• Celebrate the life and scientific contributions of Charles Darwin on 12 February. The date marks the birthday of the famous evolutionary biologist. Events will be held around the world to celebrate the occasion. Learn more at http://darwinday.org/.

  • A new, free online biology course aims to teach the basics of biology and inform students about the coming revolution in our understanding of biology. The course is taught by Dr. Eric Lander, a professor at MIT and Harvard Medical School and a co-chair of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Learn more at https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/7.00x/2013_Spring/about.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking technical experts to serve on its Board of Scientific Counselors. The federal advisory committee provides independent scientific and technical peer review, advice, and recommendations on climate, chemical safety, human health risk assessment, and safe water resources. Learn more at http://www.epa.gov/osp/bosc/nomination.htm.

  • Six scientific societies are pressing for the White House to hold a national summit on climate change. The groups aim for the summit "to identify policies and actions that can be taken by each Federal agency and by state and local governments to address the causes and effects of climate change." Six scientific organizations signed the letter, including the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Conservation Biology.


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