Last November, AIBS Public Policy Director Robert Gropp traveled to Portland, Oregon, where he conducted a half-day workshop called "Communicating Science to Policymakers and the Media." The program, sponsored by the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America (SETAC), was one of several short courses available to SETAC members attending the organization's annual meeting.
"It was a great meeting," Gropp said. "The short-course participants were very engaged...and left the meeting more confident, I think, in their ability to successfully interact with decisionmakers." Gropp also was a guest at the SETAC public relations committee meeting. "Several possibilities for increased AIBS-SETAC collaboration on communicating cutting-edge scientific information to decisionmakers and the media were identified," he said.
The AIBS Public Policy Office offers a range of training workshops designed to help scientists and educators become more comfortable and effective at communicating their work to policymakers and the news media. For more information about these programs, please visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/policy_training.html.
AIBS and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) cosponsored the seventh annual evolution symposium and teaching workshop at the 2010 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The symposium featured four speakers whose research in molecular evolution is revolutionizing our understanding of familiar and compelling examples of evolution: Edmund "Butch" Brodie III (Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia), Allen Rodrigo (NESCent, Duke University), Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard University), and Sean Carroll (Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Wisconsin, Madison). All speakers' presentations were recorded and are now available for free viewing at www.nescent.org/media/NABTSymposium2010.php. The following day, a workshop was held for educators interested in learning new ways to integrate molecular evolution into their courses. The collection of teaching resources, compiled for the workshop, is available on the NESCent Web site (www.nescent.org/media/NABT2010).
The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) and AIBS are pleased to announce the availability of a paid internship in the Washington, DC, AIBS Public Policy Office. The internship is open to ASM members who are currently enrolled in a graduate program and who are engaged in research that will contribute to our understanding and conservation of mammals. The internship is for three months during fall 2011 and carries a generous monthly stipend of $2000. Selection criteria include a demonstrated interest in the public policy process, strong communication skills, and an excellent academic record.
The ASM-AIBS Public Policy Internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in public policy at the national level. By working with the AIBS Public Policy Office, the intern will learn how scientific societies, nongovernmental organizations, executive branch agencies (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the US Geological Survey), and the legislative branch interact to craft science policy. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Applications are now being accepted; the deadline to apply is 1 May 2011. For more information, please visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/student_opportunities.html.
The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is the latest scientific organization to join with AIBS to advance the nation's science policy. On 19 November, CERF became the newest participant-level contributor to the AIBS Public Policy Office. Among other benefits of contributing to the AIBS Public Policy Office, CERF will receive assistance planning a congressional science briefing for the incoming 112th Congress.
CERF joins a growing group of leading scientific societies and organizations working in collaboration with AIBS to provide policymakers with timely scientific information. For information about how your organization can benefit from AIBS policy programs and services, please visit www.aibs.org/public-policy.
Original articles in English
"Polución Lumínica y Ecosistemas" [Light Pollution and Ecosystems], by Travis Longcore and Catherine Rich, of the University of Southern California. In this article, the authors describe how artificial light at night acts as a pollutant, with significant and adverse impacts to ecosystems. Read the article in Spanish and in English.
Public Policy Report for 22 November
AIBS Public Policy Report for 8 November 2010