[Taxacom] FW: NSC Alliance Board -- Collections Executive OrderUpdate

Mary Barkworth Mary at biology.usu.edu
Tue Sep 1 08:41:05 CDT 2009


is where you can read the cover letter and proposed executive order.

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Subject: [Taxacom] FW: NSC Alliance Board -- Collections Executive

Dear Taxacom subscribers,


The Natural Science Collections (NSC) Alliance is urging members of the
Natural History Collections community, and affiliated communities and
organizations to support the proposed Executive Order (EO) on Natural
Science Collections by writing letters to President Obama in support of
EO and other activities specified below.


Many thanks in advance,

Hank Bart



From: Robert Gropp [mailto:rgropp at aibs.org] 
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:40 AM
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Subject: NSC Alliance Board -- Collections Executive Order Update


To NSC Alliance Board Members,

A brief update and request for assistance on the Executive Order.

1.  On June 24, 2009, NSC Alliance President Bill Brown sent the
Executive Order (EO) on Science Collections to Dr. John Holdren and to
members/offices of the Interagency Working Group on Scientific
In July, Bill and I presented Dr. Holdren with another copy of the
order during a reception marking the release of the IWGSC report.

2.  Since June, NSC Alliance has received official acknowledgement of
correspondence from the Departments of Health and Human Services and
Commerce.  I will be speaking to the Commerce Department (NOAA) staff
reviewing the proposed order later today.

3.  We have requested and received various endorsements of the Executive
Order.  At this time, I know that the Florida and San Diego Museums of
Natural History have endorsed the EO, as have AIBS, SPNHC, AASG (State
Geologists), and ASIH.  The following organizations are
considering/developing an endorsement: Botanical Society, Mycological
Society, Ecological Society, Entomological Collections Network, Coastal
Estuarine Research Federation, Ornithological Council, and Wildlife
I plan to ask the Geological Society this week.

4.  Information about the EO is being compiled on the NSC Alliance
at http://nscalliance.org/?p=139 and http://nscalliance.org/?p=144 .

5.  If your institution has endorsed the EO, please send a copy of the
endorsement to me at rgropp at aibs.org or fax it to 202-628-1509 so that
may maintain a complete archive.  If your organization has not
endorsed the EO, please do so soon. 

6. Individuals: A letter to President Obama asking that he sign an EO
collections is now available in the AIBS Legislative Action Center at
http://capwiz.com/aibs/issues/alert/?alertid=13948726 .  Please take 2
minutes to send a letter to the President -- all that is required is
name, address and zip code.

7.  NSC Alliance Past President Michael Mares has published a Viewpoint
article, "Natural Science Collections: America's Irreplaceable
Resource," in
the July 2009 issue of BioScience.  The article should currently be
available for free at
http://caliber.ucpress.net/doi/full/10.1525/bio.2009.59.7.2.  This
is a good resource for highlighting the importance and challenges facing

8.  Gropp and Mares have prepared the results of the 2008 NSC Alliance
survey of economic impacts on collections.  The manuscript will be
shortly in the CLS Journal of Museum Studies.  We plan to once again
the survey in October 2009.  

9.  If your organization has Government Relations personnel that you
like to get involved in this effort, please have them contact me at
rgropp at aibs.org or 202-628-1500 x 250.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or


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Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Director, Public Policy Office
American Institute of Biological Sciences
1444 I (Eye) Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-628-1500 x 250
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