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12 October 2018

Robust Investment in Natural Hazards Research is Essential to Our Safety and Security

By Dr. Daniel B. Wright, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tomorrow, 13 October, is International Day for Disaster Reduction, created by the United Nations in 1989 to promote risk-awareness and natural disaster reduction. Now, as then, the need for proactive action is clear to help save lives and reduce devastating economic losses. Since 13 October last year, the United States has seen flooding from Tropical Storm …

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11 October 2018

Mentoring365: New and Improved Mentoring Interface

By Eric A. Davidson, AGU President As AGU embarks upon its Centennial, both reflecting back on a century of discoveries, innovations, solutions, and collaborations and looking forward to the next century of exciting possibilities, it is clear that our mission to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity will soon rest in the hands of the next generation of scientists. What will that generation of scientists …

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Six Months of Voices for Science Successes

By Dana D. Rehm, AGU Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Digital Media; and Alexandra Shultz, AGU Vice President, Public Affairs “I thought AGU was just this thing we all go to. But now I see it as people leading a charge. It’s been a huge boost to my own ambitions to move forward [with science communication]. I’m more likely to do more because I know AGU has my back.” …

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10 October 2018

2018 AGU Election Results Announced

By Margaret Leinen, AGU Past President and Leadership Development/Governance Committee Chair Update: My newly published articles on Eos provide more information about the winners of the AGU election, as well as details about the 2018 election statistics. This is a great time to be involved in AGU as 2019 marks AGU’s Centennial year. As the chair of the AGU Governance Committee, I’m pleased to congratulate our newly elected volunteer leaders! …

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4 October 2018

New Worldwide Grassroots Engagement Grant Program Supports Centennial Activities

Headshot of Chris McEntee

As part of our Centennial celebration, AGU is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new grant program, the Celebrate 100 Grants. As we mark AGU’s Centennial, the Celebrate 100 Grants will be awarded to amplify the accomplishments and stories of the last 100 years of Earth and space science, build lasting connections between the research community and society, and inspire the world to see how Earth and space …

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1 October 2018

Reflections on the AGU September 2018 Board meeting

Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Member, AGU Board of Directors and Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington in Seattle AGU members think at global and interplanetary scales. As a result, small talk at an AGU gathering is never small. This was on display during the September meeting of the AGU Board of Directors. We hosted a visit from the new Director of USGS, Jim Reilly. No one batted an eyelash …

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20 September 2018

AGU Joins Partnership to Build Greater Diversity and Inclusion in the Physical Sciences

Headshot of Chris McEntee

I’m proud to announce that AGU is one of five scientific societies that have formed the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), which will increase the participation of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in graduate studies in the physical sciences. The percentages of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities who pursue graduate education in the physical sciences is far less than those who complete undergraduate programs. There are …

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13 September 2018

I Got My Ph.D. and So Can You! – Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage month

Lorena Medina Luna, Education and Outreach Specialist, National Center for Atmospheric Research Education and Outreach Department

When I was first asked to write this blog post, I had to think long and hard about what I would say. For me, this comes at an opportune time. For the past three years, I’ve been out of the academic setting and involved in science Education and Outreach (E&O). For the past year, I’ve been working at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as an E&O specialist creating videos …

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10 September 2018

The Start of the New Academic Year in an Age of “Alternative Facts”

Janine Krippner, Volcanologist, Postdoctoral Researcher, and Science Communicator at Concord University.

It’s that time of year in the U.S. where geoscientists are back from the field with new data, new experiences, and a new academic year lies ahead of us. Many students may have just gone into the field for the first time, conducting research on volcanoes, deserts, streams, oceans, or any other of our natural and developed areas to better understand our environments so that we can protect the world …

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7 September 2018

How Will We Address the Lack of Gender Diversity in AGU Medals, Awards and Prizes?

Eric Davidson, AGU President, and Robin Bell, AGU President-elect

image stating that the 2018 AGU union awards, medals and prizes have been announced

Earlier this week, we proudly announced the recipients of the 2018 Union Medals, Awards and Prizes. These distinguished individuals are recognized for the excellence and impact of their work, and for exemplifying AGU’s mission to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. However, a demographic analysis of AGU’s most prestigious honorees reveals that women are under-represented when controlling for career stage and other factors. Over …

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