- The National Academy of Public Administration is seeking public input on how the National Climate Service can best engage stakeholders. Congress directed the Academy to analyze options for structuring a climate service within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Visit http://www.napaclimatedialogue.org/ between 14-28 June to join the dialogue.
- The number of students enrolling in full time science or engineering graduate programs reached a record number — 108,819 — in 2008. According to the National Science Foundation, the 7.8 percent increase in enrollments between 2007 and 2008 represents the largest one year increase in a decade.
- The University of Virginia is fighting an inquiry by the state’s Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, into climatologist Dr. Michael Mann. The university has asked a state circuit court to dismiss the investigation into Mann’s grant applications while he was affiliated with the University of Virginia. Cuccinelli, a vocal climate skeptic, is investigating if Mann violated the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act while he worked at the University of Virginia from 1999 to 2005. Many in the scientific community view Cuccinelli’s inquiry as a politically motivated witch hunt.
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