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Scientific Societies

FYI is supported by the American Institute of Physics, a federation of 10 scientific societies. FYI covers issues of special concern to these societies and their positions on select issues as well as the activities of other major scientific societies.

22 May 2020

Responses to the White House’s request for input on options for increasing public access to research outputs run the gamut from denouncing the prospect of government intervention in the publishing sector to calling for a new paradigm that offers immediate free access to papers.

21 Apr 2020

Scientific societies and university associations have proposed emergency measures to address disruptions to the research enterprise from the coronavirus pandemic, hoping Congress will include them in its next broad relief package.

3 Mar 2020

The last-minute decision has attendees scrambling to reschedule travel, get refunds, and find alternative ways to network and share their research.

15 Jan 2020

FYI presents its annual list of 10 science policy stories to watch in the year ahead.

8 Jan 2020

The American Geophysical Union has revised its position statement on climate change to declare that the situation represents a “crisis.” It has also submitted input to the House Climate Crisis Committee, which plans to make legislative recommendations this spring.

20 Dec 2019

Scientific societies and commercial journal publishers are urging President Trump to abandon a potential executive order that would mandate immediate free release of publications resulting from federally sponsored research.

6 Dec 2019

Ways to increase public trust in science through improved communication were explored this week at a conference convened by the MIT Technology Review. National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt delivered a keynote address on ways researchers can better signal to the public what features of science build trust in individual studies.

9 Jan 2019

Recently enacted legislation provides new congressional backing for the nation’s earthquake monitoring and drought information systems. Though Congress did not pass other bills supporting volcano and landslide monitoring before it adjourned, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has indicated she remains committed to working on them and has identified climate change as a hazard that also warrants action.

3 Oct 2018

Amid increasing calls for action from within the scientific community and Congress, some federal agencies and scientific societies have advanced new initiatives to combat sexual harassment in the sciences. 

27 Aug 2018

The National Academies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate is seeking to conduct a study that articulates a vision for the future of the U.S. weather enterprise over the next 10 to 25 years.