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The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) strengthens U.S. participation in international scientific cooperation through overseeing a network of U.S. national committees (USNCs) and working with a variety of projects connected to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and ICSU-related unions. More details can be found in the BISO Background Section.  


Soils Workshop Report in Brief Cover
Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop Proceedings Now Available
On December 5, 2016--World Soils Day--the Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop was held at the Keck Center of the National Academies. This 12-page workshop-in-brief highlights presentations and discussions on areas such as soil and national security, biodiversity, and the communication of soil science. The PDF is available for download free of charge on the National Academies Press page.

IUPAC Young Observers Travel to São Paulo, Brazil
To introduce younger chemists to the activities and projects of the International Union, IUPAC holds a Young Observer program. Every two years, younger chemists from around the world attend IUPAC division and committee meetings of the General Assembly to learn more about the union. Many of them ultimately become involved in the union in various ways. Seven U.S. Young Observers participated in the 2017 IUPAC General Assembly and Congress, and shared their experiences on the American Chemical Society's Axial blog:

  • Jens Breffke, Boston Electronics Corp.
  • Raychelle Burks, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
  • John Matson, Virginia Tech
  • Brandon Presley, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Dean Tantillo, University of California, Davis
  • Javier Vela, Iowa State University
  • Yu (Frank) Yang, University of Nevada, Reno

IUPAC 2017 YOs
IUPAC 2017 Young Observers ( Not pictured: Raychelle Burks )

Joint Address Note
During his Joint Address to Congress on February 28, 2017, President Trump cited a 2016 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, "The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. For the National Academies' statement on this citation and a direct link to the report, visit

Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop Presentations and Videos Now Available
Nearly 100 in-person guests and 75 virtual guests attended the December 5 soil science workshop, Soils: The Foundation of Life, held in the National Academies Keck Center. All presentations and videos from the workshop are now available for viewing on the workshop subpage.

The BISO Board video is here!
Click on the video below to hear BISO board members Michael Clegg, Melody Brown Burkins, and Wing Kam Liu discuss BISO's involvement with the international scientific unions and their U.S. committees.

Understanding the U.S. Role in ICSU and the International Scientific Unions from The Academies on Vimeo.

U.S.--Finland Workshop on Mathematics Education Held Summer 2016 in Helsinki

Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers and Teaching in the United States and Finland, a bilateral meeting of U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators, was held July 31--August 2 at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. Approximately 15 American professionals and 15 Finnish professionals attended in person, while several online participants engaged remotely via the webcast.  View, download presentations, and more...

U.S.-China Report CoverUSNC/MI U.S.-Korea Workshop Report Released
On July 15-17, 2012 the United States National Commission on Mathematics Instruction and Seoul National University held a joint Korea-U.S. workshop on Mathematics Teaching and Curriculum. The workshop was organized to address questions and issues related to math teaching and curriculum that were generated by each country, including the following: What are the main concerns in the development of the curriculum? What issues have been discussed or debated among curriculum developers, teachers, teacher educators, and scholars regarding the curriculum? How have textbooks been developed for the curriculum? How are curricular tasks designed and what criteria are used? What is the role of learning trajectories in the development of curriculum? This report summarizes the presentations and discussions at the workshop.

 Explore the New BISO Infographic
After much planning and designing, BISO is proud to unveil a colorful new infographic that illustrates how our board functions. The infographic features all sixteen disciplines represented by a U.S. National Committee, an explanation of what the international scientific unions do, and a list of ways that academics, industry professionals, and policymakers can get involved. A fully interactive version of the infographic will be available soon. For now, click on the image below to view or download the PDF file. 

BISO Infographic July 2016 Edit JPG


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number IIA-1332689. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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