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9 July 2015

AGU Names 2015 Section and Focus Group Awardees and Named Lecturers

By Eric Davidson, President-elect, American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Chair, AGU Council, and Sam Mukasa, Chair, 2015-2016 Honors and Recognition Committee On behalf of AGU leaders and staff, we give our heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s Section and Focus Group awardees and named lecturers. Listed below are the scientists, in various stages of their careers, who have been selected by AGU sections and focus groups to receive awards …

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12 May 2015

The U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and You

By David Sibeck (NASA/GSFC), President, Space Physics and Aeronomy Section While the effects of most space-weather events are not as immediately recognizable as floods, hurricanes, or tsunamis, they can be just as detrimental. Extreme space-weather events could cause prolonged losses of electrical power that would be incredibly destructive to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. If such a disaster were to strike, the impacts could be widespread, cascading, …

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23 March 2015

What Does the Future Hold for Science In the Challenging American Political Environment?

image of the US Capitol building

As scientists, AGU members know how important their research is. Earth and space science satisfies society’s natural curiosity and desire to understand how the world around them works. It also provides real and tangible benefits that drive our economy, protect our communities, and improve our quality of life. All of us benefit, around the world and here in the U.S. The benefits of science aren’t limited to red states or …

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27 February 2015

Protecting Academic Freedom and Holding Ourselves Accountable

Update (3 March 2015): In the last few days we have received several comments regarding the situation with the Natural Resources Committee, and as such, I want to expand a bit on what I previously wrote here. AGU unwaveringly supports a scientist’s right to academic freedom, and nothing in my previous post should be interpreted to suggest otherwise. We view the singling out of any individual or group of scientists …

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20 January 2015

With Great Technology Comes Great Responsibility

RFID, or radio frequency identification, isn’t something most of us talk about in everyday conversation, but in many ways, this technology has become a regular part of our lives (though we often don’t see it). It’s in the books we check out of the library, the systems used to restock shelves at our grocery store, the passes that allow us to pay a toll on the highway without stopping, and …

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16 December 2014

Get Engaged!

AGU has a long and proud history of advancing the Earth and space sciences across their full depth and breadth, as well as their reach, by supporting our members and their work. But, looking to the future, our vision is not only a galvanized community of Earth and space scientists collaboratively advancing science, but one that also communicates that science’s power to ensure a sustainable future. Achieving that vision requires …

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9 December 2014

Welcome to Eos.org!

images of the eos.org website displayed on a tablet and a laptop

A few weeks ago I shared some very exciting news with you about a new addition to the AGU family (Moments that Changed History – 9 December). Well, the big day has finally arrived . . . Eos, the flagship newspaper of the Earth and space science community is now a robust, dynamic, open, and completely free online publication – Eos.org. For more than three decades, Eos has delivered Earth …

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17 November 2014

Comets, Probes, and Gender Inequality In Science

By Carol Finn, President, American Geophysical Union, Margaret Leinen, President-elect, American Geophysical Union, and Eric Davidson, Incoming President-elect, American Geophysical Union During the Rosetta probe’s successful deployment of Philae on Wednesday, a male European Space Agency scientist speaking for the project was captured by the TV cameras wearing a shirt that featured images of partially naked women. While he has since apologized for his decision, ‘shirtgate’ sparked a global discussion of gender inequality in …

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5 November 2014

Moments that Changed History – 9 December 2014

In 59 BC, one of the earliest known newspapers, the Acta Diurna, is believed to have been founded by Julius Caesar. In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. In 1974, an online only publication, the News Report, was launched on the PLATO system – a predecessor to today’s internet – at the University of Illinois. In 1979, AGU began printing its formerly monthly publication, Eos, as a weekly newspaper. …

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31 October 2014

Pedaling for Sustainability

A photo of AGU members who participated in the Climate Ride and the staff who came out to support them.

Living in Washington, D.C. for 30 plus years I have seen more than my fair share of police-escorted motorcades and had the opportunity to attend several high-profile events, such as Presidential inaugurations and the march commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Despite all of that, there is still a first time for everything . . . A little over a month ago, I was able to – …

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