December 18, 2014

SIPS Ahoy, AGU ReLaunches Focus Group

SIPS Ahoy, AGU ReLaunches Focus Group

The Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences (SIPS) Focus Group of AGU is casting off any impediments that may have kept us below the sonar, radar or lidar of the AGU membership at the 2014 Fall Meeting in San Francisco. We invite attendees to participate in a SIPS Lunch and Relaunch Event on Thursday, December 18 to discuss the objectives and activities of SIPS. The group was established in 2008, but has a revised name and an updated webpage, so the Fall Meeting is an opportune time for a meet, greet and critique.

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December 12, 2014

FY15 Omnibus – A Close Shave

For the past several months those inside the beltway have nervously watched with bated breath as House and Senate appropriators quietly negotiated a spending bill that funds the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2015 (FY15). Late Tuesday night, the long-awaited bill was unveiled.

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December 11, 2014

Scientific Known Unknowns and Uncertainties: Vital Information or Achilles Heel?

Scientific Known Unknowns and Uncertainties: Vital Information or Achilles Heel?

Scientists are in the business of producing knowledge. In the process we delineate what is known, what is uncertain, and what is unknown. But for much of the general public, the unknown and the uncertain implies doubt.

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December 3, 2014

Defending Science @ Fall Meeting

Defending Science @ Fall Meeting

In recent years, a small but growing number of climate scientists have found themselves the targets of politically motivated groups. The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) was founded in 2011 by Scott Mandia and Joshua Wolfe to protect the scientific endeavor by providing legal assistance to climate scientists facing such attacks.

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November 21, 2014

Duck Season Now Open. What’s in Congress’ Sights?

Duck Season Now Open. What's in Congress' Sights?

The 113th Congress returned to session last week after the mid-term elections. Democrats are seeking to compromise while they still have leadership of the Senate, and Republicans want to tie up loose ends to make room for more ambitious legislation in the 114th Congress when they take control of both chambers. The hope is that the lame duck Congress will be productive in passing fiscal year 2015 (FY15) appropriations, confirming nominees for administrative posts, and selecting party leadership positions for congressional committees.

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November 12, 2014

A Reason for Optimism

A Reason for Optimism

Congress runs on coffee – and as new congressional fellows we do too. Like the unseen support staff operating beneath the Senate offices, the legislative staff working in the background for each Senator, Representative, and Committee are an impressive group that should give you reason for optimism.

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November 6, 2014

So Now What?

So Now What?

With words plastered over news sites like “wave”, “tsunami”, “earthquake”, “landslide”, etc. you’d think that a major natural disaster occurred instead of run-of-the-mill democratic elections. Many woke up yesterday morning taking a hard look in the mirror, and while some predict the world will end in the next two years, we’ve got a prediction of our own: this is a great opportunity for science advocates.

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November 4, 2014

We Can Vote Science 2014

We Can Vote Science 2014

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for all year – the 2014 Midterm elections. No matter where you live, the location of your polling place, or how busy your day is, there are few things more important you can do as a citizen than make your voice heard in the ballot box.

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October 22, 2014

Congress and Me: A Scientist in DC

Congress and Me: A Scientist in DC

This past September, I participated in the Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) sponsored by AGU. As public support for science is waning, I have realized that we as scientists really need to step up our game on communicating, both with the public and with policy makers. Obviously we are versed in selling the importance of our science to our peers, but we need to do the same for the audience …

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October 1, 2014

Nobody Lobbies for Geosciences Like Geoscientists

Nobody Lobbies for Geosciences Like Geoscientists

I confess that, if I had my druthers, I would spend my days solely ‘sciencing’—conducting fieldwork in remote places, examining samples in the laboratory, and interpreting data with my graduate students. I am now convinced that geosciences advocacy should be added to my list of regular duties.

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