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President’s Request Would Boost Smithsonian’s Budget by 11 Percent

Federal support for the Smithsonian Institution would grow by 11 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2023 to $1.2 billion.  This increase includes the congressionally mandated pay raise, funds to revitalize  physical infrastructure, and support for two new museums.  Smithsonian is also funded by private donations and a trust fund. The Facilities Capital account would receive […]

NSC Alliance Joins Science Coalition in Urging Robust FY 2023 Funding for NSF

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)—an alliance of more than 140 professional organizations, scientific societies, universities, and businesses that advocate for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—has called on House and Senate Appropriators to provide at least $11 billion in funding for NSF in fiscal year (FY) 2023. The groups wrote, in part: “NSF needs […]

Science Agencies Receive Funding Boosts in FY 2022

The U.S. Congress has now enacted a much-awaited omnibus spending package that provides fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding for the U.S. government.  Nearly 6 months overdue, the $1.5 trillion legislative package (H.R. 2471) combines all twelve FY 2022 appropriations bills and includes $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.  Overall, defense spending will […]

Collections in the News

Science Insider recently reported on the impacts of the ongoing war in Ukraine on museum collections.  The article recounted how researchers at the Ukrainian Bat Rehabilitation Center—a bat rescue and research facility in Kharkiv, Ukraine—scrambled to protect, hide, or evacuate irreplaceable specimens, collections, and data.  Conservation biologist Anton Vlaschenko “moved the center’s collection of over 2000 Nyctalus noctula bat […]

NSC Alliance Joins Call for Community Self-Governance on Digital Sequence Information Sharing

The NSC Alliance has joined an international coalition of 26 scientific societies and organizations and 122 scientific researchers and professionals in urging continued open access to digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources. In a letter to National Focal Points to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the coalition has shared recommendations to inform ongoing […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2023 Federal Funding for Collections

The NSC Alliance has submitted testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding for programs that curate natural history collections within the Department of the Interior and Smithsonian Institution. “Scientific collections are critical infrastructure for our nation’s research enterprise, ” argued NSC Alliance. “They are a national treasure that help support the […]

Register Now: Sixth Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference

The Field Museum in collaboration with iDigBio and NSC Alliance is hosting the sixth annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, Enhancing & advancing the quality of digitized data, on May 23-25, 2022.  This year’s event with be a virtual meeting.  The conference will again provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, […]

Student Opportunity: TORCH 2022 Summer Internship

The National Science Foundation-supported Texas and Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria (TORCH) makes the information contained in natural history collections readily available to researchers, educators, land managers, and the general public. The TORCH project is digitizing and serving online the data from ca. 2 million herbarium specimens from the South-Central United States, unlocking the information […]

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