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.
SpaceX Describes Efforts to Minimize Adverse Effects of Starlink Satellites on Astronomy
30 Apr 2020
Based on testimony to the Astro2020 Decadal Survey, SpaceX has posted a rather lengthy and detailed update on its efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of its Starlink satellite constellation on ground-based astronomy.
AAS Member Avi Loeb to Join White House Science Advisory Panel
22 Apr 2020
Abraham Loeb (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian) will be nominated to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
COVID-19 Response from NASA
7 Apr 2020
Looking for information regarding NASA's response to COVID-19? You can find some useful resources on this page.
President's FY 2021 Budget Request
3 Apr 2020
The Trump administration released the President's FY 2021 Budget Request on 10 February. Here we provide some detail about the funding for NASA, NSF, DOE, and NIST.
On the President's Budget Request for FY 2021
13 Feb 2020
AAS President Megan Donahue offers some thoughts on astronomically relevant sections of the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021.
IAU Issues Update on Satellite Constellations' Potential Impacts on Astronomy
12 Feb 2020
The International Astronomical Union summarizes our current understanding of the impacts that megaconstellations of communication satellites may have on astronomical observations and on the visual appearance of the night...
Symposium on the Future of US Science Policy Convenes on 26 February
6 Feb 2020
The National Academy of Sciences, Kavli Foundation, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will host a symposium in Washington, DC, to consider the future of science in the US and how it can best serve society. Attend in person...
February 2020 Events in Astronomical Science Policy
4 Feb 2020
Here is a look at astronomy-related policy events on the schedule for February 2020.
Progress Made Toward Priorities of 2013-2022 Heliophysics Decadal Survey
3 Feb 2020
Substantial progress has been made in implementing the programs recommended in the 2013 decadal survey on solar and space physics (heliophysics) despite a challenging budgetary landscape, says a new midterm assessment.
Call for Input: Astro2020 Panel on the State of the Profession and Societal Impacts
28 Jan 2020
The Panel on State of the Profession and Societal Impacts will gather information on the health and demographics of the astronomy and astrophysics community and make actionable suggestions to the Astro2020 committee...