NSF FSML grants delayed
Friday, February 11, 2011 01:29 PM

Dear OBFS Community-

I want to draw people’s attention to the fact that NSF’s FSML program has been delayed for the year; proposals will not be accepted in early March. 

At the OBFS meetings in the fall the program officer for FSML, Peter McCartney, indicated that NSF is working through issues in terms of how to manage construction projects, including general project management issues as well as NEPA requirements.  Having talked with Peter since the delay was announced, as well as reviewing NSF’s 2010 Committee of Visitor’s Report which explicitly identifies support of field stations as a highlight, I believe that the delay is largely a matter of resolving how to manage NSF construction projects and does not reflect a decision to discontinue the program.  I’ll note that five or six years ago, the FSML program skipped a fiscal cycle.  Consequently a delay of even 6-9 months in the program cycle will not mean that we lose a fiscal year of funding for FSML.  Hopefully the program will stay in track, even though NSF has some issues to work through.

As anybody who has been reading the papers knows, there is considerable uncertainty about the federal budget and we do not know yet how this will impact NSF’s overall budget. 

I encourage people to stay informed by subscribing to AIBS’ public policy alerts:

Notice of the delay to FSML can be found at: 

People that have an interest in the program should continue to check this link.  When a decision has been made about releasing a program announcement, it should promptly appear on that webpage.

Ian Billick
Executive Director, RMBL

Highlands Bio Station receives Partnership Award
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 07:00 PM

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center based in Research Triangle Park will honor Highlands Biological Station in April 2011 with the Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education.

The award will be presented along with a video produced by Nightlight Productions of Chapel Hill about Highlands Biological Station’s efforts to support science education April 16 at the Cary center’s annual Celebration of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. “It is clear that Highlands can serve as a model for other organizations committed to strong STEM education,” said Lisa Rhoades, a program associate with the center.

You can read more about the award here!



OBFS, Reloaded
Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:28 AM

Welcome to the new OBFS website!

You'll notice a lot of changes--please be patient as we bring new features online. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

Why doesn't my old login work?

We completely changed the database organization so that records are kept by Station name, rather than individual emails. Additionally, because some of our problems were from a hack of our old website in 2010, for security reasons all login information was changed.  If you can't remember your login, just enter your email as a "new user" on the OBFS Station Membership Application/Renewal page.  The website will search the system for your email, and give you the option of having login information sent to you.  

Why did the web address of my station change to

There is a maximum 80 character limit for both the station name and web addresses. This is something we're hoping to adjust in the future.  For web addresses, a simple solution is to use an alias web shortener--like  It does still get people to your station's website, it just looks a bit different.

Can I pay dues online now?

 YES! If you enter your email as a "new user" on the Join OBFS page.    The website will search the system for your email and give you the option of having your login information sent to you.  

Where did ______ go?

Some content was lost when our site was hacked last year. We were not able to recover, for example, course listings and migrate them into the new website.

I'm still in the process of hunting everything down in our archives and uploading it into the new site. Also, some of our content is only visible when you are logged in (OBFS annual reports, for example).  

What about the Member Listserv?

It's back!  You can find all the login information here:

Thanks everyone for your patience!

~Gwen Pearson, [email protected]

Harvard Forest Job Opening PDF Print Email
Sunday, November 28, 2010 10:19 AM


The official posting is accessible as Requisition 22871BR.

Research Assistant II - Lab Salary Grade 53

Harvard Forest seeks an experienced research assistant to coordinate activities across 6 main labs including Nutrient Analysis, Soils, Tech Support/General Use, Plant Physiology, Paleoecology and Computer/General Use Labs with a variety of specialty equipment including: RO water system, gas delivery system, CN analyzer, Lachat Flow Injection Analyzer, ion chromatograph, fume and biosafety hoods, autoclave and pH meter. The research assistant reports to one of the Senior Ecologists.

Questions? Contact:
Edythe Cherkas Ellin, Director of Administration
Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366
direct (978) 756-6124; main (978)724-3302 x. 224  fax (978) 724-3595

Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching
Thursday, November 11, 2010 02:58 PM
FIRST is a National Dissemination Project funded by The National Science Foundation to provide opportunities for faculty and future faculty throughout the country to improve their teaching of science that enables undergraduate students to learn science. Focused at biological field stations and marine laboratories, teams of scientists interact in a supportive environment where teaching and learning can be fully integrated into their professional culture. Faculty learn instructional practices and develop support systems so that their excellence in teaching ultimately improves learning by all students.

Visit FIRST IV website.

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