Commerce

  • Anticipated RESTORE Act Science Program Federal Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2014

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notifies the public and potential applicants of an anticipated upcoming Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) under the RESTORE Act Science Program, and of the short-term priorities for the program that NOS expects will be addressed in the FFO.

    DATES: N/A. No applications are being requested at this time. NOAA anticipates publishing the FFO sometime during fall 2014, subject to the availability of funds and pending the release of the Department of the Treasury Regulations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund.

    ADDRESSES: N/A. No applications are being requested at this time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Becky Allee, (becky.allee@noaa.gov, 228-688-1701).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19238.htm

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 7 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

    DATES: Applications are due by September 30, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Lilli Ferguson, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, P.O. Box 159, Olema, CA 94950; (415) 663-0314 extension 107; email Lilli.Ferguson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://cordellbank.noaa.gov.

    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Beth Dieveney, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040; (305) 809-4700 extension 228; email Beth.Dieveney@noaa.gov; or download application from http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/sac/welcome.html?s=sac.

    Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: G.P. Schmahl, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX 77551; (409) 621-5151 extension 102; email George.Schmahl@noaa.gov; or download application from http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/advisorycouncil/councilnews.html.

    Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Becky Shortland, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411; (912) 598-2381; email Becky.Shortland@noaa.gov; or download application from http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/sac/welcome.html.

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shannon Ricles, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; (757) 591-7328; email Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov; or download application from http://monitor.noaa.gov.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, Utulei, American Samoa; (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov.

    Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council: Hoku Johnson, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, NOS/ONMS/ PMNM, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725- 5800; email Hoku.Johnson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/council/.

    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Elizabeth Stokes, NOS/ONMS/SBNMS, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066; (781) 545-8026 extension 201; email Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov; or download application from http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the Addresses section of this notice.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-15/html/2014-19235.htm

  • Genome in a Bottle Consortium--Progress and Planning Workshop

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: NIST announces the Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, August 14 and 15, 2014. The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing. The purpose of this meeting is to update participants about progress of the consortium work, continue to get broad input from individual stakeholders to update or refine the consortium work plan, continue to broadly solicit consortium membership from interested stakeholders, and invite members to participate in work plan implementation. Topics of discussion at this meeting will include examples of laboratories using the pilot candidate NIST Reference Material, progress on the next set of NIST Reference Materials, structural variants, and potential Reference Materials for cancer genomics.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendees must register by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, August 11, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 in Room C103-C106, Building 215. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Justin Zook by email at jzook@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at salit@nist.gov or by phone at (650) 350-2338. To register, go to: https://www-s.nist.gov/CRS/confdisclosure.cfm?confid=7372

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/html/2014-18841.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open teleconference.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for an open conference call 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. 2. The purpose of this conference call is to discuss PCAST's education information technology and nanotechnology reports.

    DATES: The public conference call will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Eastern Time (ET). To receive the call-in information, attendees should register for the conference call on the PCAST Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the call agenda, time, and how to register for the call is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. Questions about the conference call should be directed to Dr. Knatokie Ford, PCAST AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, by email at: kford@ostp.eop.gov, or telephone at: (202) 456-4444.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-13/html/2014-19134.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconferences

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Advisory Committee Teleconferences.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (Board) will hold two separate public teleconferences. The first teleconference will take place on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and the second on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The teleconference held on September 3 will take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The teleconference being held on September 16 will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teleconferences are open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconferences and background materials, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at the number provided below.

    Background: The Good Neighbor Environmental Board is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463. By statute, the Board is required to submit an annual report to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico.

    Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of the September 3 call will be to discuss an advice letter on the proposed merger of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank. The purpose of the September 16 teleconference will be to continue discussion on the Board's Sixteenth Report, which focuses on ecological restoration in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

    General Information: The agenda and teleconference materials will be available at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA- 2014-0001. General information about the Board can be found on its Web site at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/gneb.

    If you wish to make oral comments or submit written comments to the Board, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least five days prior to the teleconference. Written comments should be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2014-0001.

    Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at (202) 564-4330 or email at gantner.ann-marie@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/html/2014-18926.htm

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board; FRL-9915-15-Region-5

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss advice to strengthen the effectiveness of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

    DATES: The public meeting will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the EPA Region 5 Offices, Lake Huron Room, twelfth floor, in the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. The teleconference number is (877) 744-6030, participant code 81805990.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by telephone at 312-886-6815 or email at cestaric.rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI and the Board can be found at http://www.glri.us.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-15/html/2014-19418.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for "Follow that Cell'' Challenge

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health


    SUMMARY: Through the "Follow that Cell'' Challenge (the "Challenge''), the Single Cell Analysis Program (SCAP)--http://commonfund.nih.gov/Singlecell/index, a component of the National Institutes of Health Common Fund--http://commonfund.nih.gov/about, is searching for novel methods for analyzing dynamic states of individual cells that can serve as the basis for predicting alterations in cell behavior and function over time. The goal of the Challenge is to develop new tools and methods that allow time-dependent measurements at the single-cell level in a complex tissue environment in order to assess functional changes, provide information on the health status of a given cell, and help guide diagnosis and therapeutic treatments related to human disease states. Technological breakthroughs in this arena could allow researchers and physicians to identify rare cells in a mixed population, such as individual cells that can transform and become cancerous, cells that are latently infected with a pathogenic virus, or cells that develop resistance to drugs over time.

    The NIH Common Fund currently supports SCAP grants, the majority of which are associated with academic institutions. This Challenge, structured in two phases, will strengthen and complement the existing SCAP grant portfolio by reaching out to a more diverse population of innovators and solvers, including not only those who are from academic institutions but also those who are from research and development communities in the private sector and those who are outside biomedical disciplines. The NIH believes this Challenge will stimulate investment from both public and private sectors in single-cell analysis research and product development, which, in turn, could lead to the development of more sensitive, robust, and cost-effective assay approaches, reagents, tools, and devices for basic research and clinical diagnosis.

    DATES: Phase 1: Effective on August 15, 2014 Phase 1 Submission period ends: December 15, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET Phase 1 Judging Period: December 16, 2014, to February 16, 2015 Phase 1 Winners and other Finalists Announced: March 16, 2015 Phase 2 begins: March 17, 2015 Phase 2 Submission period ends: March 30, 2017, 11:59 p.m. ET Phase 2 Judging Period: March 31, 2017, to June 30, 2017 Phase 2 Winners announced: July 31, 2017

    The NIH may shorten the submission period for Phase 2 and adjust dates for judging and winner(s) announcement if the Phase 1 winners' feasibility assessments suggest a shorter Phase 2 submission period is possible. The NIH will announce any changes to the timeline by amending this Federal Register notice no later than March 16, 2015. This Challenge will be administered by InnoCentive, Inc., on behalf of the NIH www.innocentive.com/followthatcell.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yong Yao, Ph.D., NIH, 301-443-6102; or Erin Shannon, NIH, 301-443-3959.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/html/2014-18870.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education Notice of Meeting

    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: September 23, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., September 24, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford I, Rm. 1235, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Linda A. Deegan, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone 703-292-7870.

    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.

    Agenda

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Update on recent NSF environmental activities; Update on NSF's efforts on Broader Impacts; Report to AC from Food Systems Working Group--Next Steps; Report to AC from Diversity Working Group--Next Steps

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Meeting with the NSF Director; Discussion of Future Directions for NSF Research Portfolio for Environmental Science

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-12/html/2014-18960.htm

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