- Congress has removed a barrier to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to retire most of its research chimpanzees. A provision in a bill passed by Congress in mid-November would remove a cap on how much money the federal government can spend to support retired chimps living at a sanctuary in Louisiana. NIH can now spend $9 million a year for the next five years for the sanctuary if it is a cheaper alternative than keeping the chimps at research facilities.
- After running into financial difficulties, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature will be hosted at the University of Singapore. The organization is responsible for setting rules for naming newly identified species. The Natural History Museum in London will continue to host the Commission's bulletin editor. The two organizations will support the Commission's $155,000 annual expenses, giving the Commission an opportunity to get its trust back into financial shape.
- The American Society of Mammologists is accepting applications for a new Graduate Student Science Policy Leadership Award. Any graduate student who is a member of the society is eligible to apply. Learn more at http://www.mammalsociety.org/committees/graduate-student-science-policy-leadership-award#tab6.
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