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9 April 2020

Connecting with Fellows

By: Rana Fine, Chair, AGU College of Fellows As we navigate through these difficult times with unprecedented challenges, we recognize that students and early-career scientists may experience an outsized impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. With field work in jeopardy and limited access to campus labs and resources, the College of Fellows community is here to help graduate students, post-docs and early career scientists stay connected and energized about their education, research …

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8 April 2020

A new chapter for AGU

By: Julie Freeman, Interim Executive Director and CEO A few weeks ago, when I opened the FedEx package with my new AGU laptop, I also found the book, Managing Transitions, by William Bridges. I was excited to receive it because managing AGU’s transition from Chris McEntee’s leadership to the new CEO is one of my main responsibilities as Interim CEO. Transitions from one leader to another are never easy. Staff …

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7 April 2020

The Lasting Impact of the Austin Student Travel Grant Challenge

By Carlos A. Dengo, AGU Development Board, Outgoing Chair In 2019, thanks to AGU members, the scientific-engaged public and Jamie Austin’s generous $1 for $1 match, the Austin Endowment for Student Travel was created. Through this endowment, we will send 60 Earth and space scientist students from around the world to Fall Meeting in perpetuity. The fact we did this when AGU turned 100 made it even more special. This was …

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2 April 2020

New capabilities to share your research and collaborate on ESSOAr

By Brooks Hanson, Executive Vice President, Science As we all adapt to working remotely, we are pleased to announce that the Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) has new capabilities to make virtual collaboration even easier. ESSOAr, an open community server for the dissemination of Earth and space science early research outputs, was launched in 2018 by AGU and Atypon, with ongoing support from Wiley, and guided by an …

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26 March 2020

The State and Future of AGU

When I announced I would be leaving AGU in October 2019, 31 March seemed so far away. But now that it’s only a few days from now, I realize time flew by so quickly! With the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I know many of us are spending more time with our loved ones and reflecting on what is important. I am fortunate that my family and friends – …

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22 March 2020

Please Donate Your Medical-Grade Supplies Now

Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash

By: Robin Bell, AGU Board President and Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO Steve Chillrud from LDEO of Columbia University reached out to Robin to flag that many of our members and many in the Earth and space scientific community work in labs where there are N95 masks, eye protection, face shields and other protective gear that the medical professionals need (#GetMePPE). We created a Google doc to assemble …

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20 March 2020

Update from AGU on Travel & Telework

It has been almost a week since our last update, so I thought it was important to let you know how our staff are doing. To date, we are not aware of anyone on staff or in our Earth and space science community who has contracted COVID-19. We are extremely grateful that our team is healthy and safe. Please do keep us posted though if anything changes for you or …

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17 March 2020

AGU Announces Interim CEO

The executive committee is pleased to announce that Julie Freeman will serve as AGU’s interim executive director and CEO. Julie will start 30 March, which will overlap with Chris’ last two days at AGU. She most recently served as the interim executive director of the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Previously, Julie was the president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as well as the executive director of the Professional Picture Framers …

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16 March 2020

AGU Update and Resources

We appreciate the many inquiries we’ve received from all of you about our staff’s well-being, so we thought we’d write a Prow post to keep you updated on how and what we’re doing. First, we are relieved that, to date, none of the AGU staff have contracted COVID-19. Effective Monday, 16 March, we are requiring staff (except the few that maintain the building operations) to telework so that we are …

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6 March 2020

AGU March 2020 Council Meeting Wrap-up

By: Rosie Oakes, Early Career Scientists and Council Leadership Team We’ve come to the end of our March Council meeting, And I’ve been asked to summarize in case you’ve been sleeping.   With talk of new partners and international collaboration, I present you with a transdisciplinary science-art demonstration.   The new strategic plan was the best place to start, Determining what the AGU is at its very heart.   Are we …

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