94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
This year’s annual meeting (www.esa.org/albuquerque) being held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico, kicks off Sunday evening, August 2, with an opening plenary by Sandra Postel, Director of the Global Water Policy Project. Following the scientific plenary Monday morning by Monica Turner, ESA MacArthur Lecturer, more than 200 sessions will be offered over the course of the week. Check out a Symposium on this year’s theme, “Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society”; visit new exhibitors while mingling with poster presenters; visit a local treasure on a field trip, and celebrate the end of the week with a performance from a local flamenco troupe. Registration is open and hotel rooms are filling quickly.
ESA Graduate Students participate in Congressional Visits
Four ESA graduate students took part in a congressional visits event, co-organized by ESA. Jennifer Moslemi (Cornell), Colin Quinn (Colorado State U.), Tanya Skurski (Montana State U.) and Ari Novy (Rutgers) were recipients of ESA’s 2009 Graduate Student Policy Award to participate in the event and gain hands-on experience interacting with policy makers. Together with ESA Rapid Response Team member Scott Collins (U. of New Mexico) the group visited 17 congressional offices to promote sustained federal investment in the biological sciences and science education.
USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
In December, ESA helped organize a Comprehensive Review Workshop for the U.S. Geological Survey’s new National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (http://nccw.usgs.gov/). The two-day workshop, held in collaboration with The Wildlife Society (TWS) and the Meridian Institute, attracted approximately 190 representatives of federal agencies and nongovernmental agencies, who provided input on the objectives, priorities, and structure of the Center. ESA, TWS, and Meridian will be hosting a series of smaller meetings in the first half of 2009 to obtain additional input, leading to a final report of recommendations to be published this summer.
National Science Foundation awards Grant to ESA
ESA has been awarded a $207,000 grant from NSF to cultivate the participation of underrepresented institutions and students in National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) science and education. The project, in collaboration with NEON Inc. and the Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA) will implement pilot educational webinars, a workshop for college students to explore the use of social media applications for NEON, and a series of College Speaking Tours to 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions. This proposal continues the efforts of ESA and SEA to introduce NEON to the educational community.
ESA, AIBS Coauthor Analysis of President’s 2010 Budget
The Ecological Society of America and the American Institute of Biological Sciences analysis focuses on federally supported research in the biological sciences. It appears as a chapter in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Report XXXIV: Research and Development FY 2010. To keep up to date on federal budget developments, sign up to receive ESA’s free policy updates http://www.esa.org/pao/policyNews/