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14 December 2018

Issue with a Poster Presentation on Ethics at Fall Meeting 2018

17 December 2018 UPDATE: After receiving additional information, we are following the processes and protocols outlined in our ethics policy with the highest possible priority. We are also referring the questions we received regarding our abstract submission and review process to our Meetings Committee. Also, please see the statement issued by AGU sister society the Geological Society of America. The deeply personal impact harassment, discrimination and bullying can have on …

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9 December 2018

AGU Announces Locations for the 2022 and 2024 Fall Meetings

We are pleased to announce that AGU has selected the locations for our 2022 and 2024 Fall Meetings. The 2022 meeting will take place in Chicago, Ill., and the 2024 meeting will take place in Washington, D. C. This completes the plan for meeting locations through 2026. San Francisco — 2019 San Francisco — 2020 New Orleans — 2021 Chicago — 2022 San Francisco — 2023 Washington, D. C. — …

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4 December 2018

Presidential Citation to Be Presented in Recognition of Bipartisan Science Policy Leadership

As mentioned in our previous post to the community, in recognition of their bipartisan leadership in advancing Earth and space science policy, AGU is awarding the Presidential Citation for Science and Society to Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI). We asked both Senators to share with us what receiving the award means to them. Senator Gardner said: “It is a true honor to receive the American Geophysical Union’s …

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2 December 2018

Presidential Citation Update

Over the last few days, many in our community have clearly stated on social media that AGU’s choice of Senator Cory Gardner for the AGU Presidential Citation is troublesome given some of his statements and actions in reference to climate change. First, we acknowledge that we failed to communicate with the community about the citations and the reasons Senators Cory Gardner and Gary Peters were chosen. Second, we did not …

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7 September 2018

How Will We Address the Lack of Gender Diversity in AGU Medals, Awards and Prizes?

Earlier this week, we proudly announced the recipients of the 2018 Union Medals, Awards and Prizes. These distinguished individuals are recognized for the excellence and impact of their work, and for exemplifying AGU’s mission to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. However, a demographic analysis of AGU’s most prestigious honorees reveals that women are under-represented when controlling for career stage and other factors. Over …

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25 May 2018

Updates to AGU’s Master Privacy Policy

AGU is committed to safeguarding our members’ and users’ privacy and safety, and to updating our privacy policies and processes to keep pace with emerging best practice and the evolving body of law concerning privacy. The latest update to AGU policy is reflected in our Master Privacy Policy, which now includes a section concerning our commitment to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new European Union (EU) law on …

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6 April 2017

Spring Is Here, It’s Time to Submit Your Fall Meeting Session Proposal

By Denis-Didier Rousseau, Fall Meeting Program Chair Spring not only yields the potential for much nicer weather and longer days, it is also, perhaps more importantly, the classic time to submit session proposals for the Fall Meeting. This is a critical scientific season, as it will strongly impact the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting program. During my two terms as chair of the Program Committee, I have had the opportunity to introduce …

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27 March 2017

Fostering International Collaboration Amid Policy Challenges

By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union and Lauren Parr, Director of Meetings, American Geophysical Union Changes in immigration and visa policies instituted by U.S. President Donald Trump are causing confusion and concern across many sectors—and are beginning to have a negative impact on international science collaborations. Many non-American scientists are rightfully concerned that they may be challenged when seeking entry into the United States. They could face barriers even …

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23 September 2016

UPDATE: AGU Board Maintains Its Decision Regarding ExxonMobil

UPDATE (29 November 2016): In September, the AGU Board voted to maintain its April 2016 decision (see below) to continue engagement with ExxonMobil, including allowing the organization to sponsor AGU’s Student Breakfast event at the Fall Meeting. That decision was communicated to AGU’s members, as well as to representatives of ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil has since informed AGU that they do not intend to sponsor the Student Breakfast at the 2016 Fall Meeting. We …

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11 July 2016

Why Building Diversity in the Earth and Space Sciences Matters

By Margaret Leinen, President, American Geophysical Union and Eric Davidson, President-elect, American Geophysical Union As an organization, AGU’s mission is to “promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.” Humanity is without boundaries. Humanity is inclusive. Humanity represents us all. We cannot live up to all that our mission promises if the Earth and space science community is not representative of humanity. Whether it’s race, gender, …

