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Decadal Survey Update 1 — Chair's Bulletin

Decadal Survey Update 1
American Astronomical Society

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

The following is the first in a new series of special Decadal Update emails, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

This Chair's bulletin can also be viewed online, in PDF format, at the Astro2010 web site: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Chairs_Bulletin_13Jan09.pdf

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Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Committee Named

AAS Informational Email 2008-16

Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Committee Named

The membership of the NRC's ASTRO2010 committee, otherwise known as the Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics has been announced. Comments on the membership can be submitted for the next 20 days via the NRC web page http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48964. The committee's first meeting will be on December 5th and 6th in Washington DC. Information on the agenda is available on the same web page.

The members are:

Committee on ASTRO2010

NASA Conference Funding

Informational Email 2008-15 - NASA Conference Funding
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

HR 6063, the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, was amended and passed by the Senate by unanimous consent on September 25, and subsequently passed the house on September 27. It was signed by the president in early October. The Senate added, at the request of Senator Tom Coburn's office (R-OK), the following text:

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SEC. 1121. LIMITATION ON FUNDING FOR CONFERENCES.

Decadal Surveys

Once every ten years, the astronomical communities gather panels of experts to set community-wide priorities for the coming decade. The most recent surveys were completed between 2010 and 2013.

Special Announcement from NASA and DOE regarding JDEM

Special Announcement from NASA and DOE regarding JDEM

(note: This special informational email is being sent out at the request of NASA and DOE to the AAS membership because of its importance to our community. We were unable to distribute it in our normal Electronic Alert, but felt that its importance required an additional message. Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer)

Joint Dark Energy Mission Public Website and Science Coordination Group

AAS Informational Email 2008-10

AAS Informational Email 2008-10
Marcos Huerta, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

Last week, the House of Representatives and the White House reached a compromise supplemental funding bill that includes money for science. If this becomes law, it is a major victory for science groups, as the debate about the supplemental has focused on a variety of issues including education benefits for veterans, general controversy surrounding war funding, and presidential veto threats over the amount of domestic spending in the bill.

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