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 Congressional Visits Day (CVD) Goes Virtual
1 Oct 2020
Our annual members' visit to Capitol Hill had been planned for mid-March this year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic we postponed to September and decided to try a virtual CVD. It went reasonably well!
Repository on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education
30 Sep 2020
The Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education has released a repository of information on their efforts, along with an annual report on the Action Collaborative’s activities.
October 2020 Events in Astronomical Science Policy
30 Sep 2020
Here is a look at astronomy-related policy events on the schedule for October 2020.
Summary of CAPP COVID-19 Impacts Survey
23 Sep 2020
Back in May, the AAS's Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (CAPP) issued a survey to the AAS membership to evaluate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the survey results.
Action Alert: Support Research Relief Today and Tomorrow
8 Sep 2020
Today and tomorrow (8-9 September), we ask you to contact your congressional delegation via email and/or social media to encourage passage of the RISE Act authorization bill (H.R. 7308, S. 4286).
House Appropriations for FY 2021
22 Jul 2020
The House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittees met to finalize their fiscal year 2021 markups. Here are some details on the funding for NASA and other federal agencies that support the astronomical sciences.
Visa Policy Changes and the AAS
16 Jul 2020
US immigration and visa programs have been experiencing an accelerating crisis these past few weeks, and the AAS public policy team has been working, along with other professional societies, on these issues.
AAS President's Message on Visa Suspensions
8 Jul 2020
President Trump's 22 June proclamation that suspends various entry visas is devastating to many early career scientists, and the sentiment behind the order is deeply unsettling for all of us, writes Paula Szkody.
New National Science Foundation Director Confirmed by Congress
23 Jun 2020
Sethuraman Panchanathan has been officially confirmed as NSF's 15th director. He commits to a continued push for inclusiveness in science and engineering and to the advancement of world-leading fundamental research.
AAS Endorses #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia & #Strike4BlackLives
9 Jun 2020
The AAS encourages everyone in our community to make a lifelong commitment to action to eradicate anti-Black racism in the astronomical sciences and in academia and research more generally, beginning Wednesday, 10 June.