Policy News: July 15, 2019
Jul15

Policy News: July 15, 2019

In This Issue: Foreign Influence and Collaborations Under Scrutiny in Agencies and in the House National Defense Authorization Act NSF issues ‘Dear Colleague’ letter addressing foreign interference in research. Congress House passes 2020 National Defense Authorization Act including and foreign interference in science provision. Executive Branch A White House plan to critically review climate science in on indefinite hold....

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Policy News: July 1, 2019
Jul01

Policy News: July 1, 2019

In This Issue: Member Opportunities Action Alert: Ask your Members of Congress to raise the caps and restore funding for science. Apply to join the Rapid Response Team. House Boosts Funding for Ecological Science, Blocks Offshore Drilling, Pebble Mine NSF receives a 7% increase. House Science Committee Advances Harassment, Diversity Bills Bill would create an interagency working group to develop a “uniform set of policy...

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Policy News: June 17, 2019
Jun17

Policy News: June 17, 2019

In This Issue: NSF BIO Advisory Committee Considers NEON User Engagement, No-deadline Policy A subcommittee tasked with understanding the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) user engagement recommended the formation of a separate entity for community user engagement. Member Opportunities Apply to join the Rapid Response Team. Congress House Science Committee holds hearings on IPBES Global Assessment, harassment in the...

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NSF BIO Advisory Subcommittee Recommends Separate, Independent Entity for NEON User Engagement
Jun04

NSF BIO Advisory Subcommittee Recommends Separate, Independent Entity for NEON User Engagement

A subcommittee tasked with understanding National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) user engagement recommended the formation of a separate entity for community user engagement. This entity would interact directly with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accomplish NEON’s mission and would be independent of the NEON contractor Battelle Memorial Institute. The NSF-funded half-billion-dollar ecological observatory’s...

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Policy News: May 28, 2019
May28

Policy News: May 28, 2019

In This Issue: House Appropriations Bills Propose Funding Increases for Ecological Science NSF receives a seven percent increase. Senate appropriations process remains stalled. Member Opportunities Apply to join the Rapid Response Team. Attend ESA communications training in Flagstaff, AZ. Call for emerging policy issues. Congress House Natural Resources Committee holds hearing on IPBES Global Assessment Report. Executive Branch White...

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Policy News: May 6, 2019
May06

Policy News: May 6, 2019

In This Issue: Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibit Highlights the Importance of NSF, Funding for Basic Research ESA exhibit highlights the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research site. White House Releases New Information Quality Act Guidance, Echoes “Secret Science” Policies Memo requires agencies to publicly post code used to build models cited in decision-making. Member Opportunities Apply to join the...

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Policy News: April 22, 2019
Apr22

Policy News: April 22, 2019

In This Issue: Member Opportunities Call for new ESA Rapid Response Team members. ESA Communications Training in Flagstaff, June 7: travel awards available. Action Alert. Congress Senate confirms David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. Executive Branch EPA releases a list of candidates for the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. States 15 Attorneys General oppose proposed Waters of U.S. rule. ESA and sister societies submit...

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Call for New ESA Rapid Response Team Members
Apr19

Call for New ESA Rapid Response Team Members

We are expanding the Society’s Rapid Response Team (RRT), a diverse group of about 50 ecologists who are subject matter experts and help ESA address policy and media opportunities in a timely and effective manner. ESA invites any member to apply to be a member of the RRT. One of ESA’s central missions is to share ecological information with policymakers and members of the media. Since the Society opened its Public Affairs Office in...

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Policy News: April 10, 2019
Apr10

Policy News: April 10, 2019

In This Issue: Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients Visit the Hill to Advocate for Science Funding Ten ecology graduate students visit Washington, DC to receive policy and communications training and meet with their members of Congress. Agency Leaders Defend President’s Budget Request More details about steep cuts to science programs released. Members of Congress are largely unhappy with cuts. Congress...

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Policy News: March 18, 2019
Mar18

Policy News: March 18, 2019

In This Issue: President’s Budget Releases, Proposes Deep Cuts to Science and Environmental Programs The president’s budget proposal reflects the administration’s priorities across the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2020. ESA submits requests to Congress for science funding. ESA Goes to the Hill for Climate Science Day The Climate Science Working Group held its 9th annual Climate Science Day March 12 &...

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