AAS232 Day 0: Strategic Assembly

It’s Day 0 here at AAS232 in Denver, CO. The opening reception is this evening and most attendees will be arriving today.

The exhibit hall is getting setup and the meeting staff is busy getting all the signage up and the registration booth opened.

On Day 0, the Strategic Assembly meets for a “strategy day”. The Strategic Assembly is comprised of the Board of Trustees, all the Committee Chairs, and the Division Chairs.

We’ve decided to dedicate this entire strategy day to working on improving our ethics and harassment policies. This is a closed meeting so I won’t be giving a blow-by-blow.

As expected, it was a long day. I’d like to take this opportunity to go over the various avenues there are to report ethics or harassment problems to the AAS.


There’s the Code of Ethics (which is the most broad), the Anti-Harrassment Policy, and the Ethical Standards of AAS Journals. Each of these policies are different in scope and implementation and I encourage you to spend some time familiarizing yourself with these policies. Consider investing this time not just for your own awareness, but also so that you may empower others with the information.

If you experience or witness any form of discrimination or harassment, please file a report via the web form or by calling 844-854-5101. Harassment investigations will be managed by an expert HR consultant and reports of ethics violations will be investigated by the Committee on the Code of Ethics, members of which have received training in handling such investigations.


In other news, the Startorialist Booth is all setup and will be ready to take your money starting at 9:30am tomorrow!

After Emily and I finished setting up the booth, we went to the Opening Reception where there were delicious sliders and the usual happy chatter of old friends and colleagues. I found the one person who was vaguely interested in watching the last quarter of the basketball game — someone who I literally haven’t seen in over a decade — and headed to the lobby bar for some much needed downtime. We got there just in time to see Curry doing what he does. Even though the Spurs didn’t make it very far this year, watching Curry do amazing things brings me great joy. Is anyone interested in watching Game 3 on Wed?

There’s lots on the agenda for tomorrow so stay tuned for the next installment!

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