AAAS Fellow William Colglazier appointed to new UN advisory committee AAAS Fellow William Colglazier appointed to new UN advisory committee Thursday, January 28, 2016 AAAS Fellow William Colglazier has been appointed to a new United Nations advisory committee, the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The 10-member group will support the creation and use of innovative technologies for achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, which seeks to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. The Markup: The omnibus spending bill for FY 2016 Podcast January 11, 2016 - 1:00pm - 1:16pm Back in December, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law. It was good news for research and development appropriations as most science agencies saw their funding boosted back to pre-sequestration budget levels, even adjusted for inflation. In the latest edition of The Markup with Matt Hourihan, AAAS’s lead R&D budget analyst reviews expenditures for FY 2016 and highlights some of the big winners; NASA, NIH, and more! Science relaunches website Science relaunches website Tuesday, January 12, 2016, AAAS's online flagship journal, Science, has a brand new look that incorporates many new features as well as existing online elements from the more recent journals in the Science family. The site rolled over on Tuesday, around 1:00 p.m. House subcommittee discusses the future of biotech Capitol Connection December 14, 2015 The use of biotechnology to grow food and manufacture products is rapidly expanding, fueled by recent advances in gene sequencing and editing. But federal regulations and support have not kept pace. What rules should govern how biotech products move from the lab to the marketplace? How can the United States remain competitive? NextGen VOICES survey NextGen VOICES survey: How do political priorities affect your ability to do or communicate science? Thursday, October 22, 2015 Answer our latest NextGen VOICES survey and get featured in Science: How do political priorities (or political sensitivities to particular groups) affect your ability to do or communicate science? AAAS CEO Rush Holt at the AAAS Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta AAAS Town Hall Meeting seeks input on how association can better serve society Thursday, October 1, 2015 AAAS CEO Rush Holt met with AAAS members, donors, and others in Atlanta, Georgia to seek input on how the association can better serve society and become a more effective advocate for the scientific community. Capitol Connection blog A data challenge for materials science Capitol Connection September 28, 2015 Spurred by a 2013 White House memo, federal science agencies are requiring researchers to make more and more of their data publicly available. The scientific value of these data sets remains uncertain, however. Are there discoveries sitting out in the open, waiting for someone with the right set of analysis tools to dig them out? S&T policy fellowships for faculty and mid-career professionals Podcast September 17, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Are you interested in expanding your science policy resources and networks? Considering a sabbatical year opportunity that will give you hands-on federal policy experience?  Watch this webinar and learn more about the fellowships. The Markup: Appropriations cycle update and review Podcast August 13, 2015 - 2:00pm - 2:18pm Summer break is now officially under way for the House, with lawmakers expected to be out until September 8. In the latest edition of The Markup with Matt Hourihan, AAAS’s lead R&D budget analyst takes a look at how science has fared in the appropriations cycle so far. Hourihan reviews funding priorities in the president's budget, where things stand with appropriations, and what to expect when Congress returns after their 5-week break. A tribute to the late AAAS Fellow John 'Jack' Gibbons A tribute to the late OTA director John 'Jack' Gibbons Capitol Connection August 4, 2015 There once was an independent bicameral agency of the U.S. Congress that supplied expert analysis of legislation affecting, and affected by, science and technology. This think tank was known as the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). It responded to requests by committees, not individual members of Congress, and its 12-person board comprised of six from each house, spread across the ideological spectrum (Hatch to Kennedy), and operated in a most nonpartisan way.