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Communicating With Washington

Staff on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in Congress often lament that they don't hear enough from scientists who depend on federal funding about the importance of their research to the nation. The AAS aims to help make communicating with Washington a part of every scientist’s professional and academic career.

Recent Policy Activity on James Webb Space Telescope and Pu-238

Subject: Recent Policy Activity on James Webb Space Telescope and Pu-238

Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow and Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Summary

Two important FY 2012 appropriations bills for astronomy and astrophysics have been working their way through the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill:

House Approved Energy and Water Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 2354) on July 15, 2011, which provides annual funding for Dept. of Energy Office of Science and Nuclear Energy.

AAS Releases Statement on Proposed Cancellation of the James Webb Space Telescope

AAS Informational Email 2011-08

Subject: AAS Releases Statement on Proposed Cancellation of the James Webb Space Telescope

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

The AAS Executive Committee has released the following statement related to the proposed cancellation of the James Web Space Telescope.

American Astronomical Society Statement on the James Webb Space Telescope
Adopted 7 July 2011

AAS Issues Statement on Proposed Cancellation of James Webb Space Telescope

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) today issued a strong statement protesting yesterday’s proposal from the House Appropriations Committee to cancel the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Hubble’s successor and the centerpiece of U.S. space astronomy for the next two decades. “The proposed cancellation of JWST is a bad idea,” says AAS Executive Officer Dr. Kevin B. Marvel. “Several billion dollars have already been spent developing new cutting-edge technology, and the last thing the American people want is for Congress to throw good money away. The U.S. will rightly be proud of the accomplishments of JWST, but first we need to finish it and launch it.”

President Elmegreen Testifies Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee

AAS Informational Email 2011-04

Subject: President Elmegreen Testifies Before the House Appropriations
Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer
&
Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

The AAS regularly provides testimony to Congressional committees that have direct impact on astronomy and astrophysics. Typically, this testimony takes the form of submitted written remarks, which are considered by the committees as they pursue their legislative activities.

Bay Area AAS Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting

AAS Informational Email 2010-14

Subject: Bay Area AAS Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting

All AAS members in CA, NV and OR are advised that a Bay Area AAS Decadal SurveyTown Hall will be held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley on 29 November from 1pm to 4pm.

This special Town Hall, hosted by Imke de Pater and the UC Berkeley has an exciting range of speakers and there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Don't miss this unique opportunity to delve deeply into the recommendations of Astro2010.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting

AAS Informational Email 2010-11

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting
29 November 2010
12:30pm-4:00pm (Session begins at 1:00pm), refreshments provided.
University of California, Berkeley
Location on the Berkeley campus: TBA
Scientific Organizing Committee: Imke de Pater, University of California, Berkeley (Chair) Roger Blanford, Stanford University Michael Levy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contact Barbara Hoversten (bhovers at astro.berkeley.edu) with any questions

Correction to October Electronic Alerts

AAS Informational Email 2010-10

Subject: Correction to October Electronic Alerts

The following items were inadvertently left out of the October Electronic Announcement and we are forwarding them to the membership due to time-critical content.

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer
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REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY INPUT FOR THE SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS DECADAL SURVEY

Deadline for Submission: 12 November 2010

More Decadal Survey Town Halls

AAS Informational Email 2010-6: More Decadal Survey Town Halls
Debra M. Elmegreen, President
Subject: Next round of AAS Decadal Survey Town Halls

As noted last week, to foster community understanding of and support for the recommendations of the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons," the AAS has coordinated a series of Town Halls with regional hosts so that a Decadal Survey member can present the results in a forum that enables questions and discussion at the individual level.

Scheduled Town Halls include:

Special Decadal Survey Town Hall Notice

AAS Informational Email 2010-5.1: Special Decadal Survey Town Hall Notice

Debra M. Elmegreen, President

Subject: First AAS Decadal Survey Town Hall to be held Thursday, September 2 in Washington, DC

To foster community understanding of and support for the recommendations of the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons," the AAS has coordinated a series of Town Halls with regional hosts so that a Decadal Survey member can present the results in a forum that enables questions and discussion at the individual level.

American Astronomical Society Endorses Astro2010 Decadal Survey

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America, today endorsed the decadal survey recommending priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the next 10 years in astronomy and astrophysics. These include a balance of small, medium, and large initiatives, with ground- and space-based telescopes across the electromagnetic spectrum. The report of the Astro2010 Survey Committee, more than two years in the making, was released this morning during a briefing and webcast at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC.

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