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8 April 2020

A new chapter for AGU

By: Julie Freeman, Interim Executive Director and CEO A few weeks ago, when I opened the FedEx package with my new AGU laptop, I also found the book, Managing Transitions, by William Bridges. I was excited to receive it because managing AGU’s transition from Chris McEntee’s leadership to the new CEO is one of my main responsibilities as Interim CEO. Transitions from one leader to another are never easy. Staff …

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7 April 2020

The Lasting Impact of the Austin Student Travel Grant Challenge

By Carlos A. Dengo, AGU Development Board, Outgoing Chair In 2019, thanks to AGU members, the scientific-engaged public and Jamie Austin’s generous $1 for $1 match, the Austin Endowment for Student Travel was created. Through this endowment, we will send 60 Earth and space scientist students from around the world to Fall Meeting in perpetuity. The fact we did this when AGU turned 100 made it even more special. This was …

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2 April 2020

New capabilities to share your research and collaborate on ESSOAr

By Brooks Hanson, Executive Vice President, Science As we all adapt to working remotely, we are pleased to announce that the Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) has new capabilities to make virtual collaboration even easier. ESSOAr, an open community server for the dissemination of Earth and space science early research outputs, was launched in 2018 by AGU and Atypon, with ongoing support from Wiley, and guided by an …

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26 March 2020

The State and Future of AGU

When I announced I would be leaving AGU in October 2019, 31 March seemed so far away. But now that it’s only a few days from now, I realize time flew by so quickly! With the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I know many of us are spending more time with our loved ones and reflecting on what is important. I am fortunate that my family and friends – …

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22 March 2020

Please Donate Your Medical-Grade Supplies Now

By: Robin Bell, AGU Board President and Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO Steve Chillrud from LDEO of Columbia University reached out to Robin to flag that many of our members and many in the Earth and space scientific community work in labs where there are N95 masks, eye protection, face shields and other protective gear that the medical professionals need (#GetMePPE). We created a Google doc to assemble …

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20 March 2020

Update from AGU on Travel & Telework

It has been almost a week since our last update, so I thought it was important to let you know how our staff are doing. To date, we are not aware of anyone on staff or in our Earth and space science community who has contracted COVID-19. We are extremely grateful that our team is healthy and safe. Please do keep us posted though if anything changes for you or …

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17 March 2020

AGU Announces Interim CEO

The executive committee is pleased to announce that Julie Freeman will serve as AGU’s interim executive director and CEO. Julie will start 30 March, which will overlap with Chris’ last two days at AGU. She most recently served as the interim executive director of the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Previously, Julie was the president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as well as the executive director of the Professional Picture Framers …

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16 March 2020

AGU Update and Resources

We appreciate the many inquiries we’ve received from all of you about our staff’s well-being, so we thought we’d write a Prow post to keep you updated on how and what we’re doing. First, we are relieved that, to date, none of the AGU staff have contracted COVID-19. Effective Monday, 16 March, we are requiring staff (except the few that maintain the building operations) to telework so that we are …

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3 February 2020

AGU Posts Position Description for CEO Search

I want to update you on our progress for AGU’s next CEO and executive director. As previously announced, Russell Reynolds Associates is our executive search firm. During Fall Meeting 2019, we were pleased that so many of you spoke with RRA’s Stephanie Tomasso and Jamie Hechinger to share your insights. We have also created a search committee. In addition to myself, it is comprised of: Susan Lozier, AGU President-elect, Board …

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9 December 2019

AGU Revises Climate and Data Position Statements: Declares World in Climate Crisis and Reaffirms Data as a World Heritage

In a revised climate position statement released today, based on the overwhelming research and scientific evidence, AGU is declaring the world to be in a climate crisis. In a concurrent updated data position statement, AGU describes scientific data as a world heritage and calls for a culture that supports, enables, and nurtures data that is equitable, accessible, and ethical. AGU position statements articulate the views of our community on key …

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5 December 2019

AGU CEO Search Update

I am writing to share a brief update on the search process for the AGU’s next CEO and executive director. As announced in October, Chris McEntee will be departing AGU at the end of the March 2020. A Search Committee is being formed and will be responsible for evaluating a wide range of candidates and, ultimately, recommending a final candidate for hire to the Board of Directors. We hope to …

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31 October 2019

Special Election to Fill AGU Board Vacancy Begins 4 November

Owing to unforeseen family circumstances, AGU Board director Chris Ballentine recently resigned. Chris was in his second term on the Board and was due to rotate off in December 2020. AGU president Robin Bell asked the Leadership Development and Governance Committee to explore how best to fill the vacancy. The Leadership Development and Governance Committee recommended that AGU hold a special election. Because the usual biennial process to identify and …

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8 October 2019

AGU CEO Announces Leadership Transition

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that Chris McEntee, our CEO and executive director, has informed us that she will be departing AGU at the end of the first quarter of 2020.  During her tenure, her remarkable leadership has positioned AGU as the leading voice and convener of Earth and space science globally. She has led key initiatives that have increased the relevance and value of Earth …

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24 September 2019

AGU Releases Report to Address Flooding in Communities

AGU’s global community of Earth and space scientists has contributed research and expertise to our understanding of—and solutions for—climate change, natural hazards, and their related impacts on people. Climate change, the increasing severity of extreme weather, and resulting floods are health and economic crises that we cannot ignore. To highlight the role that science plays to help address and mitigate issues such as flooding in communities across the United States, …

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18 September 2019

Federal agency moves, vacant science positions create concerns about “brain drain” in the U.S. scientific enterprise

Recently, there have been media reports that some federal agencies—namely, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and parts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—are planning to move headquarters science staff far outside the Washington, D.C. area, causing many scientists to choose to leave these agencies rather than relocate. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) has left hundreds of scientific positions vacant, putting stress on …

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13 September 2019

AGU Position Statements Now Open for Member Comment

Every 4 years, AGU’s members have a chance to weigh in on position statements critical to maintaining the role of science in our society. Make sure your voice is heard. Starting today, 13 September 2019, AGU members will have 30 days to comment on revisions to two position statements: one on data and one on climate change. This open comment period is both an important opportunity for and responsibility of …

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22 August 2019

We Have Your Backs: Supporting the Work of Brazilian Earth Scientists

Where scientific findings have not conveniently fit into the ideological preferences of political leaders around the world, science and scientists are increasingly under attack. In a symposium on human rights threats to scientists at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, an Iranian environmental scientist shared a chilling story about learning of his imminent arrest if he were to return home from an international trip. Other participants shared stories …

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2 August 2019

AGU Commends the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2019

This week, the United States Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2019, which was signed by President Trump. On behalf of the global AGU community of 60,000 Earth and space scientists, I’d like to thank the champions for science on Capitol Hill, as well as the leadership in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, for passing a budget that puts non-defense spending, which includes funding …

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9 July 2019

Scientists Tackle Grand Challenges In the Earth and Space Sciences In New Special Centennial-Themed Collection

One hundred years ago when AGU was founded there were still large unmapped places on our planet and the idea of a person stepping on the moon was a dream. Discovery and wonder have characterized the last 100 years of science as we learned the plates shift, the climate changes, and scientists are studying the Moon, Mars, and beyond in detail. Our species now has a global view of how …

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13 May 2019

AGU’s Latest Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

As one of the first scientific societies to define bullying and harassment as a form of scientific misconduct, and now with our updated Talent Pool Strategy, the new AGU Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, the selection of a committee chair and members, the recently launched AGU Ethics and Equity Center, biennial Diversity and Inclusion training for all Board and Council members, and the 2018 Annual Ethics Summary Report, AGU continues …

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