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AAS Informational Email 2007-14

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Dear Fellow AAS Members,

I am writing on behalf of a young female AAS member who has received a prestigious National Academy of Sciences fellowship, the Christine Mirzayan Fellowship. Participants learn about the public policy process and have an extensive period of training, including seminars with key policymakers and visits to the Hill and other agencies. Astronomers rarely have secured places in this program.

New NASA Explorer AO Alan Stern & Jon Morse, NASA Headquarters

This Informational Email is being distributed to AAS members as a community service. The contents were written by Alan Stern and Jon Morse and approved by them for broad release to the community. The AAS President and Executive Officer approve such occasional releases to the community.

New NASA Explorer AO
Alan Stern & Jon Morse, NASA Headquarters

Early this fall, NASAs Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will release a new Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Principal Investigator (PI) led Explorer missions.

America COMPETES Act and NSF Authorization

AAS Informational Email 2007-10

America COMPETES Act and NSF Authorization

L. Jeremy Richardson
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

Two recent Congressional actions have direct bearing on the scientific community, and on the astronomy community in particular. Both are authorization bills, meaning no money is appropriated, but they indicate that scientific research and innovation are on the minds of many Members of Congress.

America COMPETES Act

AAS Informational Email 2007-09

AAS Informational Email 2007-09
May 4, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

I wrote to you just before the Seattle meeting that we were reconsidering the publishers of our journals, the Astrophysical Journal the main Journal, the Letters, and the Supplements and the Astronomical Journal. We have since had a short, intense, and very professional process to issue a Request for Proposals to publish our Journals, to evaluate the proposals, and to select a vendor.

Ask your Representative to Co-Sign the Ehlers-Holt NSF Letter to House Appropriators

Ask your Representative to Co-Sign the Ehlers-Holt NSF Letter to House Appropriators

Jack O. Burns, Chair Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy
and
Kevin B. Marvel, Deputy Executive Officer

Summary

Congressmen Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) have written a letter to the appropriations committee responsible for funding NSF, the Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce, asking that they provide $6.02B for NSF, as proposed by the President.

NASA Explorer Program

AAS ACTION ALERT 2004-04

[Mailed to US members from aas.org at 9:20am 10 MAY 2004]

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AAS ACTION ALERT 2004-4

Sidney Wolff, Chair of AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy Roger Blandford, HEAD Chair and Kevin B. Marvel, Deputy Executive Officer

Summary

This Action Alert asks AAS members to contact their members of Congress in support of the NASA Explorer program, which received reduced funding levels in the President's FY 2005 budget proposal.

Background

Beyond Einstein Initiative

AAS ACTION ALERT 2004-03

[Mailed to US members from aas.org at 12.:40pm 29 MARCH 2004]

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From: Sidney Wolff, Chair, AAS Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics Roger Blandford, Chair, High Energy Astrophysics Division and Kevin B. Marvel, AAS Deputy Executive Officer

SUMMARY

This action alert calls on AAS members to contact their members of Congress to restore the cuts to the Beyond Einstein initiative called for by the President's FY 2005 budget.

H. Res. 550 Bill

AAS ACTION ALERT 2004-02

SUMMARY

This Action Alert asks AAS members to quickly contact their

member of Congress and ask that he or she sign on as a co-sponsor to H.Res. 550, a bill entitled "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives relating to the extraordinary contributions resulting from the Hubble Space Telescope to scientific research and education, and to the need to reconsider future service missions to the Hubble Space Telescope."

BACKGROUND

Sun-Earth Connection Division (SEC)

AAS ACTION ALERT 2004-01

 

SUMMARY

This Action Alert calls upon AAS members to contact their members of congress to repair the cuts to the Sun-Earth Connection Division (SEC) of the Office of Space Science in the President's FY 2005 budget submission. (Subsequent Action Alerts will focus on other critical areas: SEU, explorer class missions, etc.)

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