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July 30, 2020

Congressional Visits Days with a Virtual Twist: A DEI Virtual Advocacy Days Recap

Each year, AGU hosts and co-hosts several Congressional Visits Day events, which provide scientists from the Earth and space science community an opportunity to build relationships with their policymakers and further science policy through in-person meetings on Capitol Hill. However, with the current public health crisis limiting travel and face-to-face interactions, holding such events this year in person is not possible. Instead, we took the opportunity to reimagine Congressional Visits …

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July 23, 2020

Science Sees Slight Uptick in House Spending Bills: Part 2

Amid negotiations for further relief packages surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the House Committee on Appropriations finished consideration of the major science funding bills, including the spending bills that fund the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. Following on to our previous post, we will detail the spending and programmatic highlights for federal Earth and space science agencies.   National …

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July 17, 2020

Science Sees Slight Uptick in House Spending Bills: Part 1

Amid negotiations for further relief packages surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the House is still moving forward with FY2021 spending bills. The House Committee on Appropriations has finished consideration of the major science funding bills. Over the next two posts, we will detail the spending and programmatic highlights for federal Earth and space science agencies. Today’s post covers the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological …

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July 2, 2020

AGU welcomes 2020-2021 Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Anja Malawi Brandon

AGU is pleased to announce its 43rd Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Anja Malawi Brandon. Each year, AGU sponsors highly accomplished earth and planetary scientists to serve in the U.S. Congress as advisors on pressing science and technology policy issues. As a sponsored fellow, Anja will participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s prestigious Science and Technology Policy fellowship program and serve a one-year term in a congressional …

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June 25, 2020

Protecting international participation in U.S. STEM research

By Emily Orzechowski and Caroline Gleason, AGU’s Spring 2020 Public Affairs Interns   “We demand better for our community and for the future of our society and the planet. Together, we can build a thriving, sustainable and equitable future for all.”  Read AGU’s From the Prow statement here.   The policy landscape around recent and expected executive orders on immigration is rapidly evolving. Here, we provide a recap of the issues at stake as well …

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June 22, 2020

Allies and Community Are Crucial for Science. Here’s why.

Heidi Steltzer is a lead author of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) September 2019 Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, a 2018 Voices for Science Advocate and a professor of environment and sustainability at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. This is part one in a series around diversity in the Earth and space sciences. We encourage everyone to read parts one and two of …

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June 19, 2020

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Women of Color in the Workplace and in Society – Part Two

by Paula R. Buchanan and Maria E. Mejia This is part one in a series around diversity in the Earth and space sciences. We encourage everyone to read parts one and two of this piece on creating inclusive spaces for women of color. “We demand better for our community and for the future of our society and the planet. Together, we can build a thriving, sustainable and equitable future for …

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Creating Inclusive Spaces for Women of Color in the Workplace and in Society – Part One

by Paula R. Buchanan and Maria E. Mejia This is part one in a series around diversity in the Earth and space sciences. We encourage everyone to read parts one and two of this piece on creating inclusive spaces for women of color. “We demand better for our community and for the future of our society and the planet. Together, we can build a thriving, sustainable and equitable future for …

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May 26, 2020

A dispatch from the AGU archives: Five blogs on diversity, equity and inclusion 

By Caroline Gleason, AGU’s Spring 2020 Public Affairs Intern   The geosciences are among the least diverse STEM fields in the United States, with little improvement made over the past 40 years. As we stare down challenges ranging from COVID-19 to climate change, the need for a robust, diverse STEM workforce becomes clearer each day.   We, as scientists, must be deliberate in order to make diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) a serious priority. As a white woman in STEM, I have experienced some of …

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May 18, 2020

Guest Post: A New Resource on What Researchers Need to Know About Scientific Integrity

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) has a new resource for scientists: A Quick Guide to the Scientific Integrity Policies of Universities, State Agencies and International Institutions.   Published in April, the free guide describes how these entities typically structure their scientific integrity policies, highlights areas in which there are notable differences, provides tips for researchers trying to navigate these policies and notes the areas where the policies need …

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