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AIBS Position Statements

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Statements

November 2014 - Letter from CNSF on FY 2015 Omnibus

Dear Member of Congress: The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) members listed below write to strongly urge passage of a fiscal year (FY) 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill this year, rather than a continuing resolution based on the FY2014 appropriations......

November 2014 - 133 Organizations Ask Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit

Dear Member of Congress: The 133 undersigned national business, higher education, scientific, patient, and other organizations write to strongly urge you to pass an omnibus FY2015 appropriations bill this year that includes increased investments in scientific research and higher education......

September 2014 - CNSF Statement on Senate Introduction of America COMPETES ACT Reauthorization Bill

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) thanks Chairman Jay Rockefeller and his colleagues on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for introducing legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. CNSF is especially pleased with the proposed five-year budget......

July 2014 - 70 Organizations Express Concerns with Conference Restrictions

Dear Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Coburn: As organizations representing the U.S. science and engineering communities, we write to express our concerns about current and proposed restrictions on the ability of federal and contractor scientists and engineers to participate in scientific and technical conferences....

May 2014 - CNSF Statement on FY 2015 House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) commends Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Ranking Member Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and their colleagues for crafting a Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill that places a high priority on basic science funding at the National Science Foundation (NSF)....

May 2014 - AIBS Testimony for USGS, EPA, FS FY 2015 Senate Appropriations

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2015....

May 2014 - Biological Organizations Express Concerns with FIRST Act

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Johnson: On behalf of the undersigned scientific organizations, we write to express our concerns with certain features of H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014....

April 2014 - Testimony on Driving Innovation through Federal Investments

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony regarding federal investments in innovation. We thank the Committee for recognizing the importance of research in driving U.S. innovation, global competitiveness, and economic growth....

April 2014 - AIBS Testimony for NSF FY 2015 Senate Appropriations

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide NSF with at least $7.5 billion in FY 2015....

April 2014 - AIBS Testimony for USGS, EPA, FS FY 2015 House Appropriations

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2015....

March 2014 - AIBS Testimony for NSF FY 2015 House Appropriations

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide NSF with at least $7.5 billion in FY 2015....

March 2014 - Scientific Organizations Express Concerns with FIRST Act

Dear Chairmen Bucshon and Smith: The United States is at a critical juncture in ensuring that a solid foundation of basic science research is built to spur the science and technology developments of the future....

February 2014 - Opposition Letter to Anti-evolution Bill in Oklahoma

Dear Senator Ford: On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I write to urge your opposition to SB 1765, the "Oklahoma Science Education Act." This legislation is bad for science and bad for science education and should not be enacted into law....

December 2013 - CNSF Weighs in on FIRST Act

The Coalition for National Science Funding sent the following letter to Representative Lamar Smith, chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, about the draft of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2013. Dear Chairman......

December 2013 - 470 Organizations Call on Congress to End Sequestration

The undersigned 470 national organizations urge you to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. The budget conference opens a critical window to finally enact a responsible fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget that replaces sequestration and reinvests in our eroding national priorities....

October 2013 - Multidisciplinary Groups Call for Investments in Innovation

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Johnson: As over 200 university presidents have stated in an open letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress "[t]he combination of eroding federal investments in research and higher education, additional cuts due to sequestration, and the enormous resources other nations are pouring into these areas is creating a new kind of deficit for the United States: an innovation deficit."...

August 2013 - AIBS, NSC Alliance, and SPNHC Offer Information on Big Data

Thank you for the opportunity to provide information about 'big data' collaborations. We would like to draw your attention to the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA), an initiative developed by the scientific community that will contribute to and benefit from big data collaborations....

May 2013 - Scientific Organizations Take a Stand Against Federal Travel Restrictions

Dear Senator Reid: On behalf of the nation's professional science and technology community, we respectfully request your consideration regarding Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-12-12, which concerns federal employee participation in conferences....

May 2013 - Guiding Principles for the America COMPETES Act Reauthorization

The business, higher education, and scientific and engineering communities greatly appreciate efforts by the Congress and the current and past Administrations to respond to issues raised in the National Academies' 2007 report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm....

May 2013 - Coalition of Scientific Organizations Defend NSF Peer Review

Dear Chairman Smith: The undersigned organizations are concerned about recent Congressional actions that call into question the National Science Foundation's (NSF) merit review process for awarding research grants....

May 2013 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the Senate in Support of FY 2014 Funding for USGS, EPA, USFS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2014....

