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18 February 2021

A new webinar & new opportunity to engage U.S. policymakers

2021 has brought with it a new Congress and a new U.S. administration, which means new opportunities to engage policymakers and share with them the value of the Earth and space sciences.   Join our upcoming webinar   Whether you are new to science policy and want to learn more about federal policy processes or are experienced but just want to improve the effectiveness of your engagements, AGU and its …

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20 August 2018

Women’s Equality Week Q&A with Betsy Weatherhead

For the entire week, we are celebrating prominent female figures in science and science policy to recognize Women’s Equality Day on 26 August.  Today, we are excited to highlight Dr. Betsey Weatherhead, Senior Scientist at Jupiter. Dr. Weatherhead received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  Who or what has inspired you to pursue your research? Research, pushing the boundary between what is unknown and what is known, is the most exhilarating, fun, and fascinating job I can …

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8 August 2018

Meet with Your Legislator This August Recess!

It’s that time of year again. Throughout next month (also known as “August Recess”), members of Congress will be home in their state and district offices to host events and meet with constituents to talk about their priorities. While the Senate has canceled part of their recess, your Representatives and (for part of the time) your Senators will be looking to hear from you as their constituent while they’re home. …

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20 July 2018

Science & Agriculture: Engagement is a Two-Way Street

Authorship of this guest blog is credited to Rafael Loureiro, PhD. Loureiro is a Research Scientist with Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and an Assistant Professor at Winston-Salem State University. The ability to ask questions and, more importantly, search for its answers defines our very human nature and shapes our scientific views of the universe and of our place in it. Evidence and open dialog are quintessential parts of …

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6 July 2018

Science & Agriculture: “Capitol”-izing Science

Authorship of this guest blog is credited to Linh Anh Cat, Next Generation Public Policy Fellow with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Irvine. As an ecologist in Washington, D.C., most of my conversations with staffers of members of Congress started with pointing out that deaths from fungal infections exceed that of malaria or tuberculosis. In addition, fungal disease destroys almost half of what …

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14 December 2017

Science to Action Session Provides Inspiration for Future of Science and Public Engagement

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Rebekah Lee, Boise State University You have probably heard the public calls for more public engagement in science. Many of the issues facing society today are rooted in the geosciences and require public support in order to move toward a solution. Growing populations mean that communities have to produce more with the same amount …

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13 December 2017

Using Data to Inspire: Share Science and Find Truth in the Stories

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Kimberley Rain Miner, University of Maine When Maria Merian began to study butterflies in the 1670’s, it was understood that they were ‘born of mud’ and spontaneously produced from the earth. However, the transformation she discovered proved to be much more beautiful.  The metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly has since inspired thousands of …

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Missing Voices: Examining Scientific Integrity in the Age of #metoo

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Kimberley Rain Miner, University of Maine Achieving reliable and reproducible data is the core of science, and the integrity of those foundations ensure the longevity of the scientific method. For this reason, that the scientific community is beginning to address the challenges of the past in the interest of maintaining this integrity — …

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12 December 2017

Climate and Action: Events at Fall Meeting

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Troy Ferland, Pennsylvania State University The Climate Science Special Report: “An Assessment of the Science Focusing on the United States” was a presentation of the fourth National Climate Assessment – an immense effort on the part of many scientists to provide a detailed analysis of how climate change is affecting the US. Though …

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11 December 2017

Why we need scientists talking

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Victoria DiStefano, University of Tennessee Like previous years, this year’s Fall Meeting was filled with engaging science presentations. From cutting edge technology to brand new discoveries about planets millions of miles away, I feel like a giddy 6-year-old skipping (or walking quickly) to the next presentation (which spans the mile-long conference center in …

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24 August 2017

Q&A with Dr. Mona Behl, Associate Director of NOAA’s Sea Grant Program in Georgia

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th! To celebrate, AGU will be highlighting several prominent women working in Earth and space science. We’ll be posting Q&A’s on The Bridge and to our various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram!      Today’s featured scientist is Dr. Mona Behl. Dr. Behl serves as the Associate Director of NOAA’s Sea Grant program in Georgia. She also holds faculty appointments at the University of Georgia …

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Q&A with Dr. Rosaly Lopes, Senior Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th! To celebrate, AGU will be highlighting several prominent women working in Earth and space science. We’ll be posting Q&A’s on The Bridge and to our various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram!      Today’s featured scientist is Dr. Rosaly Lopes. Dr. Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist and Manager for Planetary Science at NASA JPL. She received her B.Sc. in Astronomy and her Ph.D. in …

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18 April 2017

Science Fellows Coming to State Legislatures Across the United States

Editor’s Note: The following guest blog is written by Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) and former AGU Congressional Science Fellow  On February 16, 2017, the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) announced planning grants for nine states to start science policy fellowships modeled on their successful program in California. The nine states include my home state of Connecticut …

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12 April 2017

All Politics is Local – Engaging your Legislators Locally

Today is the 82nd day of the Trump presidency and science has already emerged as a significant issue, although not always in ways the scientific community supports.  Given this environment, scientists and non-scientists alike are asking, “What can we do to support science?” Currently, your members of Congress are back home in their states and districts for April recess. April recess runs from Saturday, 8 April through the weekend of …

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27 January 2017

10 Ways to Engage your Members of Congress in Minutes

Every two years, a new Congress takes office.  Now is an excellent time to engage with the incoming 115th Congress by persuading your senators and representatives to make science a priority this Congress. Getting engaged in science policy is easier than ever, especially with the tools and resources AGU has to offer. Here are ten ways you can get involved, whether you have one minute, five, 10, 30 or an …

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6 January 2017

Fall Meeting: Did you miss the science policy & science writing fellowship luncheon?

Are you a scientist interested in policy or journalism? Are you considering a career in policy or journalism? Did you sadly miss our event discussing our science policy and science writing fellowships? Well, you’re in luck! During Fall Meeting, AGU hosted a luncheon entitled “How to be a Congressional Science or Mass Media Fellow”. The event provided attendees the opportunity to learn more about the fellowships and hear from current …

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15 December 2016

The Case for Communication: Speaking vs. Being Heard

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Sarah Trimble, University of Mary Washington   As a union of geophysical scientists, gathered in mass at our annual meeting of like minds, we presently face a tipping point in our mission of communication. All of the precision, accuracy, and controlled experiments in our world will amount to little if we do not also effectively …

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14 November 2016

Oil & Gas Issues Explored Through a Collaborative Lens

In today’s complex world, the biggest science and policy issues require a new approach to thinking. Scientists, policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators can no longer operate within their own circles. Meaningful results come from these groups working together in a collaborative process. The inaugural GeoPolicy Connect was a targeted effort to do just that. The event brought together people from different sectors – business leaders, centennial state lawmakers, federally focused …

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14 October 2016

Crowdsourcing Geoscience: Transforming interest into data

As part of Earth Science Week, we’ll be highlighting different leaders in the geosciences – from research to education and community outreach. We are posting Q&A’s on The Bridge asking geoscientists about the work they do. Today’s theme is Geologic Map Day and one of our featured AGU members is Sudhir Raj Shrestha. Sudhir works at Esri as a Solution Engineer. He has a MS in both Physical Land Resource and Soil Erosion …

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Mapping Earth’s History with an Eye on the Future

As part of Earth Science Week, we’ll be highlighting different leaders in the geosciences – from research to education and community outreach. We are posting Q&A’s on The Bridge asking geoscientists about the work they do. Today’s theme is Geologic Map Day and one of our featured AGU members is Margaret E. Berry. Margaret works for the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS) and helps to create maps that reveal our planet’s intricate layers. She is part …

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