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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.  


The BISO Board video is here!
Click on the video below to hear BISO board members Michael Clegg, Melanie 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.

Register Now for the December Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop
Click the flyer below to learn more and visit our workshop subpage:

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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...


Isotopes MatterIsotopes Matter!!  New Interactive Periodic Table
In partnership with researchers at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, a team of IUPAC scientists and educators has created new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table. The accompanying educational materials inform students and the general public about the many uses of isotopes in our lives. Following the global launch on August 17, 2016, the new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table and accompanying resources can be accessed at A print version of the periodic table of the isotopes and elements is available at Further details will be published in the peer-reviewed IUPAC Journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry.

IUPAC Proposes Names of Four New Elements
Following review by IUPAC, the names of four new elements are open for public review and comment until 8 November 2016. The names are:

Nihonium and symbol Nh, for the element 113,
Moscovium and symbol Mc, for the element 115,
Tennessine and symbol Ts, for the element 117, and
Oganesson and symbol Og, for the element 118.

For more information, see the IUPAC press release.

IUSS InterCongress Meeting
The next IUSS InterCongress, preceding the 21st World Congress in 2018, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from November 20 through November 25, 2016. Every two years before an international congress, the IUSS Council meets to discuss IUSS business and plan the congress.

Travel Grants Awarded to American Attendees of International Scientific Congresses/General Assemblies

U.S. Department of State Recommends All Passport Holders with 2016 Expiration Dates to Renew As Soon As Possible 
A New York Times article published January 26 urges everyone with a U.S. passport expiring in 2016 to renew quickly, citing an expected increase in passport demand. According to the U.S. Department of State, many countries are also now enforcing six months' validity before allowing entry. Read the complete article here

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. 

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2016 National Academy of Sciences Election Results
On May 3, 2016, the National Academy of Sciences elected 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries, which join the 2,207 current members and 444 current foreign associates. The Board on International Scientific Organizations extends its warmest congratulations to all.

Two new NAS members and one new foreign associate are affiliated with BISO-associated organizations: Megan Urry (Ex-Officio Member of USNC/IAU and President of AAS) and Abhay Ashtekar (Member of IUPAP), and Wolfgang Lutz (Program Director of World Population, IIASA).


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Social Sciences




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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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