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Looking Ahead to a Potential Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, How Do the Astronomical Sciences Fare?

The last few days have brought welcome news of a potential end to the government shutdown. Whether you believe there can be a long-term, large-scale budget bargain or not, its important to look at where this Congress left off when they last considered funding the government in something like the "normal" way.

AAS Issues Statement on Proposed Elimination of NASA Science Education & Public Outreach Programs

The AAS has issued a statement addressing the potential elimination of the EPO activities in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, as called for in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. The statement says that the suggested cuts “would dismantle some of the nation’s most inspiring and successful STEM education assets.”

AAS Decries Impact of Federal Travel Restrictions on Science

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) today expressed deep concern about the U.S. government’s new restrictions on travel and conference attendance for federally funded scientists. Enacted in response to the budget sequestration that went into effect on March 1st, the policies severely limit the ability of many researchers to meet with collaborators and to present their latest results at professional meetings.

American Astronomers Call on Congress to Support Investments in Research & Development

Fifteen members of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) traveled to Washington, DC to express the need for sustained and predictable federal funding of research and development (R&D) programs — including NASA, NSF, and the Department of Energy — which are critically important to American economic growth.

AAS Call to Action: Let Congress Hear Your Opinion on the Sequester: NDD Coalition Day of Action

Background

The AAS is a member of a coalition of 3,200 national organizations named NDD United. The coalition has worked actively to communicate to Congress that a balanced approach to deficit reduction is necessary and that significant cuts to the non-defense discretionary (NDD) portion of the federal budget called for by the 2011 balanced budget amendment in the form of a sequester would have wide-ranging and negative impacts. The sequester is scheduled to be implemented on March 1st.

AAS Names Dr. Joel Parriott New Director of Public Policy

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AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), the foremost professional organization for research astronomers in North America, is pleased to announce that Dr. Joel Parriott will take up duties as Director of Public Policy for the Society as of November 26, 2012.

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