Policy News: October 26, 2020
Oct26

Policy News: October 26, 2020

In This Issue: Trump Administration Seeks to Restrict Student Visas Comments on this proposed rule close today. US Global Change Research Program Requests Nominations for Authors of the Fifth National Climate Assessment by Nov. 14 The request for author nominations is one of the first steps towards publishing a national climate assessment in 2022. Congress House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduces...

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Policy News: October 13, 2020
Oct13

Policy News: October 13, 2020

In This Issue: ESA Condemns the Recent White House Directives to End DEI Training Sessions Scientific societies urge the administration to rescind this order. New ESA DEIJ Survey Requests Member Input for Recommendations Task Force Requests Feedback from Members by Oct. 19. House and Congress Keeps Government Open, Fate of Coronavirus Relief Bill Uncertain The House of Representatives passes bill including $2.9 billion in research...

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice – Let’s Get to Work
Oct09

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice – Let’s Get to Work

“If you don’t have diverse representation in positions of power and authority to make change, how can you expect real change?”
Participant, ESA Listening Session on DEIJ Action Steps October 7, 2020

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Nominate a colleague for an ESA award
Oct05

Nominate a colleague for an ESA award

by Charles Nilon, ESA Awards Committee Chair October is upon us and autumn is in full swing. It’s the season of turning leaves, crisp air … and ESA award nominations! And as the chair of ESA’s Awards Committee, I want to make sure that we all enjoy this season together and celebrate outstanding work (and outstanding people) in ecology by nominating those deserving colleagues among us for awards. Ask yourself: Do I personally know of...

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Policy News: September 28, 2020
Sep28

Policy News: September 28, 2020

In This Issue: Connecting with Congressional Committees to Inform Hearings Webinar recording is available online. Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host a webinar with Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally Sept. 30. Congress House and Senate pass bill keeping the federal government through Dec. 11. Executive Branch Forest Service releases final environmental impact statement for exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless...

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Time for Action: ESA initiates a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) task force
Sep24

Time for Action: ESA initiates a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) task force

Racism and prejudice continue to harm communities of color. ESA stands firm in its commitment to challenge and break down inequities in our community of scientists and practitioners of ecology. Today, we reach out to you with an update towards fulfilling the commitment made in the June 2020 letter to the community. At that time, ESA pledged to redouble its efforts to make Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) evident in all...

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Policy News: September 14, 2020
Sep14

Policy News: September 14, 2020

In This Issue: Action Alert: Scientific Societies, House Science Committee Push for Research Relief The RISE Act would authorize $26 billion in emergency relief for federal science agencies. Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host a webinar with Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally Sept. 30. Congress Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) calls for $55 billion for a new Civilian Conservation Corps. Executive Branch The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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Ecology and COVID-19 #5: Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere
Aug25

Ecology and COVID-19 #5: Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere

This blogpost originally appeared on the website for Bruce Byers Consulting. by Bruce Byers The novel coronavirus is holding up a mirror for our species, giving us an opportunity to consider our place in the evolution of life on Earth and question our anthropocentrism. What I’ve missed during this pandemic and shutdown of our usual social and economic life is writing or reporting that puts this experience, unprecedented in our...

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Blog Series #2: Speaking of Race
Jul06

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Blog Series #2: Speaking of Race

By Pamela Templer, VP of Education and Human Resources, ESA and Teresa Mourad, Director of Education and Diversity Programs, ESA “I can’t breathe.” These last words uttered by George Floyd galvanized protests against the ongoing racism embedded in the systems and culture in the United States of America and galvanized a movement that demanded critical self-reflection. We all know that science has not been immune to racism. In response,...

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Ecology and COVID #4: Leveraging the liabilities of virtual collaboration
Jun03

Ecology and COVID #4: Leveraging the liabilities of virtual collaboration

by Benjamin S. Halpern1,2, Julien Brun1, Amber Budden1, Marty Downs1, Carrie V. Kappel1, and Julia S. Stewart Lowndes1 1National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 2Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA When the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) started shutting down its research labs on March 12 in response to...

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