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March 8, 2011

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Today, the Senate is expected to vote on final passage of patent law reform and to hold two "test votes" on fiscal year 2011 appropriations.  It is anticipated that neither the Democrat plan nor Republican plan will be able to garner enough votes to proceed, however. The House is also expected to consider public health legislation.


HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Interior and Environment,
March 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 30, 31; April 6, 7, 12.  The Interior and Environment and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Climate Science and EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations, March 8.  The Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled "Climate Science and EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations."

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Budget: BIA and Special Trustee for American Indians, March 8. The Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2012 budget request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians.

 

SENATE: Fishery Conservation, March 8. The Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

 

 Media Reviewtodaysevents  

 

A Science-Free Congress? To our dismay, and the nation's detriment, self-described climate change deniers - strongly supported by fossil-fuel interests - continue to mislead Congress and the public. In late January, we joined 14 other leading scientists in writing a letter to every member of Congress, asking our elected representatives to separate science from policy. We called attention to the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, urging Congress to "address the challenge of climate change, and lead the national response..." We want Congress to understand that, with each passing day, the problem worsens. Politico

 

rubber duck covered in oilInterior to Assess Effects of Possible Arctic Oil Spill. The Interior Department will study the potential impacts of a "very large oil spill" in the Arctic Ocean as part of a court-ordered supplemental review of oil and gas leasing off Alaska's northwest coast, the agency said. The Interior Department will study the potential impacts of a "very large oil spill" in the Arctic Ocean as part of a court-ordered supplemental review of oil and gas leasing off Alaska's northwest coast, the agency said. The draft supplemental review will determine the fate of 2.8 million acres of Chukchi Sea leases that sold for nearly $2.7 billion in February 2008 and will inform the agency's approach to future drilling proposals in the Arctic, the department said. New York Times

 

New Energy Department Office Seeks Ideas for Energy Solutions on Tribal Lands. It's been a humble beginning for the Energy Department's new Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. The creation of the office was announced in mid-December at President Obama's second tribal nation's gathering in Washington, D.C. "We know that tribal lands hold a great capacity for solar, wind and geothermal projects, and we are committed to helping you unlock that potential," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at the gathering. The Arctic Sounder 

 

Russia to Ratify Maritime Border Pact with Norway Within Month. Russian russian flaglower house of parliament, the State Duma, will ratify a maritime border demarcation treaty with Norway within a month, Russian Foreign Monister, Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. Last year Russia and Norway signed a deal to delimitate their maritime border in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean after 40 years of negotiations. RIA Novosti 

 

Murkowski Announces Additions to Staff. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has announced two new additions to her legislative team in Washington, D.C.  Murkowski has added Jeremy Price as her Legislative Assistant for appropriations, transportation and telecom issues, and Kristi Williams as her Legislative Assistant for Alaska Native and Indian Affairs. Senator Lisa Murkowski

 

New Website Tracks Coastal, Ocean Investments and Successes by State.  NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has launched a new interactive web page that shows the scope of coastal program investments and successes in NOAA's 34 partner states and territories. Using the latest GIS/web technology, OCRM in Your State lets users click on a state to see current federal funding and state matching funds for coastal programs administered by OCRM. It also has thumbnail descriptions of results from those investments in every state and territory and links to more information about each state's coastal programs. NOAA

Legislative Actionfutureevents  

 

H.R.1 : Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

(Rep Rogers - motion to proceed to measure withdrawn in Senate)

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Senate: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, March 9.  The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Energy and Water Programs, March 9, 10.  The Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Homeland Security, March 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 30, 31; April 6, 7.  The Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, March 9. The State Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization: Navy Shipbuilding Programs, March 9.The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the budget request for Navy shipbuilding acquisition programs.

 

HOUSE: Global Challenges to Military Readiness, March 10.The Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing titled "Global Challenges to Readiness."

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, March 10, 11.  The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Budget: NOAA and EPA R&D Programs, March 10.The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on fiscal 2012 budget request for research and development programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and EPA. 

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, March 10, 11, 15, 16; April 5, 7, 14, 15.  The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies, March 10, 11. The Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.  

 

Senate: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies, March 10.The Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.

 

SENATE: Transportation, Science, Marine Mammal, and NOAA Nominations, March 10. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a confirmation on pending nominations, including: Philip Coyle to be associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Frances Gulland to be a member of the Marine Mammal Commission, and Kathryn Sullivan to be the assistant secretary of Commerce for observation and prediction- NOAA.

 

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Budget: NSF and NIST, March 11. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on fiscal 2012 budget request for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

 

SENATE: Fiscal 2012 Budget: Tribal Programs, March 15.  The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal 2012 budget for American Indian tribal programs.

 

International Conference on Arctic Marine Science, International Law and Climate Protection, March 17-18. The German Federal Foreign Office is hosting an event that will take place on the Berlin premises of the Federal Office. The event is co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, with additional support from prominent research institutes. The Conference will discuss the legal framework for marine scientific research in the Arctic Ocean at present and in the future. Scholars, scientists and diplomats with an interest in the Arctic Ocean are invited to attend. For more information, please contact 504-s@diplo.de.

 

Arctic Dialogue & Study Tour, March 22-24, 2011. For the past four years Norway's Bod? University Graduate School of Business, the High North Centre for Business and Governance (affiliated with the University), the International Institute of Energy Politics and Diplomacy (MIEP) at MGIMO University in Moscow, Russia, and HBW Resources have hosted an annual Arctic Dialogue and Study Tour.  The tour brings together stakeholders from all Arctic nations (government, industries, academic, native and local peoples) to discuss issues involving resource development in the Arctic, and share common experiences, best practices and solutions. For more information contact Andrew Browning.

