BESC ACTIVITIES

o Public Comments to PCAST

o CNSF Letter regarding biology

In the Autumn of 2002, the U.S. Senate flat-funded biology through the National Science Foundation on the grounds that because the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had received record funding boosts, balance had to be restored between the life sciences and other science disciplines. BESC members brought this issue to the attention of the Coalition for National Science Funding which subsequently sent a letter to House appropriators pointing out that many life scientists depend upon funding from the National Science Foundation and do not benefit from funding from NIH. The letter urged appropriators to include all fields in any increases to NSF's Research and Related Accounts.

o CNSF Brochure: BIO Factsheet: http://www.cnsfweb.org/CNSF-brochure-Mar2003.pdf

BESC members worked to develop the biology fact sheet; part of an overall brochure produced by the Coalition for National Science Funding, which showcased the research accomplishments and opportunities made possible through the National Science Foundation.

o Congressional Visits Day Award Breakfast (co-sponsored with CoFarm)

BESC teamed up with the Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions (CoFARM) to organize and sponsor a breakfast for the biological community participating in the annual Congressional Visits Day, a multi-science society event. The BESC/CoFARM breakfast honored Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) for his support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation.

 

 

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