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.
Final FY 2023 Appropriations Underwhelming Support for Science
23 Dec 2022
Congress passed the final appropriations bill on 23 December 2022, and the president signed it into law on 29 December 2022. Here are some details on the funding for NSF and NASA.
A Farewell from the Outgoing John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
2 Nov 2022
A brief farewell address from Julie Davis, the outgoing John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow.
Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy Working to Modernize Guiding Principles
1 Nov 2022
The Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy held a retreat in early October, where they worked to reevaluate their guiding principles to better address the scope of concerns from our membership.
Applications Now Open for the Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship
1 Nov 2022
The AAS is seeking qualified scientists to apply to be the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow. Apply now if you are interested in the intersection of science, policy, and the astronomical sciences.
A New Stewardship Paradigm for Maunakea
22 Aug 2022
In this guest blog post, Chief Scientist of W.M. Keck Observatory John O'Meara explains recently passed legislation in Hawaiʻi establishing a new governance body for Maunakea.
Making the Case for the Future of Astronomy
8 Aug 2022
AAS member Yaswant Devarakonda shares his experiences meeting with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and others as part of an advocacy day based on the JWST image release celebrations.
FY2023 Senate Appropriations and Outlook for Astronomy Funding
30 Jul 2022
In this policy blog post we will discuss the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill from the Senate and briefly compare to the House bills to understand what funding might be available for astronomy in...
AAS Applauds Congress on the Passage of US Competitiveness Legislation
29 Jul 2022
American Astronomical Society (AAS) Executive Officer Kevin B. Marvel today released a statement on the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act.
CHIPS and Science: A Massive Investment in Federal Science
26 Jul 2022
Over the last two years, you may have heard in the news about big legislative packages for funding science. The Endless Frontier Act, America COMPETES, USICA, CHIPS? In this policy blog post, we cover the long road that...
Leveraging JWST’s Success to Advocate for the Future: A Round-Up and Analysis of the Image Release Week
15 Jul 2022
While we were collectively nerding out over JWST images, lots of important science policy work was also taking place. In this policy blog post we discuss the political side of release week events, and what your public...