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July 16, 2019

The Semicentennial of Apollo 11: A 50 Year-long Leap for Mankind

Elena Symmes is a 2019 summer intern with the Public Affairs team at AGU and a graduate student at the University of Virginia interested in American and environmental history.   On July 20th 1969, the nervous occupants of the Mission Control room responsible for orchestrating the Apollo 11 moon landing erupted into cheers. They had just received confirmation that the risky mission to send Astronauts Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and …

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June 27, 2019

Climate Change Threatens to Produce More Intense Hurricanes. Federal Funding Must Keep Up

Henry Potter earned a BS in geography at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a PhD in applied marine physics at the University of Miami in Florida. He completed a postdoc at the Naval Research Laboratory Remote Sensing Division in Washington, DC and became an assistant professor of oceanography at Texas A&M University in 2016. Henry focuses his research on the marine boundary layer in order to better understand air-sea …

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June 19, 2019

Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Coastal and Ocean Science Workforce

This piece was written by Brooke Carney, the Communications Lead for Sea Grant at NOAA, which includes leading the national external communications portfolio, coordinating internal communications for Sea Grant, and coordinating the Sea Grant Communications Network. You can read the original piece here.    During Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2019, Sea Grant and the Women’s Aquatic Network collaborated to host a brown bag lunch session on Increasing Diversity, Equity …

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June 12, 2019

A dedicated, university-based team that bridges the science-policy divide

Dr. Michelle McCrackin is a biogeochemist interested in how agriculture, urbanization, energy production, and land use change have influenced nutrient cycling in watersheds, with particular interest in lake and coastal ecosystems. She is a researcher with Baltic Eye in Stockholm, Sweden.   For the past five years, I have been part of a novel team, called Baltic Eye, at Stockholm University’s Baltic Sea Centre. Our team is composed of researchers, …

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June 5, 2019

The Ocean: A Sink for Carbon, Heat, and Now… Wealth

Dr. David Trossman earned a BA in mathematics and a BA/MA in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, a MA in public policy from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Washington-Seattle before moving on to do postdocs, work at NASA, and land at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin, where he currently works as a …

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June 3, 2019

House Spending Bills Boost Science Funding: Part 2

Before leaving for the Memorial Day recess, the House Committee on Appropriations finished consideration of the major science funding bills. We reviewed several spending bills already in part one of our budget breakdown. In this post, we’ll take a deeper dive into the spending bill that funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) …

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House Spending Bills Boost Science Funding: Part 1

Before leaving for the Memorial Day recess, the House Committee on Appropriations finished consideration of the major science funding bills, including the spending bills that fund the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Department of Energy, United States Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Forest Service. Over the next two posts, we’ll detail the spending and programmatic highlights for federal Earth and space science agencies. …

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May 28, 2019

Students in Science Policy: Science Policy Fellowships

Note: Katie was interviewed prior to the start of the 116th Congress.   Are you nearing the end of your degree and not sure what to do next? A great way to jump into the science policy world is through the AGU Congressional Science Fellowship. Every year AGU sponsors a fellow to work in the offices of either an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year …

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May 15, 2019

Students in Science Policy: Science Policy Internships

Every summer and fall, AGU offers paid internships in our Public Affairs department. Interns tackle a range of tasks, from attending Congressional hearings to writing blog posts like this one! Our former intern Alison Evans is currently an associate at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations and consulting firm in Washington DC, where she works with universities and non-profit science societies to advocate on behalf of the higher education and …

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May 8, 2019

Students in Science Policy: Congressional Visit Days

There are many great ways to get a feel for science policy when you’re still a student. AGU offers Congressional Visit Days (CVD) throughout the year, where participants go through a one-day training workshop before meeting with their members of Congress the following day. In collaboration with other geoscience societies, AGU hosts Geo-CVD every fall in Washington DC. Hannah Rabinowitz, a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University studying seismology, participated in …

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