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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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7 October 2014

The Symphony that is AGU’s Fall Meeting

By Denis-Didier Rousseau (École Normale Supérieure), Fall Meeting Program Committee Chair During the recent Fall Meeting Program Committee meeting, I had an opportunity to reflect on my first year as chair of this important group and I found that I have a new appreciation for everything AGU does to advance the Earth and space sciences. Planning for an event with nearly 24,000 attendees, 1,700 sessions, 23,000 presentations and 275 exhibitors comes …

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1 September 2013

North Cascade Glacier Climate Project 2013 Field Report

The 2013 winter season provided close to average snowpack in the North Cascades as indicated by the average SWE at SNOtel stations in the range. The summer melt season has proved to be long, warm and dry. The May-August mean temperature at the station closest to a glacier, Lyman Lake, has been tied for the 2nd warmest in the last 25 years with 2009 and only 2004 warmer. The summer …

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7 January 2013

Fall Meeting: Showcasing Our Members’ Achievements and Building Community

16 November 2012 Amazing! Inspiring! Incomparable! These are words that describe AGU’s Fall Meeting—the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists in the world. Every December for 45 years, scientists from around the globe have converged on the Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. Excitement and enthusiasm pervade this unique annual event, where our members present their latest research and communicate its relevance to the great challenges that face society. …

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31 August 2012

Dues Increase Will Help Build the Foundation for AGU’s Future Success

31 August 2012 The world is a very different place than it was 43 years ago. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix rocked the legendary Woodstock music festival, Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon, and U.S. drivers paid an average of 35 cents a gallon for gas. Today, digital music files have replaced vinyl records, NASA’s Curiosity rover is transmitting data and imagery from the surface of Mars, and …

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20 July 2012

AGU Partnership with Wiley-Blackwell on Journals and Books Publishing

20 July 2012 Last month, in a message titled, “Transforming AGU Publishing in an Evolving Marketplace,” I described for you the process underway to evaluate our options for taking AGU publications to the next level and positioning them for the future. This process extended over a period of seven months and reached its culmination last week. Now I am delighted to announce that we have signed a memorandum of understanding …

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7 June 2012

Transforming AGU Publishing In an Evolving Marketplace

7 June 2012 As you know, in the summer of 2010, AGU adopted a new strategic plan that is designed to support and build upon our reputation as a preeminent scientific union that advances our science and its societal impact. One of the key goals identified by the plan, Scientific Leadership and Collaboration, outlines ways that AGU can secure our position as a “leader, collaborator, and sought after partner for …

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11 October 2011

The case for investing in science: How you can make a difference

11 October 2011 You can hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV nowadays without seeing a story on the impacts of the debt crisis in America (and around the world). Unfortunately, the proposed solutions rarely seem to include strategic investments in science and research. This is particularly troubling because we know that federal investments in science have a long and storied history of creating jobs and stimulating …

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Filling, and Sustaining, the STEM Pipeline

24 May 2012 From providing the basic knowledge about why natural hazards put society at risk to building a technological foundation for our economic competitiveness, we know that the work Earth and space scientists do plays a critical role in ensuring a sustainable future for our global society. Given that important role, it is no surprise that recent studies by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal a 23% rise …

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27 April 2010

AGU’s New Executive Director

27 April 2010 A Message from AGU’s President It’s my pleasure to let you know that Christine W. McEntee, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, will join AGU in late August as the society’s third Executive Director. Chris was selected from a large group of outstanding candidates following an extensive international search. AGU was assisted in the search process by the executive search …

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