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.
Last Week in Review: 22-26 July 2019
30 Jul 2019
Not every week has a policy event as big as the first steering committee meeting for the Astro2020 decadal survey, but there were many smaller events of note last week. Here’s a summary.
AAS Public Policy Team Available for Fall Colloquia
29 July 2019
Invite the AAS policy staff for a colloquium or more informal talk in your college or university department about science policy this fall semester. The AAS will share expenses with your department.
The Question of Astronomy and Maunakea
24 July 2019
AAS President Megan Donahue offers some thoughts on the controversy over the future of telescopes atop Maunakea, Hawai‘i.
First Astro2020 Decadal Survey Steering Committee Meeting
18 Jul 2019
Here's a detailed report from our Bahcall Public Policy Fellow on the inaugural meeting of the Astro2020 steering committee, held in Washington, DC, 15-17 July 2019.
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.