THE BOARD ON INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS
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 on the About BISO Page.
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Americans Elected to International Leadership Positions in 2017-2018
Kent Choquette (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne), ICO Vice President
John Howell (University of Rochester), ICO Vice President
Carmina Londono (National Science Foundation), ICO Vice President
Joe Niemela (American Physical Society), ICO Treasurer
Mike Clegg (University of California, Irvine), Chair of IIASA's Governing Council
Laura Greene (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne), IUPAP Vice President
Kennedy Reed (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), IUPAP President
Piergiorgio Uslenghi (University of Illinois, Chicago), URSI Vice President
Chair of USNC/Soils Joins National Academies' "New Voices" Initiative
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is one of eighteen professionals selected for the "New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine" inaugural cohort. This group of early career scientists will meet over the course of two years to discuss current issues of importance and attend events centered around science policy. For more information on cohort members and activities, see the New Voices press release on the National Academies website, or the UCMerced press release.
The USNC/Soils congratulates Dr. Berhe on this tremendous honor.
CODATA-RDA Summer School in Italy
The CODATA-RDA Research Science Summer School will run for its second year at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, from August 6--17, 2018. This year, the school will cover the following topics:
- Climate Data Sciences
- Extreme Sources of Data
- Internet of Things/Big Data Analytics
The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School provides training in the foundational skills of Research Data Science. Contemporary research -- particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges -- cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statstics, visualization and modeling techniques, software development, annotation, and more. we define 'Research Data Science' as the ensemble of these skills.
Find out more about the upcoming school and past schools at: http://www.codata.org/working-groups/research-data-science-summer-schools.
Watch a video about the Schools of Research Data Science here: https://vimeo.com/232209813.
Gender Gap in Science: A New Initiative from ICSU
BISO proudly supports "Gender Gap in Science: A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?" This ICSU-funded project seeks to bring attention to and raise the amount of participation by women in the sciences. Project partners include IMU (through its Committee for Women in Mathematics), IUPAC, IUPAP, IAU, UNESCO, and several more organizations. The process will take place in three steps: Administering a joint global survey, studying publication patterns, and creating a database of good practices. For more on the Gender Gap project, visit https://icsugendergapinscience.org/.
ICSU and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) to Merge
A merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) was overwhelmingly approved by the memberships of both organizations at a meeting on October 25, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. The name of the new organization will be the International Science Council. The first meeting of the new organization will be July 3-5, 2018 in Paris, France. For more information on the merger, visit our ICSU webpage.
2019 Declared International Year of the Periodic Table
On 20 December 2017, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019). In doing so, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health.
The development of the Periodic Table of the Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science and a uniting scientific concept, with broad implications in Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and other natural sciences. The International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements in 2019 will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitry Mendeleev in 1869, and with the centenary of IUPAC (IUPAC100). The events of IUPAC100 and of IYPT will enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Periodic Table and chemistry in general among the public.
The 100th Anniversary of IUPAC will be on the UNESCO Calendar of Anniversaries on 28th July 2019. For more information, visit: https://iupac.org/united-nations-proclaims-international-year-periodic-table-chemical-elements/.
Proceedings of the Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers in the United States and Finland: Now Available!
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.
The workshop proceedings are now available for download (PDF) or purchase (hard copy) on the National Academies Press website.
CLICK HERE to visit the U.S.--Finland Workshop subpage and view session videos, download presentations, and more.
Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop Proceedings Now Available
This 12-page workshop-in-brief, published in August 2017, highlights material from the Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop held at the National Academies in December 2016. Presentations and discussions on areas such as soil and national security, biodiversity, and the communication of soil science are included. The PDF is available for download free of charge on the National Academies Press page. Additionally, presentations and videos from the workshop are available for viewing on the Soils Workshop subpage.