As reported in this week's AAAS Policy Alert 5-1-18.pdf, the Environmental Protection Agency recently posted in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed rule that would require the EPA “to ensure that the regulatory science underlying its action is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.” The agency is proposing that data, associated protocols, computer codes and models, recorded factual materials, and “detailed descriptions of how to access and use such information” be publicly available for it to be utilized in EPA policies and regulations. The proposed rule notes that information made public must be “consistent with law” and should protect privacy, national and homeland security interests and confidential business information. AAAS CEO Rush Holt issued a statement expressing concern that this “proposal appears to be an attempt to remove valid and relevant scientific evidence from the rule-making process.” In addition, the journal Science, along with other scholarly journals, issued a statement in response to Administrator Pruitt’s assertion that the proposed EPA policy reflects the standards of peer-reviewed scientific journals. Public comments are due May 30, 2018, and AAAS encourages its members to review the proposal and submit comments as appropriate.Read More
AAAS Statement on Travel of Chinese Researchers to the United States
“Scientific progress depends on openness, transparency and the free flow of ideas; these principles have helped the United States to attract and benefit from international scientific talent. Students and scientists from other countries strengthen U.S. innovation. We are concerned about news reports that the U.S. administration is considering further restrictions on visas that could limit the travel of Chinese students and scholars from China to the United States. To remain the world leader in advancing scientific knowledge and innovation while ensuring national security, the U.S. science and technology enterprise must continue to capitalize on the international and multicultural environment within which it operates. We strongly recommend that the administration work with the scientific community to assess and develop potential policy actions that advance our nation’s prosperity. Where specific and confirmed espionage is occurring, action must be taken, but obstructing scientific exchange based on non-specific concerns that could be applied to broad swaths of people is ill-conceived and damaging to American interests.”
– Rush Holt, chief executive officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)Read More
We are writing in response to a proposed rule announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 24 April 2018 press release (1). The release reads, “The rule will ensure that the regulatory science underlying Agency actions is fully transparent, and that underlying scientific information is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.”
Data sharing is a feature that contributes to the robustness of published scientific results. Many peer-reviewed scientific journals have recently adopted policies that support data sharing, consistent with the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) standards. These standards, however, recognize the array of workflows across scientific fields and make the case for data sharing at different levels of stringency; in not every case can all data be fully shared. Exceptional circumstances, where data cannot be shared openly with all, include data sets featuring personal identifiers.Read More
“We are very concerned with recent news reports that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has sent a proposed rule to the White House to soon end the use of scientific studies that have underlying data that is not publicly available…”Read More
Asking someone to participate in science advocacy is either met with an enthusiastic smile, a blank stare, or a hard grimace. While some scientists wholeheartedly consider themselves advocates, others are hesitant to identify that way. Just as many people might think all scientists wear white coats and have wild hair, we might think of the stereotypical advocate as someone who is always lobbying on Capitol Hill. But just as scientists are fighting to show diversity in the definition of scientist, we should also be expanding the definition of advocate.Read More
When scientists deliver talks to middle and high school students for AAAS’ Classroom Science Days, everyone learns something, students and scientists alike.
This year’s event, which took place in Texas in February in conjunction with the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, brought 32 scientists into middle and high school classrooms across Austin, Dallas and Houston reaching more than 5,000 students – a significant jump from the 20 scientists who participated in Boston in 2017.
The goals of the 25-year-old program are multi-faceted, said AAAS Project Director Rebekah Corlew. One aspect of Classroom Science Days is to connect underserved students with practicing scientists. Meeting scientists – and learning about their successes and struggles – can help students see themselves as future scientists, Corlew said.Read More
Science enthusiasts gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 14th, joined by supporters at some 230 satellite rallies in towns and cities across the globe for what was an endorsement of scientific evidence and a celebration of its discoveries.Read More
on March 30, the Department of State published a proposal in the Federal Register to change the Nonimmigrant Visa (DS-160) application to include information on social media platforms utilized by the applicant going back five years. The request raises some concerns including how to address simple errors versus misrepresentation of information. AAAS commented on a previous proposal to gather such information last year. The deadline to submit comments is May 29.Read More
If you’re headed to Washington, DC for the March for Science, please stop by AAAS HQ at 1200 New York Avenue, NW.Read More
“The scientific community is over the moon with the bipartisan omnibus bill in Congress that significantly increases funding for research and development.Read More
While our nation considers how to address gun violence, it is important to remember that scientific research can help us understand risk factors and the impacts of gun policy interventions at federal, state and local levels,” said Rush Holt, chief executive officer of AAAS, in a March 13 letter sent to President Donald Trump and congressional leadership.Read More
On-call Scientists connects scientists, engineers, and health professionals interested in volunteering their skills and knowledge with human rights organizations that are in need of technical expertise. Find out more!Read More
The American Association for the Advancement of Science took another step toward clarifying the meaning of the human right “to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications” and assisting in the eventual implementation of a right that the AAAAS Board of Directors has endorsed as central to its mission.Read More
A major goal of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program is to grow a network of scientists, public communicators, organizations and faith communities who are interested in constructive dialogue and engagement on science and society topics.
Interested in joining the network? Learn more!Read More
We welcome the bipartisan budget agreement to raise defense and non-defense discretionary spending caps for two years.... - Rush Holt , chief executive officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).Read More
Our economy depends on innovation, science and technologyRead More