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May 31, 2017

NASA Fares Okay in President’s FY18 Budget Request

Relative to other federal science agencies, NASA fares fairly well in the president’s budget request, receiving an overall 3% cut in funding from FY17 funding levels. The President’s budget breaks with Obama era policy by officially terminating the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). ARM was very unpopular with Congress, but continues many of the key technologies in development for the mission, such as solar electric propulsion.  SMD Recieves .94% Cut The …

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May 30, 2017

President’s Budget cuts National Science Foundation (NSF) by 11%

The President’s fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget proposes to cut NSF’s spending by 10.96% or $840. 98 million from the FY17 spending bill that Congress passed in early May. NSF’s research and related activities account (R&RA), which encompasses NSF’s seven directorates, received a similar 11.14% cut in funding. The consequences of this decrease in funding include: 800 less new research grants than in fiscal year 2016; and NSF in FY18 …

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May 23, 2017

AGU DECRIES PROPOSED MASSIVE CUTS TO SCIENCE AGENCY FUNDING IN ADMINISTRATION’S FY18 BUDGET PROPOSAL

Earlier today, the Trump administration released its FY18 budget proposal. While details of the budget will continue to be released in the coming days and weeks, AGU issued the following statement in response to the currently available information in which I said the following:   “The release of President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal earlier today has drawn into sharp focus a disconnect between our nation’s desire to protect …

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April 24, 2017

An experiment I’m willing to try: Reflections on the CASE workshop

Editor’s note: The following post is written by Rachel Kirpes, a graduate student at University of Michigan and the 2017 AGU-sponsored CASE workshop participant.  Earlier this month I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for a three-day science policy workshop organized by AAAS – Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE). I arrived in D.C. early enough the first day to do some sightseeing before the workshop, …

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April 18, 2017

Science Fellows Coming to State Legislatures Across the United States

Editor’s Note: The following guest blog is written by Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) and former AGU Congressional Science Fellow  On February 16, 2017, the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) announced planning grants for nine states to start science policy fellowships modeled on their successful program in California. The nine states include my home state of Connecticut …

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April 13, 2017

MARCH FOR SCIENCE: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Editor’s Note: This blog post was cross-posted from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund blog. By Climate Science Legal Defense Fund The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), an official partner of the March for Science, has released an educational pamphlet, “March for Science: Know Your Rights,” to help science advocates ensure that their march-related activities are constitutionally protected. The pamphlet is available as a free download to print and …

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April 12, 2017

All Politics is Local – Engaging your Legislators Locally

Today is the 82nd day of the Trump presidency and science has already emerged as a significant issue, although not always in ways the scientific community supports.  Given this environment, scientists and non-scientists alike are asking, “What can we do to support science?” Currently, your members of Congress are back home in their states and districts for April recess. April recess runs from Saturday, 8 April through the weekend of …

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April 11, 2017

Federal Budget: Clarity on Parity

Congress has much to do in the way of appropriations this year. While Congress works to prevent a government shutdown on 28 April, when funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 runs out, the budget and appropriations process for FY2018 has already begun. The President’s FY2018 “skinny” budget was released on 16 March. The budget, which outlines the President’s priorities, proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending by decreasing non-defense …

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March 24, 2017

5 Things to Know About the New House Earth & Space Science Caucus

What is a caucus and why is it important? A caucus is a way for members of Congress to show support or interest in an issue outside of the committees on which they serve. Some caucus are well-known such as the Congressional Black Caucus or the Oceans Caucus. The Earth & Space Science (ESS) Caucus seeks to increase understanding amongst Congress of the sciences’ impact on policy and to facilitate …

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March 23, 2017

USEFUL STEPS FOR MARCHING (AND OTHER ACTIVE) SCIENTISTS

Editor’s Note: This blog post was cross-posted from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund blog. By Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Yes, you know that the Science March’s mission is a simple call to support publicly communicated scientific research and evidence-based policies. But contrary to the March’s stated aims, some still believe that the March is a partisan statement that might alienate the very people whom you are calling. At CSLDF, we have seen well-meaning …

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