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May 8, 2018

Speaking Up for Science: Whistleblowing Is a Protected Right

Today’s post is written by Dana Gold, Director of Education, Government Accountability Project (GAP) Science professionals who refuse to stay silent in the face of direct evidence of abuses that betray the public trust—whistleblowers—are often the best mechanism for holding the powerful accountable and protecting the public interest. Science whistleblowers have exposed inappropriate censorship of climate science documents intended for Congress and the public, halted work at the Hanford nuclear …

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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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March 26, 2018

Briefing Recap: Space Discovery through Cutting-Edge Technology

On Tuesday, 27 February 2018 the House Earth and Space Science Caucus hosted a briefing on “Space Discovery through Cutting-Edge Technology.” Representative Polis (CO-02), co-chair of the caucus, kicked off the briefing with a speech highlighting the awe-inspiring nature of space discovery and the key role technology plays in science. Representative Costello (PA-06), the other caucus co-chair co-sponsoring the briefing, was unable to attend. The panel was moderated by Randy …

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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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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 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 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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November 21, 2017

Senate Interior & Environment Spending Bill Improves Upon Presidential Budget Request, but Falls Short for EPA

On Monday, 20 November, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its draft of the FY 2018 Interior and Environment spending bill.  Here’s a recap of the Interior and Environment spending bill, which includes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), for fiscal year 2018 (FY2018).    UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY  FY2016  FY2017  President’s Budget Request for FY2018  AGU Request for FY2018   House Proposal for FY2018  Senate Proposal for FY2018  $1,062.00  $1,085.12  $922.17  $1,200  $1,038.92  …

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November 20, 2017

Tax Reform Bill will be Disastrous for Graduate Students

On 16 November, the House passed a tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. The bill contains several provisions that would strip critical tax benefits that support graduate students. Specifically, the bill would:   increase taxes for graduate students and others by making tuition waivers (tuition fees waived by schools) count towards taxable income. ​ Changing this law​ ​has​ ​the​ ​potential​ ​to​ ​push​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​into​ ​higher​ ​tax brackets. ​ ​Taxing​ ​these​ ​waivers​ ​puts​ ​an​ ​undue​ ​burden​ ​on​ ​graduate​ ​students, ​ …

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November 13, 2017

Don’t Fall Behind! Plan Ahead for Science Policy at Fall Meeting!

A little over a month from now, scientists from around the world will gather in New Orleans for AGU’s Fall Meeting from 11 December – 15 December. Scheduling can get pretty hectic during the week of the meeting, so the Public Affairs team is providing a preview of some of the science policy events to help you plan ahead.  *note: all times are in local time for New Orleans*    …

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