Barely a month into her two-year term as AAS President, Christine Jones (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) was invited to testify to the US Congress on astronomy's contributions to science, technology, and education.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the AAS a grant of $450,000 to enable researchers to discover and cite scientific software, track its use and impact, and preserve it for reuse and posterity.
AAS Nova, a 10-month-old website featuring research highlights from the Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), won “Best Health / Education News Site” at the Drum Online Media Awards on 7 June 2016. AAS Nova is a joint project of the AAS and IOP Publishing.
At its 228th meeting now under way in San Diego, California, the American Astronomical Society announced that it will begin sponsoring Astrobites, the widely acclaimed daily blog, written by graduate students in astronomy, that summarizes one astro-ph preprint briefly each day in a format accessible to undergraduates.
Seventeen AAS members traveled to Washington, DC, on 16 March 2016 to thank members of Congress for supporting research and development in the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus appropriations and to ask for continued support in FY 2017 and beyond.