April 2013 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the House in Support of FY 2014 Funding for USGS, EPA, USFS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2014....

April 2013 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the Senate in Support of the NSF FY 2014 Budget

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide NSF with at least $7.626 billion in FY 2014....

March 2013 - AIBS Thanks Senators for Investments in NSF

Dear Chairwoman Mikulski and Ranking Member Shelby: Thank you for your strong and enduring support for scientific research, particularly for the important investments in the National Science Foundation (NSF) that were included in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (H.R. 933)....

March 2013 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the House in Support of the NSF FY 2014 Budget

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF)....

February 2013 - AIBS Joins 3,200 Groups to Speak Out Against Sequestration

Dear Member of Congress: As Congress faces the debt ceiling, fiscal year 2013 spending bills, sequestration, and the fiscal year 2014 budget, the following 3,200 national, state, and local organizations urge you to support a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to discretionary programs....

February 2013 - AIBS Writes to Oklahoma Education Committee in Opposition to Anti-Evolution Bill

Dear Senator Ford: On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I write to urge your active opposition to SB 758, the "Oklahoma Science Education Act." ...

December 2012 - Scientific Organizations, Universities Call for Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

To the President and Leadership of the U.S. Congress: As representatives of the major U.S. science, engineering, and higher education organizations, we write to you today on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of researchers and innovators that we represent......

July 2012 - Nearly 3,000 Organizations Speak Out Against Looming Budget Cuts

Dear Member of Congress: There is bipartisan agreement that sequestration would be devastating to the nation. The nearly 3,000 undersigned national, state, and local organizations--representing the hundreds of millions of Americans who support and benefit from nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs--couldn't agree more. Congress and the President must work together to ensure sequestration does not take effect. ...

June 2012 - Scientific Societies, Universities Write to Senators about Research Funding

Dear Senator: As representatives of U.S. science, engineering, and higher education organizations, we write to you in strong support for the federal research and development budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF)...

June 2012 - AIBS Writes to House Appropriators about NSF Funding

Dear Chairman Rogers, Chairman Wolf, Ranking Member Dicks, and Ranking Member Fattah: Thank you for your strong and enduring support for scientific research, particularly for the important investments in the National Science Foundation (NSF) that were included in the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 5326)....

May 2012 - Scientific Organizations Write to Congress About Federal Travel Restrictions

Dear Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, Speaker Boehner, and Minority Leader Pelosi: As representatives of U.S. science, engineering, and higher education organizations, we write to you to express our deep concern regarding amendments that were passed in the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act, H.R. 2146) in the House and the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) in the Senate, which would place severe restrictions on government employees' abilities to attend meetings and conferences....

April 2012 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the Senate in Support of FY 2013 Funding for USGS, EPA, USFS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2013....

April 2012 - AIBS Comments on NPS' Draft Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Dr. Machlis: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the National Park Service's (NPS) draft scientific integrity policy. The policy proposed by NPS upholds the ideals set forth in the directive issued by Secretary Salazar. Although much of the policy is commendable, several areas should be strengthened to ensure the greatest public trust in NPS science....

March 2012 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the House in Support of FY 2013 Funding for USGS, EPA, USFS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2013....

March 2012 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the House in Support of the NSF FY 2013 Budget

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide NSF with at least $7.373 billion in FY 2013....

March 2012 - AIBS Asks Oklahoma Education Committee to Oppose Anti-Evolution Bill

Dear Senator Ford: On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I write to urge your active opposition to final passage of HB 1551, the "Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act." This legislation is bad for science and bad for science education and should not be enacted into law....

March 2012 - AIBS Writes to Oklahoma Legislative Leaders in Opposition to Creationist Bill

Dear Senators Bingman and Burrage: On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I write to urge your active opposition to final passage of HB 1551, the "Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act." This legislation is bad for science and bad for science education and should not be enacted into law....

March 2012 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the Senate in Support of the NSF FY 2013 Budget

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide NSF with at least $7.373 billion in FY 2013....

March 2012 - AIBS Writes to Tennessee Governor, Legislative Leaders in Opposition to Creationist Bill

Dear Governor Haslam, Speaker Ramsey, and Speaker Harwell: On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I write to respectfully urge your opposition to House Bill 368 and Senate Bill 893. These measures are bad for science, science education, and the future economic health and well being of Tennessee....

February 2012 - Joint Society Letter to NSF about Scientific Collections

Dear Dr. Wingfield: In recent years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and more specifically the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) have supported important new initiatives to advance digitization of our nation's biological collections and improve our understanding of biological diversity....

