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25 Mar 2019

Registration for Report Release

bconreport2019.pngThe Biodiversity Collections Network is releasing its new report, Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Promote Research and Education. at 9:00 AM EDT on April 4, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

This National Agenda is a synthesis of scientific community recommendations from workshops and townhall-style discussions convened by the Biodiversity Collections Network and its partners during the past four-years. This report offers a community-inspired shared vision for next generation uses of biodiversity collections that will inspire new research and education, develop new opportunities for public engagement, and provide new data and information to guide commercial interests and public policy decision-making.

Register today!

15 Mar 2019

NSC Alliance Urges Congress to Support Federal Funding for Collections

The NSC Alliance provided testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding for certain programs that curate natural history collections within the Department of the Interior and Smithsonian Institution.

“Scientific collections, and the collections professionals and scientists who make, care for, and study these resources, are a vital component of our nation’s research infrastructure. Whether held at a museum, government managed laboratory or archive, or in a university science department, these scientific resources consist of data (for example, genetic, tissue, organism, and environmental) that are a unique and irreplaceable foundation from which scientists are studying and explaining past and present life on earth. Research results improve human health, enhance food security, and provide monitoring for responses to environmental change and species conservation.”

The testimony called for new investments within the Department of the Interior and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

Read NSCA’s FY 2020 Interior testimony.

12 Feb 2019

Training Course for Biological Infrastructure Project Leaders

Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) Sustaining Biological Infrastructure (SBI) training initiative is offering a short course, “Strategies for Success: Training for Project Directors”, on June 12-14, 2019 at Yale University, New Haven, CT. The course is co-located with the 3rd Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference to be held on June 10-12, 2019 at Yale University.

During the 3-day course, participants will:

- Create a plan to make their project more financially sustainable and successful;
- Learn how to secure funding from private foundations;
- Hone their skills in strategic planning, finances, and communication; and
- Network with colleagues who face similar challenges.

View the course outline.

Registration deadline is May 17, 2019. Learn more and register at https://esa.org/sbi/for-participants/june-2019-course/

24 Jan 2019

NSC Alliance 2019 Collections Policy and Advocacy Meeting: Register Now

Registration is now open for the NSC Alliance 2019 membership meeting, Collections Policy and Advocacy. The meeting will be held in Washington, DC, on April 2-3, 2019. Learn more about the meeting, including a draft agenda, and register at http://nscalliance.org/?page_id=1084. All NSC Alliance member institutions are encouraged to participate. In addition to being an opportunity for NSC Alliance members to network and exchange information with each other, this meeting provides a platform for the community to interact with federal program officers and lawmakers. The meeting will explore opportunities for the community to work collectively to promote new investments in natural science collections, and opportunities to inform or reform policies impacting collections. NSC Alliance members are also invited to share information about initiatives or programs at their institutions. Information about submitting an abstract is available on the meeting website.

Questions about the meeting can be directed to Robert Gropp at rgropp@aibs.org or 202-628-1500 x 250.

24 Jan 2019

Opportunity for NSC Alliance Members to Inform Future of Biodiversity Collections Research, Policy, and Education

The Natural Science Collections Alliance is a founding partner organization in the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), a National Science Foundation funded Research Coordination Network. A number of representatives of NSC Alliance members recently participated in a BCoN workshop convened on 30 October – 1 November 2018 at Oak Spring Gardens in Upperville, Virginia. The purpose of the workshop was to draft a future-focused vision document for the deployment of data held in U.S. biodiversity collections for research, policy, and education.

BCoN is accepting community feedback on this draft document through 1 February 2019. NSC Alliance members are encouraged to review the document and to provide feedback. The document, supporting materials, and instructions for submitting comments are available at https://bcon.aibs.org/2019/01/16/community-input-requested-extending-u-s-biodiversity-collections-to-address-national-challenges/.

24 Jan 2019

Participate in 2019 Congressional Visits Day

NSC Alliance members are invited to participate in the 2019 Congressional Visits Day organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). The event will be held on March 27, with supplemental training available on March 25-26.

The event allows you to meet with your members of Congress to help them understand the important role the federal government plays in supporting the biological sciences. Advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research supported by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies.

Participants will complete a communications and advocacy training program provided by AIBS that prepares them to be effective advocates for their science. AIBS also provides participants with background information and materials, as well as arranges meetings with lawmakers. On March 27, scientists will participate in meetings with their Representative and Senators.

Supplemental training program: In conjunction with the 2019 AIBS Congressional Visits Day, AIBS is offering its highly acclaimed Communications Boot Camp for Scientists. This professional development training course will be offered on March 25-26. All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion indicating that they have successfully completed 12 hours of communications training. This professional development training program provides practical instruction and interactive exercises designed to help scientists (e.g. researchers, graduate students, professionals, educators) translate scientific information for non-technical audiences and to effectively engage with decision-makers and the news media. As affiliate members of AIBS, NSC Alliance members can register for the training at a discounted rate.

Scientists and graduate students who are interested in communicating the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to lawmakers are encouraged to participate in this important event.

Express your interest in participating in the event by registering. Registration will close on February 8, 2019. Space is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate the participation of all interested individuals.

Register at: https://www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_visits_day.html

02 Nov 2018

Job Opening: Program Specialist at IMLS Office of Museum Services

The Office of Museum Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is seeking a Program Specialist. In this full-time permanent position, the incumbent will participate in grants management work involving Federal grants and cooperative agreements and provide grants-related assistance and services to both applicants and awardees. The position requires working on various phases of the receipt and processing of museum grant applications as well as the monitoring and assessing of awardee performance.

The deadline for submitting applications is November 15, 2018. For more information on the required qualifications and how to submit your application, go to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515727800

02 Nov 2018

Save the Date: 99th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists

The Centennial Celebration and 99th annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) will take place June 28th – July 2nd, 2019 in Washington, DC. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill.

The ASM was established in 1919 for the purpose of promoting interest in the study of mammals and is composed of ~2,500 members, many of whom are professional scientists.

Information on sponsoring this conference is available at http://www.mammalmeetings.org/sponsor-exhibitor-information/.

Please save the date and watch for further announcements regarding abstract submissions and registration at http://www.mammalmeetings.org/

22 Oct 2018

National Museum and Library Services Board Meeting Announced

The National Museum and Library Services Board will be meeting on November 1, 2018 to advise 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. The Board will also discuss coordination of activities for the improvement of these services.

The first half of the meeting is open to the public and will begin at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. This will be followed by a closed Executive session. The location for the meeting is 955 L’Enfant Plaza 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.

For more information visit https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-10-17/html/2018-22618.htm.

17 Sep 2018

Special Request to NSC Alliance Members

The NSC Alliance has been contacted by a National Academies study committee that would like to receive additional information from taxonomists and collections curators. Please consider sharing your thoughts and recommendations to the request below. Send all information no later than Friday, September 28, 2018, to rgropp@aibs.org. NSC Alliance will compile all information and transmit it to the study committee in one package.

The committee is looking into the “taxonomic status of the red wolf and the Mexican gray wolf. The committee is interested in the views of taxonomists and museum curators on the concept of subspecies. Specifically, what criteria are most often deployed in recognizing subspecies. If the subspecies designation is no longer viewed as useful, what, if anything, has replaced it and to what extent are those designations being sustained or submerged in official taxonomic records.”

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