- An analysis prepared by AIBS of President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget request for biological sciences research and education has been updated. The report now includes information on the proposed spending plans for the National Institutes of Health and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Download the updated report at http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/resources/AIBS_Budget_Report_FY_2013.pdf.
- Dr. Judy Scotchmoor, a member of the AIBS Board, is a 2012 recipient of the Friend of Darwin award. The recognition is presented annually by the National Center for Science Education (NSCE). Scotchmoor led the development of the Understanding Evolution website as the assistant director for education and public programs at the University of California Museum of Paleontology. According to NCSE executive director Eugenie C. Scott: "It would be difficult to think of another person who has done more, and in such a sustained way, to promote and improve the teaching of evolution" than Scotchmoor.
- The SciFund Challenge is currently inviting researchers to participate in the second round of crowd-funded research. The initiative helps scientists to raise money for their research by soliciting donations from the general public. Last fall, 49 research projects raised $76,000. Proposals for the second round of funding are currently being accepted at http://scifund.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/here-we-go-again-scifund-round-two-begins-now/.
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