February 2012 - Multi-Society Letter in Opposition to the GRANT Act

Dear Representative: We write in opposition to the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act of 2011 (H.R. 3433) because as written this bill could have unintended adverse effects on the continued development of the scientific and engineering research enterprise and compromise the U.S. innovation system....

February 2012 - AIBS Writes to Indiana Lawmakers in Opposition to Anti-Evolution Bill

Dear Speaker Bosma and Minority Leader Bauer: I write to respectfully urge your opposition to Indiana Senate Bill 89 (SB 89). This legislation, which was approved by the Indiana State Senate on January 31, 2012, would permit the introduction of religious belief systems into your state's science curriculum....

January 2012 - AIBS Comments to OSTP on Open Access of Scholarly Publications

Dear Dr. Holdren: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on public access to peer-reviewed scholarly publications resulting from federally funded research. As the publisher of a peer-reviewed journal, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is concerned about the probable impacts of open access on our ability to sustain the investments we make in editing, peer reviewing, and making accessible manuscripts published in our journal....

December 2011 - AIBS Commends NOAA's Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Dr. Lubchenco: Thank you for making scientific integrity within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a priority. The agency's scientific integrity policy is a comprehensive document that upholds the ideals espoused by President Obama to restore science to its rightful place....

October 2011 - AIBS Urges Deficit Reduction Committee to Invest in Science

Dear Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: U.S. lawmakers have historically demonstrated strong bipartisan support for scientific research and education resulting in unprecedented advances and opportunities for our nation, especially since World War II....

September 2011 - AIBS President Expresses Concern with Senate Funding for NSF, Encourages Scientists to Contact Senators

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved legislation that would cut funding for research and science education programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the coming fiscal year....

September 2011 - AIBS Writes to New NSF BIO Director

Dear Dr. Wingfield: On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I extend our congratulations on your appointment as Assistant Director of the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF)....

September 2011 - AIBS Comments on NSF's Draft Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Dr. Suresh: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) draft scientific integrity policy....

September 2011 - AIBS Comments on EPA's Draft Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Administrator Jackson: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft scientific integrity policy. ...

August 2011 - AIBS Comments on NOAA's Draft Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Dr. Lubchenco: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) draft scientific integrity policy. The comprehensive policy proposed by NOAA upholds the ideals of scientific integrity....

July 2011 - AIBS Comments to NSF on Merit Review Criteria

Dear Dr. Bowen and Dr. Suresh: Thank you for the opportunity to provide input on the proposed merit review criteria....

July 2011 - Scientific Societies, Universities Write to Lawmakers in Defense of Peer Review

Dear Chairman Rogers & Ranking Member Dicks: As representatives of U.S. science, engineering, and higher education organizations, we write to you in strong support for the federal research and development budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and its mission--created over 60 years ago--to advance research across a broad spectrum of disciplines, research that has fueled American economic growth for decades....

June 2011 - Scientific Groups Support Rule to Allow Federal Employees to Lead Professional Societies

Dear Mr. Thomas: We are writing in strong support of your proposed rule that would ease the way for Federal employees to serve on the boards of directors of professional and scientific societies and organizations by declaring, in essence, that such service is not, in general or per se, a conflict of interest with their duties to their Federal agency employers....

April 2011 - AIBS Senate Testimony in Support of FY 2012 Funding for the USGS and EPA

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2012....

April 2011 - Letter to Louisiana State Legislature Regarding Evolution Education

Dear Members of the Louisiana State Legislature: Nationally, business leaders, parents, and educators are struggling to determine how to guarantee that our nation's children are prepared for careers in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. This important dialogue generally includes recognition of the importance of providing all students with the best possible science education. ...

April 2011 - AIBS Senate Testimony in Support of Increased FY 2012 Funding for NSF

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide the $7.767 billion requested by the Administration....

April 2011 - AIBS House Testimony in Support of FY 2012 Funding for the USGS and EPA

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2012....

March 2011 - AIBS Submits Testimony to the House in Support of the NSF FY 2012 Budget

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide the $7.767 billion requested by the Administration....

February 2011 - Joint Society Letter on Interior's Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Secretary Salazar: The undersigned scientific and professional societies, representing thousands of scientists and resource professionals, many of whom are employed by your Department, thank you for your support of scientific integrity through the recent adoption of the Department of Interior's Scientific Integrity Policy as part of the Department Manual....

