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Archive for June, 2011

29 Jun 2011

NSCA Comments on NAGPRA Regulations

On 29 June, NSC Alliance provided comments in response to the request for public input on the discretionary review of current Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) regulations.  Click here to download the letter.

14 Jun 2011

Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest

Biological research takes diverse forms–from field research to computer modeling to lab work. Help the public and policymakers to better understand the breadth of biology by entering the Faces of Biology Photo Contest.  The contest is sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).

The contest is an opportunity to showcase the varied forms that biological research can take. Photographs entered into the contest must depict a person, such as a scientist, researcher, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The depicted research may occur outside, in a lab, with a natural history collection, on a computer, in a classroom, or elsewhere.

The Grand Prize Winner will have his/her winning photo featured on the cover of BioScience, and will receive $250 and a one year membership in AIBS, including a print subscription to BioScience.  The First and Second Place Winners will have his/her winning photo printed inside BioScience, and will receive a one year membership in AIBS, including a print subscription to BioScience.

The contest ends on September 30, 2011 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time.

For more information and to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.

09 Jun 2011

Deadline Approaching to Comment on NAGPRA Review

The Department of the Interior is currently leading a discretionary review of the current Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) regulations.  The purpose of the review is to address two questions: (1) Based on 15 years of use, do the rules currently codified at 43 C.F.R. Part 10 need any amendments, such as corrections, clarifications, or refinements?; and (2) If the answer is ‘yes,’ then how should the rules be amended?

The deadline to submit comments is 1 July 2011.  Comments should be sent to David Tarler at david_tarler@nps.gov.

Also of note, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be holding an oversight hearing on NAGPRA on 16 July 2011 at 2:15 pm.

07 Jun 2011

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Announces Availability of New Funding

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board announced on 7 June 2011 that up to $1.5 million in grants will be available to provide funds for the acquisition of samples and critical observations of effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Request for Proposals (RFP-III) will support sampling during 1 July to 30 September 2011.

The RFP-III addresses the urgent need to provide stop-gap or emergency funding to continue observations and sampling and/or to initiate new observations and sampling during the summer months.

Accelerated proposal submission, review, and grant allocation will be employed for RFP-III.  No letter of intent is required from potential grant applicants.  The deadline to submit a proposal for RFP-III is 17 June 2011 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.  Awards will be announced on 30 June 2011.

RFP-III is open to all academic and research institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.

Awards will be made in a competitive review of proposals submitted.

The GRI Research Board is an independent body established by BP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to oversee BP’s $500 million commitment to fund independent research on the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Detailed information about RFP-III, including grant application requirements and procedures, is available on the GRI Research Board web site at http://griresearchboard.org/rfp/RFP-III.html