January 6, 2017

Fall Meeting: Did you miss the science policy & science writing fellowship luncheon?

Fall Meeting: Did you miss the science policy & science writing fellowship luncheon?

Are you a scientist interested in policy or journalism? Are you considering a career in policy or journalism? Did you sadly miss our event discussing our science policy and science writing fellowships? Well, you’re in luck! During Fall Meeting, AGU hosted a luncheon entitled “How to be a Congressional Science or Mass Media Fellow”. The event provided attendees the opportunity to learn more about the fellowships and hear from current …

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December 26, 2016

GeoPolicy Connect: Recommendations for the Future

AGU’s inaugural GeoPolicy Connect (GPC) brought participants together to discuss how better decisions can be made around oil and gas issues as they pertain to hydraulic fracturing. Throughout the two day event, participants were tasked with finding ways to have inclusive conversations that lead to sound decisions around science policy issues. Through collaboration and innovative thinking, the following recommendations emerged: Build up easily accessible resources for science information to be …

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December 16, 2016

How Scientists Can Reach Policy Makers: Lessons from Space Weather Scientists

How Scientists Can Reach Policy Makers: Lessons from Space Weather Scientists

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By Kim Quesnel, Stanford University   When I entered the Science Policy 201: Advocacy in Action session at the AGU Fall Meeting, I was surprised to learn that we would be spending the next hour discussing space weather. One of the taglines for the session was “Come learn how science can be used to …

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December 15, 2016

The Case for Communication: Speaking vs. Being Heard

The Case for Communication: Speaking vs. Being Heard

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Sarah Trimble, University of Mary Washington   As a union of geophysical scientists, gathered in mass at our annual meeting of like minds, we presently face a tipping point in our mission of communication. All of the precision, accuracy, and controlled experiments in our world will amount to little if we do not also effectively …

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December 14, 2016

One year after COP21: 3 things we learned

One year after COP21: 3 things we learned

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Adele Kuzmiakova, Graduate Student, University College London, London Exactly one year ago, December 2015, marked a historical turning point in Paris where around 200 countries adopted the first-ever, bottom-up climate deal. The agreement provides a backdrop for a global action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to constrain the global warming rate to …

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December 13, 2016

Geoethics: It’s for you!

Geoethics: It's for you!

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Tong Qiu, Graduate Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Personal and professional ethical standards are becoming more and more important for geoscientists. Geoethics covers the professional standards required for geoscientists to work and serve the society. Unethical practice within geoscience include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, deliberately falsification of data and …

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November 23, 2016

Breaking Down the 115th Congress – Part I of II

Breaking Down the 115th Congress – Part I of II

  Overview In the wake of the election there are many unknowns regarding how the 115th Congress (which begins in January 2017 with the newly elected members of Congress) will choose to legislate. What is known, apart from three Louisiana races and one in California, are the incoming congressmen and women. With the 2017 roster nearly set, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have begun the process of …

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Breaking Down the 115th Congress – Part II of II

Breaking Down the 115th Congress – Part II of II

  Shake Ups There will be several notable absences in the next Congress; Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), who has been a resolute defender and vocal proponent of science, is retiring. Notably, she was the ranking member on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Committee; she will be replaced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), who is the current ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Space, unsuccessfully …

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November 17, 2016

The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

During the long and challenging presidential campaign, discussions regarding science took a back seat. Though many are still processing the results of the election, we wanted to provide some insight into the question “What do the election results mean for science?” For answers, we are looking to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s comments and responses during the campaign. With few discussions of science, insights into Mr. Trump’s position and potential treatment …

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November 14, 2016

Oil & Gas Issues Explored Through a Collaborative Lens

A breakout group working at GPC.

In today’s complex world, the biggest science and policy issues require a new approach to thinking. Scientists, policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators can no longer operate within their own circles. Meaningful results come from these groups working together in a collaborative process. The inaugural GeoPolicy Connect was a targeted effort to do just that. The event brought together people from different sectors – business leaders, centennial state lawmakers, federally focused …

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