February 2011 - Scientists Applaud Interior Department Scientific Integrity Policy

The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a comprehensive policy that will promote and protect scientific and scholarly integrity within the department. The policy, issued as a chapter in the Departmental Manual, provides essential details and procedures for the DOI-wide implementation of a September 2010 directive from Secretary Salazar. ...

January 2011 - AIBS Applauds President's Call to Action on Science, Science Education

During the 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama challenged the nation to recommit to a spirit of innovation....

January 2011 - Joint Scientific Society Letter to White House on Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Director Holdren: The undersigned scientific and professional societies, representing thousands of scientists and natural resource professionals, many of whom are employed by federal agencies, thank you for your support of scientific integrity through your Memorandum of 17 December 2010. We especially appreciate the acknowledgement of the benefits of full participation in professional and scholarly societies....

December 2010 - AIBS Expresses Concerns to FCC Regarding Net Neutrality

On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I would like to express significant concern with the proposed Open Internet proposal....

November 2010 - AIBS Writes to Interior Officials Regarding Scientific Integrity

Dear Mr. Secretary and Director Bromwich: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) recently implemented a policy that requires all presentations authored by bureau employees be reviewed by headquarters public affairs personnel prior to public release. Without clarification, this policy could lead to violations of the Interior-wide policy on scientific integrity....

November 2010 - AIBS, Member Societies Write to Congress in Support of NSF Funding

Dear Chairman Inouye, Ranking Member Cochran, Chairman Obey, and Ranking Member Lewis: As Congress works to finalize funding for fiscal year 2011, we urge you to fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.424 billion - the level recommended by......

September 2010 - Interior Makes Changes Requested by AIBS to Scientific Integrity Policy

The Department of the Interior announced a new Secretarial Order establishing a DOI-wide policy intended to ensure the integrity of the science and scientific products used in departmental decision making and policy development. The directive comes less than two weeks after a public comment period closed on a draft scientific integrity policy that was criticized by AIBS....

September 2010 - AIBS, ESA Write to Senators about Importance of Collections in Preserving Plant Genetic Resources

Dear Chairman Kerry and Ranking Member Lugar, On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Ecological Society of America (ESA), we encourage you to take action on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which is currently pending before the committee....

September 2010 - AIBS Comments on Department of the Interior Scientific Integrity Policy

Dear Mr. Secretary: The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed scientific integrity policy of the Department of the Interior (DOI). AIBS strongly supports the development of a DOI-wide scientific integrity policy. ...

September 2010 - AIBS, ESA Statement on Importance of Living and Non-living Natural Science Collections

Natural science collections are essential infrastructure supporting the global research, development and educational enterprises. The collections gathered and held by many institutions over the past half millennium are fundamental reference points for measuring and monitoring human health, safety, and the state of our planet....

September 2010 - Joint Society Statement on Public Access to Independent Scientific Research Assessments of the Gulf of Mexico

Dear Senator: As scientific organizations, we are concerned with the issue of intellectual property rights and ownership of research results that arise in the aftermath of incidents caused by industry, most recently, the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

August 2010 - AIBS Comments on NOAA's Strategic Plan

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan. The draft strategic plan addresses many important issues facing the nation: addressing climate change, conserving biological diversity, and improving the health and resiliency of coastal and marine ecosystems....

July 2010 - AIBS Comments on EPA's Strategic Plan

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Draft FY 2011-2015 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Strategic Plan. The draft strategic plan addresses many important issues facing the nation: climate change, water quality, pollution, and environmental stewardship....

May 2010 - AIBS Comments on Collections Digitization Plan

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed Final Draft Strategic Plan for Establishing a National Digital Biological Collections Resource....

May 2010 - AIBS Testimony to Senate: Increased FY 2011 Funding for USGS and EPA

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to submit testimony in support of increased appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2011....

April 2010 - AIBS Comments on President's Grand Challenges of the 21st Century

Dear Dr. Holdren, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Administration's Grand Challenges of the 21st Century. ...

April 2010 - AIBS Testimony to House of Representatives: Increased FY 2011 Funding for NSF

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony in support of increased fiscal year (FY) 2011 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage Congress to provide at least the $7.424 billion requested by the President....

March 2010 - AIBS Testimony to House of Representatives: Increased FY 2011 Funding for USGS and EPA

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to submit testimony in support of increased appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year (FY) 2011....

January 2010 - AIBS Comments on STEM Education to House Science Committee

Dear Ms Caughran: Thank you for soliciting input about potential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education provisions in the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act....

