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Committee on Science Policy

General Description

Committee is standing.
Number of members is fourteen to sixteen.
Term is three years effective 01 February.
The members shall consist of 3 Council members (chosen from the Vice Presidents and Members-at-Large), a member
of the Board of Trustees, the President, the President Elect/Past President, the Executive Director, the Chair of the Committee
on Education and 4-6 at-large members.  The Secretary will serve as a non-voting member.
The Chair of the Committee on Science Policy shall serve ex-officio on the Committee on Education.

Principal Activities

To discuss and act on questions of policy as it affects the discipline.

1.    To serve as a forum for dialogue about matters of science policy involving representatives of the AMS, government
       and quasi-government officials and other interested parties.

2.    To be responsible for the selection of those elements of AMS meeting programs, such as lectures and panel discussions,
       which bear directly on such policy questions as are within the purview of the Committee.

3.    To provide occasional advice to the Society on matters of broad scientific policy.

4.    As a committee, and individually upon request, to interact with Federal agencies and policymakers.

5.    To provide occasional advice about ways in which the Society can work favorably with other organizations on matters
       of science policy.

6.    To conduct periodic reviews and appraisals of Society activities in areas of science policy, for example:

  • Policy Forums
  • The Society's relations with international societies and the international community
  • Scientific policies promoted by the Society, and strategies used to implement them
  • The ways in which the Society collaborates with other organizations on matters of science policy

7.    To prepare an annual report on the Committee's activities and goals for the AMS Council and for possible publication
       in the Notices


The Committee does its work by mail, telephone and usually one face-to-face meeting per year.
Members are reimbursed for travel and incidental expenses that are not covered from some other source.
For purposes of travel expense reimbursement, this committee has been designated at LEVEL B.

Note to the Chair

Committee chairs should be informed, at the beginning of each fiscal period, the budget of their committees and cautioned to remain
within the budget.  Such items as travel reimbursement to, accommodations for, and meals for guests of any kind fall within these budgets.

Work done by committees on recurring problems may have value as precedent or work may have historical interest.  Because of this,
the Council has requested that a central file system be maintained for the Society by the Secretary.  Committees are reminded that a
copy of every sheet of paper should be deposited (say once a year) in this central file.  Confidential material should be noted so that
it can be handled in a confidential manner.

10/74 Council minutes, p.4
11/81 ECBT minutes, item 5.1
01/86 Council minutes, item 4.10
01/93 Council minutes, item 4.5
01/94 Council minutes
01/04 Council minutes, item 4.3.6

Updated 2/22/93; 8/24/94; 4/27/95; 7/16/03; 2/6/04

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