AIP policy endorsements 2011-2012

STEM Education Coalition Letter

AIP and the American Physical Society endorsed a letter sent by the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Coalition to Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  The February 10, 2012 letter expressed concerns with HR 3989, the Student Success Act and HR 3990, the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act.  An FYI on this letter can be found here

GRANTS Act Letter

AIP and the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Astronomical Society, and the Optical Society signed a letter sent by the Coalition of National Science Funding to every member in the House of Representatives regarding the GRANT Act.  The GRANT Act, which requires the disclosure of peer reviewers, was passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on November 17, 2012.  An FYI on the letter can be found here

American Physical Society Letter Addressing Sequestration

APS along with AIP, AVS, the Optical Society, American Crystallographic Association, American Association of Physics Teachers, and American Association of Physicists in Medicine sent a letter to President Obama raising concerns about the effects of sequestration.  Information about that letter can be found here

Letter Addressing Office of Management and Budget Memo on Travel Restrictions

AIP along with the American Astronomical Society, AVS, and the American Association of Physics Teachers sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid on an Office of Management and Budget Memorandum addressing participation in conferences by federal employees.  An FYI on this letter and the implications of this Memorandum on the scientific community can be read here.

Shelby Amendment

AIP was asked to add itself to a list of organizations that supported an amendment to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.  The amendment restored the $50.7 million cut to the Math and Science Partnerships program in the FY 2013 appropriations bill. 

Bingaman Murkowski Amendment on Rare Earth Minerals

AIP was asked by APS to endorse a letter in support of the Bingaman-Murkowski substitute amendment to S. 1113, the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011.

CNSF Political Science Letter

The American Institute of Physics, American Astronomical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Physical Society, AVS, and the Optical Society endorsed a May 20, 2013 letter to Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.  The letter emphasizes that the National Science Foundation supports research in all scientific disciplines.  It also responds to recent issues regarding the merit review process.  An FYI on this letter can be found here.

CNSF Letter on FY 2013 Appropriations

The American Institute of Physics and four of its Member Societies – the American Astronomical Society, American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers and the Optical Society endorsed a letter written by the Coalition for National Science Funding rejecting attempts to reduce funding for the National Science Foundation in the FY 2013 budget.  An FYI on the letter can be found here.

OSTP White Paper

AIP along with AAPT and APS were asked by the Office of Science and Technology Policy to support the concept of a STEM Teacher Corps as outlined in a white paper which they circulated for signatures.  AIP, APS and AAPT added their name to a list that appeared in a cover page to the white paper that was sent to the President in March. 

Science Laureates Bill

The American Institute of Physics, AIP Publishing LLC, American Physical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers endorsed a bill circulated by the office of Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) which established a science laureate position to provide outreach and information to legislators, policy makers and the broader community.  HR 1891 was unfortunately stopped from coming to a vote in the House of Representatives but Representative Lofgren appreciated the support of the science policy community. 

Helium Letter

On September 10, 2013 120 organizations wrote to House and Senate leaders to secure the U.S. helium supply.  AIP along with the American Astronomical Society; American Physical Society; AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing; and the Optical Society signed onto the letter.

Competes Act Letter (AAU)

AIP along with the American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society, and the Optical Society endorsed an October 9 letter circulated by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the Association of American Universities.  The letter supported the passage of a strong Competes Act that sets science funding targets that call for real and sustained growth for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy Office of Science and the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy.  The letter is available online here.