January 2010 - AIBS Comments on Public Access to Scientific Publications

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on the topic of public access to peer-reviewed scientific literature....

November 2009 - AIBS Writes to Congress About Scientific Integrity in Health Care Reform

Dear Majority Leader Reid, As the Senate considers health care reform legislation, please ensure that provisions regarding scientific research are consistent with the scientific processes for peer-review and best practices. ...

November 2009 - AIBS Writes to the President about COPUS

Dear Mr. President:Thank you for your many efforts to promote science and reignite the spark of scientific discovery in our nation's youth....

November 2009 - AIBS Submits Comments on Interior Strategic Plan Framework

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has asked Secretary of the Interior Salazar to elevate the profile of science in the new Department of the Interior strategic plan, which will guide Interior through 2015....

October 2009 - Scientists Issue Statement on Climate Change

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and other leading scientific organizations have reaffirmed the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and is primarily caused by human activities....

August 2009 - AIBS Requests Presidential Executive Order on Science Collections

Dear Dr. Holdren: The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) strongly encourages President Obama to issue an Executive Order for the preservation and use of science collections. We fully endorse the model Executive Order recently sent to you by the Natural Science Collections Alliance....

July 2009 - AIBS Submits Comments on “Charting the Course” Ocean Research Plan

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the Subcommittee's planned update to the January 2007 report, "Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade: An Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy."...

June 2009 - AIBS Submits Comments on Louisiana Science Education Rule

Dear Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments regarding the implementation of the Louisiana Science Education Act (SB 733)....

May 2009 - AIBS Comments on USDA Agricultural Research Roadmap

Dear Dr. Shah, Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the development of a roadmap for agricultural research, education, and extension at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)....

May 2009 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2010 Funding for the United States Geological Survey

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to submit testimony in support of increased appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for fiscal year (FY) 2010....

May 2009 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2010 Funding for the Environmental Protection Agency

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to provide the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) with at least $700 million for fiscal year (FY) 2010....

April 2009 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2010 Funding for the National Science Foundation

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) requests that the Committee work to provide the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the $7.015 billion requested by the President for fiscal year (FY) 2010....

March 2009 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2010 Funding for the United States Geological Survey

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to submit testimony in support of increased appropriations for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for fiscal year (FY) 2010....

March 2009 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2010 Funding for the National Science Foundation

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) requests that the Committee work to provide the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the $7.015 billion requested by the President for fiscal year (FY) 2010....

March 2009 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2010 Funding for Environmental Protection Agency

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to provide the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) with at least $700 million for fiscal year (FY) 2010....

March 2009 - AIBS Comments on Scientific Integrity in Federal Regulatory Review

Dear Mr. Orszag, Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed Presidential Executive Order on the Federal Regulatory Review process within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)....

February 2009 - AIBS Thanks Congressional Conferees for Funding Science in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

On 19 February 2009, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) sent the following letter to members of Congress on the House-Senate conference committee that negotiated the final content of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Majority Leader Harry Reid......

August 2008 - AIBS Submits Comments on Interagency Cooperation Under the ESA

We have heard reports that representatives of some scientific organizations, many of which are volunteer run, are concerned about their ability to produce thoughtful and constructive comments on such a sweeping rule change in the proposed 30-day time period....

June 2008 - Joint Statement Requesting Louisiana Governor Jindal Veto SB 733

On 13 June 2008, AIBS and seven member societies sent a letter to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) urging him to veto SB 733. The legislation, introduced by State Senator Nevers (D), weakens Louisiana education by permitting the pseudo-scientific......

June 2008 - AIBS Writes Louisiana House of Representatives about Science Education

Dear Speaker Tucker: On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), I am writing to express concern with SB 733, the "Louisiana Science Education Act," formerly known as the "Louisiana Academic Freedom Act."...

May 2008 - AIBS Comments on American Academy of Arts and Sciences White Paper

On 3 June 2008, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a white paper, Advancing Research in Science and Engineering: Investing in Early Career Scientists and High-Risk, High-Reward Research. AIBS commented on a final draft of the report just prior to its release....

May 2008 - AIBS Sends Letter to House Regarding Bioenergy Research

Dear Chairman Gordon: At the recent Council on Undergraduate Research exhibition and reception on Capitol Hill, you spoke about a planned visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to unveil a new research initiative to address rising energy costs, global warming, and US energy independence....

