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December 7, 2018

Science Communication and Policy Events at Fall Meeting

By Shane M Hanlon and Brittany Webster In a world where most people cannot name a living scientist and science has been increasingly politicized, it’s important for scientists to be able to connect their science with society. This year at Fall Meeting, AGU is excited to have spaces dedicated to both science communication and outreach, as well as science policy, that will help you connect science to general non-scientists, journalists, …

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December 4, 2018

Science, Advocacy, and the Law at the Fall Meeting

Editor’s Note: The following guest blog is written by Rebecca Fowler, Communications Director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. A growing number of geoscientists are engaging in advocacy and activism, and realizing that legal literacy is essential when science is in political crosshairs. Several offerings at the Fall Meeting will arm scientists with the knowledge they need to safely and effectively speak up for science in various settings. These include …

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November 9, 2018

Midterms and Science: The Results Are In… Sort Of

Last week, we covered three close races in California, Florida, and Texas that had major implications for leadership in science-related committees. Though two of the races we discussed have not been officially called yet as of Friday afternoon, speculation for who will win the committee leadership positions has already begun.   Culberson loses to Fletcher in Texas In a big upset for Republicans, Rep. John Culberson lost his reelection campaign …

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November 8, 2018

Scientists Go to Congress

This year, a record number of STEM professionals ran for Congress. 314 Action, a nonprofit political action committee, endorsed 13 first-time STEM candidates. Here are the 8 candidates that won:   Jacky Rosen – Nevada Senate Nevada’s Democratic Senator-elect Jacky Rosen is no stranger to Capital Hill. She is currently the Representative for Nevada’s 3rd district and sits on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Rosen has a …

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November 1, 2018

Midterms and Science: TX-07

Midterms are just around the corner! There are an overwhelming number of critical races, so this week we will highlight a few that have major implications for science – mainly shake-ups in committee leadership. Read Monday’s post on CA-48 and Tuesday’s post on the Florida Senate. Don’t forget to vote on 6 November! See if you’re registered here, and find your polling location here.   Texas’ 7th  Today we’ll be …

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October 30, 2018

Midterms and Science: Florida Senate

Midterms are just around the corner! There are an overwhelming number of critical races, so this week we will highlight a few that have major implications for science – mainly shake-ups in committee leadership. Read yesterday’s post on CA-48 here. Don’t forget to vote on 6 November! See if you’re registered here, and find your polling location here.   Florida Senate Race Today’s post focuses on the Florida Senate race …

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October 29, 2018

Midterms and Science: CA-48

Midterms are just around the corner! There are an overwhelming number of critical races, so this week we will highlight a few that have major implications for science – mainly shake-ups in committee leadership. Don’t forget to vote on 6 November! See if you’re registered here, and find your polling location here. California’s 48th Our first post will be about California’s 48th district and the House Committee on Science, Space, …

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October 17, 2018

A Passion for Paleontology: Going Beyond Brontosaurus

Today is the fourth day of Earth Science Week, National Fossil Day. We talked to paleontologists Hearth Ford of Queen Mary University of London, Ryan Haupt of the University of Wyoming, and Andrew Zaffos of the Arizona Geological Survey in the University of Arizona. Ryan has previously celebrated National Fossil Day with us here at The Bridge. Read his post here. Fossils, the remains and traces of organisms, often invoke imagery of …

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October 15, 2018

Time Scavengers and Science Literacy: 6 Tips for Creating Online Resources

Today is the second day of Earth Science Week, Earth Science Literacy Day. We talked to Adriane Lam and Jen Bauer of Time Scavengers, an online resource for both scientific and non-scientific audiences that addresses a range of topics from climate change to geoscience careers. Adriane and Jen have previously been featured on AGU’s Plainspoken Scientist blog. With the rise of social media and other web platforms, science — or false …

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October 10, 2018

The Elephant in the Lab: Five Sustainable Ways to Engage in Science Policy

Due to the volatile relationship between science and policy in recent years we, Jeremy, Caitlyn, Jeff, and Brian, were inspired to become more educated and engaged in science policy…

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