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AIBS Public Policy Report

AIBS Public Policy Report, Volume 23, Issue 9, April 25, 2022

  • New AIBS Report on Biological Sciences in the President’s 2023 Budget Request
  • Action Alert: Ask Your U.S. Representative to Support Investment in NSF
  • Biden Requests $49 Billion for NIH in FY 2023
  • EPA Slated for a 24 Percent Increase in Budget
  • NOAA Budget to Grow by 17 Percent in FY 2023
  • Small Increase Proposed for DOE Science Budget
  • Agencies Release Equity Action Plans
  • Science Coalition Writes to Lawmakers about FY 2023 Funding for NSF
  • AIBS Joins Stakeholder Letter on Pathogen Research in Innovation Bills
  • Help Support Ukrainian Collections
  • Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest
  • Upcoming AIBS Professional Development Programs
  • Short Takes
    • Senate Panel Advances Wildlife Bill
    • NSF Seeks Information on Federal Priorities for Information Integrity R&D
    • Input Requested: Initiatives to Improve Research Training, Career Progression, Educational Environment in Biomedical Research
    • NASEM Call for Nominations: Carbon Negative Agriculture
    • NASEM Workshop: Toward a Future of Environmental Health Sciences
    • SPNHC Natural History Collection Education DemoCamp
  • From the Federal Register

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New AIBS Report on Biological Sciences in the President’s 2023 Budget Request

A new report by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Public Policy Office analyzes the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request for biological sciences research and education.

The report summarizes proposed budget and program changes relevant to the biological sciences. The document analyzes the budget proposals for several federal agencies and programs, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Geological Survey, Department of Energy Office of Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

Read the report.


Action Alert: Ask Your U.S. Representative to Support Investment in NSF

Congress has started debate on funding levels for federal programs for fiscal year 2023. Please show your support for the National Science Foundation (NSF) by asking your Representative to sign a Dear Colleague Letter in support of at least $11 billion in funding for the agency in 2023.

NSF is the primary federal funding source for fundamental biological research at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides approximately 65 percent of extramural federal support for non-medical, fundamental biological and environmental research at academic institutions.

If funded at $11 billion, NSF can accelerate progress on its 10 Big Ideas, expand support for early career researchers, invest in translational research and emerging industries, and create new interdisciplinary research programs, such as the Integrative Research in Biology program. This investment will sustain core research and education programs that are vital to U.S. competitiveness, economic growth, and national security.

An effort is now underway in the House of Representatives to build support for increased FY 2023 funding for NSF. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley (R-WV) are circulating a Dear Colleague Letter calling on Congress to provide at least $11 billion in funding to NSF in FY 2023.

Please take a few moments to ask your Representative to sign the Butterfield-McKinley Dear Colleague Letter.  The deadline for Representatives to be added to the letter is COB on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.  Send a letter through the AIBS Legislative Action Center.


Biden Requests $49 Billion for NIH in FY 2023

Under President Biden’s budget request, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would see its total budget increased by 7 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2023.  Overall, the biomedical research agency is slated to receive $49 billion, of which $5 billion is slated for the new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

The request outlines a number of priorities for NIH in FY 2023, including combatting the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the opioid epidemic, eradicating HIV in the United States, expanding mental health research, addressing health disparities and inequities, researching the human health impacts of climate change, bolstering the nation’s pandemic preparedness, and continuing to support the newly established ARPA-H.

The FY 2023 request for NIH includes funding for ARPA-H to fund high-risk, transformative research that drives biomedical innovations.  ARPA-H would see its budget grow from $1 billion in FY 2022 to $5 billion in FY 2023.  With $3 billion in new funding slated for NIH overall, and a $4 billion increase requested for ARPA-H, NIH’s base budget would shrink by $1 billion, to $44 billion in FY 2023.

