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9 December 2019

AGU Revises Climate and Data Position Statements: Declares World in Climate Crisis and Reaffirms Data as a World Heritage

In a revised climate position statement released today, based on the overwhelming research and scientific evidence, AGU is declaring the world to be in a climate crisis. In a concurrent updated data position statement, AGU describes scientific data as a world heritage and calls for a culture that supports, enables, and nurtures data that is equitable, accessible, and ethical. AGU position statements articulate the views of our community on key …

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8 December 2019

AGU Digital Library: 2020 Added Membership Benefit

AGU is pleased to announce that its individual members will have free access to all of our digitized journal content through 1996, some of which go back more than 100 years, effective in January 2020. In January 2020, access to the “AGU Digital Library” will be a membership benefit. We thank our publishing partner, Wiley, for their support in extending this benefit. AGU journal content starting in 1997 is already …

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5 December 2019

AGU CEO Search Update

I am writing to share a brief update on the search process for the AGU’s next CEO and executive director. As announced in October, Chris McEntee will be departing AGU at the end of the March 2020. A Search Committee is being formed and will be responsible for evaluating a wide range of candidates and, ultimately, recommending a final candidate for hire to the Board of Directors. We hope to …

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31 October 2019

Special Election to Fill AGU Board Vacancy Begins 4 November

Owing to unforeseen family circumstances, AGU Board director Chris Ballentine recently resigned. Chris was in his second term on the Board and was due to rotate off in December 2020. AGU president Robin Bell asked the Leadership Development and Governance Committee to explore how best to fill the vacancy. The Leadership Development and Governance Committee recommended that AGU hold a special election. Because the usual biennial process to identify and …

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17 October 2019

AGU’s October Board Meeting: A Report from the Crow’s Nest

As a former sea-going scientist, I was reminded during the recent AGU Board meeting (2-4 October) about the distinct roles played by a ship’s crew and the scientific party. The scientific party, much like the AGU Council, is responsible for thinking about how best to advance scientific research. They consider what types of collaborations, instrumentation, and data are needed to achieve such goals, as well as the best sites for …

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16 October 2019

AGU Makes Strides in 2019 Union Awards, Medals, and Prizes

Each year at Fall Meeting, AGU honors a distinguished group of scientists by conferring the Union Medals, Awards and Prizes. These individuals are recognized for their “significant contributions to the Earth and space sciences through scientific research, education, communication, outreach, and sustained impact.” While AGU represents more than 60,000 scientists from 130 plus countries, demographic analysis of past award honorees has shown that — when controlling for career stage and …

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14 October 2019

First Class of Austin Student Travel Endowment Grantees Awarded

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Austin Endowment grantees, 15 student recipients who represent the diversity, depth, and breadth of the Earth and space science community. Last October, AGU kicked off the Austin Student Travel Grant Challenge, a historic campaign intended to grow AGU’s capacity to support student travel to meetings. Scientist and AGU Development Board member Jamie Austin pledged to match all donations made by AGU membership and …

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8 October 2019

AGU CEO Announces Leadership Transition

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that Chris McEntee, our CEO and executive director, has informed us that she will be departing AGU at the end of the first quarter of 2020.  During her tenure, her remarkable leadership has positioned AGU as the leading voice and convener of Earth and space science globally. She has led key initiatives that have increased the relevance and value of Earth …

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13 September 2019

AGU Position Statements Now Open for Member Comment

Every 4 years, AGU’s members have a chance to weigh in on position statements critical to maintaining the role of science in our society. Make sure your voice is heard. Starting today, 13 September 2019, AGU members will have 30 days to comment on revisions to two position statements: one on data and one on climate change. This open comment period is both an important opportunity for and responsibility of …

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22 August 2019

We Have Your Backs: Supporting the Work of Brazilian Earth Scientists

Where scientific findings have not conveniently fit into the ideological preferences of political leaders around the world, science and scientists are increasingly under attack. In a symposium on human rights threats to scientists at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, an Iranian environmental scientist shared a chilling story about learning of his imminent arrest if he were to return home from an international trip. Other participants shared stories …

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