AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership.
SUMMARY: We are giving notice that we have reestablished the Secretary's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership on this Committee.
DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before April 12, 2011.
ADDRESSES: Nominations should be addressed to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Joanne Garrett, Director, Operational Support Staff, WS, APHIS, USDA, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-7921.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in April 2011. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.
DATES: The AP meeting will be held on April 5, 2011, through April 7, 2011.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Silver Spring, MD 20910.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Parker or Margo Schulze-Haugen at (301)-713-2347.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of a work group of the Chartered Science Advisory Board to discuss the President's FY 2012 Budget Request for the EPA Office of Research and Development.
DATES: The meeting dates are March 3, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and March 4, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 K Street, NW., Washington, DC.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning this public meeting should contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail: (202) 564-2218; fax: (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
Notice is hereby given that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), will convene a public information session (Town Hall meeting) on March 7, 2011 at the Bethesda Marriott in Bethesda, MD to discuss plans to establish a new NIAID Leadership Group for a Clinical Research Network on Infectious Diseases other than HIV.
The establishment of this new program was first announced at the October 26, 2010 NIAID Town Hall Meeting on NIAID's HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks (see: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/townhall/Pages/restructuringNIAIDCTN.aspx). This new effort presents NIAID with an opportunity to expand clinical research on infectious diseases other than HIV using a multi-site clinical trials infrastructure not previously available to non-AIDS investigators.
At the March 7, 2011 meeting NIAID leadership will describe NIAID's current clinical research programs and outline plans for, and respond to questions regarding, the new NIAID Leadership Group for a Clinical Research Network on Infectious Diseases other than HIV.
Individuals interested in attending the Town Hall meeting should refer to the Registration section below.
DATES: March 7, 2011.
ADDRESSES: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, 301-897-9400.
Inquiries: April Hall, NIAIDClinicalRFI@niaid.nih.gov.
Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.
The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.
Name of Committee: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.
Date: March 8, 2011.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols and discuss related data management activities. Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racmeetings.html for more information.
Place: Bethesda Marriott Suites, 6711 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817.
Contact Person: Chezelle George, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy/OD, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496- 9838, email@example.com.
Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.
OMB's "Mandatory Information Requirements for Federal Assistance Program Announcements'' (45 FR 39592, June 11, 1980) requires a statement concerning the official government programs contained in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Normally NIH lists in its announcements the number and title of affected individual programs for the guidance of the public. Because the guidance in this notice covers virtually every NIH and Federal research program in which DNA recombinant molecule techniques could be used, it has been determined not to be cost effective or in the public interest to attempt to list these programs. Such a list would likely require several additional pages. In addition, NIH could not be certain that every Federal program would be included as many Federal agencies, as well as private organizations, both national and international, have elected to follow the NIH Guidelines. In lieu of the individual program listing, NIH invites readers to direct questions to the information address above about whether individual programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance are affected.
(Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.14, Intramural Research Training Award; 93.22, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds; 93.232, Loan Repayment Program for Research Generally; 93.39, Academic Research Enhancement Award; 93.936, NIH Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Research Loan Repayment Program; 93.187, Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
AGENCY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services.
ACTION: Notice of Meeting.
SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its fourth meeting. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss genetics, neuroscience, and neuroimaging for testing, research, diagnosis, risk identification, and health promotion. The Commission will also begin a review of human subjects protection.
DATES: The meeting will take place Monday, February 28, 2011, from 9 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, March 1, 2011, from 9 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The St. Regis Hotel, Washington, DC, 923 16th and K Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20006. Phone 202-638-2626.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3963. E-mail: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for public comment.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public business meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) on February 24, 2011, and a request for written comments. This meeting, the 25th biannual meeting of the USCRTF, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Please register in advance by visiting the Web site under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Advance public comment must be submitted by February 19, 2011, to Liza Johnson at the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below. This meeting has time allotted for sharing of in-person public comments, which must be submitted in written format by March 12, 2011.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Department of Interior, Main Interior Building Auditorium, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.
DATES: Please be aware of the following dates:
Advance public comments: Submit to Liza Johnson at the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below by February 19, 2011.
Registration for Meeting: Registration is required for the business meeting. Registration online prior to the meeting date is recommended.
Business Meeting: The business meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 24, 2011.
Public Comments to be given at meeting: Submit in writing to Liza Johnson at the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below by March 12, 2011.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Gude, DOI (FWS) USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530- MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; phone: 202-208-6211; fax: 202-208-4867; e-mail: Andrew_Gude@fws.gov; or Liza Johnson, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Department of the Interior Liaison, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; phone: 202-208-1378; fax: 202-208-4867; e-mail: Liza_M_Johnson@ios.doi.gov; or visit the USCRTF Web site at http://www.coralreef.gov.
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:
Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education, 9487.
Dates: March 16, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 17, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Beth Zelenski, National Science Foundation, Suite 705, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone 703- 292-8500.
Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.
The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:
AGENCY HOLDING MEETING: National Science Board.
DATE AND TIME: February 15, 2011 at 8 a.m., and February 16, 2011 at 8 a.m.
