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August 25, 2018

Women’s Equality Week Q&A with Newsha Ajami 

For the entire week, we are celebrating prominent female figures in science and science policy to recognize Women’s Equality Day on 26 August.  Today, we are delighted to feature Dr. Newsha K Ajami. Dr. Ajami is the Director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University. Dr. Ajami is also a Gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board, a regulatory body that oversees protection of our California’s water resources in the Bay Area Region.  Ajami received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from …

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August 24, 2018

Women’s Equality Week Q&A with Vanessa Escobar 

For the entire week, we are celebrating prominent female figures in science and science policy to recognize Women’s Equality Day on 26 August. Today, we are delighted to talk with Vanessa M. Escobar. Escobar is NASA Flight Applied Science Program Executive at Booz Allen Hamilton/NASA Headquarters. Escobar received her M.S. in Geology and Water Policy from Arizona State University and is a Ph.D. student in Geography at the University of Maryland. Who or what has inspired you to pursue …

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August 23, 2018

Women’s Equality Week Q&A with Kristin Ludwig 

For the entire week, we are celebrating prominent female figures in science and science policy to recognize Women’s Equality Day on 26 August. Today, we are excited to focus on Dr. Kristin Ludwig. Dr. Ludwig is a Staff Scientist in the Natural Hazards Mission Area for the U.S. Geological Survey. Ludwig received her B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. Who or what has inspired you …

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August 22, 2018

 Women’s Equality Week Q&A with Erin Campbell

For the entire week, we are celebrating prominent female figures in science and science policy to recognize Women’s Equality Day on 26 August.  Today, we are happy to highlight Dr. Erin Campbell. Dr. Campbell is the Wyoming State Geologist and Director of the Wyoming State Geological Survey. Campbell received her B.A. in Geology from Occidental College and her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Wyoming.  Who or what has inspired you to pursue your research? Both my undergraduate …

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August 20, 2018

Women’s Equality Week Q&A with Betsy Weatherhead

For the entire week, we are celebrating prominent female figures in science and science policy to recognize Women’s Equality Day on 26 August.  Today, we are excited to highlight Dr. Betsey Weatherhead, Senior Scientist at Jupiter. Dr. Weatherhead received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  Who or what has inspired you to pursue your research? Research, pushing the boundary between what is unknown and what is known, is the most exhilarating, fun, and fascinating job I can …

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August 8, 2018

Meet with Your Legislator This August Recess!

It’s that time of year again. Throughout next month (also known as “August Recess”), members of Congress will be home in their state and district offices to host events and meet with constituents to talk about their priorities. While the Senate has canceled part of their recess, your Representatives and (for part of the time) your Senators will be looking to hear from you as their constituent while they’re home. …

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July 20, 2018

Science & Agriculture: Engagement is a Two-Way Street

Authorship of this guest blog is credited to Rafael Loureiro, PhD. Loureiro is a Research Scientist with Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and an Assistant Professor at Winston-Salem State University. The ability to ask questions and, more importantly, search for its answers defines our very human nature and shapes our scientific views of the universe and of our place in it. Evidence and open dialog are quintessential parts of …

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July 6, 2018

Science & Agriculture: “Capitol”-izing Science

Authorship of this guest blog is credited to Linh Anh Cat, Next Generation Public Policy Fellow with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Irvine. As an ecologist in Washington, D.C., most of my conversations with staffers of members of Congress started with pointing out that deaths from fungal infections exceed that of malaria or tuberculosis. In addition, fungal disease destroys almost half of what …

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March 27, 2018

Congressional Action on Sexual Harassment

Last week, AGU’s President Eric Davidson reflected on our ethics policy six months after its adoption. One component of the updated policy is the addition of harassment in the definition of scientific misconduct. AGU recognized that we could do more to address sexual harassment in the sciences, and we are not alone. Other scientific organizations and Congress are examining this issue. Recently, AGU’s CEO and Executive Director, Christine McEntee, testified …

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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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