May 2008 - AIBS Writes Oklahoma Governor about Science Education

Dear Governor Henry, I am writing today on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) to express concern about the Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act, which was added as an amendment to HB 2633. If signed into law, this provision will set-back science education in Oklahoma. ...

April 2008 - AIBS Sends Letter to Hill Regarding SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act

Dear Mr. Ehlers: The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) opposes the increases in mandatory set-asides required by federal extramural granting agencies proposed in HR 5819, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Reauthorization Act....

April 2008 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2009 Funding for the EPA

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages the Committee to provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with at least $646.5 million for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) for fiscal year (FY) 2009....

March 2008 - AIBS Letter to Oklahoma Senate Rules Committee

Dear Senator, I am writing today on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) to express grave concern about HB 2211, the Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act, and the negative consequences it will have for science education in Oklahoma....

March 2008 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2009 Funding for the NSF

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages the Committee to provide the National Science Foundation (NSF) with $7.326 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2009, the funding level authorized by the America COMPETES Act. ...

March 2008 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2009 Funding for the USGS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to provide the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with at least $1.3 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2009....

March 2008 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2009 Funding for the NSF

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages the Committee to provide the National Science Foundation (NSF) with $7.326 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2009, the funding level authorized by the America COMPETES Act....

March 2008 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2009 Funding for the EPA

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with at least $646.5 million for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) for fiscal year (FY) 2009....

March 2008 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2009 Funding for the USGS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to provide the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with at least $1.3 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2009....

March 2008 - AIBS Writes House Budget Committee About Science Funding

Dear Mr. Chairman: The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages the Budget Committee to support increased funding for the sciences across the federal government, particularly the National Science Foundation and the various federal agencies that support basic biological and environmental research....

February 2008 - AIBS Letter to Florida State Board of Education

Dear Florida State Board of Education Member: The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) supports the draft Florida science standards released by the State Board of Education writing committee on February 1, 2008....

December 2007 - AIBS Letter to Texas Commissioner of Higher Education

Dear Commissioner Paredes: On behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, I write to express sincere concern with the request submitted by the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) for certification from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to grant master's degrees in science education....

December 2007 - Letter to NRC Regarding the Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs Study

Dear Dr. Kuh: Members of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) have contacted us to express concern about the Awards and Honors section of the Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs....

December 2007 - AIBS President Comments on Evolution Controversy in Texas

WASHINGTON, DC - Despite state high-school biology standards that require that "the student knows the theory of biological evolution," the latest actions by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) suggest that Texas will become the next battleground for evolution education....

November 2007 - AIBS Letter to House in Support of NBII

Dear Chairman Dicks and Ranking Member Tiahrt: Thank you for your support of the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) program. As you work to complete the fiscal year 2008 appropriations for the Department of Interior, the American Institute of Biological Sciences would like to restate our support for the NBII program....

November 2007 - AIBS Letter to Senate in Support of NBII

Dear Chairman Feinstein: Thank you for your support of the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) program. As you work to complete the fiscal year 2008 appropriations for the Department of Interior, the American Institute of Biological Sciences would like to restate our support for the NBII program....

August 2007 - AIBS Comments on National Science Board STEM Education Plan

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the National Science Board's (NSB) draft report, "A National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System."...

April 2007 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2008 Funding for USGS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to provide the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with at least $1.2 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2008, and at least $200 million for programs of the Biological Resources Discipline....

April 2007 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2008 Funding for the USGS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to provide the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with at least $1.2 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2008, and at least $200 million for programs of the Biological Resources Discipline....

April 2007 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2008 Funding for the NSF

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to appropriate at least the President's fiscal year (FY) 2008 request of $6.43 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF)....

April 2007 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2008 Funding for the NSF

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages Congress to appropriate at least the President's fiscal year (FY) 2008 request of $6.43 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF)....

November 2006 - Biologists Celebrate Evolution Education Victory in Ohio; Warn Scientists Not to Become Complacent

Election results from Ohio represent the latest victory in the battle to ensure that all students receive a quality science education, which includes evolutionary biology. ...

November 2006 - AIBS President Reacts to Kansas Board of Education Election Results

On Tuesday, November 7, 2006, voters in Kansas sent a strong message when they placed control of the state Board of Education back in the hands of members who support teaching evolution. It is expected that the new Board will reverse a 2005 policy that permits the teaching of intelligent design/creationism in public school science classes....

