On October 1, 2013, the federal government shut down as the two chambers of Congress failed to pass even a short-term spending bill for fiscal year 2014, which started that day. We are collecting your stories to use, anonymously, in a letter to lawmakers.
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At the Golden Goose Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, a cadre of researchers were recognized for seemingly obscure basic research that has reaped huge and wholly unexpected rewards in societal applications.
Josh Shiode, the AAS's incoming John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, blogs about his somewhat meandering journey from research scientist to policy wonk.
Local visits with your member of Congress can have a more profound impact then visiting them at Capitol Hill. A local visit with your member of Congress is when you schedule an appointment with him or her during Congressional recess when they are back in their state. Please consider scheduling a meeting with your member of Congress.
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.
This example of a phone conversation assumes an astronomer is calling a Congressperson's office about a letter sponsored by two Congressmen and being sent to the House leadership.
List of Agencies, Advisors, and Policy Makers involved in funding astronomy.
Contains information on the US government budget cycles and the astronomical sciences' place in them.
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.
Resources for Contacting Congress including tools to find the name of your Representative and Senator(s), tips on how to structure a letter,a personal visit, or a phone call and how to schedule a visit.
Get up-to-date contact information for your Representatives and Senators. Use the Congress Merge database to search for members of Congress
The John 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.