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The US Departments of State and Commerce recently proposed changes to export control regulations covering optical equipment. AAS members are encouraged to comment. Deadline: 6 July 2015.
The US Departments of State and Commerce recently proposed changes to export control regulations covering optical equipment. Learn more at a 12 May webinar, and submit your comments by 6 July.
Sixteen AAS members traveled to Washington, DC, from 16 to 18 March to advocate for strong and sustained support for the astronomical sciences from Congress and the White House.
Please contact your member of the House of Representatives this week to ask them to sign two bipartisan letters in support of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.
The AAS Executive Committee is troubled by the lack of priority placed on scientific discovery in the president’s FY 2016 budget request, including a proposed 2% cut for the astronomical sciences.
Do you love writing, giving presentations, and meeting new people? Are you interested in a potential career in public policy? Then you should apply to be the AAS's next John Bahcall Fellow! Deadline: 31 March.
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.
Please email or call your Congressperson in the House of Representatives before May 28th to ask that he or she support increased funding for basic science research at NASA and NSF in the FY 2015 appropriations bill.
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:
Each year, the AAS participates in a Congressional Visits Day organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group. This event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year's event will take place 17-18 March 2015.
With Executive Officer Kevin Marvel on sabbatical, other managers on the AAS staff are taking turns writing this column. In this installment Joel Parriott, AAS Director of Public Policy, introduces Josh Shiode, our new John Bahcall Fellow.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) is the inaugural recipient of the new AAS Award for Public Service to the Astronomical Sciences, recently approved by the AAS Executive Committee.
The AAS needs members' help to convince Congress of the importance of astronomical research. Please get involved by signing up for our Communicating With Washington program. Deadline: 1 August 2013.
The Committee on Human Spaceflight invites interested individuals and groups to submit input papers describing their own ideas on the role of human spaceflight and their vision for a suggested future. Deadline: 9 July 2013.
The American Astronomical Society and its six divisions (Planetary Science, High Energy Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Dynamical Astronomy, Historical Astronomy, and Laboratory Astrophysics) are deeply concerned about the impact of the Administration’s new conference travel restrictions on the scientific productivity and careers of researchers who are Federal employees and contractors.
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.
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For an issue to become important in a Congressional office, approximately five letters must arrive in a given week. This number is a bit larger for Senatorial offices. When an AAS Action Alert is sent out, we have heard from Congressional offices that many hundreds of letters (from AAS members only in several cases) have convinced the member of Congress to take action on the issue.