October 2006 - AIBS Comments to JSOST on "Charting the Course for Ocean Science"

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the August 2006 draft report, "Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States: Research Priorities for the Next Decade."...

August 2006 - Biologists Respond to Kansas Board of Education Primary Election Results

Kansas primary voters demonstrated their commitment to Kansas students. Of the five Kansas Board of Education seats contested Tuesday, evolution education supporters appear to have won three races....

July 2006 - Comments on Draft NSF Strategic Plan for 2006-2011

The American Institute of Biological Siences (AIBS) submits the following in response to the National Science Foundation (NSF) request for public comment on "Investing in America's Future," NSF's draft strategic plan for 2006-2011. ...

May 2006 - AIBS and ESA Letter to House Appropriators in Support of FY 2007 NSF Appropriations

We are writing to encourage you to do all that you can to fund the Administration's fiscal year 2007 budget request of $6.02 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF)....

April 2006 - AIBS Letter to Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Regarding the Importance of Evolution

Recently, the science journal Nature reported that the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) denied a grant that would have investigated the potential impact of anti-evolution movements on the teaching of science....

April 2006 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2007 Funding at the US Geological Survey

The American Institute of Biological Sciences requests that Congress provide the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with $1.2 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2007, with at least $200 million for the Biological Resources Discipline. The funding we request would restore......

April 2006 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2007 Funding at the National Science Foundation

The American Institute of Biological Sciences encourages Congress to support the President's fiscal year (FY) 2007 budget request of $6.02 billion for the National Science Foundation. The Administration's request reflects the recognition of the important role that fundamental, peer-reviewed scientific......

March 2006 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2007 Funding for the National Science Foundation

The American Institute of Biological Sciences encourages Congress to support the President's fiscal year (FY) 2007 budget request of $6.02 billion for the National Science Foundation. The Administration's request reflects the recognition of the important role that fundamental, peer-reviewed scientific......

March 2006 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2007 Funding for the US Geological Survey

The American Institute of Biological Sciences requests that Congress provide the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with $1.2 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2007, with at least $200 million for the Biological Resources Discipline. The funding we request would restore......

December 2005 - Biologists Applaud Dover Decision

Washington, DC - The precedent has been set in the case of Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District, and teachers in Dover, PA, are now free to keep science in the science class. Today Judge John E. Jones......

November 2005 - Kansas Board of Education Adopts Standards That Demean Science

The Kansas State Board of Education has done a disservice to the state's K-12 students by voting today to adopt a curriculum that redefines science such that intelligent design/creationism and other supernatural concepts could be taught in science classes....

August 2005 - Intersociety Letter to Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) on Climate Change

AIBS joined 30 other scientific and educational organizations to send a letter to Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The letter expresses the scientific communities concerns with the approach that Rep. Barton took in seeking to gather information about climate change research from scientists supported by federal grants. ...

August 2005 - Biologists Speak Out Against Vote by Kansas Board of Education

The Kansas State Board of Education is doing a disservice to the state’s K-12 students by adopting a curriculum that redefines science such that intelligent design/creationism and other non-scientific concepts could be taught in science classes....

August 2005 - AIBS Criticizes President's Statement on Intelligent Design

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is concerned with President Bush’s recent statement suggesting that it would be appropriate to teach the concept of intelligent design/creationism alongside the well-established theory of evolution. ... “Intelligent design is not a scientific theory and must not be taught in science classes,” said AIBS president Dr. Marvalee Wake, a perspective shared by President Bush’s science advisor, Dr. John Marburger III....

June 2005 - AIBS Thanks Representatives Who Helped Defeat Amendment Seeking to Remove Funding from NSF

On 17 June AIBS sent a letter to six representatives thanking them for speaking out on the House floor against an amendment that sought to transfer funds from NSF to a Justice Department program. Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, D-NY, sponsored the amendment to the Science-State-Justice-Commerce appropriations bill, which would have diverted $126 million from the NSF--roughly three-fourths of the proposed increase for FY 2006. Following the floor debate, the House rejected the amendment. ...

April 2005 - AIBS Submits Testimony to Senate in Support of Increased FY 2006 Funding for the US Geological Survey

On 29 April AIBS submitted testimony to the Senate's Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies - the Senate panel responsible for determining the fiscal year 2006 spending level for the United States Geological Survey (USGS). AIBS requested that the panel provide at least $1 billion to restore administration proposed cuts and to provide the agency with a much needed, albeit small, inflation adjustment. Through the Biological Resources Discipline, the USGS conducts wide ranging biological, environmental, and natural resources research of vital importance to the public and private sectors. ...

