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Statements of the AMS

To serve AMS members, and to fulfill responsibilities to human society, the AMS periodically issues topical statements.  There are four categories of statements: professional guidance, information, policy, and guidelines for statements.



Unless otherwise noted, letters are in .pdf format.

27 March 2015
Joint letter in support of reauthorizing the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP)

16 March 2015
Joint letter concerning “Secret Science Reform Act of 2015”

27 February 2015
Letter to House Committee on Natural Resources on challenges to academic freedom

20 February 2015
Joint letters to Congress supporting Geosciences and the National Science Foundation.

3 November 2014
Letter to Texas Board of Education on social studies textbook errors

31 July 2014
Joint letter concerning “Secret Science Reform Act of 2014”

17 July 2014
Letter of support for HAARP facility

27 May 2014
Letter from science societies to Congress supporting geoscience research

5 May 2014
Support letter for PREPARE Act

14 March 2014
Joint letter to Congress Supporting USGS National Streamgage Network 

4 December 2013
Letter to Congress seeking balanced approach to the budget signed by 470 national organizations

15 July 2013
Joint letter on proposed consolidation of STEM education programs

29 May 2013
Joint letter to Congress on participation of federal employees in scientific conferences   

17 April 2013
Joint letter to OMB on participation of federal employees in scientific conferences

3 April 2013
Joint letter to OSTP by publishers on collaborating to implement coordinated approach to providing public access to research results

11 February 2013
Letter to Congress seeking balanced approach to deficit reduction signed by 3,200 organizations

8 February 2013
Request for national summit on climate change (URL)

28 November 2012
Support for Strengthening The Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground Act

20 November 2012
Joint letter to OMB Director regarding the new and proposed federal employee travel restrictions

5 March 2012
Leading organizations oppose the Federal Research Public Access Act

30 June 2011
Letter of support for Office of Government Ethics proposed rule

14 June 2011
Letter urging adequate funding to sustain environmental observation capabilities

26 May 2011
Support for Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)

8 March 2011
AMS submission to the U.K. House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology review of peer review

2 August 2010
Comment on NASA Authorization Act of 2010

14 May 2010
Letter to President of University of Virginia concerning Virginia AG investigation

21 October 2009

Leading Scientific Organizations Reaffirm Consensus on Climate Change in a Letter to Senators

10 June 2009
Statement and Recommendations on Visa Problems Harming America’s Scientific, Economic, and Security Interests

10 February 2009
Support for Dr. Jane Lubchenco as NOAA Administrator

21 January 2009
Support for NOAA Recovery and Reinvestment Act

7 July 2008
Support for the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) Testbed

12 June 2008
Comment on Title II of NASA Authorization Act of 2008

28 May 2008
Comment on NASA Authorization Act of 2008

13 March 2008
Comment letter on Senate Bill S. 2307, Global Change Research Improvement Act of 2007

11 September 2007
Campaign for Environmental Literacy House support letter.

11 September 2007
Campaign for Environmental Literacy Senate support letter.

2 August 2007
National Hurricane Research Initiative support letter.

22 June 2007
FAA R&D support letter.

8 December 2006
Leadership of CCSP.

16 May 2006

NOAA support letter.

3 May 2006

National Integrated Drought Information System support letter.

13 April 2006

Environmental Satellites/GOES-R support letter.

8 March 2006
NOAA Education support letter with other societies.

January 2006
Thank you letter with other societies for NOAA Education.

September 2005
IEOSS/GEOSS support letter with other societies.

8 August 2005
Joint letter from AMS and AGU to Rep. Barton.

7 June 2005
Letter endorsing Tsunami Warning and Education Act.

25 April 2005

NOAA Education support letter with other societies.

11 April 2005
NOAA Education support letter with other societies.

11 February 2005
Letter in response to Texas Legislation (HB 577).


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