Consequently, budgets for most NIH centers would shrink or remain flat:

  • National Cancer Institute: -3 percent
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: +0.4 percent
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: +6 percent
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: -1 percent
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences: +0.2 percent
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: +10 percent
  • National Institute of Mental Health: -0.3 percent
  • National Human Genome Research Institute: -1.6 percent
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering: -1.4 percent
  • National Library of Medicine: -1.5 percent

The proposal would cut the Office of the Director’s budget by 12 percent.  The buildings and facilities account for NIH would see a boost of 20 percent to $300 million, with the increase targeted to addressing the maintenance and repair backlog at the agency.  An additional $30 million would be set aside for renovations at the National Cancer Institute’s facility in Frederick, Maryland.

To develop an agency-wide approach to building a “solutions-driven climate change and health strategic framework,” NIH is proposing a $100 million* increase for research on the human health impacts of climate change.  The strategic framework would develop a better understanding of the health impacts and factors that contribute to individual and community susceptibility, strengthen capacity for research and transdisciplinary workforce development, and advance community-engaged research.

NIH proposes an increase of $350 million above FY 2022 to accelerate health disparities and inequities research, including $210 million for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  NIH will continue to support the agency-wide UNITE Initiative that was launched in early 2021 to end racial inequities across the biomedical research enterprise.  Furthermore, the request includes an increase of $16 million* for the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity to enhance NIH’s effort to diversify the national scientific workforce and expand recruitment and retention.

The budget for NIH includes $1.1 billion (+119 percent) in funding made available through the 21st Century Cures Act, with $216 million allocated for the National Cancer Institute, $225 million for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, $225 million for the National Institute of Mental Health, and $419 million for the Innovation Account.  The request includes $260 million (+$15 million) for the development of a universal influenza vaccine and $26 million for the NIH-sponsored Centers for AIDS Research to continue research on HIV prevention and treatment.

The agency requests $2.6 billion for opioids, stimulants, and pain research.  Within this total, $1.8 billion would support ongoing research across NIH, while $811 million would be allocated to the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, which was launched in April 2018 to combat opioid addiction and perform research on pain and addiction.

The proposal includes targeted increases for the National Institute of Mental Health to expand research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health (+$25 million*), to support studies on the impact of social media on mental health (+$5 million*), and to fund research to inform mental health treatment approaches (+$5 million*).  NIH also requests $2 million to establish a center for ongoing sexual orientation and gender identity research.

(*compared to FY 2021, as details of program level funding for FY 2022 are not yet available)


EPA Slated for a 24 Percent Increase in Budget

The President’s budget request represents a 24 percent budget increase overall for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Much of the increase is proposed for rebuilding capacity, including adding 1,900 additional staff and expanding the paid student internship program.  The agency lost about 1,000 personnel in recent years.

Overall, EPA will receive $11.9 billion in FY 2023, an increase of $2.3 billion over the FY 2022 enacted level.  Its Science and Technology account would grow by 15 percent to $864 million.

As with other federal agencies, the EPA’s budget request for FY 2023 reflects a strong commitment to tackling climate change.  Other cross-agency priority initiatives include chemical risk evaluations–such as on the impacts of pesticides on honey bees, research on and cleanup of PFAS pollution, and community air quality monitoring and notification such as for wildfire smoke.

The Office of Research and Development requested $644 million.  The proposed funding level would allow for increased funding for research on air, climate, and energy (+$37.7 million*), including 30 additional staff to tackle climate change and its impacts on human health and ecosystems.  Other research programs would see increases: chemical safety (+$8.6 million*), sustainable communities (+$8.5 million*), water resources (+$7.0 million*), and safe drinking water (+2.4 million *).

EPA labs would receive $4.9 million for replacement of aging capital equipment.

The proposed budget will allow for a roughly doubling of evaluations of new active ingredients in pesticides for impacts on threatened and endangered species.  Under the Endangered Species Act, the EPA is required to ensure that pesticide regulatory decisions do not adversely impact listed species or their designated habitats.

Water Quality Research and Support Grants, a congressionally directed competitive grant program to support water quality research, would be eliminated.  Thirty million dollars for collaborative climate research would be eliminated due to the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Climate.

