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.
AAS Member Appointed to the National Science Board
19 Jan 2021
AAS member Matthew Malkan (University of California, Los Angeles) has joined the governing body of the National Science Foundation and will advise Congress and the new administration on issues in science and engineering....
Applications Now Open for the 2021 Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship
7 Jan 2021
Do you love writing, giving talks, and meeting new people? Are you interested in a career in science policy? Then you should apply to be the AAS's next John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow! Deadline: 1 March.
January 2021 Events in Astronomical Science Policy
5 Jan 2021
Happy New Year! Here is a look at astronomy-related policy events on the schedule for January 2021.
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and punish diversity training for federal agencies, federal contractors, and federal grant recipients is expected to be rescinded during the incoming Biden administration.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.