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ESA Science Policy News: June 5, 2017

ESA Science Policy Fellows visit Washtington D.C., FY2018 budget proposals, analysis and response, Secretary Perdue appears before House Ag committee, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: May 2, 2017

ESA, Lewis-Burke, and AAAS host a webinar on science advocacy and the March for Science, ESA submits appropriations testimony to agriculture subcommittees, new writing committee launched to develop ESA position statement on biological diversity, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: April 4, 2017

ESA opens applications for next class of Science Policy Fellows, activities planned related to the March for Science, ESA visits Capitol Hill to advocate for the Endangered Species Act, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: March 2, 2017

ESA endorses the March for Science and promotes grassroots engagement, ESA shares tiered science-policy priorities, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds hearing on the Endangered Species Act, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: February 2, 2017

Senate confirmation hearings for several federal departments, ESA President Susan Weller's letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal, the nomination of fomer Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture, $184 million in CDC funds awarded to continue fight against Zika, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: January 5, 2017

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA President Susan Weller's visit with Congress and federal agencies, a letter to President-Elect Trump that ESA co-signed emphasizing the value of scientific research and communication, and a new report on strategies for reducing Zika transmission issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

ESA Science Policy News: December 5, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News an overview of the Science Policy Fellows November trip to Washington DC, information about the U.S. federal election and its impacts on science, links to a survey about ESA's tiered approach to science policy, and a preview of ESA President Weller's participation in an NAS Forum on GE crops.

ESA Science Policy News: November 1, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about the Museum and Library Services Act of 2016, Hawaiian Bees being declared endangered, an announcement from FFAR about the ROAR program, and an announcement from DARPA about the new Insect Allies program.

ESA Science Policy News: October 5, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA participation in the Grand Challenges Summit, the Golden Goose Award, a short-term funding bill passed by Congress, the rusty patched bumble bee, a letter on climate change from members of the National Academy of Science, the White House National Strategy for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology, and USDA APHIS regulatory updates on transporting invasive plant pests.

ESA Science Policy News: September 1, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA comments to the OSTP on the agricultural workforce, what to expect during the summer session, an NAS report on gene drives, federal funding for Zika, a Zika vaccine, ideas for future investment, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: August 2, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about the new class of Science Policy Fellows, the new EPA-OPP Liaison, ESA participation in a State Department Public-Private Zika Roundtable Discussion, a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on Zika, a new National Academies Prize in Food and Agriculture Science, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: June 30, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains news about two new position statements published by ESA, two letters of support that ESA sent to Congress discussing the scientific consensus on climate change and in support of new mosquito abatement legislation, FY2017 appropriations committee activites, NSF analysis of Pollinator Portfolio, National Pollinator Week at USDA, and a SoAR Congressional briefing.

ESA Science Policy News: May 31, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains news about an ESA Subject Matter Expert to interact with the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, the ESA Science Policy Fellows' visit to Washington, DC, an ESA letter to the National Science Foundation on the CSBR Program, bills on Zika passed in the House and the Senate, the FY 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science Spending bill, the FY 2017 Agriculture Spending Bill, a USDA survey on honey bee colony health, and an NAS report on genetically modified crops.

ESA Science Policy News: April 29, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains news about ESA participation at the 22nd Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill, an ESA Position Statement on Invasive Species, ESA written testimony to House and Senate appropriations committees, emergency supplemental funding for Zika, Senator James Inhofe's concern regarding risk assessments of neonicotinoids, NIFA funding opportunities, and NIFA proposals for research to combat citrus greening disease.

ESA Science Policy News: April 1, 2016

This edition ESA Science Policy News contains information about the National Science Foundation's recently announcement that the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) program would be placed on hiatus for fiscal year (FY) 2017, and how ESA members can respond to it; ESA testimonies to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees; the Coalition for National Science Funding's (CNSF) release of a funding statement; the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016; and a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Bee Health.

ESA Science Policy News: March 1, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about how ESA members can contact members of Congress to support AFRI funding, ESA outreach to Congress on the Zika virus, ESA letters in support of emergency Zika funding and 2017 ARS funding, the Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, and NSF Zika proposals through RAPID and EEID.

