please go to www.aibs.org/public-policy/annual_reports.html.
The AIBS Public Policy Office will host a student intern this spring. Maretta Fan is an honors student and senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. Fan is participating in the school's science policy program. During her six-week internship, Maretta will gain first-hand policy experience at AIBS by assisting with research, preparing policy documents, and attending congressional hearings.
AIBS public policy director Robert Gropp recently launched a new online group to encourage networking among natural science collections professionals. This group gives leaders from natural science collections across the nation the opportunity to identify and discuss common public policy issues and other challenges facing natural science collections professionals. To join this group, first join LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com); there is no cost for creating a profile on this site. Once you have registered, simply search the groups function for "Natural Science Collections Leadership." Membership in this group is limited to natural science collections professionals, but there is no cost to join or participate.
The first Cyberlearning at Community Colleges (C3) Project Workshop will take place on Thursday, 20 May 2010, in San Diego. The C3 Workshop will be in held in conjunction with the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators.
The C3 Project is an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the integration of digital library materials, networked computing and communications technologies, and e-science resources into biology education. This full-day professional development workshop is designed for community college biology faculty. Participants will gain experience using innovative teaching approaches that take advantage of free online resources for teaching and learning.
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