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29 May 2020

I Thought This Was a Joke. It Wasn’t

I saw this online last week and immediately assumed it was a joke from THE ONION. Unfortunately, it was not. The poll seems to be real, and it says a lot about our country. None of it good. Over a quarter of U.S. adults believe a silly conspiracy theory. Our polarisation is breaking not only along party lines, but those party lines seem to be breaking along scientifically literate lines. …


26 May 2020

A dispatch from the AGU archives: Five blogs on diversity, equity and inclusion 

By Caroline Gleason, AGU’s Spring 2020 Public Affairs Intern   The geosciences are among the least diverse STEM fields in the United States, with little improvement made over the past 40 years. As we stare down challenges ranging from COVID-19 to climate change, the need for a robust, diverse STEM workforce becomes clearer each day.   We, as scientists, must be deliberate in order to make diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) a serious priority. As a white woman in STEM, I have experienced some of …


25 May 2020

Giving a remote talk? Check out these tips.

This post compiles advice and experiences from those that have been teaching or giving one-off presentations via online technology. These experiences are valuable to share and can only assist all of us as we continue to move forward exploring our teaching, research, and outreach in an online world.


20 May 2020

Edenville dam: a major dam collapse in Michigan

In Midland County, Michigan collapse is underway of Edenville dam, driven by heavy rainfall. Reports suggest that a second dam may also be failing.


18 May 2020

Should the pandemic change what we ‘do’ as sustainability scientists?

The world will likely never be the same again after the covid-19 pandemic – too much has changed for us personally, socially and culturally. The pandemic is a terrible tragedy that continues to devastate lives and economies while ironically also bearing the possibility of being a much needed global sustainability reset. So as applied scientists focused on sustainability, what is our role in this reset? 


Guest Post: A New Resource on What Researchers Need to Know About Scientific Integrity

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) has a new resource for scientists: A Quick Guide to the Scientific Integrity Policies of Universities, State Agencies and International Institutions.   Published in April, the free guide describes how these entities typically structure their scientific integrity policies, highlights areas in which there are notable differences, provides tips for researchers trying to navigate these policies and notes the areas where the policies need …


16 May 2020

Getting Earth and space into the science fair

The challenges to getting more Earth and space science in the science fair include: the science fair criteria/judging, the student gender/teacher influence, and if/when Earth and space science are taught in K-12 grades. So what do we do about this?


15 May 2020

A potential major rock slope failure above Barry Glacier in Alaska

A team of scientists has identified a potentially massive (500 million cubic metre) rock slope failure above Barry Glacier in Alaska


13 May 2020

Science policy carries on

Science policy is still happening at AGU, albeit from our kitchen tables. From advocating for stimulus funding for science to monitoring visa restrictions for international students and researchers, AGU has continued to speak up for our scientific community during this pandemic.  However, not all recent science policy developments have been related to COVID-19. Here, we highlight three non-COVID policy issues that AGU’s Public Affairs team is acting on from home.     Open access  Open Access (OA) is a set of principles and …


11 May 2020

Seven highlights from 70 years of the National Science Foundation

Caroline Gleason and Emily Orzechowski, AGU spring 2020 Public Affairs interns    “Scientific progress is one essential key to our security as a nation, to our better health, to more jobs, to a higher standard of living and to our cultural progress.” – Vannevar Bush    The National Science Foundation (NSF) was established 10 May 1950 with a mission to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense.” In its 70 years, NSF has spurred major advances in scientific knowledge …


7 May 2020

YouTube Conspiracy Theory Video Goes Viral. Here Is Some Hard Truth

   You can also get some more science from a group of virologists who produce a podcast called This Week in Virology. This is more for biology students and experts but there is great info here as well.


4 May 2020

Sardoba Reservoir: a major dam collapse in Uzbekistan on 1 May 2020, plus the EGU2020 Day 1 programme and a car crash interview about diversity in the geosciences

On Friday 1 May 2020 a major collapse occurred in the earth-filled dam of Sardoba Reservoir in Uzbekistan, causing extensive flooding.


2 May 2020

Searching for equity in the science fair

This blog post is meant only to call attention to what we already know as scientists, teachers, and parents. We all need to take that step back, reflect, and provide an honest answer to the question, “are science fairs really fair?”


1 May 2020

Have You Given Up Teaching Your Kids at Home? I Can Help!

Watch the video! Note: the image in the headline on the AGU Blogosphere page is of my friend Joe Witte. He’s right too, Science Works!


27 April 2020

Join AAAS for a Virtual Paperless Meeting Program

What would you create for a “virtual paperless meeting” on an Earth/space science topic? And could this be a model of engagement for more remote learning (perhaps bringing in an expert during the live chat time to engage with students)? Thank you, AAAS, for an example of creative engagement for challenging times!


Groundwater and climate change revisited: informing adaptation in a warming world

Recent research has identified the natural resilience of groundwater to climate change and our tendency to deplete this invaluable resource. It’s time we understood, valued, and governed groundwater as the vital adaptation to climate change that it is.


Planet Labs high resolution imagery of the Tendepo landslide

Planet Labs have succeeded to collecting high resolution SkySat imagery of the Tendepo landslide in Papua New Guinea on 21 March 2020


22 April 2020

Zongling: an area of intense landslide activity in Guizhou Province, China

Zongling: a new open access paper (Wang et al. 2020) in the Journal Landslides describes a new InSAR method to monitor landslide movement caused by coal mining in Guizhou Province, China


20 April 2020

Re-thinking watersheds from the bottom up

Despite a few decades of progress on groundwater-surface water interaction and the advent of integrated groundwater-surface water models, it was clear that very different conceptual models of how groundwater fits into the hydrologic cycle were held by different communities within hydrology.


17 April 2020

Celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day with The Sciku Project

For this year’s International Haiku Poetry Day, why not write your own science-themed haiku? And check out The Sciku Project to explore some more!