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26 November 2018

In Honor of Native American Heritage Month: A Challenge to AGU to Include Indigenous Perspectives in Science

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month and as a Native American Earth scientist, I honor the resiliency of Native Americans to maintain their deep rooted beliefs, cultures, and languages. I respect the passion of Native peoples to fight for the protection of their land. I honor the sovereignty of Native American tribes. I celebrate scientists who work in Indigenous-led community-engaged research. I pay tribute to the academic journeys …

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19 November 2018

From China to Mexico: Promoting Collaboration in the Earth and Space Sciences

In his post “Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever” on From the Prow from 25 July 2018, AGU President Eric Davidson wrote that “we must stand together to insist that scientific collaboration remains international, and interdisciplinary.” It was so heartening to see support for his words during recent AGU leadership trips to China and Mexico. During these visits, our international colleagues and hosts agreed wholeheartedly with …

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11 October 2018

Mentoring365: New and Improved Mentoring Interface

By Eric A. Davidson, AGU President As AGU embarks upon its Centennial, both reflecting back on a century of discoveries, innovations, solutions, and collaborations and looking forward to the next century of exciting possibilities, it is clear that our mission to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity will soon rest in the hands of the next generation of scientists. What will that generation of scientists …

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1 October 2018

Reflections on the AGU September 2018 Board meeting

Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Member, AGU Board of Directors and Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington in Seattle AGU members think at global and interplanetary scales. As a result, small talk at an AGU gathering is never small. This was on display during the September meeting of the AGU Board of Directors. We hosted a visit from the new Director of USGS, Jim Reilly. No one batted an eyelash …

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20 September 2018

AGU Joins Partnership to Build Greater Diversity and Inclusion in the Physical Sciences

I’m proud to announce that AGU is one of five scientific societies that have formed the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), which will increase the participation of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in graduate studies in the physical sciences. The percentages of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities who pursue graduate education in the physical sciences is far less than those who complete undergraduate programs. There are …

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13 September 2018

I Got My Ph.D. and So Can You! – Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage month

When I was first asked to write this blog post, I had to think long and hard about what I would say. For me, this comes at an opportune time. For the past three years, I’ve been out of the academic setting and involved in science Education and Outreach (E&O). For the past year, I’ve been working at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as an E&O specialist creating videos …

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10 September 2018

The Start of the New Academic Year in an Age of “Alternative Facts”

It’s that time of year in the U.S. where geoscientists are back from the field with new data, new experiences, and a new academic year lies ahead of us. Many students may have just gone into the field for the first time, conducting research on volcanoes, deserts, streams, oceans, or any other of our natural and developed areas to better understand our environments so that we can protect the world …

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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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12 August 2018

“Eggos rock…Iggy Azalea rocks…IG-KNEE-US rocks?”- In Celebration of International Youth Day

When you’ve been a student for longer than you’ve been able to tie your shoes, and when you’ve been uttering words that would be considered a gem on a Scrabble board for at least a quarter of your life, you gain special powers of scientific enunciation and they should be used for good. That thought dawned on me two summers ago, when I was introducing the rock cycle and its …

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25 July 2018

Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Frustration is mounting over nationalist policies in the U.S. and other countries, which are obstructing the free exchange of ideas and effective collaboration among scientists. These policies have multiple impacts. The most immediate and visible human tragedies are borne by refugees and immigrants. At the same time, several academics have lost their jobs or their ability to carry out their missions where nationalist governments have restricted academic freedoms and defunded …

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3 July 2018

LGBT STEM Day: Time to Talk About It

“It’s ok to be gay – just don’t tell anyone.” That was the advice that a senior administrator gave me as I started my career as an assistant professor. My would-be mentor didn’t feel she needed to name the consequences of being out as they were obvious. As women we were already sorely underrepresented in our fields. Why call further attention to yourself? She tacitly implied that it was the …

