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April 5, 2022

Fiscal Year 2023 Presidents Budget Request Science Overview

Joe Biden’s second presidential budget request came out on Monday, 28 March 2022. The president’s budget request officially starts the appropriations process – the process by which Congress decides how to fund most of the federal government, including most federal science funding. The president’s budget request is truly a request because Congress under their power of the purse has the final say on federal spending.   $ in Millions FY21 …

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March 30, 2022

Track your engagement with AGU Science Policy

AGU Science Policy wants to know how you are engaging with Congress and our programs! Each month, when you self-report your engagement – including emailing your legislator, attending a webinar, participating in a Congressional Visit days and more – you will earn a raffle entry for a $50 gift card to the AGU store at our conferences. The more involved the action, the higher the raffle entry value. Email a …

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February 22, 2022

AGU and other societies send letter urging Congress to pass FY22 appropriations

On 4 February 2022, AGU, along with more than 50 science, engineering, math and public health organizations, sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to pass fiscal year 2022 (FY22) appropriations in order to solidify critical funding for research and development and to address urgent public health, environmental and economic needs.      Dear Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader McCarthy,   On behalf of …

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February 4, 2022

AGU Endorses the America COMPETES Act of 2022

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and its community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences applaud the House for introducing the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength Act of 2022 (America COMPETES) package and working swiftly to get it passed.  This bill, with its wealth of science provisions, will help spur breakthroughs for many of the world’s most pressing challenges and drive new …

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January 31, 2022

Science Policy Events at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022 is fast approaching! The meeting this year will be taking place entirely online, which means you can attend and meet members of the ocean science community from the comfort of your own home. AGU’s Science Policy & Government Relations team has been busy preparing a robust schedule of science policy events for you to attend – so look forward to bolstering your political savvy as you bask in the …

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January 25, 2022

AGU’s 2022 Policy Priorities

As a scientific society whose members’ research and interests span the universe, AGU’s science policy interests are just as vast – from scientific integrity to funding for science to building resilience to natural hazards.  Building upon the work done in 2021, our 2022 policy priorities are to: Fund discovery and solution-based earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity;  Create an equitable, diverse, inclusive and just scientific community;   Build a climate and hazard resilient nation; and  Protect environmental and human health.   …

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January 24, 2022

Engaging in local elections: how one scientist help elevate science in Boston

Leticia Lee is a PhD student in Earth and Environment at Boston University in Massachusetts and a member of the 2021-2022 Voices for Science cohort.. She worked with the Boston Candidate Science Survey in 2021 to help raise science issues with local candidates.    In 2021, as part of the AGU’s Voices for Science Program, I worked on a non-partisan project to inform voters about the positions and plans for …

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December 10, 2021

AGU welcomes first cohort of Local Science Partners

Congratulations and welcome to the fifty-five AGU members who will be the inaugural cohort of Local Science Partners, a new program empowering scientists to build sustainable partnerships with their policymakers.   As ambassadors, the first class of member partners brings scientific expertise, passion, and a diverse range of interests to their work integrating the sciences with decision-making. The cohort ranges from early-career scientists to distinguished professors’ emeriti; from biologists to geologists to oceanographers; and from those working in academia to nonprofits to the private sector.   …

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December 9, 2021

Legal education for scientists events at #AGU21

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and AGU work together to help scientists from all geoscience disciplines understand their legal rights and responsibilities—knowledge that’s an essential part of every researcher’s professional development. This is the tenth year we’re partnering on the Legal Education for Scientists Program, and we’re offering a range of events at the 2021 Fall Meeting. Whether you’re actively involved in science activism or curious about the …

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December 6, 2021

AGU sends letter of support to Congressional leadership about science and innovation package

On 6 December 2021, AGU sent a letter to Congressional leadership thanking them for crafting U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260), the National Science Foundation for the Future Act (H.R. 2225), outlining how critical this legislation is to advancing diversity and equity in the sciences, mitigating the impact of the pandemic on students and early career researchers, and more.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and …

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