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18 March 2021

AGU’s 2021 Policy Priorities   

As a scientific society whose members’ research and interests span the universe, AGU’s science policy interests are just as vast – from scientific integrity to funding for science to building resilience to natural hazards. In 2019, AGU began developing annual policy priorities to help focus our advocacy work and speed the advancement of important science policy and legislation. For example, last Congress by focusing on our policy priorities AGU was able to secure passage of the Space Weather Research …

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18 December 2019

A Focus on the Future: Educating for the Next 100 Years

Last week, nearly 28,000 scientists convened in San Francisco for AGU’s annual Fall Meeting. This year also marks AGU’s centennial, and it seemed one topic was on the minds of many: what will the next 100 years look like, and how do we prepare the next generation of scientists? During a plenary discussion with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Governor Jerry Brown, AGU’s CEO Chris …

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10 October 2019

National Science Board highlights Skilled Technical Workforce shortage in new report

On 12 September, the National Science Board (NSB) released its latest report during a well-attended briefing on Capitol Hill. As the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) governing body, the NSB plays a critical role in looking broadly at trends in the science and technology (S&T) enterprise and provides recommendations to NSF on how to invest its portfolio. The NSB’s latest set of recommendations are presented in The Skilled Technical Workforce: Crafting …

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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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22 August 2017

Q&A with Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University

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. Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Dr. Elkins-Tanton is the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, Principal Investigator of NASA’s Psyche mission, Co-chair …

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31 May 2017

NASA Fares Okay in President’s FY18 Budget Request

Relative to other federal science agencies, NASA fares fairly well in the president’s budget request, receiving an overall 3% cut in funding from FY17 funding levels. The President’s budget breaks with Obama era policy by officially terminating the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). ARM was very unpopular with Congress, but continues many of the key technologies in development for the mission, such as solar electric propulsion.  SMD Recieves .94% Cut The …

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30 May 2017

President’s Budget cuts National Science Foundation (NSF) by 11%

The President’s fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget proposes to cut NSF’s spending by 10.96% or $840. 98 million from the FY17 spending bill that Congress passed in early May. NSF’s research and related activities account (R&RA), which encompasses NSF’s seven directorates, received a similar 11.14% cut in funding. The consequences of this decrease in funding include: 800 less new research grants than in fiscal year 2016; and NSF in FY18 …

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2 March 2017

Amidst Cabinet Nominations, Congress Considers Science Legislation 

The 115th Congress is now in full swing. With the flurry of cabinet nominations being considered, it’s easy to miss the legislation that has been or is being considered in Congress. In this blog post, we will give you an overview of some of the science-related legislation that is up for consideration or has recently been passed. Department of Energy Research & Innovation Act (H.R. 589)—Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX): The …

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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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13 October 2016

Bridging the Gap: Creating an inclusive world of geoscience learning

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 Geoscience for Everyone Day and one of our featured AGU members is Dr. Christopher Atchison. Chris is an Assistant Professor of Geoscience Education at the University of Cincinnati, School of Education and Department of Geology. He …

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Looking Beyond Our Comfort Zone: Exploring the geosciences in new ways

  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 Geoscience for Everyone Day and one of our featured AGU members is Lisa White, Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley.  Lisa has a B.A. in Geology from …

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12 October 2016

Q & A with Wendi Williams about Geoscience Diversity

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 Geoscience for Everyone Day and one of our featured AGU members is Wendi J. W. Williams, Ph.D. Wendi is adjunct faculty at both Northwest Arkansas Community College in their Division for Science and Mathematics and …

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Fossils and a Soviet ambulance in Kyrgyzstan? That and more – Our Q & A with Paleontologist Win McLaughlin on National Fossil Day

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 National Fossil Day and one of our featured AGU members is Win McLaughlin. Win is a PhD Candidate at the University of Oregon. In 2015, Win was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to help further her …

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Fossils and painted nails on a Sloth?: Q & A with Ryan Haupt on National Fossil Day

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 National Fossil Day and one of our featured AGU members is Ryan Haupt. Ryan is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wyoming. Could you summarize your research in a sentence or two? Broadly, my …

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11 October 2016

Nearby Nature: Getting our youth outside.

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 No Child Left Inside Day and our feature is Nearby Nature, a non-profit organization based in Eugene, Oregon. We spoke with Holly Hartmann, a Nearby Nature Board Member and Events Volunteer. She is also the …

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10 October 2016

Improving Science Literacy – from classroom to community

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 topic is Earth Science Literacy Day and our featured member is Jennifer Spirelli. Jennifer is currently the Assistant Principal in Somers Middle School in upstate New York.   Could you summarize your job in a …

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Earth Science Week is here!

It’s Earth Science Week! Each day this week AGU will be recognizing the efforts of a few members and how they contribute to the geosciences and science education. Thanks to the leadership of Senator Lisa Murkowski and the bill’s co-sponsors, a resolution recognizing Earth Science Week has already passed in the Senate. A similar resolution has been introduced in the House.  Each day we will highlight a different geoscience focus; here’s a preview. Monday, …

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18 August 2016

Science Policy and the “Third Parties”

By George Marino, AGU Science Policy Intern I recently received a response to an article I shared on our Twitter account about the science policy positions of the Presidential candidates from the two major U.S. political parties. The person asked where a candidate from one of the other parties stood on the issues. So after some research, I can present the facts that I could find on what “third party” …

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