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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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Register now for CSSP's Virtual Leadership Workshop

Based on planning calls that have been taking place with our respected speakers we can say, with strong conviction, that you are going to want to make sure to register for the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) Virtual Leadership Workshop on May 2 - 4, 2020

Monday's session on developing a strategic framework will include an opportunity to engage in a strategic planning exercise, focusing on outcome based planning for your organization to create a vision, direction, and plan for its future. MICHAEL MOLONEY, CEO of American Institute of Physics (AIP), will share how AIP answered some imperative questions around "why they are" and "how they fit into the physical sciences" as well as some do's and don't's they learned along the way. JOEL SACHS, a Principal with the The Sachs Groups, will lead those attending through an interactive exercise so everyone can leave with a first cut for growth for their specific society.  He will work with Michael and AIP as example for each step and give time for the attendees to complete the step. 

Following this session - and each session - small group breakout rooms will allow participants the chance to network with one another, as well as with our speakers.

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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 Speaker receives NAS Public Welfare Medal

Distinguished science and political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson will receive the 2020 NAS Public Welfare Medal for her “non-partisan crusade to ensure the integrity of facts in public discourse and development of the science of scientific communication to promote public understanding of complex issues.”  The medal is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and program director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.  She is a pioneer in the development of science communication as an academic field and has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 100 book chapters and articles on science communication, the media, and politics and presidential campaigns. Jamieson is also the co-founder of the award-winning website FactCheck.org and its subsidiary, SciCheck, a resource for fact checking science-based claims.

Read more at the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

CSSP Leadership Workshop Goes Virtual!

The dates have not changed (May 2-4, 2020), just the delivery method. We are working with our fantastic invited speakers to adjust their presentations to include content associated with the changes brought to both science and societies due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. During the past week, the Board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents has been working diligently on determining the most effective way shift our Spring Leadership Workshop to its exciting virtual format.

With generous assistance by Know Innovation (KI), a group of trained facilitators with a passion for science, CSSP is anticipating delivering all the great science and leadership content and conversations that you are accustomed to experiencing. KI will be working closely with CSSP to ensure we have the skills and knowledge needed to make our virtual workshop a reality.

While we finish working out the details, we want to make sure you keep the CSSP Spring Leadership Workshop on your calendar on these dates.

Moderator Announced for March Chat

CSSP is pleased to share that Scott Cotenoff of La Piana Consulting will moderate "Mergers, collaborations, and strategic alliances/partnerships - which one, when?" on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 12:30-1:30 PM EDT.

 

OSTP Issues Request for Information

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has issued the following statements:

Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research. The comment period has been extended to April 6.
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-05/pdf/2020-04538.pdf

Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research. The comment period has been extended to March 17.
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-05/pdf/2020-04530.pdf

CSSP Position: Federal Support of STEM Education Board Approved

The Board of Directors of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents has approved an updated position paper on Federal Support for STEM Education.

Read the paper.

New "Leadership Notes" Posted

Executive Director, Cindy Paska has authored a new Leadership Note regarding the CSSP site change.

CSSP Presents Educational Research Award

Dr. Malcolm Butler presented the CSSP Educational Research Award for outstanding achievement in educational research that improved children’s learning and understanding  to Dr. Vincente Talanquer at the 2019 Winter Leadership Workshop on December 7, 2019.

 

CSSP Chat Schedule for 2020

CSSP Chat Schedule for 2020:
  • January 16, 2020 – Future Business Models for Science Societies
  • February 20, 2020 – Governance vs Management; the jobs of science society boards of directors
  • March 19, 2020 – Mergers, collaborations, and strategic alliances/partnerships – which one, when?
  • April 16, 2020 – Budgeting process: drafting, important features
  • May 21, 2020 – Managing the strategic planning process
  • June 18, 2020 – Identifying, Securing and Maintaining funding sources
  • July 16, 2020 – Ensuring Diversity and Equity
  • August 20, 2020 – Managing Personal Transitions: Leadership Skills and your next job
  • September 17, 2020 – Maintaining, growing and ensuring value for your membership
  • October 15, 2020 – Investments, endowments, and long-term funding
  • November 19, 2020 – Mentoring both scientists and science leaders
  • December 17, 2020 – The importance of publishing to scientific societies

CSSP Participates in State of Innovation 2020 Launch Event

Day One Project's State of Innovation 2020 launch event with an ambitious goal to identify and refine 100 actionable Science & Technology ideas for a future Administration or Congress to embrace.

The start of 2020 represents an opportunity to take stock of the state of American innovation and source new ideas and fresh perspectives for action both now and in the next presidential term—regardless of who wins.

The Day One Project's official launch event took place on January 23, 2020. The event featured a broad range of science and technology experts to kick off 2020 with a “State of the Union” on science, technology and innovation.

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CSSP Presents Support of Science Award

Dr. David Baltensperger presented the Support of Science Award to Senator Susan Collins in honor of her outstanding and dedicated support of US science, free scientific communication, and support of basic research on December 10, 2019 at the 2019 Winter Leadership Workshop.

 

John A. Downing Named 2019 AAAS Fellow

University of Minnesota Sea Grant Director (and CSSP member) John A. Downing has been elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.

Read more at https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uom-uom112519.php