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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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October 31, 2017

EPA’s Advisory Panel Announcement Robs Americans of a Critical Resource

In a disappointing move this afternoon, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt confirmed his plan to disallow EPA grantees from serving on scientific advisory panels. This blocks highly qualified scientists – now and in the future – from serving on boards and committees, undermining the ability of the EPA to fulfill its purpose to ensure “that all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, …

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October 23, 2017

Hair-Raising Countdowns

Ghosts and goblins and spooks galore! This October is flying fast and so is the clock for 2017. Here are our top 4 countdowns that are sure to make the hairs rise on the back of your neck!    11 Days until Fall Meeting Early Registration Closes  Don’t miss out! There is only two weeks left to head over to the Fall Meeting website and register for our annual meeting that …

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September 28, 2017

5 Things to Know about the Current State of Science Funding

Sequestration (a.k.a. Major Government Cuts) Kicks-In in January The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) required Congress to find ways to cut the deficit by capping funding for non-defense, including science, and defense programs. Congress never came to an agreement on ways to cut the deficit and therefore automatic across the board cuts for government spending, or sequestration, were invoked. Sequestration was supposed to be so bad that Congress would be forced to …

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September 19, 2017

AGU sends letter regarding workforce cuts at DOE

Last week, in response to reports† indicating that the Department of Energy (DOE) has approved plans to reduce the workforce at national laboratories, specifically Oak Ridge and Brookhaven National Laboratories, in accordance with the President’s budget, AGU sent a letter to DOE Secretary Rick Perry urging him to reconsider making such drastic workforce cuts unless directed to by Congress, which has the final say on federal spending. AGU let Secretary …

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August 25, 2017

Q&A with Dr. Robin Bell, Palisades Geophysical Institute/ Lamont Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th! To celebrate, AGU will be highlighting several prominent women working in Earth and space science. We’ll be posting Q&A’s on The Bridge and to our various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram!   Today’s featured scientist is Dr. Robin Elizabeth Bell. Dr. Bell is Palisades Geophysical Institute/ Lamont Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She received her B.A. in Geology and her MA, MPhil, PhD in Geophysics from Columbia University.  Who or what has inspired you to pursue your …

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August 24, 2017

Q&A with Dr. Mona Behl, Associate Director of NOAA’s Sea Grant Program in Georgia

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th! To celebrate, AGU will be highlighting several prominent women working in Earth and space science. We’ll be posting Q&A’s on The Bridge and to our various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram!      Today’s featured scientist is Dr. Mona Behl. Dr. Behl serves as the Associate Director of NOAA’s Sea Grant program in Georgia. She also holds faculty appointments at the University of Georgia …

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Q&A with Dr. Rosaly Lopes, Senior Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th! To celebrate, AGU will be highlighting several prominent women working in Earth and space science. We’ll be posting Q&A’s on The Bridge and to our various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram!      Today’s featured scientist is Dr. Rosaly Lopes. Dr. Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist and Manager for Planetary Science at NASA JPL. She received her B.Sc. in Astronomy and her Ph.D. in …

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