February 8, 2017

Congress Takes Notice of Scientific Integrity

Congress Takes Notice of Scientific Integrity

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and 26 other Senators recently introduced S.338, legislation that aims to promote and protect scientific integrity. The bill contains language that would require the Directors of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish policies to protect scientists and the scientific endeavor, including preventing the intentional and unintentional tampering of data and safeguarding open communication of …

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January 30, 2017

AGU, GSA Respond to Immigration Ban’s Impact on Science

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Today, AGU and the Geological Society of America (GSA) responded to President Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” that restricts entrance to the U.S. for citizens from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). The full statement is included below: AGU and GSA Respond to President Trump’s Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United …

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January 27, 2017

10 Ways to Engage your Members of Congress in Minutes

10 Ways to Engage your Members of Congress in Minutes

Every two years, a new Congress takes office.  Now is an excellent time to engage with the incoming 115th Congress by persuading your senators and representatives to make science a priority this Congress. Getting engaged in science policy is easier than ever, especially with the tools and resources AGU has to offer. Here are ten ways you can get involved, whether you have one minute, five, 10, 30 or an …

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January 19, 2017

Farewell, President Obama.

Farewell, President Obama.

After eight years, it’s time to say “farewell” to President Barack Obama. As we witness the peaceful exchange of power, we will surely contemplate the new opportunities before us as we begin engaging a new Administration with new priorities. However, it’s also a time for reflection; a time to look back on President Obama’s time in office. There is one aspect of President Obama’s legacy in particular that has distinguished …

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January 10, 2017

Fall Meeting: Did You Miss Science Policy 101?

Fall Meeting: Did You Miss Science Policy 101?

Welcome to 2017 Bridge readers! Did you join us at Fall Meeting this year? The AGU Public Affairs team featured several sessions about how you as a scientist can get more involved in policy advocacy. One of these sessions was “Science Policy 101: A Field Guide to Congress”. We discussed how Congress works, what changes we can expect in the 115th Congress, and what the best methods are for being …

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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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