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1 August 2018

The Nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier as OSTP Director

AGU is pleased to see that President Trump has taken action to appoint Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, a well-qualified scientist from our community, to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). After nearly 560 days, the longest any Administration has been without such crucial science advice, this nomination has been long in coming. AGU has been consistently outspoken about the need for an OSTP Director to ensure that sound science informs administration …

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25 July 2018

Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Frustration is mounting over nationalist policies in the U.S. and other countries, which are obstructing the free exchange of ideas and effective collaboration among scientists. These policies have multiple impacts. The most immediate and visible human tragedies are borne by refugees and immigrants. At the same time, several academics have lost their jobs or their ability to carry out their missions where nationalist governments have restricted academic freedoms and defunded …

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12 May 2015

The U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and You

By David Sibeck (NASA/GSFC), President, Space Physics and Aeronomy Section While the effects of most space-weather events are not as immediately recognizable as floods, hurricanes, or tsunamis, they can be just as detrimental. Extreme space-weather events could cause prolonged losses of electrical power that would be incredibly destructive to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. If such a disaster were to strike, the impacts could be widespread, cascading, …

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23 March 2015

What Does the Future Hold for Science In the Challenging American Political Environment?

As scientists, AGU members know how important their research is. Earth and space science satisfies society’s natural curiosity and desire to understand how the world around them works. It also provides real and tangible benefits that drive our economy, protect our communities, and improve our quality of life. All of us benefit, around the world and here in the U.S. The benefits of science aren’t limited to red states or …

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27 February 2015

Protecting Academic Freedom and Holding Ourselves Accountable

Update (3 March 2015): In the last few days we have received several comments regarding the situation with the Natural Resources Committee, and as such, I want to expand a bit on what I previously wrote here. AGU unwaveringly supports a scientist’s right to academic freedom, and nothing in my previous post should be interpreted to suggest otherwise. We view the singling out of any individual or group of scientists …

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11 October 2011

The case for investing in science: How you can make a difference

11 October 2011 You can hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV nowadays without seeing a story on the impacts of the debt crisis in America (and around the world). Unfortunately, the proposed solutions rarely seem to include strategic investments in science and research. This is particularly troubling because we know that federal investments in science have a long and storied history of creating jobs and stimulating …

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