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    Meetings and Conferences

    National Research Council Conferences
    The National Research Council's Committee on Women in Science and Engineering will hold its 4th national conference in Washington on Nov. 17-19, 1997. The theme is "Maintaining Gender Diversity in the Federal Workforce During Periods of Downsizing." For more information, call 202/334-1841, Fax: 202/334-2753, E-mail:, or visit their Web site <>. The council is also organizing a national conference on scientific and technical data exchange, hoping to identify needs for interdisciplinary exchange and integration of information, and facilitate it. It will be held at NIH in Bethesda, Md. on Dec. 15-17, 1997. Information is available at<>.

    International Botanical Congress
    The 16th International Botanical Congress, to be held in St. Louis, Mo. on Aug. 1-7, 1999, has invited SICB to participate. It seeks input from us regarding program development. Information is available at <>.

    Fellowships and Grants

    Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowships and Minority Internships
    The Smithsonian Institution announces its research fellowships for 1998 in the fields of (among others) history of science and technology, and biological sciences. The fellowships are awarded to support independent research in residence at the Smithsonian in association with its research staff and using its resources. Graduate student fellowships of ten weeks, and senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships of three to 12 months are awarded. Mailing deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 1998.

    Internships to participate in research and museum-related activities for 10 weeks in summer, fall and spring are available to U.S. minority undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Mailing deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 1998.

    For further information and application materials, write: Smithsonian Institution, Office of Fellowships and Grants, 955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7000, MRC 902, Washington, DC 20560, or e-mail: Please indicate the particular area in which you propose to conduct research and give the dates of degrees received or expected.

    American Philosophical Society Research Grants
    The American Philosophical Society makes grants toward the cost of scholarly research in all areas of knowledge except those where support by government or corporate enterprise is more appropriate. Projects likely to culminate in scholarly publications are preferred. Applicants are expected to have held the doctorate for at least one year with awards ranging from $3,000-$6,000.

    The application deadline is Dec. 1. Written requests for forms must indicate eligibility, specify the area of research and state the proposed use of the grant funds. Include a self-addressed mailing label. Requests should be sent to Committee on Research, American Philosopical Society, 104 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387.

    Questions concerning the eligibility of a project or applicant are accepted at 215/440-3429 or via e-mail:

    Scientific Web Sites

    NABR Launches Electronic Mail System for "Members-Only"
    The National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) "members-only" program is a new electronic system designed to enhance communication with the association's membership. Using the fast-publishing capabilities of the Internet and the World Wide Web, members will receive the latest NABR updates, alerts, legislative and regulatory news and other information affecting the biomedical research community as soon as it is available.

    To better facilitate correspondence with Congressional Representatives, NABR "members-only" links to a private area of Clara Vista Corporation's "Congressional Mailer," program, featuring an up-to-date list of e-mail and postal addresses for members of Congress.

    SICB members are eligible to receive access to this site. To request a username and password, send an e-mail to NABR at:

    SciCentral Metadirectory of Resources
    "SciCentral" is a metadirectory of science and engineering resources conceived and created by professional scientists at <>. Its aim is to give the science community efficient access to the most valuable Internet resources, and to foster communication between scientists and engineers attacking complex research problems. Use of SciCentral is free.


    Crisis Management Manual for Animal Researchers
    The National Association for Biomedical Research focuses considerable effort on counteracting illegal and irrational actions of the animal rights movement. They have produced a "Crisis Management Manual" to help institutions deal with disruptions caused by animal rights advocates. It provides suggestions for up-front preparation, courses of action that may be undertaken should a crisis erupt, and thumbnail sketches of the major spokespersons in the movement. The SICB Business Office has a copy, should you wish to review it. Institutions at particularly high risk may wish to order their own copy at $50. Another potentially useful document is the USDA "Animal Care Policies," available at <> under "publications."

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