Archives for November 20, 2015

Coffee with UM federal Relations Team

Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to stop by and meet with Sarah Spreitzer, UM Director of Federal Relations and Meghan Sanguinette, UM Assistant Director of Federal Relations on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 am in Missouri-Ozark Room, Havener Center.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions on federal funding trends and learn more about the assistance they provide with setting up meetings with federal funding agency program directors/managers.

With best regards, Krishna

Amphibians in Decline (WWB-Amphibians-in-Decline)

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The Wildlife Without Borders-Amphibians in Decline program will fund projects that conserve the worlds rapidly declining amphibian species. Species eligiblefor funding are those frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, andcaecilians that currently face a very high risk of extinction. Species should meet the criteria to be listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Species listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List are also eligible if the applicant can provide information that suggests a similar urgency for conservation action. Species listed as Extinct in Wild are eligible if the applicant is proposing a reintroduction attempt.

The goal of this grants program is to reduce threats to highly endangered amphibians in their natural habitat. Proposals should identify specific conservation actions that have a high likelihood of creating durable benefits. Project activities that emphasize data collection and status assessment should describe a direct link to management action, and explain how lack of information has been a key limiting factor for management action in the past. Proposals that do not identify how actions will reduce threats, or do not demonstrate a strong link between data collection and management action, are not eligible for consideration. To the extent that the proposed work provides clear, direct support for the program objectives above, proposals may also relate to climate change adaptation, mitigation, and education. Although projects addressing all threats (e.g., disease, habitat loss and degradation) to amphibians are eligible, proposals have a higher likelihood of being selected that advance one or more of the strategic priorities of the United States National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, including:
(1) Strengthening efforts to stop illegal trade in wildlife and to enforce laws prohibiting wildlife trafficking;
(2) Reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife by dissuading consumers from purchasing illegally traded wildlife; and
(3) Expanding government and civil support for, and encouraging new partnerships in, the fight against wildlife trafficking. Proposed project work should occur within the species range, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to its conservation. Proposals that emphasize ex-situ conservation and captive management are not eligible for consideration.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products. FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.”

“The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (the Committee) advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner) or designee in discharging responsibilities related to the regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the Commissioner.”

Nominations due: January 15,2016

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

“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) Landowners, businesses, and organizations representing landowners or businesses.”
“In 2016 and later, the Committee will meet approximately 2 times annually, and at such times as designated by the DFO. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint members to the Committee. Members appointed as special Government employees are required to file on an annual basis a confidential financial disclosure report. No individual who is currently registered as a Federal lobbyist is eligible to serve as a member of the Committee.”

Nominations due: January 15,2016
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NASA Advisory Council Science Committee

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

“NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on the NASA Advisory Council’s Science Committee subcommittees. Five science subcommittees report to the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), a Federal advisory committee under the Federal  Advisory Committee Act (FACA). U.S. citizens may submit self-­‐nominations for consideration to  fill intermittent vacancies on these five science subcommittees. NASA’s science subcommittees have  member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-­‐nominations  to fill such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will only be contacted should a vacancy arise and it  is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate for that specific vacancy. NASA is  committed to selecting members to serve on its science subcommittees based on their individual  expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.”

Nominations due: November 23, 2015
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Army Research Seminar and NDIA lunch


Following the lunch the Metzger and Dr Kim Spangler, Explosvie Technolgoy Chemist from Picatinney will visit MRC, ERC and Advanced Manufacturing following the lunch discussion.Seminar on Army Research and Development_Page_1