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July 21, 2021

Federal budget sees movement in Congress Part 2; see highlights for NOAA, NASA, and NSF

On 15 July, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill on a 33-26 vote. This bill includes FY22 spending levels for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed spending and programmatic highlights for those science agencies.    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   Budget (rounded to the nearest million)   FY21   FY22 President’s Budget Request (PBR)   FY22 House Appropriations   Percent …


July 12, 2021

Federal budget sees movement in Congress Part 1; see highlights for USGS, EPA, and Forest Service

On 1 July 2021, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill on a 32-24 vote. This bill includes FY22 spending levels for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and part of the U.S. Forest Service. In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed spending and programmatic highlights for those science agencies.   United States Geological Survey (USGS) …


April 5, 2021

A New Guide to the First Amendment for Scientists (from The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund)

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) shares a new resource: A New Guide to the First Amendment for Scientists. Visit CSLDF’s original post and download the guide. Today we published A Pocket Guide for Scientists: The First Amendment to help scientists understand how this amendment protects their free speech rights. We wrote this guide so scientists can make informed decisions about how to safely and effectively participate in advocacy and activism. …


January 25, 2021

AGU and the Task Force on American Innovation send welcome letter to President Biden

On 25 January 2021, AGU and the Task Force on American Innovation sent a letter to President Biden asking for robust funding for science agencies in his first Presidential Budget Request.   The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), a coalition of businesses, trade groups, scientific and engineering societies, and university organizations, which supports federally-funded scienti0ic research, congratulates you on your inauguration and looks forward to working with your new …


December 22, 2020

Science stands steady in Fiscal Year 2021 spending

Amid contentious negotiation for a new COVID-19 stimulus package and several continuing resolutions, Congress finally passed the fiscal year 2021 spending package. Overall, federal science agency budgets saw slight boosts in funding. Notably, NOAA’s Climate Research office saw a 7% increase and NSF has been directed to issue a report on the extent of the damage to the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Additionally, the Forest and Rangeland Service within …


December 1, 2020

Legal Education for Scientists at #AGU20

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and AGU work together to help scientists from all geoscience disciplines understand their legal rights and responsibilities—knowledge that’s an essential part of every researcher’s professional development. This is the ninth year we’re partnering on the Legal Education for Scientists Program, and we’re offering a range of events at the 2020 Fall Meeting.   Among our events are three workshops featuring attorneys from CSLDF and …


October 12, 2020

How faculty can help increase STEM student voter turnout (and turnout across all disciplines)

by Samantha Perlman, Civic Engagement Manager, Scholars Strategy Network &  Melissa Varga, Science Network Community Manager & Partnerships Coordinator   With U.S. elections right around the corner, we are all wondering how this unprecedented election will play out. As a deadly pandemic disrupts voting, and rampant and viral misinformation spreads throughout the country, concerns among the public about the integrity of our voting systems are understandably heightened. During this difficult …


September 21, 2020

Elections and Science: Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is here to help scientists prepare to participate in 2020 elections

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund attorneys are teaming up with the American Geophysical Union to host two free webinars on September 28th and October 13th. This webinar series will help scientists from all disciplines participate in electoral politics or engage directly with their legislators as private citizens fully, confidently, and effectively. The first webinar in the series on 28 September from 2-3pm ET, entitled “How scientists can be involved in …


August 21, 2020

COVID-19 recovery must include environmental justice

Caroline Gleason is AGU’s spring 2020 public affairs intern and a graduate student studying climate and society at Columbia University. She is passionate about climate communication, STEM education and protecting public lands. Find her on Twitter @cgleas19. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on many unaddressed inequities in our society. In many cases, it has compounded the disproportionate health and safety outcomes of Black, Indigenous and people of color …


July 30, 2020

Congressional Visits Days with a Virtual Twist: A DEI Virtual Advocacy Days Recap

Each year, AGU hosts and co-hosts several Congressional Visits Day events, which provide scientists from the Earth and space science community an opportunity to build relationships with their policymakers and further science policy through in-person meetings on Capitol Hill. However, with the current public health crisis limiting travel and face-to-face interactions, holding such events this year in person is not possible. Instead, we took the opportunity to reimagine Congressional Visits …