- New technology aims to improve access to earth science data. Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) was created by a team comprised of several hundred investigators. The recently released ONESearch tool queries data centers located around the world for relevant earth science information and provides integrated access to science metadata and corresponding datasets. Access the tool at http://www.dataone.org/.
- Graduate Research Fellows sponsored by the National Science Foundation are invited to enter a video contest to communicate how their research will shape the future. Submissions are limited to 90 seconds or less and are due 14 September 2012. More information is available at http://nsfgrfp.org/grfp_video_contest.
- On 8 July 2012, the AIBS Public Policy Office conducted a short workshop at the Botany 2012 meetings in Columbus, Ohio. The program provided participants with an introduction to the tools and techniques that can be used to communicate with and influence science policymakers. AIBS offers an array of programs designed to provide students and practicing scientists with information about how to communicate effectively with policymakers and the news media. To learn more about these programs, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/policy_training.html.
- Organizers of the presidential Science Debate 2012 appeared on National Public Radio's Science Friday. Listen to the discussion of the state of science in politics at http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/07/27/2012/why-science-is-a-non-issue-in-the-election-again.html.
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