- The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved several of President Obama's science nominations last week. The Committee approved by voice vote Kathryn Sullivan to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jo Handelsman as associate director of science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Robert Simon as OSTP's associate director of energy and environment. The nominations are subject to approval by the full Senate.
- Are you a teacher and did you receive a slick packet in the mail in late October attacking climate science? If so, the National Center for Science Education wants to hear about it. Complete a brief survey at http://ncse.com/taking-action/track-denialist-nipcc-mailing.
- Graduate students will have more opportunities to conduct research abroad as a result of the expansion of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide program. In addition to 15 countries included in the first year of the program, fellows will be able to work in Brazil, Columbia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Senegal, and South Africa.
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