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22 December 2015

Fall Meeting 2015: The Start of Something Terrific

By Denis-Didier Rousseau (Centre National de la Recherche Nationale), Fall Meeting Program Committee Chair As the last sessions of the 2015 Fall Meeting came to a close, I paused to think about how ‘the stars had aligned’ to make this well-respected event even more special. The week began with news from Paris that a climate agreement had been reached. What better way could there be to start the largest gathering of …

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13 December 2015

Board Action: 2017-2018 Fall Meeting Locations

UPDATE: As a result of scheduling issues, the Board of Directors decision on the potential change in location for the 2017 and 2018 Fall Meetings has been delayed until later in February. The results of that vote – as well as the results of the member/attendee survey that was conducted to help inform their decision – will be published by the end of the month. By Margaret Leinen, President, American Geophysical …

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7 December 2015

AGU Meetings – Scientific & Social By Design

The 2015 AGU Fall Meeting is just around the corner and we at AGU are making final preparations for what promises to be another remarkable convening of the Earth and space sciences. In addition to the robust scientific program that is the heart of the meeting, I’m excited about the diversity of activities we are presenting this year – from skills-building workshops to networking and celebratory events. And as much …

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19 November 2015

A Growing Threat to Academic Freedom

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UPDATE (3 December, 5:10 P.M. EST): In a new letter to Commerce Secretary Pritzker, Chairman Smith stated, “In order to move the Committee’s work forward…the Committee is willing to accommodate NOAA and prioritize communications sent and received by non-scientific personnel…However, this prioritization does not alleviate NOAA’s obligation to respond fully to the Committee’s subpoena.” Read The Washington Post article. In response, AGU Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee responded, “For now, House Science …

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12 November 2015

Rise of GeoHealth

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I think many of you know that I started my professional career in healthcare as a nurse. During the five years I spent doing direct patient care, I witnessed many examples of how environmental exposures to toxic materials could contribute to poor health. That’s why I was so pleased to be invited to participate in a congressional briefing hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) titled “Linking Earth Sciences and …

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9 November 2015

Renovating AGU’s Headquarters: Advancing our Mission; Serving As A Role Model

AGU has occupied our current 62,000-square foot, five-story headquarters building, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C., since 1994. While the building has served us well for more than two decades, many of its systems are reaching the end of their useful life, making them unreliable and less efficient. Not only does this have a negative impact on the day-to-day operations of the organization—and our ability to provide …

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21 October 2015

The Next 50 Years of Water Resources Research

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By D. Scott Mackay, Professor, Department of Geography and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo (the State University of New York) and Editor, Water Resources Research “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink,” wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a story about a journey spanning oceans of unthinkable size and undrinkable water. Water, it seems, does not exist without a …

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18 September 2015

An Emerging Bipartisan Recognition of Climate Change

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Once upon a time, in a city named after America’s first president, science enjoyed broad bipartisan support, including the biomedical, geophysical, environmental, and social sciences. The scare of Sputnik not only inspired American space exploration in the 1950s and 1960s, but also reinforced a commitment to basic research in many disciplines, which paved the way for development of technological applications far beyond the imagination of the original researchers. Current cell …

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17 September 2015

Calling All Students: Share, Explore, and Review Your Research from the Comfort of Your Home

2014 Virtual Poster Showcase Winner

AGU is committed to providing ways for students to receive support for and be recognized for their research, from in-person presentations at our meetings and publishing in AGU’s journals, to career advice and opportunities, and participating on Union committees and task forces. In particular, we recognize how important presenting research is to Earth and space science students, but we also know that barriers such as limited funding and time to …

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31 August 2015

AGU Introduces New Organizational Support Policy

AGU’s mission and vision center on advancing Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity, and communicating its power to ensure a sustainable future for us all. Our ability to collaborate with organizations that share our values – who can also help to amplify the reach and impact of our work – is critical to serving our mission and realizing our vision. For many years, AGU has successfully partnered …

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