• On 28 September 2010, an appeals court ruled that federally funded research involving human embryonic stem cells could continue until the underlying lawsuit, which questions the legality of research involving stem cells derived from human embryos, is formally decided. The ruling assures that research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can continue uninterrupted; the agency's intramural research was disrupted for two weeks in early September after a court injunction. The ruling also allows NIH to move forward with approval of new research grants and grant renewals. Some legal experts speculate that a final ruling on the case could be made by Thanksgiving, although it is likely to be appealed.

  • A new video from AIBS explores the features of the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The center is an easy-to-use tool that enables biologists and science educators to quickly and effectively engage in science policy. From writing to your members of Congress to learning about pending science legislation, the site is your one stop shop for information on science policy. To learn more about the AIBS Legislative Action Center, watch the video at http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/news/new_video_explores_the_features_of_aibs_legislative_action_center.html#029636. To access the Legislative Action Center, visit www.capwiz.com/aibs.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations for its Board of Scientific Counselors, which provides the agency with independent scientific and technical peer review, advice, consultation, and recommendations about the Office of Research and Development. Scientists with expertise in any of the following areas are sought: ecology, toxicology, informatics, socioeconomics, science policy, endocrine disrupting chemicals, climate change, sustainability, and risk assessment and management. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-24805.htm.

  • Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), a vocal climate skeptic, has restarted his investigation of prominent climatologist Michael Mann, despite a court ruling last month that Cuccinelli's investigation of Mann had no basis. Cuccinelli is now demanding that the University of Virginia, Mann's former employer, turn over seven years' worth of emails and documents relating to a state-funded research grant that Mann received while at the university. The university has until the end of October to respond to the request.


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