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20 September 2018

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

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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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22 August 2018

AGU Launches Influential New Journal: AGU Advances

We are proud to announce that AGU is adding a new title to complement our distinguished portfolio of well-respected journals, AGU Advances. AGU Advances will be an influential and highly selective “gold” open access journal for the Earth and space science community. How AGU Advances Is Different AGU Advances will focus on publishing seminal research from across the Earth and space sciences and related interdisciplinary fields that has broad and …

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16 August 2018

Federal Agency Scientific Integrity Survey Results Released

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Tuesday, results of a 2018 Scientific Integrity Survey of 16 federal agencies administered by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (CSSM) at Iowa State University were released. Among the agencies surveyed were the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). AGU provided the funding to ensure that USGS would be included. The survey itself, which asked for …

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12 August 2018

“Eggos rock…Iggy Azalea rocks…IG-KNEE-US rocks?”- In Celebration of International Youth Day

Claudia Corona, Ph.D. candidate at University of Colorado at Boulder, AGU Voices for Science Advocate

When you’ve been a student for longer than you’ve been able to tie your shoes, and when you’ve been uttering words that would be considered a gem on a Scrabble board for at least a quarter of your life, you gain special powers of scientific enunciation and they should be used for good. That thought dawned on me two summers ago, when I was introducing the rock cycle and its …

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9 August 2018

World’s Indigenous Peoples Day – How Indigenous Knowledge-Holders Can Improve Our Understanding of the Earth

Dr. Daniel Wildcat, a Yuchi member of Muscogee Nation and faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas

This International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9, 2018, I ask all AGU members to take a moment to reflect on the rich Earth knowledges Indigenous Peoples possess and this year’s World Indigenous Peoples’ Day theme of migration and movement. Established in 1994 by the UN General Assembly, this annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples should cause everyone working in the geosciences to critically examine their work in relationship …

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2 August 2018

AGU Announces New Education Section

Educators participate in a Geophysical Information for Teachers workshop at a recent Fall Meeting. Credit: Karna Kurata

Today I’m incredibly pleased to announce that AGU is launching a new section: the Education section. AGU’s sections reflect the scientific breadth of the Union and are responsible for fostering scientific discussion and collaboration, identifying emerging issues, providing member input, and nominating scientists for honors and recognition. The Education section marks the second new section launched by AGU in the past year; the Geohealth section was launched in December 2017. …

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1 August 2018

The Nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier as OSTP Director

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AGU is pleased to see that President Trump has taken action to appoint Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, a well-qualified scientist from our community, to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). After nearly 560 days, the longest any Administration has been without such crucial science advice, this nomination has been long in coming. AGU has been consistently outspoken about the need for an OSTP Director to ensure that sound science informs administration …

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