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12 June 2018

Tackling Harassment in the Sciences

Since AGU adopted its revised ethics policy in September 2017, and even prior to that time, we have seen a movement toward creating a safe, inclusive environment for science. As AGU President Eric Davidson, President-elect Robin Bell and Past President Margaret Leinen wrote, “We’ve seen and heard of too many instances, stories, and studies that show harassment in the sciences is happening and that the problem is significant.” We heard …

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6 June 2018

Reflections on the 2018 Japan Geoscience Union Meeting

Earth and space science is a global endeavor that succeeds only when investigators work together, unselfishly share ideas and data, and honestly peer review each other’s findings. In a year that has seen isolationism rise in countries across the world, I was fortunate to travel with Eric Davidson, AGU President, and connect with colleagues from around the world at the 2018 Japan Geoscience Union Meeting, held this year from May …

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24 May 2018

Encouraging Diversity and Support of Early Career Scientists at the 2018 Fall Meeting

Before you know it the 2018 Fall Meeting, the world’s largest Earth and Space scientists, will be here! Excitement about the meeting is apparent as more than 1300 session proposals have already been submitted for consideration and the Fall Meeting program committee is working hard to propose the best scientific program out of them. If you are one of those who submitted a session proposal, we are grateful for your …

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22 March 2018

AGU’s Revised Ethics Policy: Where We Are 6 Months Later

By Robin Bell, Eric Davidson, and Chris McEntee  Roughly six months ago, AGU leadership adopted a revised ethics policy that took a noticeably stronger stance on workplace climate issues by including harassment, bullying, and discrimination in the definition of scientific misconduct. In doing so, we recognize appropriate personal conduct as part of the broader context of scientific responsibility and the expected research behavior—because harassment, bullying, and discrimination negatively impact the …

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9 March 2018

AGU100 Interview on NPR’s Morning Edition: Reflections on Motherhood and Being a Woman Scientist

We have exciting news about two AGU scientists: Lora Koenig, President-elect for the Cryosphere Sciences Section, and Zoe Courville were featured this morning on the StoryCorps segment of NPR’s Morning Edition program, which airs on hundreds of public radio stations across the nation, in an interview about how they work to balance their love of science and motherhood and the challenges that come with it. Lora and Zoe’s interview was …

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1 March 2018

In Celebration of Women’s History Month: The Door is Open

This year, I decided to watch my carbon footprint so instead of driving to our off-the grid cabin for a long weekend, I took a bus. Bus connections are not perfect. So, the next thing I knew, I was standing in a museum looking at portraits of suffragettes and anti-suffragettes. The white dressed suffragettes stared straight at me holding their umbrellas with messages like “Come March with Us” and “Rain …

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31 January 2018

Each One Teach One: A Geoscience Call to Action During Black History Month

African American history and traditions are interwoven with themes of resilience, interconnectedness across generations, strength from spiritualty, and learning from direct experiences. As we celebrate Black History Month in February, I welcomed the opportunity reflect on my own personal and professional experiences, as well as those of other African American professionals, that might serve as an inspiration to others. While ongoing efforts to increase the numbers of African American, Native …

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14 November 2017

Thoughts from the Geoscience Alliance on National Native American Heritage Month

In November, the United States recognizes the significant contributions the first Americans have made to the establishment and growth of the U.S with National Native American Heritage Month. Writing this as members of the AGU and on behalf of the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance to promote broadening participation of Native Americans in the geosciences, we wish to call attention of the scientific community to consider not only the past …

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15 September 2017

A Revised Ethics Policy: Setting the Bar High to End Harassment in the Sciences

By Eric Davidson, AGU President, Robin Bell, AGU President-elect, and Margaret Leinen, AGU Past President Science is strongest when a diverse set of voices are not only allowed, but encouraged, to share their perspectives and scientific ideas. Harassment and discrimination can negatively impact that diversity of voices and have no place in a research environment or workplace of any kind. They compromise open communication, create a hostile work climate, and in …

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