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DID YOU KNOW: The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is an NSF-funded large facility project being constructed and operated by Battelle Memorial Institute. NEON comprises terrestrial, aquatic, atmospheric, and remote sensing measurement infrastructure and cyber-infrastructure that deliver standardized, calibrated data to the scientific community through a single, openly accessible data portal. NEON infrastructure is geographically-distributed across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and will generate data for ecological research over a 30 year period.

NEON is designed to enable the research community to ask and address their own questions on a regional to continental scale around the environmental challenges identified as relevant to understanding the effects of climate change, land-use change and invasive species patterns on the biosphere. 

From Science News, May 26, 2017: Read the article

\Under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, federal research spending into all three areas — and many others — would decline abruptly. The president delivered his budget request to Congress on May 23, presenting the sharpest picture yet of his administration’s priorities for federal science spending. Some science and technology programs within agencies would see their funds increase, but the administration recommends extensive cuts to basic research overall. 

For many science agencies and programs, the outlook appears stark. Some examples: The National Science Foundation, which funds research in all fields of science and engineering, would face an 11 percent cut. The U.S. Geological Survey’s budget would be cut by 15 percent. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, where research includes cybersecurity and nanotechnology, would face a 23 percent cut. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s primary research arm, which investigates weather, climate and ocean resources, would be cut 32 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science & Technology would be cut by 37 percent. The budget proposes a 16 percent cut for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would take a 17 percent cut. Food and Drug Administration funding (not including revenue from user fees) would be cut by 30 percent. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service would fall 22 percent. And, as expected, the National Institutes of Health’s budget would be slashed 22 percent.

May 7, 2017: Announcing the NOAA Western Region Climate Service Providers Database

More than 130 public sector and nonprofit organizations provide climate services to the eleven western states, yet until now there has been no centralized resource to connect climate information users with the wide array of information and services available.

Now there is a searchable directory of climate service providers in the west that makes climate services easier to find. Its powerful search function allows users to customize their search based on the type of service, the geographic area, stakeholders served, and several additional parameters. It’s a match-making app for the climate world.

REGISTER TODAY for the June 7 - 9 2017 Innovation in Infectious Disease Research: Challenges & Opportunities Symposium

Infectious disease research continues to be an area of prominence in addressing public health care concerns.  More than 1,400 species of human pathogens are reported in the literature, and of those 58% are known to be zoonotic with 13% regarded as emerging or reemerging.  On average, 5.3 viruses have emerged per year from 1940 to 2004, of which 60% to 70% are human pathogens.

March 23, 2017:  Federally funded research facilities in Boulder and the rest of Colorado contributed about $2.6 billion to the state's economy in 2016 and supported more than 17,600 jobs, according to a report issued today by the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.

Of that $2.6 billion, the largest share of economic benefit by county was seen in Boulder County, at $1.1 billion.

Statewide, the report showed that Colorado's federally funded labs directly employed nearly 7,800 people in fiscal year 2015, and supported an additional 9,800 jobs through the multiplier effect — that is, people employed by instrument manufacturers, utility companies and more.