Science Policy Archives - 2014

Coalition for National Science Funding Congratulates New House Subcommittee Chairman (December 2, 2014)
On December 2, the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), of which ESA is a member, sent 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 convening in January.

ESA Comments to the Pollinator Health Task Force (November 24, 2014)
ESA would welcome the chance to partner with the Pollinator Health Task Force and would like to offer assistance with the release and implementation of the Strategy next year ...

ESA Signs Letter Urging Passage of FY 2015 Appropriations Bill Providing Increased NSF Funding (November 14, 2014)
ESA was among the 66 scientific societies and universities to sign 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). The letter was spearheaded by the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), of which ESA is a member.

ESA Signs "Innovation Deficit" Letter Urging Congress to Pass FY 2015 Appropriations
November 12, 2014

The 133 undersigned national business, higher education, scientific, patient, and other organizations write to strongly urge you to pass an omnibus FY2015 appropriations bill this year that includes increased investments in scientific research and higher education needed to help close our nation’s innovation deficit ...

ESA Responds to White House Request for Information on Innovation Strategy (September 22, 2014)
Please accept the following comments submitted on behalf of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in response to the Request for Information on the upcoming update to the Strategy for American Innovation ...

ESA Signs AFRI Coalition Letter on FY 2015 AFRI Appropriations (September 22, 2014)
The undersigned, a broad and diverse collection of organizations, scientific societies and interest grou ps, strongly support increased funding for AFRI to address some of our nation’s most pressing challenges including human , animal, and plant health, emerging plant pest risks, drought, food safety and security ...

ESA Letter to Deputy Secretary Harden on the Pollinator Health Task Force (September 15, 2014)
ESA, along with other organizations and experts in the field, would welcome a chance to provide comments, feedback, and suggestions on the Plan as it develops.

ESA Signs Letter of Thanks for the Creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) (September 5, 2014)
The undersigned would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to you for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) expeditious leadership actions to create the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and appoint the 15-member, founding Board of Directors, as authorized by Congress in the 2014 Agricultural Act.

ESA Applauds President’s Pollinator Health Strategy (June 25, 2014)
ESA recently applauded President Obama’s Presidential Memorandum: Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, which was released last month.

Entomologists Support Specimen Collections (June 24, 2014)
Leaders of ESA's Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section have voiced support for museum collections that house biological specimens, and they encourage future collecting for conservation and management efforts.

Report from ESA's Liaison to the EPA (June 9, 2014)
Dr. Mark Whalon, ESA's Subject Matter Expert and Liaison to the U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, has submitted this report about meetings with EPA officials. The report includes information on the EPA's Conditional Registration Tracking System, the adoption of School IPM Programming, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century, the Pollinator Protection Subcommittee to the PPDC, the Endangered Species Act, and more.

Coalition for National Science Funding Statement on FY 2015 House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (May 23, 2014)
We urge Members of the U.S. House to support the funding levels for NSF that passed the full Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support. We also urge Members to oppose any amendments that undermine the NSF programs funded through the bill, including amendments that undercut important areas of basic science research.

ESA Testimony to the Senate Interior and Environment Subcommittee on Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations (May 19, 2014)
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) respectfully submits this statement for the official record in support of funding for entomology-related activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ESA Testimony to the Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee on Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations (May 19, 2014)
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) respectfully submits this statement for the official record in support of funding for insect-borne disease research at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ESA Thanks NIH for Highlighting Research on Mosquitoes (May 14, 2014)
ESA appreciates the National Institutes of Health’s recognition of the importance of research on mosquitoes -- including studies conducted by entomologists -- to advancing our ability to understand, prevent, and treat malaria.

ESA Letter to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Regarding the FIRST Act (May 12, 2014)
While ESA and much of the scientific community have concerns with many of the provisions in the FIRST Act, the bill’s inclusion of a 24-month embargo period for scholarly publications will “go a long way to ensure journal viability and, thus, scientific societies’ financial health.”

ESA Testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (April 25, 2014)
The Entomological Society of America submitted this statement for the official record in support of funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF). ESA requested a robust fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriation of $7.5 billion for NSF, including strong support for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO).

ESA Voices Support for Federal Science Agencies (April 24, 2014)
ESA was one of 50 member organizations to endorse testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee which was spearheaded by the Association of American Universities and the Task Force on American Innovation. The testimony warns of a growing “innovation deficit” in the United States.

ESA Holds Hill Briefing on Invasive Insect Species (April 23, 2014)
On April 23, 2014, ESA hosted a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill titled “Invasive Insect Species: Pestering Our Economy and Environment.” Attended by approximately 60 staff from congressional offices and federal agencies, the briefing provided an opportunity to educate Capitol Hill staff on invasive insect issues and to raise the profile of ESA in Washington, D.C.

ESA Past President Testifies Before Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee (April 10, 2014)
Representing the Entomological Society of America (ESA), Past President Robert Wiedenmann, Ph.D., testified today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to request robust fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Forest Service. 

ESA Testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (April 4, 2014)
ESA submitted this statement for the official record in support of funding for agricultural research at the USDA, increased investment in the ARS, and additional research on pollinators through USDA contributions to a multi-agency Pollinator Health Initiative.

ESA Submits Testimony to Key House Appropriations Subcommittees (March 31, 2014)
In March 2014, ESA submitted written testimony to relevant House Appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over agencies and programs important to the entomological sciences. The written testimony helps inform the subcommittees’ deliberations as they begin to consider appropriations for programs within their portfolios.

ESA Expresses Concerns about FIRST Act (March 12, 2014)
ESA was one of 75 organizations to sign a community letter sent to the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology expressing concerns about H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014.

ESA Member Jean Tsao Appointed to Interdisciplinary Panel to Draft Lyme Disease Guidelines (February 19, 2014)
The Infectious Disease Society of America is spearheading the formation of a panel on developing guidelines on Lyme disease. Dr. Jean Tsao will represent ESA on this panel which will also include representatives from other societies and organizations. The plan is to have draft guidelines developed by the end of 2015. Once completed, ESA will have the opportunity to review the draft and provide further comments and/or endorse the guidelines.

ESA Letter to Congress on Federal Travel Policies (January 17, 2014)
Given the importance of entomology research, extension, and education to our nation’s federal science and technology priorities and capabilities, we encourage you to support policies that ensure appropriate oversight without disadvantaging entomologists and other scientists, including those who serve our country as federal employees.