• Three AIBS members were awarded the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. In a ceremony at the White House presided over by First Lady Michelle Obama, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History were awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Learn more at http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/news/aibs_member_organizations_honored_by_first_lady_michelle_obama.html.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new tool, EnviroAtlas, that will help decision makers understand the implications of policy decisions on ecosystems. EnviroAtlas integrates more than 300 data layers. Access the tool at http://enviroatlas.epa.gov/enviroatlas/.

  • A new report from the National Academies looks at how organizations are supporting research from converging fields, including life, physical, chemical, mathematical, computational, engineering, and social sciences. The report discusses details of current programs and how organizations measure success, and summarizes lessons learned. Read the report at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18722.

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