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13 July 2021

NASEM report – Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future

“Scientific thinking and understanding are essential for all people navigating the world, not just for scientists and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals.”

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12 July 2021

Federal budget sees movement in Congress Part 1; see highlights for USGS, EPA, and Forest Service

On 1 July 2021, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill on a 32-24 vote. This bill includes FY22 spending levels for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and part of the U.S. Forest Service. In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed spending and programmatic highlights for those science agencies.   United States Geological Survey (USGS) …

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6 July 2021

The source zone of the Atami landslide

News reports and archive Google Earth imagery indicate that the Atami landslide might have occurred on manmade slope

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5 July 2021

The Atami mudslides in Japan

The Atami mudslides in Japan Over the weekend there was considerable attention paid to the remarkable videos of the mudflows in Atami, Japan.  This one in particular gained traction:- [embed_video width=”800″ height=”600″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDOn46equP8[/embed_video] . But there are several others, which are helpfully combined into a compilation here: [embed_video width=”800″ height=”600″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlPxFVDpW6Q[/embed_video] . I particularly draw your attention to the excerpt that begins at 8 minutes 16 seconds into the second video (the …

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1 July 2021

The muskox’s odyssey: From Greenland to Alaska

By Ned Rozell Leaving cloven hoof prints from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, more than 3,500 muskoxen live in Alaska. All of those shaggy, curly-horned beasts came from one group of muskoxen that survived a most remarkable journey in the 1930s. In 1900, no muskoxen existed in Alaska. Though the stocky, weatherproof creatures have survived in the Arctic since the last ice age, the last reports …

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30 June 2021

AGU and other science societies express the evidence-based urgency of boldly addressing climate change and encourage Congress to act quickly

On 30 June 2021, AGU and 48 other scientific societies sent a letter to leadership in Congress expressing urgency for bold action on climate change.    Dear Members of Congress,   The undersigned major scientific organizations write to express the evidence-based urgency of boldly addressing climate change and encourage you to act quickly. Observations throughout the world make it clear climate change is occurring and rapidly intensifying. Rigorous scientific research …

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25 June 2021

Employer views on higher education – takeaways from the 2021 AAC&U report

Although our discipline provides excellent data from employers through the AGI Workforce documents and the recently-released Vision and Change in the Geosciences: The Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education report, it is important to also step back and take a wider view. Not all of our students will enter geoscience careers or stay within them – workforce preparation for our students needs to take into consideration what employers outside the geosciences identify as areas that will help our students succeed, no matter which career they pursue.

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22 June 2021

AGU endorses the Supporting STEM Learning Opportunities Act

On 22 June 2021, AGU sent a letter to Senators Shaheen (NH) and Capito (WV) endorsing the Supporting STEM Learning Opportunities Act.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to thank you for crafting the Supporting STEM Learning Opportunities Act and offer AGU’s official endorsement for this important bill.   Experiential STEM learning opportunities are essential …

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AGU endorses the STEM RESTART Act

On 22 June 2021, AGU sent a letter of endorsement to leadership in the House of Representatives and Senate for the STEM RESTART Act.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to thank you for crafting the STEM Restoring Employment Skills through Targeted Assistance, Re-entry, and Training (RESTART) Act and offering AGU’s official endorsement for this …

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AGU endorses the Reconciliation in Places Names Act

On 22 June 2021, AGU sent a letter of endorsement to leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate for the Reconciliation in Place Names Act.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to thank you for crafting the Reconciliation in Place Names Act and offer AGU’s official endorsement for this important bill.   American …

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How NOT to do Science Journalism

Take a look at this: https://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2021/06/15/100-year-old-photo-of-carbis-bay-shows-site-of-g7-climate-summit-looks-the-same-as-it-did-then/ It’s been a while since I read a news article so full of falsehoods, (and just plain ignorance of science) but this one takes the cake. This is not journalism. It’s written for people who cannot think for themselves. Just some points. Were the two photos taken at the same tide cycle? High tide, low tide? Hint, no one knows! The image, therefore, is …

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4 June 2021

Take 5… grading for equity

The book “Grading for Equity” shares three pillars for equitable grading – accuracy, bias-resistant, and motivational. But we also need to make sure our classroom practices and assessments are also designed through an equitable lens.

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1 June 2021

Corinth Canal: a video of the rockfall that has left it closed since January

Corinth Canal: a video of the rockfall that has left it closed since January According to Wikipedia, the Conrinth Canal, “connects the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland“. Built in 1893, it was for a while an important trading route within Greece.  However, it is a very narrow cut through bedrock – it is 6.4 km long …

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26 May 2021

Geology Bites – a podcast with researchers sharing earth and space science

As we look to help students build a science identity and recognize the accomplishments of our colleagues, the Geology Bites podcast is a great addition to our toolkit for celebrating science and scientists.

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25 May 2021

#QuiltYourScience for AGU 2021 and beyond

What is your science journey: unlocking Earth’s secrets? exploring the heights of our atmosphere to the depths of our ocean? or teaching others about the wonders of our universe? We invite quilters of all ages and skill levels to join us in December 2021 for a virtual celebration of quilts that celebrate the earth and space sciences. Create a mini quilt or a square illustrating your work in and/or passion for earth and space science research, communication or education.

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Aliens In The Sky? Show Me Some Real Evidence!

Houston, we have a problem. News outlets have found that when they publish any story that has the letters UFO in it, they get a lot of hits. This leads to two things: More UFO stories and poor journalism. Here is an example I saw this last weekend. It was on the NBC website and showed the image below: Any meteorologist can tell you what you are looking at, and …

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20 May 2021

AGU endorses the National Ocean Exploration Act

On 11 May 2021, AGU sent a letter of endorsement to leadership of the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Committee for the National Ocean Exploration Act.    The National Ocean Exploration Act will help to ensure that our oceans continue to provide resources vital to our lives and our livelihoods—from food and energy sources to weather and global climate modulation, to biologically diverse habitats. Specifically, right now, there are significant …

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16 May 2021

Documenting geoscience career paths with the Earth Science Resources video series

I strongly believe showcasing different career opportunities to students will help increase diversity in geoscience because “get a job” often takes precedent over “follow my passion” when you are a first-generation college student. But I want students to know they can have both! — Dr. Cindy Bergeron, creator/producer of Earth Science Resources [quote via email]

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14 May 2021

The LARAM 2021 school

Applications are open for LARAM (“LAndslide Risk Assessment & Mitigation”) 2021. LARAM is a fantastic two week training programme for early career researchers run by the University of Salerno. 

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29 April 2021

The mining-induced Jianshanying Landslide in Guizhou Province China

A new paper in the journal Landslides (Chen et al. 2021) highlights the enormous and very rapidly evolving Jianshanying Landslide in Guizhou Province China, triggered by coal mining.

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