Sign letter to NSF about sexual harassment in STEM

I am writing to invite you to join me in sending a letter to the National Science Foundation urging them to implement their proposed reforms regarding sexual harassment. As you may be aware, the National Academies released a report this week that comprehensively
evaluated the prevalence and prevention of sexual harassment in academic science, engineering, and medicine. (For more information:

The Hill,
Washington Post)

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AG RESEARCH Act – Be an Original Cosponsor

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy. In 2015, agriculture and related industries contributed $992 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (5.5 percent total GDP) and provided 21 million jobs (11 percent
of total U.S. employment).  However, when it comes to schools of agriculture, recent reports have shed light on the critical infrastructure needs all across the nation. One study, supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and
published by Sightlines, LLC in October 2015 estimated that the deferred maintenance backlog at schools of agriculture totaled $8.4 billion. Each year USDA provides over $1.5 billion in research funding to schools of agriculture. Despite investing in agricultural
research and development, federal funds have not recently been made available for infrastructure needs. According to the Sightlines study, 80 percent of schools of agriculture are making infrastructure investments below what is required to stabilize or reduce
the maintenance backlog.

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Prevent Addiction Among Young Americans

We invite you to cosponsor our recently introduced legislation, the Student and Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act, to expand youth-focused addiction prevention programs. As the opioid and heroin crisis continues to devastate communities across
our country, young people are at unique risk for misusing medication and developing addiction. Young people often have their first exposure to opioids after a sports injury or common surgery such as wisdom tooth removal. But too often we leave students and
student athletes insufficiently informed to understand the proper use of pain medication and the risk of addiction.

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Lunch Briefing – Estuary Caucus with the Florida Institute of Technology

Congressional Estuary Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Posey and Bonamici, and Estuary Caucus member Representative Mast invite you to a lunch briefing to learn about Florida’s Indian River Lagoon system from Dr. John Trefry, seasoned lagoon veteran researcher,
Professor of Chemical Oceanography Ocean Engineering & Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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