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December 14, 2017

Science to Action Session Provides Inspiration for Future of Science and Public Engagement

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Rebekah Lee, Boise State University You have probably heard the public calls for more public engagement in science. Many of the issues facing society today are rooted in the geosciences and require public support in order to move toward a solution. Growing populations mean that communities have to produce more with the same amount …

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December 13, 2017

Using Data to Inspire: Share Science and Find Truth in the Stories

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Kimberley Rain Miner, University of Maine When Maria Merian began to study butterflies in the 1670’s, it was understood that they were ‘born of mud’ and spontaneously produced from the earth. However, the transformation she discovered proved to be much more beautiful.  The metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly has since inspired thousands of …

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Missing Voices: Examining Scientific Integrity in the Age of #metoo

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Kimberley Rain Miner, University of Maine Achieving reliable and reproducible data is the core of science, and the integrity of those foundations ensure the longevity of the scientific method. For this reason, that the scientific community is beginning to address the challenges of the past in the interest of maintaining this integrity — …

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December 12, 2017

Climate and Action: Events at Fall Meeting

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Troy Ferland, Pennsylvania State University The Climate Science Special Report: “An Assessment of the Science Focusing on the United States” was a presentation of the fourth National Climate Assessment – an immense effort on the part of many scientists to provide a detailed analysis of how climate change is affecting the US. Though …

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December 11, 2017

Why we need scientists talking

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Victoria DiStefano, University of Tennessee Like previous years, this year’s Fall Meeting was filled with engaging science presentations. From cutting edge technology to brand new discoveries about planets millions of miles away, I feel like a giddy 6-year-old skipping (or walking quickly) to the next presentation (which spans the mile-long conference center in …

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December 7, 2017

Legal Education for Scientists at Fall Meeting

Editor’s Note: The following guest blog is written by Rebecca Fowler, Communications Director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund.   The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and AGU have partnered for six years on the Legal Education for Scientists Program, a series of initiatives designed to reach the broad geoscience community and help researchers understand their legal rights and responsibilities.   Get Advice from an Attorney At this year’s …

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December 4, 2017

The Threat from Below: The Case for Reauthorizing NEHRP

Editor’s Note: This piece was written by the leadership of AGU’s Seismology Section, including: Greg Beroza (Wayne Loel Professor of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, AGU Seismology Section Past-President); Doug Wiens (University of Washington, St. Louis, AGU Seismology Section President); Anne Sheehan (University of Colorado, Boulder, AGU Seismology Section President-Elect); and Eliza Richardson (Pennsylvania State University, AGU Seismology Section Secretary).   The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) was established …

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November 21, 2017

Senate Interior & Environment Spending Bill Improves Upon Presidential Budget Request, but Falls Short for EPA

On Monday, 20 November, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its draft of the FY 2018 Interior and Environment spending bill.  Here’s a recap of the Interior and Environment spending bill, which includes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), for fiscal year 2018 (FY2018).    UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY  FY2016  FY2017  President’s Budget Request for FY2018  AGU Request for FY2018   House Proposal for FY2018  Senate Proposal for FY2018  $1,062.00  $1,085.12  $922.17  $1,200  $1,038.92  …

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November 20, 2017

Tax Reform Bill will be Disastrous for Graduate Students

On 16 November, the House passed a tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. The bill contains several provisions that would strip critical tax benefits that support graduate students. Specifically, the bill would:   increase taxes for graduate students and others by making tuition waivers (tuition fees waived by schools) count towards taxable income. ​ Changing this law​ ​has​ ​the​ ​potential​ ​to​ ​push​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​into​ ​higher​ ​tax brackets. ​ ​Taxing​ ​these​ ​waivers​ ​puts​ ​an​ ​undue​ ​burden​ ​on​ ​graduate​ ​students, ​ …

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November 13, 2017

Don’t Fall Behind! Plan Ahead for Science Policy at Fall Meeting!

A little over a month from now, scientists from around the world will gather in New Orleans for AGU’s Fall Meeting from 11 December – 15 December. Scheduling can get pretty hectic during the week of the meeting, so the Public Affairs team is providing a preview of some of the science policy events to help you plan ahead.  *note: all times are in local time for New Orleans*    …

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