This year CVD will be 17-18 March 2015. The AAS aims to select at least 15 volunteers to come to Washington, DC, to raise visibility and support for science. Sign-up deadline: 3 February 2015.
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Each year the AAS brings members to Washington, DC, for Congressional Visits Day (CVD). This event, organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG), gathers scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives in the nation’s capital to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year CVD will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 March 2015, with both days requiring full-day commitments, about 8 am to 6 pm. Sign-ups are open now through 5:00 pm EST on Tuesday, 3 February 2014.
Applications are now being accepted for the next AAS John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow. If you have, or will have, a PhD by Fall 2015 and are interested in science policy, you are encouraged to apply!
Lawmakers introduced a massive spending bill on 9 December; it would provide healthy increases to the science budgets at NASA and NSF and sufficient funding to Cosmic Frontier projects at the DOE Office of Science. UPDATE: The Congress has passed the measure, as of 13 December 2014, and the President is expected to sign.
The John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship was created in 2006 to provide an opportunity for early career astronomers to gain experience in the world of science policy and serves to augment the policy advocacy programs of the society. The Bahcall Fellowship is currently a one-year postdoctoral level appointment, renewable for a second year. Applications for the fellowship are now being accepted and will close 31 March 2015.
NASA's Science Mission Directorate has issued a draft Cooperative Agreement Notice for its future science-education activities and requests comments by 8 December. A final notice should be released in January 2015.
History: Established as Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy; merged with Committee on Communications to become Committee on Public Policy (June, 1982, 160th Meeting); present name adopted at 161st Meeting, Jan. 1983; committee reactivated (165th Meeting).
Members: Appointed by the AAS President with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Council Liaisons appointed by President, with approval of the Council; they serve ex-Officio.
The AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (CAPP) operates under the following guiding principles, updated in 2014.
The strategic plan for the AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy was last updated in August 2014 during the committee's strategic retreat.
Below is the current Congressional leave-behind flyer for 2014 highlighting planetary science programs and missions, including links that provide more information on the images and content shown.
A National Science Foundation committee has drafted a report advising the GEO directorate on goals and priorities for the next five years and invites comments from the community by Friday, 12 September.
With Congress now in week two of its five-week summer recess, here's an update on where things stand with the federal budgets for the next two fiscal years.
The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research program. Deadline: 24 September, 5:00 pm EST.
Consideration of the appropriations bill that funds NASA, NSF, and a host of other agencies broke down amid disagreements over potential amendments.
The House of Representatives passed their bill funding NASA and NSF on 30 May, with strong increases for research at both agencies. The Senate now looks to take up its version of the bill, which passed out of committee on 5 June.
Below is the Congressional leave-behind flyer for our the High Energy Astrophysics Division's Congressional Visits Day during the second quarter of 2014, including links that provide more information on the images and content shown.
Today brought much more detail on the proposal from the House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), as the subcommittee released the report that accompanies their bill in preparation for tomorrow's full committee markup. The report indicates the subcommittee's intent in passing the bill, detailing how they intend for the top-line numbers and other language in the bill to be interpreted by the relevant agencies.
The House of Representatives' appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over NASA and NSF released its proposal for FY 2015, with increases for science research accounts at both agencies. Next, the bill moves on for full committee consideration this Thursday 8 May.
Interested in hearing about science policy from your AAS Executive Office staff? The AAS will share expenses for a member of our policy staff to come out for a colloquium or more informal talk about science policy and our AAS advocacy efforts. Available for local talks are: