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President Biden’s Research Priorities

On August 27, the White House issued its research and development priorities memo (M-21-32). This is the Biden administration’s first such memo. The memo is, as is usual, signed by the heads of the White House Office of Science and … Continue reading

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Math and Congress: What you missed over the summer, so far—Part 1

Depending on how you define “summer,” you may have missed the fact that President Biden now has a mathematician serving as his top science advisor. On May 28, Eric Lander was confirmed by the Senate as Director of the White … Continue reading

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Major changes coming to the National Science Foundation(?)

  There is a lot going on in Washington vis-à-vis the National Science Foundation. Several at-first-separate congressional efforts are converging with increased support from the White House and renewed public enthusiasm for, and confidence and interest in science, providing a … Continue reading

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It’s a new day in Washington—demographics of the new members of Congress & some early legislation to help science

  JMM is over, back to politics and policy watching! The first day of JMM was a horrific one in Washington, DC. It is shocking and disgraceful, but arguably not surprising that events unfolded as they did. The double standard … Continue reading

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Where will you spend the AY 2021-22?

  This time of year is a time when many of you will be making plans for the next academic year, or helping your postdocs find their next position. The AMS Congressional Fellowship can be a “postdoctoral” experience, or can … Continue reading

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What are your plans for the academic year 2021-22?

  On the job market? On sabbatical next year? Looking for a new direction to go with your math background? If you haven’t considered applying for the AMS Congressional Fellowship, I am going to try to convince you to consider … Continue reading

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Our First Branch of Government Needs Science Too

  Editor’s Note: Lucia Simonelli just completed her year as the AMS Congressional Fellow. She served in the office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and focused her work there on his climate agenda. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the … Continue reading

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More on Re-imagining the NSF

On June 9, I wrote in this blog about the Endless Frontier Act. It has come to my attention that my post may seem critical, and not enthusiastic about the bill. To the contrary, the bill is a tremendous show … Continue reading

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NSF and other funding of research grants and student loans during the COVID-19 pandemic

  I hope you are all healthy, both physically and emotionally, and coping as you can. The AMS is working to support the community through this pandemic period. If you have a current or pending federal grant, or are planning … Continue reading

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Colleges and universities across the country go to online teaching: tips for math instructors

As you may know, the AMS Department of Education is now physically located in DC. This helps us keep up to date with policies affecting higher education. Many state governments are curtailing in-person classes at their public universities, and many … Continue reading

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