Notably, EPA’s budget documents also include a note about agency-wide training on scientific integrity, an issue that plagued the agency under the previous administration.

(*compared to FY 2021, as details of program level funding for FY 2022 are not yet available)


NOAA Budget to Grow by 17 Percent in FY 2023

Under the President’s budget, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would receive $6.9 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2023, an increase of 17 percent relative to FY 2022.

NOAA will continue to support climate resilience by allocating $350 million to scale up efforts to develop and deliver climate products and services with an emphasis on an earth system approach.  The agency will continue to foster environmental stewardship and sustainable economic development with a particular focus on the New Blue Economy, and requests $212 million to support new business development in multiple sectors of the U.S. economy, including fisheries, transportation, shipping, and recreation.  Furthermore, an increase of $39 million is requested to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would receive $775 million, a 20 percent increase from the 2022 enacted level.  Climate research activities would grow by 28 percent to $257 million.  Competitive grants for climate change research would receive a 39 percent boost to $91.5 million.  Funding for the Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Research program would remain flat at $237 million.  Support for the National Sea Grant College Program, which supports more than 30 American universities that conduct research, education, and training programs on ocean-related topics, would also remain essentially flat at $76 million.

The National Marine Fisheries Service would receive an 8 percent boost in discretionary funding to $1.2 billion.  Increases are proposed for Protected Resources Science and Management (+5 percent), Fisheries Science and Management (+11 percent), and Habitat Conservation and Restoration (+12 percent).

The FY 2023 budget proposes a 7 percent boost in funding for the National Ocean Service.  Significant increases are proposed for coastal science and assessment (+25 percent) as well as navigation, observations, and positioning (+13 percent).  Other programs would slightly shrink or remain essentially flat, including the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (-4 percent), coastal zone management grants (-0.6 percent), coastal zone management and services (+1 percent), and the coral reef program (+1 percent).

The request proposes to expand the Office of Education’s budget by 23 percent to $41 million.  The office supports STEM education and training activities across NOAA through competitive scholarships, internships, and professional training programs for post-secondary students.


Small Increase Proposed for DOE Science Budget

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science is slated to receive $7.8 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2023, an increase of 4 percent compared to FY 2022.  The Office of Science supports both scientific research and design, development, construction, and operation of scientific user facilities.  Approximately 29,000 researchers located at over 300 institutions and 17 DOE national laboratories are supported by grants from the Office of Science.

The FY 2023 request proposes increased investments in Administration priorities such as basic research on climate change and clean energy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, as well as biopreparedness and increasing participation and retention of underrepresented groups in research activities.

Among the Office of Science’s six research programs, biological and environmental research would receive the largest boost (+11 percent).  The other research programs would receive smaller increases of 5 percent or less.

The $904 million for BER would support enhanced research on climate science, especially through modeling and AI, field sensor development, and studying global carbon carrying capacity of terrestrial ecosystems.  Additionally, the agency is continuing planning for a network of climate centers affiliated with Historically Black Colleges or Universities or Minority Serving Institutions.

Notably, BER will participate in the new Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR) initiative and make targeted investments of $1.9 million to enhance biological research on clean energy, climate, and related topics at Minority Serving Institutions.

In FY 2023, BER will continue a pilot project to study complex coastal estuaries, including the Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, and the Great Lakes.  Another new initiative would provide the tools and expertise for response to future pandemics and other national emergencies.

Within BER, the 19 percent increase for Biological Systems Science prioritizes core research areas of genomic sciences, such as foundational genomics to modify microorganisms and plants to produce renewable bioenergy, bioproducts, and biomaterials; environmental genomics on understanding soil microbe-plant interactions; and new computational bioscience tools.

The budget for Genomic Science would grow by 22 percent*.  In the current fiscal year, the Bioenergy Research Centers will undergo a merit review for a possible 5-year renewal.

