• The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences has launched a Wiki to facilitate collaboration on proposals for the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections solicitation. The website is a social network that will enable researchers to communicate about collaborative proposals. According to NSF, researchers, collection managers and others will be able to briefly describe their expertise and interest in developing collaborative proposals on the Wiki. A "Dear Colleague Letter" from Joann Roskoski, Acting Assistant Director for Biological Sciences, about the new Wiki is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11007/nsf11007.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click. Questions regarding the ADBC solicitation, FAQs or Wiki should be sent by e-mail to biodigit@nsf.gov.
  • Three biologists have been awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor in science. Susan Lindquist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mortimer Mishkin of the National Institutes of Health, and Stanley Prusiner of the University of California, San Francisco are among the ten recipients this year.
  • A new website, "Biodiversity Policy and Practice," is a one stop shop for information on international efforts regarding the conservation of biodiversity. The site provides the latest biodiversity policy news and summaries of ongoing international activities. For more information, visit http://biodiversity-l.iisd.org/.


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