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Federal Register Summary for week of 6 June

    Education

  • Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow: Programs for Master's Degrees in Science

    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow: Programs for Baccalaureate Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Critical Foreign Languages, With Concurrent Teacher Certification; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.381A.

    DATES: Applications Available: June 6, 2008.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 21, 2008.

    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 17, 2008.

    Full Text of Announcement

    I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to develop and implement programs to provide integrated courses of study that lead to a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or a critical foreign language with concurrent teacher certification.

    Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority and two invitational priorities. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), the absolute priority is from section 6113(c) of the America COMPETES Act, 20 U.S.C 9813(c).

    Absolute Priority: We are establishing this priority for the FY 2008 grant competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition. This priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority.

    This priority is:

    Projects whose primary focus is on placing participants in high- need local educational agencies (LEAs). The definition of high-need LEA can be found in the America COMPETES Act, title VI, section 6112(3), and is described below.

    Invitational Priority: Under this competition we are particularly interested in applications that address the following priority.

    For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

    This priority is:

    Projects that propose to design specialized undergraduate programs specifically tailored to assist native speakers of critical foreign languages in becoming certified teachers OR programs that offer research-based teacher preparation programs suited to the particular needs of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics students.

    Definition: For purposes of this competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, critical foreign languages are defined as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, and Turkish. Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed definitions. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, however, allows the Secretary to exempt from rulemaking requirements, definitions governing the first grant competition under a new or substantially revised program authority. This is the first grant competition for this program under 20 U.S.C. 9811, et seq. and therefore qualifies for this exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has decided to forego public comment on the definition of critical foreign languages under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA. This definition will apply to the FY 2008 grant competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9811, et seq.

    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-12511.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Science Advisory Board; Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for the Advisory on EPA's Aquatic Life Water Quality Criteria

    Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Science Advisory Board; Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for the Advisory on EPA's Aquatic Life Water Quality Criteria

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference and a public meeting of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for the Advisory on EPA's Aquatic Life Water Quality Criteria. The teleconference and meeting are being held to provide advice on a methodology for deriving water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life based on chemical mode of action.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Monday, June 23, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). The public meeting will be held on Monday, June 30, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Tuesday, July 1, 2008, from 8 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). The teleconference and meeting agendas will be posted on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting of the Committee will be held in the SAB Conference Center, located at 1025 F Street, NW., Room 3705, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the teleconference call-in number and access code; or receive further information concerning the teleconference or meeting must contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Armitage may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9995; fax (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the teleconference and meeting announced in this notice, may be found in the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-12495.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Proclamation 8268--National Oceans Month, 2008

    Presidential Documents

    The President

    Proclamation 8268 of June 2, 2008

    National Oceans Month, 2008

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Oceans have provided an important part of our heritage, economy, and recreation, and they are a vital resource for our country and the world. During National Oceans Month, we reaffirm our commitment to protect and wisely use these precious waters and the habitat beneath them.

    We have a solemn responsibility to care for our seas and show concern for the plant and animal life that inhabit them. Oceans bring enjoyment and prosperity to countless people, from boating and fishing, to transporting goods, to traveling the waterways. By being good stewards of the oceans, we can ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the great blessings of our natural heritage.

    My Administration is committed to safeguarding the oceans and ensuring effective conservation. Since the release of my Ocean Action Plan in 2004, we have taken steps to prevent pollution and improve the health of marine wildlife by working with State, tribal, and local governments, as well as private sector and international partners. We are working to end overfishing in U.S. waters and to stop destructive fishing practices on the high seas. We are also supporting ocean programs to educate the public on the need to prevent marine debris and improve the quality of the marine environment, as well as other projects such as the International Coral Reef Initiative that can help conserve and restore delicate and essential ecosystems. By working to protect our oceans, we ensure that natural wonders like the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands will be enjoyed for generations to come.

    This month is an opportunity to show our gratitude toward all those who work to protect the oceans, to learn more about the vital role oceans play in the life of our country, and to discover ways we can conserve their many natural treasures.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2008 as National Oceans Month. I encourage all our citizens to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/08-1330.htm

  • Interior

  • USGS-CCSP Committee for Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.4: Abrupt Climate Change

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey.

    Committee Name: USGS-CCSP Committee for Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.4: Abrupt Climate Change.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

    SUMMARY: The USGS-CCSP Committee for Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.4 (SAP 3.4): Abrupt Climate Change, will meet at the Memorial Union Building, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon on June 19, 2008 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

    Agenda: The goal of the meeting is to discuss the comments received
    

    during the public comment period for SAP 3.4, and to propose responses to those comments. The meeting is open to the public during the times listed below. Pre-registration is required to attend. Contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the address below by June 13, 2008 to pre-register and to receive a copy of the meeting agenda. Public involvement with the meeting is encouraged. Prepared statements may be presented orally to the Committee between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Public statements will be limited to 3 minutes per person. For scheduling reasons, intent to make a public statement must be established at the time of pre-registration. A written copy of the oral statement must be left with the Committee's DFO at the meeting as a matter of public record. Open discussions will accompany each formal session of the meeting. Short public comments/questions will be allowed if time permits. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please check the SAP 3.4 Web page at http://www.usgs.gov/globalchange/sap3.4/default.asp for any last minute changes to the meeting time, date, location or agenda.

    Meeting Dates and Time: Thursday June 19, 2008: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

    Meeting Address: Memorial Union Building (Council Room), Oregon State University, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97331, (541) 737-2650.

    For Further Information and to Pre-Register Contact: John McGeehin (DFO), U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, M.S. 926A, Reston, VA 20192, (703) 648-5349, mcgeehin@usgs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-12379.htm

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