The request for Biological Systems Science includes $46.7 million to expand the new Biopreparedness Research Virtual Environment initiative, resulting in a portal for multidisciplinary research collaboration.  BER also proposes $50 million to launch Energy Earthshot Research Centers to address key challenges for biological research at the interface of basic and applied research.

The budget would expand funding for all three BER scientific user facilities, namely the Joint Genome Institute (+3 percent), the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Research Facility (+20 percent*), and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (+18 percent*).

Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences–which supports the study of terrestrial ecosystems, including the Arctic–would receive $436 million (+6 percent).  Funding increases are slated for all its accounts, including atmospheric systems research (+8 percent*), environmental system science (+45 percent*), earth and environmental systems modeling (+17 percent*), and facilities and infrastructure (+20 percent).

Advanced scientific computing research would receive $1.1 billion, an increase of 3 percent.  Increases are proposed for the FAIR initiative (+$4 million) and Quantum Information Science (+$2.8 million).  The development of exascale computing would decline by $212 million*.

The budget for basic energy sciences—which supports research in material physics, chemistry, geosciences, and biosciences—would grow by $113 million to $2.4 billion.  Continued support is proposed for fundamental energy research, the Energy Frontier Research Centers, two Energy Innovation Hubs, five research centers for nanoscale science, and the National Quantum Information Science Research Centers.

The Science Laboratories Infrastructure account is slated to shrink by 12 percent to $255 million, with the funds directed to 11 ongoing construction projects to improve infrastructure across the national labs.

Workforce development for teachers and scientists would grow by 17 percent to $41 million.  The request prioritizes funding for programs that place qualified applicants in STEM learning and research experiences at DOE laboratories and expands training opportunities for students and faculty from underrepresented groups.

(*compared to FY 2021, as details of program level funding for FY 2022 are not yet available)


Agencies Release Equity Action Plans

In response to an Executive Order issued by President Biden on his first day in office, more than 90 federal agencies across the government have released action plans to advance racial equity and address systemic barriers for underserved communities in federal policies and programs. 

Science agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Energy (DOE), have also released equity action plans outlining their strategies to enhance participation from underrepresented communities in their programs.

NSF lists five strategies to enhance equity:

  • Extending current harassment prevention efforts to research activities at field sites and on research vessels.
  • Collecting demographic data from a wider range of grant recipients, including undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and research directors.
  • Increasing participation of Minority Serving Institutions in solicitations and awards.
  • Removing barriers to participation of Indigenous and Native American communities in the STEM enterprise.
  • And investing in resources to help advance civil rights, including by revisiting the organizational structure of its Office of Equity and Civil Rights.

EPA too lays out a number of priority actions, including plans to develop a comprehensive framework to assess the cumulative impacts of its decisions on populations and communities. The agency intends to look at the accumulation of multiple environmental and social stressors, such as persistent poverty and noise pollution.  Such a framework, argues EPA, “needs to incorporate the vulnerabilities and susceptibilities related to the accumulation of multiple environmental and social stressors, such as persistent poverty and noise pollution.”   EPA also plans to build the capacity of underserved communities to implement community-led projects, enhance EPA's capacity to engage those communities, and strengthen its civil rights compliance program.

The Department of Health and Human Services highlights in its plan the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) UNITE initiative to identify and address barriers to inclusivity within the NIH-supported and the greater biomedical research community.  It also lists the recently established Office of Climate Change and Health Equity as an important entity to pursue environmental justice and equitable health outcomes.

DOE intends to address gaps in its data collection efforts to facilitate equitable decision-making, expand participation from underrepresented groups in its research program, and create new positions to increase engagement with tribal communities.

NASA describes how it intends to leverage earth science and socioeconomic data to help mitigate environmental challenges in underserved communities and ensure equity in climate data accessibility and environmental justice.


Science Coalition Writes to Lawmakers about FY 2023 Funding for NSF

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)—an alliance of more than 140 professional organizations, scientific societies, universities, and businesses that advocate for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—has called on House and Senate Appropriators to provide at least $11 billion in funding for NSF in fiscal year (FY) 2023.  AIBS is a member of CNSF.

