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:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their Web site <http://www2.nas.edu/cwse>.
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<http://www.nas.edu/cpsma/codata.htm>.
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 <http://www.ibc99.org>.
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: email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
SciCentral Metadirectory of Resources
"SciCentral" is a metadirectory of science and engineering resources
conceived and created by professional scientists at <http://www.scicentral.com>. 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 <http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ac>