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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.

July 22, 2020

In the midst of a national reckoning over systemic racism and police violence, the physical sciences community is searching for ways to deepen its efforts to make physics more inclusive and equitable.  

July 10, 2020

Universities are suing to block a new policy by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would force international students to leave the country if they can only take online classes in the fall. Together with scientific societies, they have warned the policy could have catastrophic effects on the U.S. higher education system and the lives of countless students.

July 7, 2020

A bipartisan group of 16 lawmakers has introduced legislation that aims to guard against rival governments exploiting the U.S. research system. The bill has met with mixed reactions in the academic community, with some arguing the scope of certain provisions could have a chilling effect on international exchanges.

May 22, 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.

April 21, 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.

March 3, 2020

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

January 15, 2020

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

January 8, 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.

December 20, 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.

December 6, 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.

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