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FAS Congressional Science Policy Initiative

Sign up to be part of the Federation of American Scientists' (FAS) Congressional Science Policy Initiative (CSPI), a nonpartisan effort to help facilitate the engagement of scientists, engineers, technologists, and other experts with the US Legislative Branch to help produce evidence-based public policy. https://fas.org/congressional-science-policy-initiative/

New CSSP Brochure

CSSP releases a new brochure. Download the PDF.

Supporting a Strong Civic Science Culture

As scientific societies, we have a unique opportunity to lead the broader scientific community towards a stronger culture of civic science, in which societal needs and diverse perspectives shape science, and scientific discoveries inform people, decisions, and policies. To that end, we are launching and circulating a sign-on values statement that asserts our commitment to civic science and urges others to increase their support for scientists’ engagements with diverse audiences.

We encourage any scientific society or professional association who shares these values to sign on to the statement and to adhere to the commitment by assessing the ways that you currently support civic science and exploring opportunities to expand your support.

By signing onto this statement, you signal to your membership and science institutions that your organization values this work and encourages more scientist engagement.

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Sen. Whitehouse & Dr. Cook-Deegan on the need to revive the OTA (op-ed)

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan share some history of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), the nonpartisan science agency that used to service Congress in the 1990s; why it was eliminated and the value of bringing it back. Here are a few of their comments. The entire op-ed is available here

"...we’ve seen painful examples of what happens when science is sidelined. Without the OTA, unreliable and even deliberately false information fills the void."

"Or, perhaps worst of all, scientific information never makes it to Congress at all."

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ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Share Paper on NIFA Funding

CSSP members - the tri-societies  - the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America shared the following important information, which requires broader delivery. Should you have questions, please let us know and we will make sure to get those questions forwarded to the tri-societies 

"I want share with you the latest efforts to help the research community recover from the impacts of shutdowns during the COVID-19 crisis.

The tri-societies have been working with our partners to quickly develop a concept paper on the supplemental funding needs of NIFA. While imprecise due to all of the unknowns, we project NIFA will need around $150 million to provide up to 12 months of supplemental funding to existing grantees. The concept also envisions an additional $80 million investment in extension to increase its capacity to virtually provide essential programming and engagement services. This initial draft has been shared with House and Senate appropriators and the ag committees to ensure NIFA is included in the coming negotiations.

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Donald Kennedy

The Council of Scientific Society President (CSSP) extends its sympathy to family, friends and colleagues of Donald Kennedy, who died April 21, 2020, of COVID-19 at Gordon Manor, a residential care home in Redwood City where he resided for the past two years. Kennedy, 2004 recipient of the CSSP Support of Science Award, was an American scientist, public administrator, and academic. He served as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1977–79), President of Stanford University (1980–92), and Editor-in-Chief of Science (2000–08). Following this, he was named president emeritus of Stanford University; Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, emeritus; and senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

CSSP Chat April 2020: The CARES Act

CSSP Chat April 2020: The CARES Act - Provisions, Protections & Process

Thursday, April 16th 12:30 pm EDT

Due to the changes happening as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) has changed the topic for our next CSSP Chat. The value in improving collective understanding around the CARES Act passed by Congress last month, and being able to share what we have learned with you seemed to be a much more timely subject for this Chat. In our search to identify moderators who can help us all better understand this legislation we are pleased that Amir Eyal, CEO of Mylestone Plans, a financial services organization with a strong division focused on the needs of the nonprofit community, and Jennifer Shieh, Chief Scientist in the Office of Investment & Innovation with the Small Business Administration have accepted our invitation to moderate our April 16th CSSP Chat at 12:30 pm EDT: The CARES Act - Provisions, Protections and Process. 

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AAS Virtual Meeting Guide

If your society is also working on shifting your conference to a virtual format, the American Astronomical Society has compiled a very thorough list of resources and suggestions for how to make that happen. We are fortunate that they have offered to share this incredible resource with our societies.