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December 27, 2023

A New Year’s resolution: Thank the teacher you never thanked

As you make out your to-do list for the new year, perhaps add one more line item. Take a moment and reach out to the teacher(s) that made a difference in your own journey as a scientist/educator.


January 2, 2023

A New Year’s resolution: attend/host a science communication event

“…the need to make critical decisions related to climate change, such as how to limit greenhouse gas emissions, understand and plan for potential risks, mitigate impacts to the health and well-being of humans and the natural world, and adapt to changes that cannot be prevented, makes it increasingly essential to find ways to improve productive and inclusive civic dialogue around science. Building this capacity for a more effective and equitable science communication ecosystem will require marshaling the collective strengths, creativity, and expertise of research, practice, and communities.”


January 1, 2022

A New Year’s resolution: Climate action

There are so many topics and efforts that deserve our attention – how can we possibly select which one (or more than one) to declare as a New Year’s resolution? One can’t go wrong with increasing our actions relating to addressing climate change.


January 14, 2021

In 2021, create community engagement as a science activator

Would you call yourself an advocate, and activist, or an activator? All of these classifications and actions under them can make a difference for science and the present and future of Planet Earth.


January 1, 2020

A New Year’s resolution: answer Dr. Lubchenco’s call for a renewed social contract

The new Contract should extend well beyond research and training activities. Some of the most pressing needs include communicating the certainties and uncertainties and seriousness of different environmental or social problems, providing alternatives to address them, and educating citizens about the issues. In parallel to initiating new research, strong efforts should be launched to better communicate scientific information already in hand. — Lubchenco (1998), Science


January 1, 2019

A New Year’s resolution: help students (and Chuck Todd) feel hope towards climate action

This is my New Year’s resolution – I have to increase the themes of hope, optimism, action, and advocacy in my courses. I need every student to leave my courses feeling like they can do something that matters and makes a difference.


December 30, 2017

A New Year’s resolution: help the public learn about NOAA

When asked, “What can AGU members do for federal agencies?” NOAA responded: help the public know what comes out of NOAA’s work.


January 1, 2017

A new year – will you add #365papers to your resolutions?

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution for 2017? How about reading #365papers, or #230papers, or #52papers…


January 6, 2016

2016 New Year’s Resolution – Suggestions for Faculty

It’s that time of year again – the time when some people declare to dedicate efforts to improve their personal and/or professional lives. With so many online articles and posts calling attention to New Year’s resolutions, this wasn’t a topic I could ignore on my blog, as grad students, post-docs, faculty and researchers can generate resolutions to help us find that magical work/life balance (or at least get closer to it!).