• William Brinkman, the head of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, plans to step down in April. Brinkman has led the program since June 2009. "As I leave office, my biggest concern remains the erosion of science funding in the United States when most of the industrialized countries of the world are increasing funding," he wrote in an email to staff.

  • The Department of Agriculture has re-established the Forestry Research Advisory Council. Nominations are sought for people to serve on the council, including people from federal and state agencies, academia, and industry. More information is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-13/html/2013-05739.htm.

  • The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation has released a report, "Congress on Sustaining Natural Resources and Conservation Science: What is at Stake in the Years Ahead." The report covers program priority and funding trends for research and development at science and environmental management agencies over the past decade, and analyzes these agencies in the context of potential budget cuts under various sequestration scenarios. The report is available at http://www.rnrf.org/2012cong/2012_Congress_Report.pdf.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) will continue supplemental funding to facilitate family leave for principal investigators (PIs) supported in the CAREER program. The funding can be used to support additional personnel to sustain research when the PI is on family leave. This program started in 2012 as part of NSF's Career-Life Balance Initiative.


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