The AAS Public Policy team uses the Policy Blog to communicate with the membership about current events in the science policy world. Most policy blog posts are written by the John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow.
Free Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccine Communications
18 Dec 2020
How can scientists help build trust in COVID-19 vaccines? On 5 January 2021, the Society Civic Science Initiative will hold a free webinar, COVID-19 Vaccine Communications: Evidence-Based Recommendations. Register to...
Future of US Science Policy Discussed in New Publication
17 Dec 2020
The National Academy of Sciences has released the proceedings of a symposium that explored whether the modern research architecture that fuels US innovation needs to be reconfigured to meet the challenges of our time.
December 2020 Events in Astronomical Science Policy
9 Dec 2020
Here is a look at astronomy-related policy events on the schedule for December 2020.
AAS Message on Arecibo
3 Dec 2020
Arecibo Observatory's iconic 305-meter radio/radar telescope collapsed this week — a devastating loss for the scientific community and the people of Puerto Rico.
Apply for AAS Congressional Visits Day 2021
1 Dec 2020
The AAS Public Policy Department is now accepting applications for our annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD). Sign up for the virtual CVD by Friday 22 January 2021.
Information about Executive Order 13950
24 Nov 2020
An executive order issued on 22 Sep. to prevent and punish diversity training for federal agencies, federal contractors, and federal grant recipients is expected to be rescinded during the incoming Biden administration.
Senate Appropriations for FY 2021
19 Nov 2020
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittees have finalized their fiscal year 2021 appropriations. Here are some details on the funding for NASA and other federal agencies that support the astronomical sciences.
AAS Member to Serve on Biden-Harris NASA Review Team
11 Nov 2020
AAS member Jedidah Isler (Dartmouth College) has been named to the Biden-Harris NASA review team, which will work to understand the operations of the agency and help ensure a smooth transition to the new administration.
NASA Science to Host Community Town Hall
11 Nov 2020
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall with Thomas Zurbuchen and his leadership team on 17 November to discuss updates to NASA’s science programs and share the current status of activities.
November 2020 Events in Astronomical Science Policy
4 Nov 2020
Here is a look at astronomy-related policy events on the schedule for November 2020.