The AAS Public Policy team uses the Policy Blog to communicate with the membership about current events in the science policy world. The blog is written by the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow.
NSF Announces Selection of Path Forward for Arecibo Observatory
16 Nov 2017
The National Science Foundation announces the selection of a plan to collaborate with interested parties to maintain science-focused operations at Arecibo Observatory with reduced agency funding.
AAS Policy Alert: Tax Reform Consequences for Higher Education
This Policy Alert shares time-sensitive information on the potential consequences of the current federal tax reform proposal on higher education, with particular implications for graduate students.
A Post-Hearing Status Update on the NASA Adminstrator
We take a look at last week's Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation public hearing, during which the potential next administrator of NASA, Rep. James Bridenstine (R-OK), responded to questions.
November Events in Astronomical Science Policy
Enjoy this new feature of the AAS Policy Blog, in which we share a list of upcoming events that fall under the realm of astronomical science policy.
NASA Responds to WFIRST Review
NASA officials have reviewed and responded to the independent review of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission, currently in Phase A and managed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
NSF Requests Concepts for Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Projects
The National Science Foundation is seeking community input on existing and future needs for mid-scale ($20-$100 million) research infrastructure projects. The deadline to respond is 8 December 2017.
JWST Launch Delayed, Will Remain Within Cost Cap
NASA announced on 28 September that the James Webb Space Telescope will launch between March and June 2019, several months later than the October 2018 target launch date.
Apply for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program will host a live, text-based chat on Thursday, 12 October, to answer final questions about the program before the 1 November application deadline.
A Letter to Congressional Leadership from AAS President on DACA
AAS President Christine Jones has sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging swift action on a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients.
NASA Administrator Nominee Responds to Senate Committee's Initial Questionnaire
Representative James "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK) is under consideration for the position of NASA administrator, and his responses to an initial questionnaire from the Senate are available to review.