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20 May 2019

Strategic ed tech planning with the 2019 Horizon Report by EDUCAUSE

What is on the five-year horizon for higher education institutions? Which trends and technology developments will drive educational change? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change are in the Horizon Report: 2019 Higher Education Edition brought to you by EDUCAUSE.


18 May 2019

Northern Mockingbird: 1 Red Tail Hawk: Nil

This is definitely my first post regarding birds but this is something you have to watch. A Northern Mockingbird goes after a Red Tail Hawk for intruding in its area. This is from the WBOC Weather camera on top of the bell tower at Salisbury University. I shot it with my iPhone on our very large monitor in the weather office. The Mockingbird bothered him for over 30 minutes before …


16 May 2019

Who Is Doing a Good Job Covering Climate?

The NY Times and the Washington Post are among the few major media outlets that I would give at least a B grade on their climate coverage.  Most deserve an F, but there are strong signs that this is about to change (See my previous post). This past Sunday the Washington Post magazine had 24 of their climate change covers and it is worth sharing. I talked to a group …


Data sharing: an update on new and existing initiatives

Last year, Anne Van Loon wrote about data sharing initiatives in hydrology (“Data drought or data flood?” 28 May 2018). This post gives an update on existing and new initiatives.


A major, fatal retaining wall failure from Basaksehir in Istanbul, Turkey

On Tuesday 16th May 2019 a large retaining wall failed in the Basaksehir district of Istanbul in Turkey, killing a passing motorist.


15 May 2019

Students in Science Policy: Science Policy Internships

Every summer and fall, AGU offers paid internships in our Public Affairs department. Interns tackle a range of tasks, from attending Congressional hearings to writing blog posts like this one! Our former intern Alison Evans is currently an associate at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations and consulting firm in Washington DC, where she works with universities and non-profit science societies to advocate on behalf of the higher education and …


13 May 2019

2019 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase (May 13-20)

TERC hosts the 5th Annual STEM for All Video Showcase to Broaden Participation and Access to STEM Education.
This is the largest Video Showcase to date with the theme Innovations in STEM Education and encourages interaction, collaboration, networking, and public voting.


8 May 2019

Video: Linking water planetary boundaries and UN Sustainable Development Goals

Water Underground creator Tom Gleeson prepared this quick research video (with no more than a toothbrush, a file holder, and a doughnut, in one take!) for the Ripples project meeting at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, that was held in April. In this video, he talks about using doughnut economics for linking water planetary boundaries and UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Students in Science Policy: Congressional Visit Days

There are many great ways to get a feel for science policy when you’re still a student. AGU offers Congressional Visit Days (CVD) throughout the year, where participants go through a one-day training workshop before meeting with their members of Congress the following day. In collaboration with other geoscience societies, AGU hosts Geo-CVD every fall in Washington DC. Hannah Rabinowitz, a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University studying seismology, participated in …


7 May 2019

Roman mining activities polluted European air more heavily than previously thought

Roman-era mining activities increased atmospheric lead concentrations by at least a factor of 10, polluting air over Europe more heavily and for longer than previously thought, according to a new analysis of ice cores taken from glaciers on France’s Mont Blanc.


5 May 2019

Celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements

The International Year aims to recognize the importance of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as one of the most important and influential achievements in modern science reflecting the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics, biology and other basic sciences disciplines.


4 May 2019

One year

I’ve delayed writing about my involvement in last summer’s Kilauea eruption for a number of reasons. One is because I wanted to wait until the USGS has had a chance to publish the preliminaries of the eruption; others are more personal, involving my experience working with the communities affected and the people responding to the eruption. But now that the one-year anniversary of the start of the eruption has come …


2 May 2019

U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Climate Action Now Act: The State of the Paris Climate and Agreement and Climate Change Policy

This week, the House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 9, The Climate Action Now Act, which prevents the United States from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.  The bill will also require President Trump to develop and update annually a plan for the U.S. to meet the greenhouse gas emissions requirements established under the accord.  H.R. 9, which is cosponsored by 224 House Democrats and no Republicans, reflects a …


1 May 2019

Catalyzing Change: One Scientist’s Experience During the Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop

Meredith Richardson is a PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.   Thanks to AGU and its initiatives for connecting science and policy, last month I had the opportunity to attend the Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. The workshop was a 3-day crash course in how Congress works. We …


Covering Climate Change- The Media Pledges To Do Better.

I spent today in New York attending an event for journalists about covering climate change. It was sponsored by the Columbia Journalism Review and it was packed. I was asked to be on a panel early in the day and it’s well worth watching (See below, the event was taped). Although it was mainly an event for journalists, my fellow meteorologists Jeff Bernadelli and Bernadette Woods attended as well, so …


14 April 2019

Voices for Science 2019 – getting started with the take-home message

I look forward to a full year of expanding upon my outreach and engagement activities, finding creative and collaborative ways to share science that are new to me and my audiences. Look for other members of the Voices for Science 2019 cohort and their innovative approaches to science communication and effective advocacy with science policy!


11 April 2019

Hey Kentucky, Your Congressman Thinks You’re Foolish

Former Sec. of State John Kerry ran into a climate denial time machine today in Congress. The clip from CNN is below. Watch it, and then I’ll explain what Kentucky Congressman Massie doesn’t seem to understand about Earth’s climate. The question I have is why did he didn’t just ask an atmospheric scientist?? I think I know the answer, so read on. Watch the clip: So here is the NOAA …


9 April 2019

Voices for Science 2019 – the year ahead

The energy and enthusiasm of this group is incredibly high. So many of us shared that we have been looking for a community that has the same passion for outreach and engagement, in both science communication and science policy. The Voices for Science advocates have clearly made a connection, which is sure to only strengthen…


8 April 2019

Voices for Science 2019 – the journey begins…

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.


5 April 2019

Dowsing for interesting water science – what’s exciting at EGU 2019?

Every April, the European Geophysical Union (EGU) holds an annual meeting in Vienna. With thousands of presentations spread out over a full week, it can feel like you’re surrounded by a deluge of water-related options – particularly since the conference center is on an island!