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February 13, 2018

President’s FY19 Request Proposes Continued Cuts to Science

On 12 February 2018, the Trump Administration released the FY19 Budget Proposal, outlining their priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Similar to last year, the budget outlined several drastic cuts to science. This year’s budget proposal is quite unique, however, because Congress has not yet finished negotiations for final FY18 spending levels. As we reported last week, Congress passed a topline budget deal on 9 February that lifted the FY18 …

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January 24, 2018

More Continuing Resolutions, More Negotiations

On Monday, Congress passed a new continuing resolution (CR), ending the second government shutdown in five years. The current CR marks the fourth short term spending bill in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and only funds the government through 8 February. While Congress was able to pass a bipartisan spending bill that ensures that our federal science agencies can currently provide the information and services that protect our local communities, there …

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January 17, 2018

A New Year….and Old Nominations?

*Update as of 1/18/2018:  The nominations of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be NASA Administrator and AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers to be NOAA Administrator, again cleared the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on party line votes. The nominees will now be voted on by the entire Senate.  2017 was a whirlwind of a year. With a new President came new nominees to be the heads of our federal science agencies. As …

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January 4, 2018

Fall Meeting Follow-up: Congressional Science & Mass Media Fellow Luncheon

Are you a scientist interested in policy or journalism? Are you considering a career in policy or journalism? Did you sadly miss our event discussing our science policy and science writing fellowships? Well, you’re in luck! During Fall Meeting, AGU hosted its annual luncheon entitled “How to be a Congressional Science or Mass Media Fellow”. The event provided attendees the opportunity to learn more about the fellowships and hear from current and former …

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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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