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AAS Informational Email 2012-05

Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

Sign-Up Now For Communicating With Washington and Local Visits

Staff on Capitol Hill, the White House, and Congress often lament that they do not hear enough from scientists and researchers who depend on federally funded research on the importance of science and their research to the Nation. The challenge is to make communicating with Washington a part of every scientist's professional and academic career. The American Astronomical Society rises to this challenge by inviting you to volunteer for Communicating With Washington (CWW).

The Council of the AAS has allocated funds to enable AAS members to participate in Communicating With Washington. As a volunteer you will learn how to most effectively communicate with policy makers and travel to Washington, DC to meet with policy makers. The goal is to have one or two astronomers visit Washington every week that Congress is in session and, over the life of the program, to have astronomers visit every Congressional office, the Congressional science committee offices, and the White House.

All politics are local. Communicating With Washington will conduct regular visits to Washington, DC and local visits during the summer Congressional recess. The only difference between a regular CWW visit to Washington and a local visit is the day you volunteer to do your visits. If you prefer doing local visits because of time or travel constraints, please sign-up for CWW during the times of summer recess. Summer Congressional recess is from 6 August to 7 September 2012.

Our goal is to educate policy makers and ask for their support for the community-recommended priorities of the current and previous astronomical decadal surveys for astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, and heliophysics released by the National Research Council.

You can volunteer for the program at:

Sign-up now! Volunteer submissions ends this Friday, 25 May.

Mailed 22 May 2012