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Department of Energy; Office of Science.


Notice of open meeting.


This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 19, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., E.S.T.


Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

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Dr. David Thomassen (301-903-9817; Designated Federal Officer, Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Start Printed Page 6018Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site:​ober/​berac/​announce.html.

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Purpose of the Meeting: To provide advice on a continuing basis to the Director, Office of Science of the Department of Energy, on the many complex scientific and technical issues that arise in the development and implementation of the Biological and Environmental Research Program.

Tentative Agenda

  • Report from the Office of Science.
  • Report from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research.
  • Presentation of Workshop Reports.
  • News from the Biological Systems Science and Climate and Environmental Sciences Divisions.
  • Update on Joint Genome Institute Strategic Planning.
  • Report on the BER Climate Sciences Strategic Plan.
  • BER Response to Life and Medical Sciences Division Committee of Visitors Report.
  • BERAC Discussion of Strategy for Developing a 20-Year Planning Horizon for Biological and Environmental Research.
  • New Business.
  • Public Comment.

Public Participation: The day and a half meeting is open to the public. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact David Thomassen at the address or telephone number listed above. You must make your request for an oral statement at least five business days before the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Chairperson of the Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Public comment will follow the 10-minute rule.

Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available for public review and copying within 45 days at the BERAC Web site:​ober/​berac/​Minutes.html.

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Issued in Washington, DC on January 29, 2009.

Rachel M. Samuel,

Deputy Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. E9-2354 Filed 2-3-09; 8:45 am]