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2 May 2019

How AGU Is a Leader in the Fight against Climate Change

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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19 April 2019

Key Takeaways from the EGU General Assembly 2019

Fresh off an early-morning flight from Vienna, Austria, to DC last week, I was reflecting on every moment from the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). There were more than 16,000 attendees from 113 countries representing many scientific disciplines. It was an honor to see so many students and early-career scientists as the international presence of AGU continues to grow. As a founding society member of the Societies …

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2 April 2019

March 2019 Council Meeting Wrap Up

From Wednesday, March 6 to Friday, March 8 – International Women’s Day – the AGU Council met, bringing together all 25 sections, early-career and student representatives, committee chairs, and AGU leadership to celebrate the appointment of several new members. This included President-elect Susan Lozier who will follow current AGU President Robin Bell, continuing the succession of strong women in leadership positions at AGU. The Council met for the first time …

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7 February 2019

The Geoscience & Society Summit: Bridges to Global Health, Resilience & Sustainability

The threats of climate change, growing water and energy demands and threats to human health are posing unprecedented challenges to human populations across the globe. Effective solutions to these challenges will require the expertise of the science community, in collaboration with policymakers, NGOs, non-profit organizations and corporations. It is this desire for cross organizational solutions that led AGU, in partnership with Geology in the Public Interest, the Bolin Centre for …

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8 January 2019

A View from the Board: The AGU Centennial Year and Beyond

The AGU Centennial Year and Beyond December was a delight. The AGU Fall Meeting was one of the most exciting I have attended, the celebration of AGU’s renovated net zero Washington headquarters a milestone, and the launch of the of AGU Centennial the sign of a great year to come. The December bonanza was fantastic but sitting on the AGU Board of Directors and seeing the thought, detail, and hard …

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19 December 2018

Fall Meeting 2018 in Review

After months of anticipation and hard work, Fall Meeting 2018 is now a memory. But what a meeting it was! Held in Washington, DC, from December 10 – 14, the 51st AGU Fall Meeting was the largest ever, with over 28,500 people converging on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to share their science with colleagues and peers, forge and strengthen professional connections, and enjoy the company of friends both …

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28 November 2018

New Guidelines on Use of Photography at AGU Meetings

AGU is committed to creating a productive and open environment for meetings and all venues that are focused on the exchange of knowledge. Our guidelines are designed to support this commitment while allowing for the exercise of personal preferences. For example, AGU has welcomed the use of social media at our meetings for several years. In addition to creating a more engaging and inclusive meeting experience for attendees, this practice serves many others in the Earth and …

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AGU Helps Science and Scientists Make a Local Impact

Several students and early career members of AGU have told me that they chose a career path in science for both the excitement of curiosity-driven science and the feeling that science can help them contribute to making the world a better place. Indeed, AGU’s mission includes both promoting discovery in Earth and space science and doing so for the benefit of humanity. Figuring out how to do that second part—benefiting …

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19 November 2018

From China to Mexico: Promoting Collaboration in the Earth and Space Sciences

In his post “Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever” on From the Prow from 25 July 2018, AGU President Eric Davidson wrote that “we must stand together to insist that scientific collaboration remains international, and interdisciplinary.” It was so heartening to see support for his words during recent AGU leadership trips to China and Mexico. During these visits, our international colleagues and hosts agreed wholeheartedly with …

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13 November 2018

Support the Student Travel Grant Program: A Challenge to the AGU Community

I recently made a one million dollar matching challenge grant to support AGU’s Fall Meeting Student Travel Grants and hope that you will join me in support of this program. As humanity and the planet face ever more daunting challenges, science is under attack and facts are shrugged off, the evidence-based solutions that the geosciences provide are now more important than ever. I believe it is incumbent upon us ― …

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