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.
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.
Back-to-Back NASA Town Halls: Before and During AAS 236
5 Jun 2020
NASA's Science Mission Directorate gave us a plethora of news with virtual two town halls, less than a week apart, offering COVID-19 updates and the big announcement of its science plan for the next five years.
AAS President Calls on All Members to Support Black Americans Now
2 Jun 2020
Megan Donahue comments on the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor and reaffirms the Society's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to AAS members who are marginalized.
NASA Science 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence
29 May 2020
Members of the science community are invited to download a PDF of the NASA Science Mission Directorate's newest version of its science plan for the next five years.
AAS Resources during the Coronavirus Pandemic
21 May 2020
In this challenging time of anxiety about COVID-19 and how it’s changing our lives, we want to share the resources available to the astronomy community.
New Report Shows Americans Continue to Value Science
19 May 2020
When it comes to Americans’ confidence in institutional leaders, scientists can feel good about their track record, according to a new report from the National Science Board.