Policy Blog

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.

Where Did the $30 Million For Astronomy Go?

8 May 2023
The National Science Foundation's Astronomy Division seems to be missing the $30 million that Congress directed to support astronomy facilities. The funding must be in NSF budget somewhere, but not where we expected.

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.