Policy & Advocacy
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The APS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) was established to facilitate communication between physicists, the public, and government on scientific issues of concern to APS members and to the nation as a whole.
OPA coordinates the interaction between APS in the federal government, directs the efforts of the Physics in Government Network (our national group of grassroots scientist-activists), and sponsors Congressional and Media Fellowships.
Updates from the APS Washington Office
|Mixed News for Science in President's 2016 Budget
President Obama's FY2016 budget calls for an end to sequestration, but spending emphasizes technical programs, not science.
|A Science and Technology Challenge for Congress
In his latest Roll Call column, Director of Public Affairs Michael Lubell suggests a research bank could offset science funding shortfalls.
Read the Op-Ed in Roll Call
|Science Advocates Decry Lack of Representation in Congress
A Wall Street Journal article outlines the uphill battle science advocates face as the number of congressional representatives with science backgrounds dwindles.
Read the Article in WSJ
|For Better Teachers, Larger Classes and Higher Salaries
Paul Cottle, the past chair of the APS Committee on Education, recently authored an Op-Ed that questions what is really important in improving student learning.
Read the Op-Ed in StateImpact
|Fund science; it's the key to our economy
Scientist Matthew Bobrowsky writes about the importance of federally funded scientific research in the Baltimore Sun.
Read the Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun