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June Events in Astronomical Science Policy

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 06:30

Welcome to the June 2018 monthly event roundup of the AAS Policy Blog, in which we share a list of events that fall under the umbrella of astronomical science — i.e., astrophysics, planetary science, and/or heliophysics — policy. Events might be congressional hearings, advisory committee meetings, Capitol Hill briefings, networking opportunities, and/or public lectures. Most events occur here in Washington, DC are open to the public, and/or will be live streamed. Some may require advanced registration for in-person attendance (either for security or capacity reasons), and we try to note that in the listing. If an event is on this calendar, someone from the AAS Public Policy team will likely be in attendance, so come say hello!

Other relevant policy event calendars:

Sometimes events are announced on timescales shorter than one month; we will update this post whenever we have something new to add. Please email us if you have a correction or an event that you think should be included in this roundup.

Beyond the events highlighted below, there are some other notable deadlines/important milestones coming up this month:

  • 14/15 June: Tentative ICON launch date. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer, a NASA Heliophysics Explorer mission is scheduled to launch June 15, 2018, from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands (June 14 in the continental United States).
  • 3 − 7 June: AAS 232. The summer 2018 meeting of the AAS will take place in Denver, Colorado. See our blog post highlighting the policy-related events at the meeting.

June 2018 Events

All times Eastern (ET) unless otherwise noted.

Space, the Next Frontier
National Symphony Orchestra Pops

1 & 2 June (Friday − Saturday)
8:00 pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC

Join the NSO for a celebration of NASA’s 60th anniversary, featuring music inspired by space and special guests including will.i.am, Michael Giacchino, Grace Potter, Coheed & Cambria, John Cho, and Nick Sagan. Astronomy a capella group, The Chromatics, will perform on the Millenium Stage before the show at 6:00 pm.

Details and tickets


Congressional Hearing: Examining the Future of the International Space Station: Stakeholder Perspectives
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

6 June (Wednesday)
2:30 pm
253 Russell Senate Office Building

Details and webcast


Science Policy Happy Hour
Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP)

7 June (Thursday)
5:30 pm − 7:30 pm
Rocket Bar
714 7th Street NW
Washington, DC

Details and future ESEP events


Congressional Briefing: Space Traffic Management & Enabling Sustainable Commercial Development of Space
Secure World Foundation

11 June (Monday)
11:30 am − 1:30 pm
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Details and registration


Report Release: Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia Study Committee
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM)
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

12 June (Tuesday)
11:00 am − 12:30 pm
Lecture Room, NASEM
2101 Constitution Avenue NW

Details, registration for in-person attendance, and webcast


Congressional Markup: FY19 Commerce, Science, and Justice Spending Bill
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science

12 June (Tuesday)
2:30 pm
192 Dirsken Senate Office Building

Details and webcast (audio only)


Going Out with a Bang: How to Make Gold and Gravitational Waves from Exploding Stars
Space on the Hill
AAS and SAO

13 June (Wednesday)
9:30 am
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Briefing details and registration


Dreaming Big... Innovations in Space
General John E. Hyten
John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History
National Air and Space Museum

13 June (Wednesday)
8:00 pm
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC

Free, but tickets are required. Details, tickets, and webcast


Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG)
Planetary Science Division, NASA

13 − 14 June (Wednesday − Thursday)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Details, registration, and agenda


Congressional Markup: FY19 Commerce, Science, and Justice Spending Bill (and others)
Senate Appropriations Committee

14 June (Thursday)
10:30 am
102 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Details and webcast (audio only)

NASA Cost and Schedule Overruns: Acquisition and Program Management Challenges
Subcommittee on Space
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

14 June (Thursday)
10:00 am
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Details and webcast


The Historical Quest to See to the End of the Universe… Or Its Beginning
Robert Smith
Exploring Space Lectures
National Air and Space Museum

20 June (Wednesday)
8:00 pm
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC

Free, but tickets are required. Details, tickets, and webcast


Forum on Science and Technology Policy
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

21 − 22 June (Thursday − Friday)
AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Ave NW

Details and registration


Discussion and Responses to the Report on Sexual Harassment of Women
Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia Study Committee
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM)
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

26 June (Tuesday)
9:00 am − 3:15 pm
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way
Irvine, CA

Details, registration for in-person attendance, and webcast


Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
NASA, NSF, and DOE SC

27 June (Wednesday)
Teleconference

Details and agenda


The New Space Age: A Conversation with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
Politico Live

27 June (Wednesday)
6:15 pm
The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Details and registration


Ashlee N. Wilkins
John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
American Astronomical Society (AAS)
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