AAAS Books Promote Public Policy Partnerships

Researchers searching for ways to influence U.S. science policy—and to prevent crippling cuts to the federal R&D budget—must learn how to cooperate with Congress to become effective advocates, according to a new guide published by AAAS.

Working with Congress: A Scientist’s Guide to Policy, produced by AAAS’s Office of Government Relations, provides detailed information on congressional procedures and history. Now in its third edition, the guide emphasizes practical advice on developing and maintaining influential relationships with lawmakers and their staff, and how technology and social media in particular are changing communications with policy-makers.

“With Congress looking for ways to reduce the deficit by decreasing discretionary spending, now more than ever it is critical for scientists to communicate to policy-makers on why R&D is a crucial investment and why their research matters,” said Joanne Carney, AAAS’s government relations director.

Two other recent publications examine the intersection between public policy and science education:

Measuring Diversity: An Evaluation Guide for STEM Graduate Program Leaders was developed by AAAS Education and Human Resources and the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. The guide is a resource for universities to evaluate their programs to recruit and retain minority graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Role of Public Policy in K-12 Science Education explores the influence of science education researchers on federal, state, and local education policy. Edited by George DeBoer, deputy director of AAAS’s Project 2061 science literacy initiative, the volume also discusses the role of policy-makers in developing science curricula.

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