PLACE: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance. Call 703-292-7000 or e-mail NationalScienceBrd@nsf.gov and leave your name and place of business to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting.
STATUS: Some portions open, some portions closed.
February 15, 2011
February 16, 2011
February 15, 2011
February 16, 2011
UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site http://www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.
AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 292-7000.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Dana Topousis, email@example.com, (703) 292- 7750.
The National Science Board's Committee on Programs and Plans, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a meeting for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:
DATES: February 14, 2011
Time & Subject Matter Open: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Time and Subject Matter Closed: 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Status: Open and Closed.
Location: The open and closed session of this meeting will be in room 1295 or 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors interested in attending the Open Session must contact the Board Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to arrange for a visitor's badge and obtain room location information. Call 703-292-7000 or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and organizational affiliation to request the room number and your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk the day of the meeting. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive your visitor's badge on the day of the teleconference.
Updates and Point Of Contact: Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: Elizabeth Strickland, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.
ACTION: Public notice.
SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App.
DATE: March 8, 2011.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW., Junior Ballroom, Washington, DC.
Type of Meeting: Open and Closed.
Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on March 8, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear presentations on defense nuclear nonproliferation research and the Federal statistical system. Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services will update PCAST on the implementation status of recommendations PCAST made in its reports on influenza. PCAST members will also discuss reports they are developing on the topics of advanced manufacturing; biodiversity preservation and ecosystem sustainability; and the first two years of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Additional information and the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.
Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President on March 8, 2011, which must take place in the White House for the President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1). The precise date and time of this potential meeting has not yet been determined.
Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.
The public comment period for this meeting will take place on March 8, 2011 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's work, not for business marketing purposes.
Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Phone or e-mail reservations will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the PCAST members.
Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST at least two weeks prior to each meeting date, Tuesday, February 22, 2011, so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled "Connect with PCAST.''
Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at email@example.com, (202) 456-6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
AGENCY: Department of State.
ACTION: The United States Global Change Research, in cooperation with the Department of State, request expert review of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters To Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
SUMMARY: The IPCC was established as an intergovernmental body under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988. In accordance with its mandate and as reaffirmed in various decisions by the Panel, the major activity of the IPCC is to prepare comprehensive and up-to-date assessments of policy-relevant scientific, technical, and socio-economic information for understanding the scientific basis of climate change, potential impacts, and options for mitigation and adaptation. More information about the IPCC can be found at http://www.ipcc.ch.
The IPCC develops a comprehensive assessment spanning all the above topics approximately every six years. In addition to these comprehensive assessments, the IPCC periodically develops Special Reports on specific topics. The Preparation of Special Reports follows the same procedures as for the Assessment Reports. Governments develop and approve plans for reports, and nominate scientists and experts as lead authors and reviewers. Authors prepare the reports, which go through several stages of review, following which member governments at a session of the IPCC accept them. Member governments also approve the executive summaries of the reports (known as a "summary for policy makers'') in detail at the time that they accept the overall report. Principles and procedures for the IPCC and its preparation of reports can be found at the following Web sites:
In April 2009, the IPCC approved the development of a special report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).'' The SRREX is being developed under the leadership of the IPCC Working Group II. This report will exclusively focus on events and disasters that are related to climate change. The IPCC 4th Assessment Report identified and demonstrated the usefulness of taking a risk perspective in order to identify ways in which civil society can promote sustainable development while reducing the risk of climate-related damages and taking advantage of opportunities that climate change will offer. This Special Report aims to assess policies, measures and tools and practice for managing the risk of extreme events to advance effective adaptation.
All IPCC reports go through two broad reviews: a "first-order draft'' for experts, and a "second-order draft'' for experts and governments. The IPCC Secretariat has informed the U.S. Department of State that the second-order draft of the SREX is available for expert and government review on February 7.
The approved outline of the report has a total of nine chapters. The early sections of the report discusses new dimensions in disaster risk, exposure, vulnerability and resilience, the determinants of risk, and changes in climate extremes and their associated impacts on the natural environment, human systems and ecosystems. The following section of the report discusses risk management at the local, national and international including cross-scale integrations. The report then outlines synergies between disaster risk management and climate adaptation as critical components for a resilient and sustainable future. The report closes with cases studies on extreme events, vulnerable populations and settings, and management approaches.
As part of the U.S. Government Review of the SREX, the U.S. Government is soliciting comments from experts in relevant fields of expertise. The Global Change Research Program will coordinate collection of U.S. expert comments and the review of the report by panels of Federal scientists and program managers in order to develop a consolidated U.S. Government submission. Expert comments received within the comment period will be considered for inclusion in the U.S. Government submission. Instructions for review and submission of comments are available at http://www.globalchange.gov/srexreview.
To be considered for inclusion in the U.S. Government collation, comments must be received by midnight March 7th, 2011. Comments submitted for consideration as part of the U.S. Government Review should be reserved for that purpose, and not also sent to the IPCC Secretariat as a discrete set of expert comments. Comments should be submitted using the Web-based system at: http://www.globalchange.gov/srexreview.
This certification will be published in the Federal Register.