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NSC Alliance Writes to Congress About COVID-19 Economic Recovery

On October 19, 2020, the NSC Alliance reiterated its request to key House and Senate leaders that any economic measures crafted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic address the financial harm being felt by natural history museums, botanical gardens, and other scientific societies and research organizations, which are an integral part of the nation’s bioeconomy. […]

2nd BCoN COVID-19 Survey: Operational Status, Economic Impacts and Plans for Reopening

In April, the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) conducted a survey of the natural history collections/museum community to understand how COVID-19 related economic disruptions are affecting the work of professionals associated with such collections.  The results were shared with the scientific community, including federal program managers and policymakers, in May 2020. This second survey follows up […]

Special Collection of BioScience Articles on Natural History Collections

A new special collection of natural history collection related articles from BioScience highlights some of the exciting new ways scientists and educators are mobilizing and using biodiversity data from natural history collections.  The collection entitled, “Natural History Collections: Advancing the Frontiers of Science,” is available at https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/pages/natural-history-collections.

National Fossil Day is October 14

National Fossil Day, an annual celebration organized by the National Park Service (NPS), will take place on October 14, 2020.  The event highlights the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.  The annual celebration will include paleontology activities planned by partner organizations across the United States. NSC […]

Legislation Introduced to Provide COVID-19 Relief to Research Community

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have introduced bipartisan legislation to provide emergency relief appropriations for federal science agencies to support the research community during the ongoing public health crisis. On June 24, 2020, the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act (H.R. 7308) was introduced by Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Fred Upton (R-MI), […]

ICE Guidance on Foreign Students Rescinded

On July 6, 2020, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a new guidance that would have forced international students to leave the U.S. if they did not participate in in-person instruction during the fall 2020 semester.   The ICE guidance modified temporary exemptions issued in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those provisions […]

Articles Call for Leveraging Biodiversity Science Infrastructure

Two articles published in the July 2020 issue of BioScience — an Editorial led by NSC Alliance Treasurer Jennifer Zaspel and a Viewpoint led by Past-President Joe Cook — are calling for increased coordination and new strategies for integrating biodiversity collections into efforts to tackle pathogen discovery and emerging infectious diseases, including zoonoses. In the […]

Webinar Series: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World

Recognizing the rapid changes happening within museum communities and the efforts being made throughout the community to adapt to these changes, iDigBio is organizing a new webinar series, entitled, Adapting to COVID-19: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World.  The webinar series aims to help provide insight into how different groups and […]

NSC Alliance Endorses Call for Protecting COVID-19 Patient Data

On July 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice ordering hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and send all COVID-19 patient data to a centralized database effective July 15, 2020.  The directive raised concerns about transparency and public access to data for researchers as […]

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