Board on Physics and Astronomy
The important questions in physics and astronomy change as we learn more about nature, and the rate of change has been increasing. The Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA) seeks to inform the government and the public regarding important scientific opportunities and issues as well as the changing nature of science. The BPA builds bridges between the evolving subdisciplines of physics and astronomy and between these and other areas of science. The BPA is successful if it helps both the science community and society understand what is needed to continue the advance of physics and astronomy and why doing so is important.
BPA Overall Objectives
Every activity of the BPA is aimed at accomplishing one or more of seven goals:
Monitor the health of physics and astronomy.
Identify trends in research and new developments at the scientific forefronts.
Foster interactions with other fields and cooperation among academic disciplines.
Strengthen connections to technology.
Facilitate effective service to the nation.
Improve public understanding of science.
Encourage cooperation among federal agencies, government laboratories, and universities involved in research in physics and astronomy.
BPA Members and NRC Staff
Issues in Physics and Astronomy, the newsletter of the BPA