- The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) and American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) are pleased to announce the availability of an internship in the Washington, DC, AIBS Public Policy Office. The internship is open to ASM members who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or who have completed a program within a semester of application, and who are engaged in research that will contribute to the understanding and conservation of mammals. The internship is for three months during fall 2012, and carries a generous monthly stipend. Selection criteria include demonstrated interest in the public policy process, strong communications skills, and excellent academic record. For details and requirements, please visit http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/student_opportunities.html.
- Under the new Department of the Interior communications policy, agency scientists will be able to speak publicly about the department and are encouraged to publish research based on agency projects. The new policy, however, requires staff to seek guidance from a supervisor before speaking about information that has not been publicly released by Interior. Employees are also prohibited from disclosing anything covered by the Freedom of Information Act.
- Nominations are sought for a new international agriculture award that will honor young field researchers who emulate Dr. Norman Borlaug, the visionary agricultural researcher whose scientific breakthroughs helped to feed millions of people around the world. The award winner will receive $10,000. The award is sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. More information is available at http://www.worldfoodprize.org/index.cfm?nodeID=39531&audienceID=1.
- The U.S. Forest Service and the University of Georgia have developed an app for mobile devices to help people to identify invasive plants in the southern forests. Eventually, people will be able to report sightings of invasive plants through the application. The app is available for free download at http://apps.bugwood.org/southern_forests.html.
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