• Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is helping to launch a national center to synthesize social and environmental information. The center, which will be housed at the University of Maryland, is the first NSF synthesis center to integrate the natural and social sciences. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center will facilitate research on issues like water availability, sustainable food production, and the interaction between human activities and ecosystems health.

  • The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) has released its draft science strategy. The draft report outlines the scientific questions that NEON will address, key aspects of the network's design, and needed infrastructure. To read the strategy or submit comments by 15 September 2011, visit http://www.neoninc.org/science/science-strategy.

  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has launched a new fellowship program for international graduate students studying in the United States. The first class of 48 fellows will receive $43,000 for three years to help them pursue their degrees in biomedicine or related fields.


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