Archives for April 28, 2015

NSF: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

This is a terrific way to work you way “into the know”.  Many of these are self-nominations but Dr. Krishnamurthy (VPR) or your chair will help if you need.

National Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate and Office Advisory

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Each Directorate and Office has an external advisory committee that typically meets twice a year to review and provide advice on program management; discusses current issues; and reviews and provides advice on the impact of policies, programs, and activities in the disciplines and fields encompassed by the Directorate or Office. In addition to Directorate and Office advisory committees, NSF has several committees that provide advice and recommendations on specific topics including: Astronomy and astrophysics; environmental research and education; equal opportunities in science and engineering; advanced cyberinfrastructure; international science and engineering; and business and operations.

A primary consideration when formulating committee membership is recognized knowledge, expertise, or demonstrated ability. Other factors that may be considered are balance among diverse institutions, regions, and groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Committee members serve for varying term lengths, depending on the nature of the individual committee.

Recommendations should consist of the submitting person’s or organization’s name and affiliation, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual’s curriculum vita, an expression of the individual’s interest in serving, and the following recommended individual’s contact information: Employment address, telephone number, FAX number, and email address. Self recommendations are accepted. If you would like to make a membership recommendation for any of the NSF scientific and technical Federal advisory committees, please send your recommendation to the appropriate committee contact person listed in the chart below.”

Nominations due: Deadlines dependent on the individual directorate

Full details (including which directorates are currently soliciting nominations):

Federal Reserve: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

You may not know the depth of economic research done here.

Federal Reserve System, Community Advisory Council

“The Board created the Community Advisory Council (CAC) as an advisory committee to the Board on issues affecting consumers and communities. The CAC will comprise a diverse group of experts and representatives of consumer and community development organizations and interests, including from such fields as affordable housing, community and economic development, small business, and asset and wealth building. CAC members will meet semiannually with the members of the Board in Washington, DC to provide a range of perspectives on the economic circumstances and financial services needs of consumers and communities, with a particular focus on the concerns of low- and moderate-income consumers and communities.

The Board is interested in candidates with knowledge of fields such as affordable housing, community and economic development, small business, and asset and wealth building, with a particular focus on the concerns of low- and moderate-income consumers and communities. Candidates do not have to be experts on all topics related to consumer financial services or community development, but they should possess some basic knowledge of these areas and related issues. In appointing members to the CAC, the Board will consider a number of factors, including diversity in terms of subject matter expertise, geographic representation, and the representation of women and minority groups.”

Nominations due:  June 12, 2015

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Department of the Interior: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

This catbird seat would be terrific for geoscience and environmental interest.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

“In May 2013, the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS) was originally chartered and 25 members were appointed to the committee to provide advice on matters and actions relating to the operations of the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers. The ACCCNRS Charter can be found at:

In May 2015, membership terms for several committee members will expire, creating approximately 12 membership openings. The Department of the Interior is inviting nominations for individuals to be considered for these membership openings.

The Department of the Interior is soliciting members for ACCCNRS to represent the following interests: (1) State and local governments, including state membership entities; (2) Nongovernmental organizations, including those whose primary mission is professional and scientific and those whose primary mission is conservation and related scientific and advocacy activities; (3) American Indian tribes and other Native American entities; (4) Academia; (5) Individual landowners; (6) Business interests.”

Nominations due: June 1, 2015

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IRS: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

It might be fascinating to see how this group works from the inside out.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC)

“The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests nominations of individuals for selection to the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC). Nominations should describe and document the proposed member’s qualifications for IRPAC membership, including the applicant’s past or current affiliations and dealings with the particular tax segment or segments of the community that he or she wishes to represent on the committee.

The IRPAC advises the IRS on information reporting issues of mutual concern to the private sector and the federal government. The committee works with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and other IRS leadership to provide recommendations on a wide range of information reporting administration issues. Membership is balanced to include representation from the tax professional community, small and large businesses, banks, colleges and universities, and industries such as securities, payroll, finance and software.”

Nominations due:  May 29, 2015

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USPSTF: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

Yet another way to get involved and learn from the inside of the federal machinery.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

“The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and evidence- based medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and children, and include screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medications.

The USPSTF was first established in 1984 under the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service. Currently, the USPSTF is convened by the Director of AHRQ, and AHRQ provides ongoing scientific, administrative, and dissemination support for the USPSTF’s operation. USPSTF members serve four year terms. New members are selected each year to replace those members who are completing their appointments.

The USPSTF is charged with rigorously evaluating the effectiveness, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services and formulating or updating recommendations regarding the appropriate provision of preventive services. See 42 U.S.C. 299b-4(a)(1). Current USPSTF recommendations and associated evidence reviews are available on the Internet (”

Nominations due:  May 15, 2015

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EPA: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

Another terrific way to work you way “into the know”.  Many of these are self-nominations but Dr. Krishnamurthy (VPR) or your chair will help if you need.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)

“The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent scientific advisory committee. The CASAC provides advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of air quality criteria and NAAQS under sections 108 and 109 of the Act.


As required under the CAA section 109(d), the CASAC is composed of seven members, with at least one member of the National Academy of Sciences, one physician, and one person representing state air pollution control agencies. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts who have demonstrated experience in the following disciplines related to air pollution: ecological and welfare effects; environmental engineering; exposure assessment; biostatistics; toxicology; epidemiology; and/or risk assessment.


The SAB Staff Office is especially interested in scientists with expertise described above who have knowledge and experience in air quality relating to criteria pollutants.


Selection Criteria for the CASAC include:

  • Demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in relevant fields;
  • Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees;
  • Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee, g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations, and other considerations; and
  • For the committee as a whole, consideration of the collective breadth and depth of scientific expertise; and a balance of scientific perspectives.

As the committee undertakes specific advisory activities, the SAB Staff Office will consider two additional criteria for each new activity: absence of financial conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a loss of impartiality.”

Nominations due:  Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 4, 2015

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Missouri helps Entrepreneurs

 The deadline for this years IDEA funds applications is May 13.

The Missouri Technology Corporation funds several programs across the state of Missouri that support the growth of innovative businesses.

Missouri IDEA (Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Advancement) Fund

The IDEA Fund promotes the formation and growth of businesses that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation.  Programs include:


  • Seed Capital Co-Investment Program
  • Venture Capital Co-Investment Program
  • High-Tech Industrial Expansion Program



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