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Science Policy Updates

Looking for highlights from this week in science policy? This page features selections from the AAAS Policy Alert, a weekly e-newsletter which provides an inside look at policies affecting science and technology and the S&T community to AAAS members. AAAS members may sign up to receive the alert on their AAAS Profile in the Contact Preferences Section.


Policy Alert

May 4, 2021


Last week, applications opened for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF). The STPF program provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn firsthand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C. Are you ready to advance your career in science policy? Click here to learn more about the fellowship and application process.



The U.S. will donate 25 million vaccine doses to other countries, President Biden announced last week. Roughly three-quarters will go to the global vaccine aid program COVAX, and the remainder will go directly to specific countries.


On June 2, Eric Lander was sworn in as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and issued a letter to the science and technology community in which he noted that the tasks that President Biden has charged OSTP with addressing involve everyone, including the staff of OSTP, scientists serving in the federal government, “the vibrant community of scientists and technologists across our nation, and ... everyone who believes we can use science and technology to make a better, safer, and more just world.”