U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS) Symposium – July 18th

On July 18, 2008, the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS) of the National Academy of Sciences will be hosting a symposium, “Soil:Sustaining Life on Planet Earth.” The symposium is co-sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences. The symposium will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Speakers include David Montgomery, Daniel Richter,...

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Celebrate Summer with National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2008

The Pollinator Partnership is coordinating the 2nd Annual National Pollinator Week, scheduled for June 22-28, 2008, to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators. Events are scheduled throughout the United States and Canada including lectures, workshops, festivals and fairs, art displays, organized hikes, family fun and field days, and open houses. Several states have signed on to National Pollinator Week, too. Governors in...

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Candidates Sought for Federal Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee

The scientific and academic communities for several years have been concerned that many technologies currently included on the federal Commerce Control List (CCL) are too broad and out of date. The CCL is the list used by the U.S. government in deemed export decisions. The Department of Commerce is currently seeking candidates for a new Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC). This technical advisory group will...

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Join EPA’s National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information

EPA invites you to join EPA’s National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information. Today, June 9, begins a week of on-line dialogue with our environmental information partners to hear your ideas about how we can enhance information access. Contribute your ideas now! http://blog.epa.gov/partners The goal of the National Dialogue is to inform the development of a multi-year EPA strategy on environmental information access...

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If you do science you should read this

Brian Greene, a professor of physics at Columbia, writes in the Sunday New York Times (June 1, 2008), “. . . Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective…..To be able to think through and grasp explanations — for everything from why the sky is blue to how life formed on earth — not because they are declared dogma but rather because they reveal patterns confirmed by experiment and observation, is one of...

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