• AIBS joined with 13 other scientific societies to send a letter to the United States Senate expressing the need for public access to independent scientific research assessments of the impacts of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The letter calls for the formation of an independent panel to review research proposals and for protections to ensure that scientists retain their right to independent peer-reviewed study. To read the letter, visit http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20100915_september_2010.html.
  • Former Director of the National Science Foundation and AIBS past president, Dr. Rita Colwell, has been selected to serve as a science diplomat to the Muslim world. The selection of Colwell brings the total number of U.S. science envoys to six.
  • On 16 September, the Senate confirmed Dr. Carl Wieman as associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Wieman, a Nobel physics laureate and a proponent of science education reform, will lead the division of OSTP that formulates and coordinates federal research and development policy, as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education policy.
  • The U.S. Global Change Research Program is seeking public comments on its plans for the next National Climate Assessment. "US National Climate Assessment Objectives, Proposed Topics, and Next Steps" describes the objectives of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) process, provides an initial outline of the next NCA synthesis report, and describes the next steps in planning for and implementing the NCA process. Comments are due by 8 October 2010. For more information, please visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-22229.htm.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking experts to review the interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan, which describes restoration priorities, goals, and specific actions for restoring these bodies of water. Scientists and engineers with demonstrated expertise are needed from the following areas: limnology, landscape ecology, restoration ecology, ecotoxicology, population biology, aquatic biology, fisheries and wildlife management, invasive species, environmental engineering, environmental monitoring, and environmental assessment. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-23982.htm.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a report on the implementation of ecosystem-based management in national marine sanctuaries. "Examples of Ecosystem-Based Management in National Marine Sanctuaries: Moving from Theory to Practice" is available at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/conservation/nceas.html.

 


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