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January 15, 2015

Top Five Science Policy Issues in 2015

Earlier this week, we took look at the top five science policy issues of 2014. Now comes the fun part – reading the tea leaves in search of what we think will be the top five science policy issues going forward. Some will be trends carried over from the year previous, and some will be entirely new.


December 12, 2014

FY15 Omnibus – A Close Shave

For the past several months those inside the beltway have nervously watched with bated breath as House and Senate appropriators quietly negotiated a spending bill that funds the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2015 (FY15). Late Tuesday night, the long-awaited bill was unveiled.


December 11, 2014

Scientific Known Unknowns and Uncertainties: Vital Information or Achilles Heel?

Scientists are in the business of producing knowledge. In the process we delineate what is known, what is uncertain, and what is unknown. But for much of the general public, the unknown and the uncertain implies doubt.


December 3, 2014

Defending Science @ Fall Meeting

In recent years, a small but growing number of climate scientists have found themselves the targets of politically motivated groups. The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) was founded in 2011 by Scott Mandia and Joshua Wolfe to protect the scientific endeavor by providing legal assistance to climate scientists facing such attacks.


November 12, 2014

A Reason for Optimism

Congress runs on coffee – and as new congressional fellows we do too. Like the unseen support staff operating beneath the Senate offices, the legislative staff working in the background for each Senator, Representative, and Committee are an impressive group that should give you reason for optimism.


November 6, 2014

So Now What?

With words plastered over news sites like “wave”, “tsunami”, “earthquake”, “landslide”, etc. you’d think that a major natural disaster occurred instead of run-of-the-mill democratic elections. Many woke up yesterday morning taking a hard look in the mirror, and while some predict the world will end in the next two years, we’ve got a prediction of our own: this is a great opportunity for science advocates.


November 4, 2014

We Can Vote Science 2014

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for all year – the 2014 Midterm elections. No matter where you live, the location of your polling place, or how busy your day is, there are few things more important you can do as a citizen than make your voice heard in the ballot box.


July 15, 2014

Dysfunction Junction (Part 1)

When Fiscal Year 2014 comes to a close on 30 September, the clocks should roll over to 1 October without another catastrophic government shutdown. But, here we are, in the middle of a hot and steamy July, and while things aren’t as bad as they were last year, they most certainly are not where they should be.


May 29, 2014

Representative Johnson Weighs in on the FIRST Act

Read an AGU-exclusive post by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas-30th District) regarding her thoughts on the recent passage of the FIRST Act.


March 21, 2014

The President’s Budget Request: A Mixed Bag for Science

The President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) is a mixed bag for science. According to the White House, the FY15 budget request strives to build on the progress made by Congress with the recent omnibus passage, while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way. For Earth and space science, the proposed budget contains both good and bad news.