November 2004 - AIBS Letter to House Resources Committee Requesting House Passage of H. Res. 556

Dear Chairman Pombo and Ranking Member Rahall: The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) thanks you and the members of the Resources Committee for your prompt passage of H. Res. 556, "Congratulating the United States Geological Survey on its 125th Anniversary." We recognize that there is limited time remaining in the 108th Congress, but request that you work with House leadership to secure full passage of H.Res. 556 prior to adjournment. ...

July 2004 - Scientific Peer Review in Policy Making

Peer review is an integral component of scientific research and publishing. It allows the scientific community to maintain quality control of research through the review of research proposals, journal manuscripts and other reports....

June 2004 - AIBS Comments to National Academies of Science on Presidential and Advisory Committee Science and Technology Appointments

In November 2004, the National Academies of Science will issue a report providing the president and federal officials with advice on how they may ensure the integrity of presidential and federal appointments in science and technology. The American Institute of Biological Sciences provided the NAS with suggestions....

March 2004 - AIBS Submits Testimony to House in Support of Increased FY 2005 Funding for the USGS

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) requests that Congress appropriate at least $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2005 funding for the United States Geological Survey (USGS)....

March 2004 - AIBS Writes House Science Committee About Funding for NSF, Natural History Collections

On 30 March 2004 the American Institute of Biological Sciences sent a letter to House Science Committee leaders alerting them to the need for increased funding for NSF programs that support natural history collections and collections-based research. The letter should help NSF supporters in Congress illustrate why increased funding for basic biological research supported by the National Science Foundation is important. ...

December 2003 - AIBS Writes National Park Service About Sale of Young-Earth Creationist Book

In response to concerns raised by scientists that a young-Earth creationist picture book was being sold amidst geology and other science books within Grand Canyon National Park bookstores, AIBS joined with seven geoscience society leaders in requesting that National Park Service officials review sales guidelines....

December 2003 - AIBS Comments to OMB on Peer Review in Federal Regulatory Process

AIBS submitted comments raising concerns with an Office of Management and Budget proposal that could slow the implementation of environmental and public health regulations. The plan could bottleneck important regulatory actions by empowering officials from the Office of Management and Budget on a case-by-case basis to establish a new level of bureaucracy that would determine what constitutes good science....

November 2003 - Letter to Texas State Board of Education

Dear Texas State Board of Education Member: We write to you today to request that you not leave Texas students behind. The future educational, employment and economic growth potential of Texas and the United States depends upon a scientifically literate workforce and a population capable of making informed decisions....

September 2003 - USGS Coalition Writes to Congress about FY 2004 Appropriations

On September 30th, the USGS Coalition sent a joint letter signed by 33 coalition organizations to members of the conference committe for the Fiscal Year 2004 Interior and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The letter thanks conferees for restoring proposed cuts......

August 2003 - Letter to New Mexico State Board of Education

Dear New Mexico State Board of Education: The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) would like to express strong support for the New Mexico's revised science standards. In 1947, American Institute of Biological Sciences was federally chartered as a non-profit......

May 2003 - AIBS Writes House Science Committee About NSF Funding

Dear Chairman Boehlert, Representative Smith, and members of the House Science Committee: As President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, I would like to express appreciation for the Committee's diligent efforts to provide sufficient funding for basic scientific research,......

February 2003 - AIBS' Comments on Draft Taxonomy of Life Sciences

Dear Dr. Kuh: AIBS recently reviewed the National Research Council's Board on Higher Education and Workforce, Committee for Examining the Methodology for Assessment of Research-Doctorate Program's Draft Taxonomy of the Life Sciences. AIBS would like to raise several issues regarding the current Draft Taxonomy of the Life Sciences. ...

June 1998 - AIBS Endorsed Statement on Evolution, Science, and Society: Evolutionary Biology and the National Research Agenda

AIBS has endorsed the 1998 report, Evolution, Science, and Society: Evolutionary Biology and the National Research Agenda, from the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, the Ecological Society of America, the Society of Systematic Biologists, the Genetics Society of America, the Animal Behavior Society, and the Paleontological Society....

October 1994 - AIBS Board Resolution on Evolution Education

The theory of evolution is the only scientifically defensible explanation for the origin of life and development of species. A theory in science, such as the atomic theory in chemistry and the Newtonian and relativity theories in physics, is not a speculative hypothesis, but a coherent body of explanatory statements supported by evidence....

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