 

Arctic Science Summit Week, Seoul, March 28-April 1, 2011. The purpose of Korean Flagthe Arctic Science Summit Week is to provide opportunities for international coordination, collaboration, and cooperation in all fields of Arctic science. The Arctic Science Week 2011 is supported by the Korean government, the Korean Research Council of Fundamental Science & Technology, and the Seoul Tourism Organization, among other groups.  

 

The Arctic as a Messenger for Global Processes- Climate Change and Pollution, May 4-6, 2011. The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), the University of Copenhagen, and Aarhus University. The conference will include talks by invited keynote speakers, oral presentations selected on the basis of submitted abstracts, poster presentations, and short oral presentations of selected posters. A panel discussion will develop messages to be communicated to the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting that will take place in Greenland one week after the conference. 

  
Sixth International Conference on Arctic Margins, May 31-June 2, 2011 at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. The International Conference on Arctic Margins (ICAM) will examine current geological and geophysical research on the Arctic. Topics include: hydrocarbon potential and gas hydrates; science issues relating to UNCLOS Article 76; geodynamic significance of Arctic magmatism; vertical motions in the Arctic, tectonic, and glacial; geology and palaeogeography of the Arctic continental margins; evolution of the Arctic Ocean basins, including plate reconstructions, magmatism, and sedimentology; modern Arctic environments, including geological, climatic, and oceanographic processes; recent advances in Arctic research technology. More information email.  

 

American Meteorological Society Summer Policy Colloquium, June 5-14. This policy colloquium brings together a group to consider atmospheric policy.  The colloquium will cover policy creation basics, interactions with congressional staff, and information on the current atmospheric policy issues. 

 

The Arctic Imperative, June 19-21, 2011. The Alaska Dispatch, Aspen Institute, Commonwealth North, and the Institute of the North will host a forum titled "The Arctic Imperative: Think of the Bering Strait as the Next Panama Canal."  The forum will bring together international policymakers, industry, and investment leaders to consider topics just as security, resources, port development, marine shipping, commerce, and trade.

 

7th Congress of the International Arctic Social Sciences, June 22-26, 2011myvatnThe 7th Congress, "Circumpolar Perspectives in Global Dialogue: Social Sciences Beyond the IPY," will be held in Akureyri, Iceland. The International Congress of the Arctic Social Sciences is held every three years. 
 
Holocene Glacier Variability from the Tropics to the Poles, July 20-27, 2011. Glaciers respond sensitively to climate change. Recent (Holocene) glacier fluctuations are a valuable proxy for terrestrial interglacial paleoclimate conditions. A main challenge for interpreting paleoclimate from past mountain glacier extents is distinguishing local and regional patterns from global signals. Reconstructing Holocene glacier extents involves many disciplines including terrestrial and marine geology, geochronology and glaciology. Organizers hope to facilitate an inter-hemispheric comparison of glacier records including locations in the Tropics, European Alps, American Cordillera, Southern Alps of New Zealand, Himalaya and Polar Regions and to identify future research questions and directions. For additional information contact: Meredith Kelly.
 
13th Arctic Ungulates Conference (AUC), August 22-26, 2011. The theme of the conference will be "Challenges of Managing Northern Ungulates." The theme Muskokaddresses the difficulties of managing ungulate populations that are faced with the unpredictable effects of climate change and an ever-increasing human presence on the land. The conference will also focus on the challenges associated with developing recovery actions for declining caribou and reindeer populations that are an integral part of Aboriginal cultures and ways of life. 
 
9th International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering, September 3-7, 2011. The Melnikov Permafrost Institute (Yakutsk, Russia), the Institute of Northern Mining (Yakutsk, Russia), the Cold and Arid Regions Engineering and Environmental Research Institute (Lanzhou, China), and the Heilongjiang Institute of Cold Region  Engineering (Harbin, China) will host the Ninth International Symposium on  Permafrost Engineering to be held in Mirny, Yakutia. The aim of the Symposium is to provide a forum for discussion of permafrost engineering issues, as well as for exchange of practical experience in construction and maintenance of engineering structures on frozen ground. For additional information, please contact Lilia Prokopieva. 

 

4th International Sea Duck Conference, September 12-16. The conference is held to provide researchers and managers with opportunities to share information, research, and conduct workshops.

 

Lowell Wakefield International Fisheries Symposium, September 14-17, 2011. The 27th Lowell Wakefield International Fisheries Symposium, entitled "Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change," will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. This international symposium will provide a forum for scholars, fishery managers, fishing families, and others to explore the human dimensions of fishery systems and growing need to include social science research in policy processes. The conference is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Sea Grant program.   

 

Operating in the Arctic: Supporting the US Coast Guard Challenges Through Research, Sept. 21-23, 2010. This workshop, held at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the US Arctic Research Commission, explored and identified ways in which scientific research and development can improve the ability of the U.S. Coast Guard to operate and carry out its statutory missions in the Arctic region. Participation in this event included state, local and international stakeholders, academics and researchers, and USCG and other federal agency officials. A funding opportunity associated with this activity is described here.

 

The Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, June 2012. The conference permafrostwill be held in Tyumen, Russia, and is organized and hosted by Russia. The last conference was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2008.  More details to follow.   

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