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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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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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April 10, 2020

Moving Forward: A Guide for Health Professionals to Build Momentum on Climate Action

  AGU has partnered with ecoAmerica and other scientific organizations on a new resource, Moving Forward: A Guide for Health Professionals to Build Momentum on Climate Action. AGU’s Net Zero Building Renovation is featured as a case study on how building design can help reduce energy use.         MOVING FORWARD TOOLKIT Climate change is the greatest health threat of our time, and in response, health professionals across the …

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April 6, 2020

Voice for Science: A Welcome with Advice from Alumni

In 2018, AGU launched Voices for Science, a program that centers around training scientists to address the critical need for communicating the value and impact of Earth and space science to key decision makers, journalists, and public audiences. The program recruits scientists to participate in one of two tracks: policy or communications.   The Voices for Science program provides scientists in all career stages interested in science communications and outreach …

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March 10, 2020

Guest Post From Climate Science Legal Defense Fund: CSLDF Publishes Guides to Scientific Integrity at Nine Federal Agencies

Last week, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund officially launched a series of guides to scientific integrity at nine federal agencies. The guides will help researchers understand their employer’s policy and navigate the process of filing a scientific integrity complaint. They also reveal which agencies have strong policies and where the policies are lacking. The nine guides—available separately and in a compilation—are available for free on their website. You can find …

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March 3, 2020

The Future Needs Science. The U.S. Elections Need You.

AGU is launching the Science Votes the Future campaign to get candidates speaking about science and to get scientists to the polls.   With the 2020 U.S. election season well underway—not just for the president but for many other national, state, and local elections—we haven’t heard enough about the essential role that science plays in our society. Scientific research is a critical part of understanding how climate change will affect …

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February 13, 2020

FY21 Presidential Budget Request Breakdown

The U.S. federal appropriations season is upon us once again. On 10 February 2020, President Donald J. Trump released his Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021. This is the first step in the appropriations negotiation process that ideally concludes before current fiscal year ends on 30 September. While a few vital science programs were funded, overall the president’s proposed budget is a severe disappointment for science and ignores the many …

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December 23, 2019

FY2020 Spending Deal Passes with Average Marks for Science

After a delayed start, drawn-out negotiations, and two Continuing Resolutions, the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations were signed into law Friday, 20 December. Overall, federal science agency funding saw modest boosts. However, the budget fails to provide substantial increases for key agencies and programs like the National Weather Service and the National Science Foundation. The most generous increase came from the United States Geological Survey’s Facilities spending– with a plan to …

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December 18, 2019

A Focus on the Future: Educating for the Next 100 Years

Last week, nearly 28,000 scientists convened in San Francisco for AGU’s annual Fall Meeting. This year also marks AGU’s centennial, and it seemed one topic was on the minds of many: what will the next 100 years look like, and how do we prepare the next generation of scientists? During a plenary discussion with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Governor Jerry Brown, AGU’s CEO Chris …

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December 5, 2019

Science Policy Events at Fall Meeting 2019

AGU’s annual Fall Meeting is fast approaching! We are thrilled to be returning to San Francisco and celebrating AGU’s 100th year. Whether you’re curious about how to engage in science policy and want to learn the basics, or want to learn more about the fellowship opportunities AGU offers throughout the year, we have plenty of programs to help engage our members in science policy. Check out our schedule below. Most …

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