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A digest of the latest opportunities in science policy from around the web, such as open positions on advisory committees, calls for information, fellowships, jobs, and internships.

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NSF Seeking Director for Computing Directorate

The National Science Foundation has launched a search for the next director of its Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, which oversees an annual budget of nearly $1 billion. NSF is seeking individuals with a “deep sense of scholarship; and a grasp of the issues facing the computer and information sciences, especially in the areas of education and fundamental research, as well as in advanced cyberinfrastructure.” Recommendations are due April 5.

April 5, 2019

AMS Summer Policy Colloquium Registration Open

Registration for the American Meteorological Society’s Summer Policy Colloquium is now open. Held from June 2-11 in Washington, D.C., the workshop offers graduate students, faculty, and professionals in the field of earth and atmospheric sciences an opportunity to learn about the policy process. Graduate students can apply for National Science Foundation funding to attend the colloquium. These applications are due March 15.

March 15, 2019

Plasma Science Decadal Survey Extends Call for White Papers

The National Academies has extended a call for white papers from both U.S. and international researchers to inform a decadal survey of plasma science that launched in October. Known as Plasma 2020, the study will assess recent progress in the field and identify promising avenues for research in the coming ten years. The study committee anticipates the white papers will be a major source of input. 

March 8, 2019

American Geoscience Institute Hiring Summer Interns

The American Geoscience Institute is accepting applications for its summer policy internship programs. Applicants must be undergraduate or early-stage graduate students in the geosciences or a geo-related engineering field.

March 1, 2019

AMS Washington Forum Registration Open

The American Meteorological Society is holding its Washington Forum in D.C. on March 27 through 29. The annual event brings together scientists and top federal officials to discuss policy issues related to the weather, water, and climate sciences. This year’s forum includes sessions on hurricane resiliency, the value of weather information, “smart farming,” and applications of artificial intelligence in the weather industry.

ITIF Seeking Energy Innovation Policy Analyst

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is hiring a senior policy analyst for its clean energy innovation program. The analyst will assess policies that “have the potential to influence the national and global transition to a low-carbon energy system, such as research, development, and demonstration funding, taxation, and regulation.” Applicants must have a graduate degree in a relevant field and at least three years of relevant experience.

Knauss Ocean Policy Fellowship Accepting Applications

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship is accepting applications for the 2020 program cycle. The fellowship places graduate students with an interest in oceans policy in legislative or executive branch offices for a one year term in Washington, D.C. Applications for the state Sea Grant program are due Feb. 22.

February 22, 2019

NSF Earth Sciences Decadal Survey Seeking Input

A National Academies committee conducting a decadal survey for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences is seeking input on research and infrastructure priorities for the coming decade.

March 1, 2019

Astro2020 White Paper Deadline Extended

The co-chairs of the upcoming decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics (Astro2020) have extended the deadline to submit science white papers to March 11 because of the government shutdown. The co-chairs announced that this is the final date to provide scientific input, even if another government shutdown occurs. They are also continuing to accept nominations for the survey committee and panels until Feb. 5.

March 11, 2019

Science Debate Awarding Science Policy ‘Mini-grants’

Science Debate, a non-profit organization, is accepting proposals for small projects that promote discussion of science policy by 2020 presidential candidates. Proposals will be reviewed as they are received through Feb. 28.

February 28, 2019