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28 November 2022

CSLDF at the 2022 AGU Fall Meeting

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and AGU work together to help geoscientists understand their legal rights and responsibilities—knowledge that’s an essential part of every researcher’s professional development. This year, we’re offering a range of events at AGU’s 2022 Fall Meeting. Whether you’re actively involved in scientific and political activism or curious about how scientists can be involved in government rulemaking, we encourage you to participate in these events …


20 November 2022

Satellite imagery of the El Molino landslide in Norte de Santander, Colombia

Satellite imagery from Planet Labs provides insights into the El Molino landslide in Norte de Santander, Colombia


18 November 2022

Home runs at the World Series causing earthquakes? A lesson in information literacy.

Although the Philadelphia Phillies ended up losing the World Series in Game 6, the 2022 season ended with excitement beyond baseball. It also ended with a valuable lesson in information literacy, and why you should always check your sources.


4 November 2022

AWG’s Outstanding Educators – elevate and celebrate

Please allow me to use this blog post to share a little more about the award and give a shout-out to all of these amazing honorees from previous years. I hope you recognize several of these names and their contributions to our discipline, and perhaps take a few moments to learn more about this group and their accomplishments. I hope that this post can help groups/institutions outside of AWG elevate and celebrate these individuals and share their stories.


21 October 2022

Novyi Svet: A large landslide in a landfill site in Russia

Novyi Svet: A large landslide in a landfill site in Russia On Thursday 20 October 2022 a large and notable landslide occurred at a landfill site in the village of Novyi Svet (Новый свет) in Gatchinsky, Russia (the village is at 59.559, 30.201).  Unsurprisingly in these troubled times this has not been reported in the western media, but it is an impressive failure. The Russian website has this image …


20 October 2022

Navigating the challenge of COVID and cruises

All of our personal and professional lives were impacted from the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in early 2020. The schedule of ocean expeditions was hit especially hard, and field-based ocean research continues to work through the ongoing challenges of coronavirus.


30 September 2022

Slow looking for visual literacy

Look at an image. Resist the temptation of immediately jumping to the caption for an explanation of what is being shown. Practice slow looking to unlock more discoveries.


19 September 2022

Slow Water movement, from “Water Always Wins”

Slow Water solutions are place-specific and community oriented. They center on water’s relationships with rocks, microbes, plants, and animals, including humans. Practitioners aim to collaborate with water rather than try to control it. — Erica Gies website


14 September 2022

The Jagersfontein tailings dam accident: the aftermath

The Jagersfontein tailings dam accident: the plume of pollution has extended to the reservoir of the Kalkfontein Dam.


3 September 2022

Getting Earth Science Students to Learn by Letting them Speak [guest post]

Everybody has stories to tell. Using of student-produced audio narratives in the classroom allows students to tell the stores behind the subject matter. This can then enhance learning and student engagement, while letting them have a little bit of fun along the way.


31 August 2022

Leaving the University of Sheffield

Leaving the University of Sheffield: today is my last day at the University of Sheffield. Tomorrow, I will move to the University of Hull.


29 August 2022

Take 5… Earth science information, by state

Preparations for teaching involve pulling together datasets, visualizations, and information that is geographically centered. For those looking for information relating to the geographic location (or U.S. state) for your campus, students may be interested in exploring these resources.


17 August 2022

Giving students a survey on the first day? Think about what you are asking, and why

First-day survey responses can yield stepping stones to conversations and modifications with regards to our students and our courses. As instructors, we need to be mindful and thoughtful about the questions we ask, how we ask these questions, and what (if anything) we will do with those responses. 


28 July 2022

What Inclusive Instructors Do – a book from Stylus Publishing

The themes of “equity and belonging” are present throughout the book, emphasizing that instructors can design learning environments for all students to reach their potential within a welcoming space that fosters a sense of belonging.


27 July 2022

AGU sends letter of Support for CHIPS innovation package to Congress

On 27 July 2022, AGU sent a letter to leadership in the House of Representatives supporting the CHIPS+ innovation package and highlighting AGU priorities included in the bill.    As Congress prepares to vote on the CHIPS + Act, we want to thank Congress for including several critical pieces of bipartisan legislation of priority to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 in the Earth and space …


15 July 2022

Catalyzing Change: STEM Faculty as Change Agents

The issue describes how faculty can be change agents, supporting student success, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and supporting career and academic pathways.


7 July 2022

AGU joins letter asking Congress to pass COMPETES/USICA bills

On 30 June 2022, AGU and other scientific organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to reach a final enactment by the end of July on H.R. 4521, the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act, and S.1260, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). Congress is poised to significantly strengthen our nation’s competitive advantage in science and innovation to the benefit of …


1 July 2022

In Case You Were Wondering About This…

In case you were wondering… IF Bonnie has a recognizable circulation (Tropical Depression), into the Pacific, and then regenerates, the name Bonnie will continue to be used by the National Hurricane Center. If it falls apart to a disturbance, and then regenerates, then a Pacific cyclone name will be assigned. I must say, this makes scientific sense and it is something that comes up, although rarely. Since the mid-1800’s, only …


28 June 2022

Ocean exploration matters [World Oceans Day/National Ocean Month]

Although the spring semester is over for colleges and universities in the United States, the ocean-related celebrations during the month of June are an excellent reminder that when we do head back into the classroom, we should not just focus on the “what” about the ocean (what we know/don’t know), but why we need to know – as NOAA says, why ocean exploration matters.


29 May 2022

Ships returning to Cape Town – H.M.S. Challenger and JOIDES Resolution

Cape Town has served as a port of call for these two scientific vessels and others, playing an important role in supporting science at sea.