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17 March 2016

AGU Council Meeting Summary

By Jenny Riker, Geology Teaching Fellow, University of Bristol; AGU Council Member Last week, AGU’s Council had its first meeting of 2016. A member of the Council Leadership Team is asked to share reflections at the close of each meeting. We are now past the midpoint of our two-year terms, and with tangible momentum, we dove into a substantial agenda covering everything from emerging science to key AGU activities to …

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9 February 2016

AGU Announces New Locations for the 2017 and 2018 Fall Meetings

By Margaret Leinen, President, American Geophysical Union; Eric Davidson, President-elect, American Geophysical Union; and Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, American Geophysical Union As we notified you last December, the Moscone Center’s renovation plans pose a significant risk to our ability to deliver a successful scientific program at the Fall Meeting. While the end result will leave San Francisco with new flexible spaces and improved technology infrastructure, the disruption would impact AGU’s ability to …

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22 January 2016

Sexual Harassment and Scientific Community

By Margaret Leinen, President, American Geophysical Union, Eric Davidson, President-elect, American Geophysical Union, and Carol Finn, Past President, American Geophysical Union UPDATE, 29 January 2016: On Thursday, 28 January, an opinion piece titled, “Steps to Building a Zero-Tolerance Culture for Sexual Harassment,” was published on Eos.org. The piece, authored by three AGU members, Erika Marín-Spiotta, Blair Schneider, and Mary Anne Holmes, outlined ways that AGU can lead the way in building an …

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22 December 2015

Fall Meeting 2015: The Start of Something Terrific

By Denis-Didier Rousseau (Centre National de la Recherche Nationale), Fall Meeting Program Committee Chair As the last sessions of the 2015 Fall Meeting came to a close, I paused to think about how ‘the stars had aligned’ to make this well-respected event even more special. The week began with news from Paris that a climate agreement had been reached. What better way could there be to start the largest gathering of …

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13 December 2015

Board Action: 2017-2018 Fall Meeting Locations

UPDATE: As a result of scheduling issues, the Board of Directors decision on the potential change in location for the 2017 and 2018 Fall Meetings has been delayed until later in February. The results of that vote – as well as the results of the member/attendee survey that was conducted to help inform their decision – will be published by the end of the month. By Margaret Leinen, President, American Geophysical …

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21 October 2015

The Next 50 Years of Water Resources Research

By D. Scott Mackay, Professor, Department of Geography and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo (the State University of New York) and Editor, Water Resources Research “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink,” wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a story about a journey spanning oceans of unthinkable size and undrinkable water. Water, it seems, does not exist without a …

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13 July 2015

Improving AGU’s Honors and Recognition Program

By Mary Anne Holmes, 2015-2016 Honors and Recognition Committee Member In late May, I was able to participate in the AGU Honors and Recognition Committee’s (H&RC) annual spring meeting. This committee is charged with oversight of all of the Union’s awards, medals, prizes and Fellows selection. Through member volunteers serving on selection committees for each honor, AGU confers 25Union-wide awards each year, 60 Section and Focus Group awards, and elects …

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9 July 2015

AGU Names 2015 Section and Focus Group Awardees and Named Lecturers

By Eric Davidson, President-elect, American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Chair, AGU Council, and Sam Mukasa, Chair, 2015-2016 Honors and Recognition Committee On behalf of AGU leaders and staff, we give our heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s Section and Focus Group awardees and named lecturers. Listed below are the scientists, in various stages of their careers, who have been selected by AGU sections and focus groups to receive awards …

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12 May 2015

The U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and You

By David Sibeck (NASA/GSFC), President, Space Physics and Aeronomy Section While the effects of most space-weather events are not as immediately recognizable as floods, hurricanes, or tsunamis, they can be just as detrimental. Extreme space-weather events could cause prolonged losses of electrical power that would be incredibly destructive to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. If such a disaster were to strike, the impacts could be widespread, cascading, …

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17 November 2014

Comets, Probes, and Gender Inequality In Science

By Carol Finn, President, American Geophysical Union, Margaret Leinen, President-elect, American Geophysical Union, and Eric Davidson, Incoming President-elect, American Geophysical Union During the Rosetta probe’s successful deployment of Philae on Wednesday, a male European Space Agency scientist speaking for the project was captured by the TV cameras wearing a shirt that featured images of partially naked women. While he has since apologized for his decision, ‘shirtgate’ sparked a global discussion of gender inequality in …

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