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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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May 13, 2020

Science policy carries on

Science policy is still happening at AGU, albeit from our kitchen tables. From advocating for stimulus funding for science to monitoring visa restrictions for international students and researchers, AGU has continued to speak up for our scientific community during this pandemic.  However, not all recent science policy developments have been related to COVID-19. Here, we highlight three non-COVID policy issues that AGU’s Public Affairs team is acting on from home.     Open access  Open Access (OA) is a set of principles and …

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May 11, 2020

Seven highlights from 70 years of the National Science Foundation

Caroline Gleason and Emily Orzechowski, AGU spring 2020 Public Affairs interns    “Scientific progress is one essential key to our security as a nation, to our better health, to more jobs, to a higher standard of living and to our cultural progress.” – Vannevar Bush    The National Science Foundation (NSF) was established 10 May 1950 with a mission to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense.” In its 70 years, NSF has spurred major advances in scientific knowledge …

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April 16, 2020

Stimulus funding helps the Earth and space science community

Caroline Gleason and Emily Orzechowski are AGU’s Spring 2020 Public Affairs Interns   Three emergency COVID-19 stimulus bills have passed into law over the last month. The contents of these bills – from billions in funding for emergency vaccine development, to financial support to hospitals, to direct cash payments for millions of Americans – have been reported on widely. AGU is also offering many resources to help our community, including …

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