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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 15-19 August 2005


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Financial Assistance To Establish a New Cooperative Science Center Under NOAA's Educational Partnership Program (EPP) With Minority Serving Institutions for Scientific Environmental Technology

AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of criteria for establishing a new Cooperative Science Center in Scientific Environmental Technology at a Minority Serving Institution; and, notice of availability of funds and solicitation for proposals for these funds.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA's Educational Partnership Program is soliciting proposals to establish a new Cooperative Science Center at an accredited postsecondary minority serving institution (MSI). This Center will be established as a partnership between the institution and NOAA, with the goal of expanding the institution's training and research capabilities and supporting the development of programs compatible with NOAA's mission. The Cooperative Science Center will be established in support of NOAA core science areas and will enhance NOAA's ability to conduct its mission with enhanced scientific environmental technologies. The Center will support activities that strengthen the research capabilities at the selected MSI with accredited programs and graduate degrees in physical sciences, including applied physics, applied mathematics, computer science applications, and atmospheric, oceanic and environmental related sciences. The Center's principal academic institution must be an accredited MSI with a Ph.D. program in one of the key sciences identified in this announcement. Proposals will not be accepted from non-profit organizations, foundations, auxiliary services or any other entity submitted on behalf of MSIs.

DATES: Applications must be received by NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) no later than 2 p.m., local time 60 days after the publication of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Applications submitted in response to this announcement are strongly encouraged to be submitted through the Grants.gov Web site. Electronic access to the full funding announcement for this program is available via the Grants.gov Web site: http://www.grants.gov The announcement will also be available at the NOAA Web site http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/SOLINDEX.HTML or by contacting the program official identified below. Paper applications (a signed original and two copies) should be submitted to the Educational Partnership Program at the following address: NOAA/OAR/EPP, 1315 East West Highway, Room 10600, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. No facsimile applications will be accepted. Institutions are encouraged to submit Letters of Intent to NOAA/EPP within 30 days of this announcement to aid in planning the review processes. Letters of Intent may be submitted via e-mail to Jacqueline.J.Rousseau@noaa.gov. Information should include a general description of the Center proposal and participating institutions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Rousseau, Program Director at (301) 713-9437 ext. 124 or .



Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Science Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of an SAB Quality Review Committee (QRC) to review and discuss the SAB Draft Advisory Report on EPA's Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA) Program.

DATES: September 8, 2005. A public telephone conference of the SAB Quality Review Committee (QRC) will be held on September 8, 2005, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. (eastern time).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code for this teleconference may contact Mr. Thomas O. Miller, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone at (202) 343-9982 or via e-mail at . An agenda and the documents that are the subject of this teleconference will be posted on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab. The SAB mailing address is: U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.


Office of Environmental Information; Announcement of Comment Period for Environmental Sampling, Analysis and Results Draft Data Standards

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of Data Availability & Comment Period.

SUMMARY: Notice of availability for public review for a 90 day comment period is hereby given for the Draft Environmental Sampling, Analysis and Results (ESAR) Data Standards. The Draft Environmental Sampling, Analysis, and Results Data Standards are a collection of 14 standards that are based on the business processes used to collect and analyze environmental data. The collection is comprised of an Overview, four primary standards and nine supporting components. The fourteen ESAR data standards are designed to provide implementation flexibility and improve the exchange of environmental data across the nation. States and U.S. EPA completed a technical review of these data standards in the Spring of 2004. That review lead to the formation of Air, Waste, and Water teams, which reviewed the comments and produced this final collection of draft data standard documents. Reviewers will see that the standards may not use the specific terminology for a given environmental program. In order to make the standards work for the broadest audience, terms were specifically chosen for relevance to the broadest audience. Similarly, the standards do not address all details of each environmental program. These standards, when final, are intended to serve as a foundation for exchange across environmental media (water, air, waste). Media or program specific data elements may need to be added in an exchange. Reviewers please note that the draft data standards are based on and incorporate related efforts such as other data standards, electronic data deliverables, and systems data dictionaries in media specific areas including: the EDSC data standard "Reporting Water Quality Results for Chemical and Microbiological Analytes;" exchange specifications such as the "Staged Electronic Data Deliverable" (SEDD); data dictionaries such as the Air Quality Monitoring System (AQS); as well as specifications from the National Environmental Laboratory Accrediting Council (NELAC) and the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 12, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Spencer; Environmental Protection Agency; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, MC 2822T; Washington, DC 20460; Phone: 202-566-1651; Fax: 202-566-1624; E-mail: .



National Park System Advisory Board; Meeting

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix, that the National Park System Advisory Board will meet September 8-9, 2005, in New York, New York. On September 8, the Board will tour Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and Manhattan Sites and will be briefed regarding environmental, education and partnership programs. The Board will convene its business meeting on September 9 at 8:30 a.m., e.s.t., in the Board Room of Thirteen/WNET, 450 West 33rd Street, New York, New York 10001, 202-356-5548. The meeting will be adjourned at 5 p.m. The Board will be addressed by National Park Service Director Fran Mainella and will receive the reports of its Education Committee, Committee on Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, National Landmarks Committee, Committee on Health and Recreation, National Parks Science Committee, Committee on Philanthropy, and Partnerships Committee. The Board also will be briefed concerning civic engagement in the National Park Service. Other officials of the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior may address the Board, and other miscellaneous topics and reports may be covered. The order of the agenda may be changed, if necessary, to accommodate travel schedules or for other reasons. The Board meeting will be open to the public. Space and facilities to accommodate the public are limited and attendees will be accommodated on a first-come basis. Anyone may file with the Board a written statement concerning matters to be discussed. The Board also may permit attendees to address the Board, but may restrict the length of the presentations, as necessary to allow the Board to complete its agenda within the allotted time. Anyone who wishes further information concerning the meeting, or who wishes to submit a written statement, may contact Mr. Loran Fraser, Office of Policy, National Park Service; 1849 C Street, NW., Room 7250; Washington, DC 20240; telephone 202-208-7456. Draft minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection about 12 weeks after the meeting, in room 7252, Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC.



Committee Management; Notice of Establishment

The Director of the National Science Foundation has determined that the establishment of the Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the National Science Foundation (NSF), by 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.

NAME: Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (25150). PURPOSE: Provide perspective and advice to the Cyberinfrastructure Council (CIC) of the National Science Foundation on the agency's plans and programmatic strategies to develop and support a state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure that enables significant advances in fields of science and engineering. RESPONSIBLE NSF Official: Deborah Crawford, Office of Cyberinfrastrucutre, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8900.


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