AIA AND SCS JOINT ANNUAL MEETING

JANUARY 8-11, 2015

Registration
Registration for the Annual Meeting is now open. Discounted Early Bird Registration rates are available until November 14, 2014. Save even more when you register as an AIA member.

Housing and Travel
Rooms are available at both the Sheraton New Orleans, where the majority of the conference will be held, and at the nearby New Orleans Marriott. Both properties offer a discounted rate of only $159/night.

Academic Program
The preliminary Academic Program is now available online. There is still time to submit an abstract for the Lightning Session or a topic for Roundtable disscusion.

UPDATE ON THE FIRST ACT

H.R. 4186: Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act), authorizes appropriations to the National Science Foundation. This bill was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration last May. A number of learned societies, institutions of higher learning and individuals felt that some parts of the bill would cause serious problems for the scientific enterprise, as well as severely reduce funding for research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. The bill has not yet passed the House, and, as Congress is preparing for the mid-term elections, its full passage in the House is on hold for the moment.

It is important that those engaged in the sciences are aware of the language in the bill and are ready to contact their members of Congress if and when the bill moves forward. For more information on how to contact your member of Congress, click here. You can read the summary of the FIRST Act at this link, and the full text here. The AIA, a member of the Coalition for National Science Funding, is monitoring this legislation, and will keep its members apprised of its status in the coming weeks.

Contacting your Congressperson
There are several web sites now that act as portals for those wishing to contact their congresspersons via email. These three are just examples:
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup

You can also call, fax, or arrange to visit in person. The most effective communications are clearly stated, about a single issue, in the sender’s own words, and from individuals, rather than from organizations or groups.

For more information, please contact AIA Executive Director, Ann Benbow

This is an excerpt from AIA Field Notes. For the full Field Notes newsletter, please click HERE!

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