• The Canadian government recently announced that it would permanently close the Experimental Lake Area (ELA) of Ontario. The research facility has been the site of several important ecosystem experiments over the decades, including a foundational study that demonstrated the role of phosphorus in promoting algal growth. A group of scientific societies representing aquatic scientists have written to the Canadian government asking for a repeal of the decision. "The global aquatic and ecological communities are genuinely concerned about the impact closure of ELA will have on the strong and creative science that has been, and continues to be, conducted by Canadian freshwater researchers," states the letter. The letter was signed by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Ecological Society of America, International Society of Limnology, Society of Canadian Limnologists, and Society for Freshwater Sciences.

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation last week that would provide $30.7 billion (+$100 million) for the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2013. The bill would also create a new organization in the Department of Education to promote advances in science and engineering learning technologies.

  • The National Science Foundation is calling for transformative approaches to data management systems that will function across scientific and engineering disciplines. In a dear colleague letter from agency senior leadership, a call is made for solutions to integrate data across disciplines and existing projects. Read the letter at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12090/nsf12090.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click.

 


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