The groups wrote, in part: “NSF needs critical resources in FY23 for the U.S. to support a thriving science and technology ecosystem and address major priorities such as technology innovation, climate change, and diversifying the future STEM workforce. Bipartisan majorities in Congress have noted the incredible importance of NSF to our nation’s competitiveness and national security and called for major growth to NSF funding. NSF needs a substantial increase in its budget to achieve the goals envisioned in the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), including the recently established Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, which is designed to address the foremost challenges that society and the economy face today.”

Read the letter to the House. An identical letter was sent to the Senate.


AIBS Joins Stakeholder Letter on Pathogen Research in Innovation Bills

As Congress proceeds with conference negotiations to reconcile the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521) and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260), a group of scientific and academic organizations, including AIBS, have written to lawmakers urging removal of legislative provisions that would restrict, pause, or alter federally funded research projects that focus on gain of function research of concern or specific pathogens.

In their letter, the groups note that such provisions are overly prescriptive and interfere with the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity’s (NSABB) evaluation of and forthcoming recommendations on enhanced potential pandemic pathogen research and dual use research of concern.

“Through collaboration with NSABB, Congress can strike an appropriate balance between safeguarding national security and public health through biosafety and biosecurity measures, while also recognizing the global impact of potential pandemic pathogens, the value and lifesaving potential of research in this area, and the need to study these microbes to address current and future threats,” the letter argues. “Doing otherwise could have serious, negative unintended consequences for potentially lifesaving research.”


Help Support Ukrainian Collections

Several recent news reports have highlighted the impacts of the ongoing war in Ukraine on museum and living collections. A number of efforts have sprouted across various collections constituencies to help support Ukrainian collections.

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) Steering Committee has compiled a list of some of these initiatives on their website.  Visit their website to learn more about how you can help.

In addition, the U.S. Department of State, the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) are working together to help identify, and where possible assist with efforts to save and protect priceless Ukrainian archival, cultural, and scientific collections under threat.  They are requesting help in quickly identifying relevant collections in Ukraine and their needs.  Please use this Google Form to provide information about respective collection(s), including descriptions, locations, special needs, and points of contact.  Please submit one form entry for each collection. The data submitted will be stored in a secure database with the State Department.


Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest

Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest for a chance to win $250 and to have your photo appear on the cover of the journal BioScience.

The competition recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers.  Once again, this year's competition is sponsored by the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in addition to the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).

“Art and science are inextricably linked to effective communication,” said Scott Glisson, Chief Executive Officer of AIBS.  “This contest provides a forum for expression, inspiration, and technical skill.  The creativity involved is magnificent.”

The theme of the contest is “Faces of Biology.”  Photographs entered into the competition must depict a person, such as a scientist, technician, or student, engaging in biological research.  The depicted research may occur outside, in a lab, with a natural history collection, on a computer, in a classroom, or elsewhere.

The winning photo from the 2021 contest was featured on the cover of the April 2022 issue of BioScience.

Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 30, 2022.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit our website


Upcoming AIBS Professional Development Programs

Registration is currently open for three AIBS professional development programs scheduled for this summer:

