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.
From Core Collapse to the Capitol
18 Jul 2019
Our new John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, Kelsie Krafton, is on the job in DC and looks forward to informing AAS members about changes in policy that affect the astronomical community.
Changes at the NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences
12 July 2019
Richard Green, Director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences, is stepping down in September. He'll be succeeded by his deputy, Ralph Gaume.
Watch Astro2020 Steering Committee Meeting No. 1
12 July 2019
The first Astro2020 steering committee meeting will take place 15-17 July 2019 at the Keck Center in Washington, DC. You are invited to watch the open sessions of the meeting remotely.
LSST May Be Renamed the Vera Rubin Survey Telescope
11 June 2019
Members of the House Science Committee have introduced a bill to rename the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope for Vera Rubin, a renowned astronomer and advocate for women in science.
AAS Issues Position Statement on Satellite Constellations
10 Jun 2019
In response to the launch by SpaceX of 60 Starlink satellites with plans for thousands more, the AAS Board of Trustees expresses concern over these satellites' potential to interfere with astronomical observations and...
23 May 2019
AAS President Megan Donahue and Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Chair Linda Spilker offer a message to members on the Trump Administration’s proposal to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.
Announcing the Astro2020 Steering Committee
20 May 2019
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have announced the members of the steering committee for the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, aka Astro2020.
Academies Weigh In on Science and Trust, Citizen Science
6 May 2019
The national science academies of the G7 countries jointly called for strategies to maintain trust in science and to maximize the benefits of citizen science in the Internet era.
Astro2020 Town Hall Webinar on April 17th
4 Apr 2019
The National Academies invite you to attend a town hall webinar on Wednesday, 17 April 2019, from 2 to 3 pm ET as part of the recently launched Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Who's Who in Space Sciences in the New Congress
19 March 2019
We identify who is set to play a prominent role in oversight of and legislation around the astronomical sciences at NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy (DOE).