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Policy News: January 11, 2021

The Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Applications are now being accepted. ESA is now accepting applications for its 2021 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award. Offered each year, this award gives graduate students science policy training and opportunities to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Visit the ESA website for more information and details on application requirements. The deadline…

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Special Policy News #6: The Transition

In this issue:   Biden Infrastructure Plan Includes Funding for Natural Infrastructure, Scientific Infrastructure $2 trillion plan includes $50 billion to create a new technology directorate for NSF. Lawmakers Introduce Competing Proposals to Increase Science Funding House Science Committee bill crease a new Science and Engineering Solutions directorate at NSF. Senate Confirms Biden’s Pick for Deputy Secretary of Energy, Biden…

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Special Policy News 5: The Transition

In this issue: Biden Picks Ecologist to Lead Climate Science Work, Senate Confirmed EPA administrator and Interior Secretary Former NOAA administrator and ESA president Jane Lubchenco joins the Biden administration. National Academies: U.S. climate research must target urgent risks, consequences Report calls on the U.S. government to shift the focus of climate change research from long-term natural consequences to how…

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Special Policy News 4: The Transition

In this issue   Senate Confirms Agriculture, Energy and Commerce Secretaries, Advances Interior Nomination Tom Vilsack, Jennifer Granholm and Gina Raimondo join Biden’s cabinet. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM)’s confirmation appears likely. House Democrats Introduce Bill to Reach Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 The legislation is similar to a bill introduced in 2020. Congress Congress passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package including…

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Special Policy News 3: The Transition

In This Issue: White House National Climate Task Forces Meets for the First Time New Climate Innovation Working Group will work towards an Advanced Research Projects Agency – Climate Congress House Science Committee and House Natural Resource Committee announces Committee leadership. Executive Branch Acting U.S. Geological Survey Director rescinded memo restricting how agency scientists use climate change models and data….

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Special Policy News 2: The Transition

Special Policy News 2: The Transition In This Issue: Biden Cabinet Nominees Advance Through the Senate Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds confirmation hearing for EPA administrator nominee. Biden Administration Tackles Climate Change, Issues Scientific Integrity Memorandum, Pledges to Conserve 30% of Lands and Waters by 2030 and more Orders create the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy…

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ESA Annual Meeting: Lessons learned and the path forward

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on how we interact with each other and how we communicate scientific information to advance research. Working and interacting virtually has affected all societies and every field of science and ESA and ecology are no exception. Nearly all in-person conferences have been converted to an online format, the so-called virtual conference. 2020…

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