  • Employment Acquisition Skills Boot Camp for Scientists: This online program is designed to help current graduate students, postdocs, and scientists interested in transitioning to a new employment sector, hone and practice the skills needed to secure employment.  The AIBS Employment Acquisition Skills Boot Camp for Scientists is an intensive multi-day program that blends asynchronous modules, live lecture, and hands-on exercises to provide graduate students and senior scientists with the information, tools, and resources required to successfully identify and secure employment in a diversity of employment sectors.  The next course will be offered online in three live sessions, each three hours long, conducted on May 20, May 27, and June 3, 2022 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time.  For more information, including a general program agenda, and to register, please visit our website.
  • Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science: Team science is increasingly common in the 21st century to develop convergent solutions to complex problems.  This intensive, two-day, interactive, online professional development course is designed to provide scientists with the knowledge and skills required to become productive members of scientific teams.  This course is designed for anyone involved in collaborative scientific endeavors and provides the right foundation from which your team can successfully accomplish your goals.  Registration is now open for our next virtual course scheduled for June 6-7, 2022.  Learn more and register.
  • Writing for Impact and Influence: AIBS offers this professional development program to help scientists, including graduate students, hone their written communication skills to increase the impact and influence of their message.  Writing for Impact and Influence provides practical instruction and hands-on exercises that will improve the participant’s general writing proficiency.  The program will provide participants with the skills and tools needed to compose scientific press releases, blog posts, memoranda, and more, with a focus on the reader experience.  The course will begin on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Subsequent course sessions will be held weekly on Wednesday, through August 17.  All live courses will begin at 12:00 PM Eastern time.  Learn more and register.

Short Takes

  • The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has advanced legislation to make significant new investments in wildlife and habitat conservation.  Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S. 2372), sponsored by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), has bipartisan support with 173 co-sponsors in the House and 32 co-sponsors in the Senate.  During the hearing, the committee approved an amended version of the bill that would alter funding recipients for the first four years. The bill originally included $1.3 billion annually for state fish and wildlife agencies for implementation of their wildlife action plans.  Under the amended bill, a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation competitive grant program and several Fish and Wildlife Service consultation, partnership, and conservation agreement programs would share in that funding for the first four years.  An additional $97.5 million each year would go to tribal governments.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF), as part of an interagency working group on information integrity, requests information on a range of questions pertaining to Federal priorities for research and development (R&D) efforts to address misinformation and disinformation.  The intent is to understand ways in which the Federal government might enable R&D activities to advance the trustworthiness of information, mitigate the effects of information manipulation, and foster an environment of trust and resilience.
  • The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) requests information from extramural community stakeholders regarding initiatives to improve research training, career progression, or the educational environment.  NIGMS is particularly interested in hearing about trainee-initiated activities.  Input provided will assist NIGMS in amplifying trainee voices and in encouraging the development of future initiatives.
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) are requesting nominations of experts to serve on a committee to conduct an independent review of a White Paper on Building a Scientific Roadmap to a Carbon Negative Agricultural System.  Expertise is sought in carbon cycling in agricultural systems; animal science and animal production; agronomy and soil; nutrient management; terrestrial carbon management; energy efficiency; economics; and behavioral sciences.  Nominations are requested by April 30, 2022.
  • NASEM is organizing a workshop on the future of environmental health sciences on April 26-27, 2022.  Register now to join the Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions for a workshop that will gather experts across various stakeholder groups, including environmental health science and justice, social and behavioral science, biomedical science, public health, and policy, to explore environmental health futures and identify the scientific, technical, and policy gaps that will need to be addressed.
  • The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections is hosting a virtual Natural History Collection Education DemoCamp over Zoom on June 22-23, 2022.  The goal is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history.  Presenter registration is open until May 30th and general attendee registration will be open up until the event.  If you have any questions, please contact educationdemocamp@gmail.com.

From the Federal Register

The following items appeared in the Federal Register from April 11 to 22, 2022. 



Environmental Protection Agency

Health and Human Services


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Science Foundation


The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity organization that advances the biological sciences for the benefit of science and society. AIBS works with like-minded organizations, funding agencies, and political entities to promote the use of science to inform decision-making. The organization does this by providing peer-reviewed or vetted information about the biology field and profession and by catalyzing action through building the capacity and the leadership of the community to address matters of common concern.

Founded in 1947 as a part of the National Academy of Sciences, AIBS became an independent, member-governed organization in the 1950s. Today, AIBS has more than 100 member organizations and has a Public Policy Office in Washington, DC. Its staff members work to achieve its mission by publishing the peer-reviewed journal BioScience, by providing scientific peer-review and advisory services to government agencies and other clients, and by collaborating with scientific organizations to advance public policy, education, and the public understanding of science.

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