Apply for a AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology.

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Join ESEP

The Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition is an ad hoc alliance of organizations, including AAAS, that have joined together to empower scientists and engineers to effectively engage in the policy making process at all levels of government.

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Research Competitiveness Program

As the world's largest general scientific society, AAAS has a commitment to strengthening science, technology, mathematics, engineering (STEM) ecosystems. The Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) has worked for more than twenty years to provide strategic assessment, peer review, training, and programs for innovation and entrepreneurship for governments, universities, foundations, and other STEM organizations.

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Attend the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting

How can science help address the many divisions in our communities, in global society, and in science itself? Science plays a unique and important role in how people see and understand the world, and how lines and distinctions are drawn. At this Annual Meeting, we look for ways science is bringing together people, ideas, and solutions from across real and artificial borders, disciplines, sectors, ideologies, and traditions.

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Science and Education Groups Raise Concerns on Proposed Visa Policies

AAAS joined with 55 groups to voice concerns about proposed changes to U.S. visa policy via a public comment letter submitted to the U.S. Department of State. Read more on AAAS.org.

“Dear Assistant Secretary Risch,
We, the 55 undersigned organizations that, in turn, represent over 1.5 million members combined, write to express our concerns regarding the Notice of Proposed Information Collection…”

 

Check out AAAS’ statement on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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EPA Scientific Transparency Rule and Public Comment

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.

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AAAS Statement on Travel of Chinese Researchers to the United States

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)

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Science joint statement on recent EPA regulations

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.

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Proposed Changes to Nonimmigrant Visa Application

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.

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Become an On-call Scientist

Through On-call Scientists, the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program (SRHRL) seeks to encourage greater engagement of scientists, engineers, and health professionals in human rights efforts and to raise greater awareness within the human rights community of the specific tools, expertise, and other resources that these experts can bring to their work.

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