Policy & Advocacy

 

The APS Office of Government Affairs (OGA) 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.

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APS serves the needs of its membership and the general public by providing information on how to take action and contact lawmakers on issues that affect both the physics community and the nation as a whole.

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Visas and Immigration

International students pursuing advanced STEM degrees in the US can be denied student visas if they intend to work in the US after they graduate.

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Ending Sexual Harassment in STEM

A survey of undergraduate women in physics found that nearly 75% of respondents experienced at least one type of sexual harassment.

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Broadening Participation Through Partnerships

Building a diverse STEM workforce is key to the success of the American scientific enterprise

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Federal Research Funding

Immediate relief funding is needed to put the US scientific enterprise on the trajectory necessary to fully and quickly recover from this pandemic.

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Addressing the Helium Crisis

Congress should address this crisis by allowing researchers to maintain access to the Federal Helium Reserve and creating an extensive helium recycling program.

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Reports & Studies

POPA Reports
The APS Panel on Public Affairs initiates in-depth studies on topics ranging from energy and environment to national security issues.

APS Studies
APS has undertaken a number of studies of timely technical issues as part of its role to serve emerging public needs.

APS Statements

APS Statements are public policy statements that undergo a meticulous process of draft and review, including receiving comments from APS members, before being voted on by APS Council at one of its semiannual meetings.

Five Sigma Physicists

APS members lauded for outstanding advocacy.

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Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction

With the support of the American Physical Society, the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction has been launched. Our goal is to reach out to physicists in the United States and mobilize those interested in engaging on the nuclear threat and opportunities for its reduction.

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Science Policy News

Issue Brief: US R&D Community Pandemic Recovery Lagging
The federal government’s response to the impacts of the pandemic on the scientific enterprise is imperative, as highlighted by a recent APS Office of Government Affairs (OGA) issue brief.

President Biden’s Recent Executive Actions Address APS Concerns
APS is encouraged by the early actions President Biden has taken related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), climate change, and nuclear threat reduction.

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Op-Eds by APS Member Volunteers

APS works with members to publish op-eds in their local newspapers. View Archive

Signal Boost

Signal Boost is a monthly email from the American Physical Society on the latest science policy news, perspectives, and pathways for action.
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Congressional Science Fellowship

These fellowships provide a public service by making available individuals with scientific knowledge and skills to Members of Congress. The application deadline is on December 15.

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