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9 July 2019

Scientists Tackle Grand Challenges In the Earth and Space Sciences In New Special Centennial-Themed Collection

By AGU President Robin Bell and AGU Executive Director/CEO Chris McEntee

One hundred years ago when AGU was founded there were still large unmapped places on our planet and the idea of a person stepping on the moon was a dream. Discovery and wonder have characterized the last 100 years of science as we learned the plates shift, the climate changes, and scientists are studying the Moon, Mars, and beyond in detail. Our species now has a global view of how …

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3 July 2019

Protecting Science at the State and Federal Level

Headshot of Chris McEntee

News coming out of Alaska right now reminds me how strongly science depends not just on federal but also state financial support. And it’s disheartening to hear that this crucial science funding is facing challenges at all levels. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy recently vetoed the state’s budget, which would mean huge cuts for the state – including a $130 million—or 41 percent—cut to the University of Alaska system’s funding from …

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25 June 2019

AGU Calls Upon the U.S. Senate to Support Federal Funding for Earth and Space Science

In this short video message from AGU CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee, she heralds the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent passage of a FY20 budget supporting federal Earth and space scientific agencies and calls upon the Senate Appropriations Committee to follow the House’s lead in order to ensure that the American scientific enterprise remains robust. For more information, please visit: actioncenter.agu.org

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14 June 2019

Building AGU: Achieving Sustainability and Leading by Example

Updated rendering of AGU headquarters building

This post was originally published on the Getting to Zero Forum blog.  As AGU, a global community of 60,000 Earth and space scientists, celebrates its Centennial year, we don’t just reflect on past accomplishments. Instead, we’re also looking to the future to transform and improve our world. This spirit is what drove AGU’s decision to renovate its headquarters building in Washington, D.C. When AGU’s original building and infrastructure began to …

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28 May 2019

Join the Effort to Improve the Health of Our Oceans

Headshot of Chris McEntee

Susan Lozier, AGU’s President-elect, encapsulated the forward-looking spirit and dialogue of global ocean experts earlier this month: As an oceanographer, I view the upcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development as an incredibly important opportunity for the global community to focus on the health of Earth’s oceans. Many recent studies have revealed the negative effects humans have had on the oceans, from the sea surface to the …

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15 May 2019

April 25th AGU Board Meeting Summary

Dr. Jenny Riker, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK and Member of AGU Board of Directors

On April 25th, AGU’s Board met at the recently renovated headquarters in Washington, DC. Over the course of several days, the Board covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights: Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusion AGU Vice President of Ethics Billy Williams presented an update about AGU‘s recent diversity, ethics, and inclusion efforts including the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report; the joint Earth Science Woman …

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13 May 2019

AGU’s Latest Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

AGU President Robin Bell, President-Elect Susan Lozier, and CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee

As one of the first scientific societies to define bullying and harassment as a form of scientific misconduct, and now with our updated Talent Pool Strategy, the new AGU Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, the selection of a committee chair and members, the recently launched AGU Ethics and Equity Center, biennial Diversity and Inclusion training for all Board and Council members, and the 2018 Annual Ethics Summary Report, AGU continues …

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2 May 2019

AGU Awards Over $500,000 in Funds to Support Outreach and Engagement Activities in Earth and Space Science

To mark our Centennial year, AGU initiated the Celebrate 100 grants program in the latter part of 2018. Centennial is about you and the science that you undertake every day. It is about inspiring all to participate, support, and advance the power of science to make the world a better place for us and for future generations. As I noted in an earlier post, these grants are available to AGU …

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How AGU Is a Leader in the Fight against Climate Change

Headshot of Chris McEntee

AGU represents a global community of more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists. The peer-reviewed research of our members has unequivocally concluded that climate change is real, occurring now, and is driven by human activity. The threat it poses to our human survival and the environment is real and serious. But there is hope. Collectively, we can address this challenge. This is the theme I carried with me to the …

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23 April 2019

Continuing AGU’s Legacy in Publishing: AGU Advances’ New Editor in Chief

Last August, I announced the launch of AGU Advances, a new gold open access publication that will enhance our well-respected portfolio of journals by featuring cutting-edge scientific research. I am proud to announce that Susan Trumbore will serve as the inaugural editor in chief of AGU Advances. Trumbore is director of the Department of Biogeochemical Processes at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. She also holds a …

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