Agriculture

  • Request for Nominations of Members for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, Specialty Crop Committee, and National Genetics Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces the opening of the solicitation for nominations to fill vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economic (NAREEE) Advisory Board and its subcommittees. There are eight vacancies on the NAREEE Advisory Board; three vacancies on the Specialty Crop Committee; six vacancies on the Citrus Disease Subcommittee; and two vacancies on the National Genetics Advisory Council.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of July 20, 2018, FR Doc. No. 83, pages 34536-34537 on page one, under Date, should read as follows:

    All nomination materials should be submitted in a single, complete package and received or postmarked by August 24, 2018.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-15/html/2018-17537.htm

  • Arctic Research Commission

  • Notice of 110th Commission Meeting

    A notice by the U.S. Arctic Research Commission on 08/03/2018.

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 110th meeting in Kotzebue, AK, on September 4-5, 2018. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m. at NW Borough Assembly Chambers, 163 Lagoon Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752.

    The Agenda items include:

    (1) Call to order and approval of the agenda (2) Approval of the minutes from the 109th meeting (3) Commissioners and staff reports (4) Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities

    The meeting will focus on reports and updates relating to programs and research projects affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic.

    The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (Title I Pub. L. 98-373) and the Presidential Executive Order on Arctic Research (Executive Order 12501) dated January 28, 1985, established the United States Arctic Research Commission.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: Kathy Farrow, Communications Specialist, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525- 0111 or TDD 703-306-0090.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-13/html/2018-17300.htm

  • Commerce

  • Meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and approve work plans for their Commerce and Recreational Fisheries Subcommittees.

    DATES: The meeting will be September 6, 2018, 1-3 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: There is no public access. Meeting is by conference call.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett; NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy; (301) 427-8034; email: Heidi.Lovett@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-16/html/2018-17685.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Vaccine Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that a meeting is scheduled to be held for the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). The meeting will be open to the public; public comment sessions will be held during the meeting.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 12 and 13, 2018. The meeting times and agenda will be posted on the NVAC website at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/index.html as soon as they become available.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. The meeting can also be accessed through a live webcast on both days of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/index.html.

    Pre-registration is required for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and who wish to participate in a public comment session. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or participate in a public comment session should register at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/index.html. Participants may also register by emailing nvpo@hhs.gov or by calling (202) 690-5566 and providing their name, organization, and email address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Aikin, Acting Designated Federal Officer, National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: nvac@hhs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-16/html/2018-17618.htm

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy (OSP) Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Research: Proposed Changes to the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines)

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks public comment on its proposal to amend the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) to streamline oversight for human gene transfer clinical research protocols and reduce duplicative reporting requirements already captured within the existing regulatory framework. Specifically, NIH proposes amendments to: Delete the NIH protocol registration submission and reporting requirements under Appendix M of the NIH Guidelines, and modify the roles and responsibilities of entities that involve human gene transfer or the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC).

    DATES: To ensure consideration, comments must be submitted in writing by October 16, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically by visiting: https://osp.od.nih.gov/comment-form-nih-guidelines/. Comments may also be sent via fax to 301-496-9839, or by mail to the Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7985. All written comments received in response to this notice will be available for public inspection at NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP), 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and may be posted without change, including any personal information, to the NIH OSP website.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions, or require additional background information about these proposed changes, please contact the NIH by email at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov, or telephone at 301-496-9838. You may also contact Jessica Tucker, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Emerging Biotechnology Policy, Office of Science Policy, NIH, at 301-451-4431 or Jessica.Tucker@nih.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-17/html/2018-17760.htm

  • Opportunity to Co-Sponsor Office of Research Integrity Workshops

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) announces the opportunity for non-federal public and private sector entities to co- sponsor ORI conferences or workshops (ORI Workshops). Potential co- sponsors must have a demonstrated interest and experience in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) or the handling of research misconduct allegations. Potential co-sponsors must be willing to participate substantively in the co-sponsored activity.

    Expressions of interest for co-sponsorships of ORI Workshops are received throughout the year at the email address below. ORI co- sponsors a limited number of workshops with other entities each year. Expressions of interest are being received for ORI Workshops that will take place in the next fiscal year (October 2018 through September 2019) or beyond.

    Expressions of interest for co-sponsorships should be sent by email to AskORI@HHS.GOV with "Co-sponsorship for ORI Workshops" in the subject field or by mail to ORI at 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracey Randolph, Program Analyst, Office of Research Integrity, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750, Rockville, MD 20852, (240) 453-8200.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-16/html/2018-17615.htm

  • Request for Information To Solicit Feedback on the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

    AGENCY: National Institutes for Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input on how best to accomplish the ambitious vision for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative[supreg] set forth in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision. NIH is soliciting input from all interested stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, trainees, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, and patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public.

    DATES: The Request for Information is open for public comment. To assure consideration, your responded must be received by November 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically using the web-based form at https://www.braininitiative.nih.gov/rfi.aspx.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct all inquiries to Samantha White, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 301-496-1675; BRAINFeedback@nih.gov with "BRAIN RFI" in the subject line.

    https://publish.aibs.org/mt.cgi?_mode=view&type=entry&blog_id=206

  • Science and Regulation of Live Microbiome-Based Products Used To Prevent, Treat, or Cure Diseases in Humans; Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) are announcing a public workshop entitled "Science and Regulation of Live Microbiome- Based Products Used to Prevent, Treat, or Cure Diseases in Humans." The purpose of the public workshop is to exchange information with the scientific community about the clinical, manufacturing, and regulatory considerations associated with live microbiome-based products, when administered to prevent, treat, or cure a disease or condition in humans. The public workshop will bring together government Agencies, academia, industry, and other stakeholders involved in research, development, and regulation of live microbiome-based products for such uses.

    DATES: The public workshop will be held on September 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for registration date and information.

    ADDRESSES: The public workshop will be held at the NIAID Conference Center, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1D13, Rockville, MD 20852. Entrance for public workshop participants is through the lobby, where routine security check procedures will be performed. For parking and security information, please refer to https://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/visitor-information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Loni Warren Henderson or Sherri Revell, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 1118, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 240-402-8010, email: CBERPublicEvents@fda.hhs.gov (subject line: Live Microbiome-Based Products Workshop).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-17/html/2018-17732.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC).

    DATES: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, August 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., PDT.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Ames Conference Center, Building 3, 500 Severyns Road, Ballroom, Moffett Field, CA 94035.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marla King, NAC Administrative Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1148 or marla.k.king@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-14/html/2018-17464.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • STEM Education Advisory Panel; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the following meeting:

    Name and Committee Code: STEM Education Advisory Panel (#2624).

    Date and Time: September 12, 2018; 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22314.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Keaven Stevenson via email at kstevens@nsf.gov or by phone: 703.292.8663 on or prior to September 7, 2018.

    Type of Meeting: Part-Open.

    Contact Person: Keaven Stevenson, Directorate Administrative Coordinator, Room C 11044, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22314. Contact Information: kstevens@nsf.gov">703-292-8663/kstevens@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations to the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) and for the Panel to identify priority areas for the next year.

    Agenda: STEM Education Advisory Panel agenda attached. Please check the website for any additional updates prior to the meeting at https://nsf.gov/ehr/STEMEdAdvisory.jsp.

    Reason for Closing: The panel will review and discuss a draft government report. This discussion must be kept confidential. These matters are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), (9)(B) of the Government in the Sunshine Act.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-16/html/2018-17689.htm

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