Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

News & Updates

Six Emerging and Early Career Professionals Selected to Join the Leadership Team of the BIOFAIR Data Network Project

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) has identified six emerging and early career professionals who will join the steering committee of the National Science Foundation-funded project, “Building an Integrated, Open, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (BIOFAIR) Data Network.” The BIOFAIR Data Network project, led by BCoN and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) in partnership […]

Collections in the News

The Associated Press reported last week that the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology has acquired tens of thousands of reptile and amphibian specimens from Oregon State University, many of which are snakes.  Thanks to this recent donation, the museum’s reptile and amphibian collection is now believed to be the largest held by any research […]

Comments Requested on Draft National One Health Framework

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a request for public comments on the draft National One Health Framework to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Advance Public Health Preparedness in the United States: A Framework for One Health Coordination and Collaboration across Federal Agencies.  Input is invited from interested parties in the public […]

BCoN Seeks Emerging and Early Career Professionals to Join the Leadership Team of the BIOFAIR Data Network Project

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), in collaboration with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and with support from the National Science Foundation (Award No. 2303588), is organizing a community discussion series, entitled “Building an Integrated, Open, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (BIOFAIR) Data Network.”   NSC Alliance is a partner in this project.  Critical to this […]

2023 SPNHC Natural History Education DemoCamp

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Education Sessional Committee is hosting a virtual Natural History Education (NHE) DemoCamp. The goal is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history. NSC Alliance is a partner in the event. The NHE DemoCamp is designed to provide materials and […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2024 Funding for IMLS

The Natural Science Collections Alliance has provided testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2024 funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “The IMLS is the primary federal agency that supports public education programs at museums and an important source of funding for preserving scientific collections. Investments in IMLS […]

NSC Alliance Joins Letter Urging Congress to Reject Cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary Spending

NSC Alliance was among 760 organizations that signed a letter urging Congress to reject proposed cuts to non-defense discretionary (NDD) appropriations. The letter, led by the Coalition for Health Funding, calls on Congress to reject cuts to NDD appropriations and instead set funding for fiscal year (FY) 2024 at a level that recognizes both rising […]

OSTP Report Recognizes Collections Among Research Goals for the U.S. Bioeconomy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has released five reports that outline research and development (R&D) goals for the U.S. bioeconomy.  Each of the reports was authored individually by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Commerce, and Health and Human Services. The reports are in response […]

NSC Alliance Joins Societies in Expressing Support for NSF’s DDIG Program

Twenty six scientific societies and organizations, including NSC Alliance, as well as more than 280 individual researchers, have expressed support for a BioScience editorial by Drs. Charles Fenster and Scott Collins that calls for restoring the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) program within the Divisions of Environmental Biology (DEB) and Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) at […]

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