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Congress Enacts FY 2021 Spending, Stimulus Legislation

After months of unfruitful negotiations, congressional leaders reached a deal on a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package a few days before the holidays.  The economic relief measure was passed by Congress on December 21, 2020 along with the fiscal year (FY) 2021 omnibus spending package.  After demanding changes to relief provisions in the congressionally approved […]

Report Examines Economic Benefits of Scientific Collections

A new advisory report, entitled, “Economic Analyses of Federal Scientific Collections,” explores the economic benefits of Federal scientific collections.  The report provides a framework for economic analyses, including methods for documenting long-term operating costs and benefits of collections. The study was commissioned by the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC)—part of the White House […]

Invitation: Global Consultation on Converging Digital and Extended Specimens

Over the past year several exciting conversations about the possibilities of digital representations of the billions of specimens currently held in the world’s natural history collections. Two concepts—the Digital Specimen proposed by the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) in Europe and the Extended Specimen emerging from the Biological Collections Network (BCoN) in the United […]

Recent BioScience Publications Highlight Biodiversity Collections

Recent articles published in the journal Bioscience call attention to the importance of natural history collections (NHC) in solving problems and the need to identify strategies for bolstering the nation’s biodiversity-enabled and biodiversity-related science. In an Editorial published in the November 2020 issue, former NSCA Executive Director Robert Gropp writes about the “recognition of the […]

NSC Alliance Endorses Call for Evidence-Based Policy

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, US science leaders and others have expressed frustration with the lack of an informed and coherent federal response, a sentiment that echoes objections to the handling of other pressing issues, such as climate change.  NSC Alliance has endorsed a Viewpoint article, penned by past presidents of the […]

Webinar: Forward-Thinking Discussion on Biological Collections

Date: January 14, 2021 Time: 2:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time (includes a 15 minute break) Location: Online via Zoom We invite the Biological Collections community at-large to join the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA), and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) for a joint discussion with the […]

NSC Alliances Joins Community in Asking Congress to Complete Appropriations, Provide Research Relief

The Natural Science Collections Alliance was among 170 science and research stakeholders to write to congressional leadership urging swift action to complete work on the fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills with increases for federal science agencies and to provide emergency supplemental funding for research relief in the wake of COVID-19. The groups argue, in […]

NSC Alliance Supports Legislation to Reverse Executive Order on Schedule F

The Natural Science Collections Alliance has joined 15 other scientific organizations in thanking House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for introducing the “Saving the Civil Service Act” (H.R. 8687) to reverse the October 21, 2020 Executive Order on Creating Schedule F in the Excepted Service. The […]

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. […]

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