• The Tennessee Senate has stalled its consideration of legislation that would promote the teaching of 'controversial' subjects such as evolution. The bill's sponsor, Senator Bo Watson, delayed committee action on the legislation (SB 893) because of concern from faculty at the University of Tennessee. The delay makes it unlikely that the bill will become law this year, despite the passage of a similar measure by the Tennessee House of Representatives earlier this month.

  • The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board has announced the availability of a minimum of $37.5 million per year to establish four to eight Research Consortia to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident on the Gulf of Mexico. The research that will be conducted through these consortia will inform the scientific understanding of oil spill and dispersant impacts on ocean and coastal systems in the Gulf region, as well as other ocean and coastal systems, and how these systems respond to oil and gas inputs, especially large accidental inputs. The grant application guidance and requirements, along with the research themes that will be funded, are described in the request for proposals at http://griresearchboard.org/rfp/RFP-I.html.

  • A new report released by the National Research Council (NRC) highlights the need for strategic investment in new technology and infrastructure to better understand oceans. "Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030" considers the current state of research infrastructure and looks ahead to the research areas that will inform societal problems in the coming decades. To read the report, visit http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13081.

  • A new interactive map released by the United States Geological Survey shows the risk for human impacts to streams across the country. The map is based upon a recent report by the National Fish Habitat Board, which found that more than a quarter of all streams in the U.S. are at high or very high risk of habitat degradation. To view the map, visit http://www.nbii.gov/far/nfhap/.

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