The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington.
The Washington State Academy of Sciences will be a premier source of objective scientific and technological information on important issues, questions and problems to achieve informed public policy decisions in Washington State.
The management of all the affairs, property, and interests of the Academy shall be vested in a Board of Directors consisting of 12 members in addition to the President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board is responsible for governing the WSAS affairs in accordance with its bylaws. The Executive Director position is Ex. Officio non-voting.
Membership of the Washington State Academy of Sciences is organized in five disciplinary sections. All members are nominated and elected by their peers, either directly into the WSAS or by virtue of election to the National Academies—the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. A significant proportion of members have extensive experience on the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academies.
WSAS has six standing committees.
The general scope and responsibilities of each are summarized here. Members are invited to indicate their desire to serve on a standing committee by contacting the current committee chair and the WSAS current President.
Only Academy members may submit formal nominations. Consideration of a candidate begins with his or her nomination, followed by an extensive and careful vetting process that results in a final ballot at the Academy’s annual meeting in September each year.The key disciplinary section areas represented in Academy membership include, but are not limited to:
All fundamental physical and mathematical sciences (e.g. mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology, and computational), from discovery to application and education.
All branches of engineering, including applied physical sciences, computer and information technology, and engineering of systems. It also includes newly emerging areas related to engineering, and interdisciplinary engineering that cuts across several fields. These areas include research, practice, and education
Includes basic and applied sciences (including systems analysis), e.g. agriculture and forestry, evolutionary biology, and animal, plant, soil, and marine sciences. Each of these includes economics, policy, law, and education.
The full spectrum of health care, including biomedical research, health-care education and delivery, and public and environmental health. Each of these includes economics, policy, law, and education.
Basic and applied studies in anthropology, communications, demography, business and economics, political science, sociology, and justice. Each of these includes education, policy, and law.