About the Natural Science Collections Alliance


The Natural Science Collections Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit association that supports natural science collections, their human resources, the institutions that house them, and their research activities for the benefit of science and society.

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

Membership in the NSC Alliance links you to a network of institutions, scientists and other professionals in North America through which you can share news, information and common concerns - and help shape the future of our community.

 


NSC Alliance in the News



Published on 11 Dec 2019

Action Alert: Ask Congress to Fund Science, Complete FY 2020 Appropriations

Congress has yet to pass legislation providing fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding for science. Government agencies, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, have been operating under FY 2019 funding levels since FY 2020 began on October 1, 2019.

More than two months into FY 2020, Congress has passed two continuing resolutions to avert government shutdowns, but this stopgap approach expires on December 20 and stifles the government’s ability to initiate new programs.

NSF is the primary federal funding source for fundamental biological research at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides nearly 69% of funding support for non-medical, fundamental biological and environmental research at academic institutions. Uncertainty in its funding allocations hinders scientific progress.

If funded at $9 billion, NSF can accelerate progress on its 10 Big Ideas, expand support for early career researchers, and create new interdisciplinary research programs. This investment will sustain core research and education programs that are vital to U.S. competitiveness.

Scientists interested in the National Science Foundation (NSF) should consider contacting their U.S. Representative and Senators to ask that they complete work on FY 2020 appropriations bills and provide NSF with $9 billion in FY 2020.

Individuals can send a letter to their members of Congress from the AIBS Legislative Action Center.

Published on 11 Dec 2019

IMLS Seeks Comments on a Proposed Information Collection

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is soliciting public input on a Museums for America grant program, entitled “Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums–A Museums for America Special Initiative.”

Museums for America (MFA) grants support efforts that strengthen the ability of museums to serve the public. This is a special MFA initiative with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cross-cut various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

Written comments should be submitted on or before January 12, 2020. More information is available at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-14/html/2019-24725.htm

Published on 11 Dec 2019

OSTP Requests Input on American Research Environment

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has requested information from the public on the American Research Environment. In a notice published in the Federal Register on November 26, 2019, OSTP has requested input on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) on “actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment.”

Comments should be submitted on or before 11:59 PM Easter time on December 23, 2019.

Details of the Request for Information and instructions for submitting comments are available at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/html/2019-25604.htm

Published on 11 Dec 2019

NIH Seeks Input on Proposed Data Management and Sharing Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking public comment on a proposed NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental guidance. According to NIH, the purpose of this draft policy and guidance is “to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing to further NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public.” Deadline to submit comments is January 10, 2020. For more information, go to: https://osp.od.nih.gov/scientific-sharing/nih-data-management-and-sharing-activities-related-to-public-access-and-open-science/

Published on 14 Nov 2019

NASEM Soliciting Research Applications to Determine Red Wolf Taxonomy

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Committee on Assistance to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Taxonomic Studies of the Red Wolf is calling for research applications to clarify the taxonomic identity of wild canid populations in southwestern Louisiana and other geographic areas where the red wolf (Canis rufus) was historically known to inhabit. At the request of USFWS, NASEM convened this expert panel to solicit applications to conduct morphological, genetic, and genomic research on unidentified canids suspected to be red wolves.

Research applications are being accepted through December 3, 2019. USFWS will notify applicants of its decision in January 2020. Queries can be directed to bls@nas.edu. More information at: https://nas.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=18fe6f8f25ec0bc7509e65e97&id=e6faed2643&e=a271cda812

Published on 14 Nov 2019

SPNHC and ICOM NATHIST Announce Joint 2020 Meeting

The joint meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and the International Council of Museums Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (ICOM NATHIST) will take place from the June 7-13, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The theme for the meeting is ‘The Role of Natural History Collections in Global Challenges.’

For more information and to register your interest in attending the meeting, go to: http://www.spnhc-icomnathist2020.com/

Published on 14 Nov 2019

IMLS and ACM to Hold Webinar on Museums for All

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) are hosting an informational webinar on Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access. NSC Alliance members are invited to join the webinar to learn more about how and why more than 450 museums participate in the program.

The webinar will take place on December 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM Eastern time. Information on attending the webinar is available at https://www.imls.gov/webinars/museums-all-webinar-prospective-participants.

Published on 14 Nov 2019

Call for Community Input: NSF RFI on Data-Focused Cyberinfrastructure

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Data-Focused Cyberinfrastructure Needed to Support Future Data-Intensive Science and Engineering Research.

According to the notice, the challenges of growing volumes of scientific data – their availability, transmission, accessibility, management, and utilization – have become urgent and ubiquitous across NSF-supported science, engineering, and education disciplines. NSF is particularly interested in understanding how broader cross-disciplinary and domain-agnostic solutions can be devised and implemented, along with the structural, functional and performance characteristics such cross-disciplinary solutions must possess. To inform the formulation of a strategic NSF response to these imperatives, the RFI asks the research community to update NSF on their data-intensive scientific questions and challenges and associated needs specifically related to data-focused cyberinfrastructure.

AIBS encourages the life sciences community to respond to this request by following the guidelines outlined here: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf20015

Submissions must be received on or before 5:00 PM Eastern time on December 16, 2019. NSF will share the responses publicly in spring/summer 2020. Questions concerning this RFI should be directed to nsfdatacirfi@nsf.gov.

Published on 14 Nov 2019

National Museum and Library Services Board Meeting Announced

The 40th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board will be held on December 5, 2019. The Board advises the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on duties, powers, and authority of IMLS relating to museum, library, and information services, as well as coordination of activities for the improvement of these services.

The plenary session of the meeting starting at 9:00 AM Eastern time is open to the public. This will be followed by a closed Executive session. The location for the meeting is 955 L’Enfant Plaza North SW, Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024. Please contact Katherine Maas at kmaas@imls.gov if you would like to attend the public session of the meeting.

Published on 14 Nov 2019

NIH Seeks Input on Proposed Data Management and Sharing Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking public comment on a proposed NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental guidance. According to NIH, the purpose of this draft policy and guidance is “to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing to further NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public.”

Deadline to submit comments is January 10, 2020. For more information, go to: https://osp.od.nih.gov/scientific-sharing/nih-data-management-and-sharing-activities-related-to-public-access-and-open-science/

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