The Federal Science Budget and Policy: A Primer for Astronomers
Prof. Anna Quider
Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations
Northern Illinois University
The US federal government touches all aspects of our lives through its $6.8 trillion annual budget, laws, regulations, rules, and policies. Physics and astronomy are no exception. Physics and astronomy research is dependent upon financial support from an alphabet soup of federal agencies: DOD, DOE, NASA, NIST, and NSF, for example. Decisions are made from the White House and Congress down to individual program managers that shape what research gets done, how research is done, and who gets to do it. This talk will introduce federal science policy by examining the current federal science funding and policy landscape and exploring its impact on the fields of physics and astronomy.
Brief bio: Dr. Anna Quider is the Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations at Northern Illinois University and the past-president of The Science Coalition, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing US federal funding for fundamental scientific research. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the incoming chair of the APS Forum on Physics and Society. Previously she worked on science and innovation policy at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. House of Representatives. She earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She also holds a BS in Physics and Astronomy and a BA in Religious Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
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