A new plan from the Democratic members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was released on June 30, 2020. The report, “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy, and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America”, includes recommendations provided by AIBS in response to the Committee’s 2019 request for information from the public. AIBS urged the Committee to secure “increased federal investment in the biological sciences to improve our understanding of how living systems are being influenced by climate change, identify novel biotechnology and management practices that promote biological resilience to and mitigation of climate change, and develop innovative strategies for improving agricultural productivity while reducing the energy required to produce food and fiber.”
On June 24, 2020, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation to provide emergency relief appropriations for federal science agencies to support the research community during the ongoing public health crisis.
On July 6, 2020, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued guidance that would force international students to leave the country if they do not participate in in-person instruction during the fall 2020 semester. Please take a few moments to write to your members of Congress about intervening to protect foreign students in the United States.
In response to the frustration that AIBS has heard from many graduate students, we have developed a program to help scientists hone and practice the skills needed to secure employment.
AIBS has announced a new webinar, Building Resilient Scientific Societies - Scientific Conferences in the COVID-19 Era, which will take place Tuesday July 21, 2020 at 1:00pm ET.
AIBS has been awarded a Standard Grant from the National Science Foundation on the science of peer review entitled: “Reliability, Risk Aversion, and Bias in Grant Peer Review”.
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) - a broad-based group of professional organizations, universities, scientific societies, and businesses - wants to thank Congress for its consistent support for fundamental scientific research and educational programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). As the only federal agency charged with the promotion of scientific progress across all scientific and engineering disciplines, NSF is the cornerstone of America's basic research enterprise.
The latest BioScience Talks podcast has been released - Using Metacommunities for Better Biological Assessments.
AIBS will be having a special meeting of the AIBS Council on June 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern. This webinar discussion will explore opportunities for scientific societies to combat racism and intolerance.