ESA Science Policy News: February 1, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about an ESA letter thanking congressional appropriators for across-the-board increases to science agencies in the fiscal year 2016 appropriations, President Obama mentioning malaria in the State of the Union address, a preliminary risk assessment from the EPA for imidacloprid, an AFRi request for applicationsn for agriculture and food research, and a National Science Foundation statement reiterating the agency's commitment to a discrimination-free scientific community and the agency's intolerance for Title IX violations among grantee institutions.

ESA Science Policy News: January 5, 2016

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about an ESA response to an RFI on Agricultural Innovation, Congressional appropriations legislation, House hearings on biotechnology, FFAR funding opportunities, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: December 1, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about the Science Policy Session at the last ESA Annual Meeting, an ESA endorsement of the Areawide Integrated Pest Management Act, a $4 million investment to span ten Midwestern states to improve survival rates of monarch butterflies, and a Request for Information (RFI) about sources of agricultural innovation from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

ESA Science Policy News: November 2, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA Science Policy Fellows visiting Washington, DC, ESA signing letters on climate change and STEM education, a USDA partnership with Association of Science-Technology Centers, Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on biotechnology regulation, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: October 5, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA new class of Science Policy Fellows, a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on Agricultural Research Programs, a report from the NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education, food waste reduction goals, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: August 3, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA position statements on pollinators and tick-borne diseases, the Saving America's Pollinators Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, the 21st Century Cures Act, a clinical trial of a West Nile virus vaccine, and an "Innovation Challenge" Prize to address food resiliency.

ESA Science Policy News: July 6, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information on an ESA press release on the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, an ESA letter on the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015 (S. 1503), entomologist Sally Rockey's appointment as executive director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, ESA's request for input on collections management, Congressional updates and news, funding for the EPA, Forest Service, NIH, and the CDC, plus news about federal agencies and administrations.

ESA Science Policy News: June 1, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA participation at the 21st Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill, ESA members at a Capitol Hill briefing on chikungunya, ESA Science Policy Fellows visiting Washington, a House Agriculture Committee hearing on pollinator health, a White House strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, USDA comments about EPA's findings on neonicotinoids, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: May 4, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA written testimony to House and Senate appropriations subcommittees, ESA letters on government travel restricitions and  COMPETES authorization, a letter from Senators to the EPA on pollinator health and pesticide regulation, tick-borne disease legislation reintroduced in the House, the Senate EPW approving the Secret Science Reform Act, and a White House executive order on public health and climate change.

ESA Science Policy News: April 2, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about ESA written testimony to House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees, a call for volunteers to serve on a committee to draft ESA's position statement on the importance of funding entomological collections, a letter supporting the American Innovation Act, a letter of concern about the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015, two pieces of legislation that place new restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency, and more.

ESA Science Policy News: March 2, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about an ESA letter to lawmakers about ending sequestration, hearings on the 2016 budget, the Engineering Biology Research and Development Act of 2015, the American Cures Act, the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, the Medical Innovation Act, USDA-NIFA Requests for Applications, funding to address citrus greening disease, an FWS campaign to protect the monarch butterfly, a CRS report on the role of pesticides in bee health, and a collaboration between the US and the UK on animal disease research.

ESA Science Policy News: February 3, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about a letter from ESA to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director Sonny Ramaswamy commenting on recommendations made by a committee of the National Academies Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR); new leaders of Senate committees; the Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act of 2015; the President's 2015 State of the Union Address; an AFRI Fellowship RFA; and the International Year of Soils (2015).

ESA Science Policy News: January 5, 2015

This edition of ESA Science Policy News contains information about a letter to Representative John Culberson (R-TX) to congratulate him on his new appointment as Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee in the next Congress; a letter to Members of Congress urging the passage of an omnibus fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations bill providing increased federal investment in the National Science Foundation (NSF); a final Continuing Resolution and Omnibus (CRomnibus) appropriations bill to fund federal government agencies for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2015; House and Senate leadership schedules; the new “Beyond the Box Digitization Competition”; NSF's efforts to improve the agency’s transparency and accountability; a new NIH Biographical Sketch (biosketch) format on applications; and the the USDA Subcommittee on Citrus Disease.

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