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.
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and punish diversity training for federal agencies, federal contractors, and federal grant recipients is expected to be rescinded during the incoming Biden administration.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.
Action Alert: Take a Stand on Proposed Regulation to Limit Duration of International Student Visas
22 Oct 2020
We ask you to take a stand on the proposed regulation to limit the duration of international student visas and make your voice heard by 26 October. And remember to vote on 3 November.
National Academies Issue Report on Strengthening Sustainability Programs
13 Oct 2020
Colleges and universities should embrace sustainability education as a vital field that requires tailored educational experiences delivered through courses, majors, minors, and research and graduate degrees.
Take the AAS COVID-19 Impacts Survey
12 Oct 2020
The AAS's Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy issued a survey to the AAS membership to evaluate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic in May. We now have a second round of the survey as the pandemic continues to spread...
First Open Sessions of the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032
6 Oct 2020
The AAS Public Policy team virtually attended the first open sessions of the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 last week. Here is a recap of those sessions.