12 July 2017

Stand Up for Earth and Space Science: Meet with Your Legislator During August Recess

“We need to tell that story,” said my Senator, after I told him how NOAA’s Sea Grant Program budget is only $73 million/yr, even though it helps hundreds of communities to prepare for hurricanes and storm surges and manage coastlines1. I suspected that he would be a strong supporter of science, but I didn’t realize how appreciative he would be to have a clear narrative that he could share with …


11 July 2017

Public-Private Partnerships Contribute to Resilience Dialogues’ Successful Beta Phase

Photo of Downtown Whitefish, MT

Across the United States, local leaders are stepping up their commitment to climate adaptation and mitigation.  In addition to our public voice about the urgent need to address climate change, AGU, working with U.S. Global Change Research Program and many other partners, is honored to support those local leaders through the Resilience Dialogues. At the end of June, this program, reached an exciting milestone and I can proudly share that …


10 July 2017

An Overview of The Federal Budget Process and Congressional Recess Visits

The congressional appropriations processes for FY 18   – in which both the House of Representatives and the Senate decide how to allocate funds among all federal agencies, is beginning in earnest.  Your voice and participation advancing the value of science is needed more than ever.  There is no better time to do this than in August when your members of Congress will be back home during the “congressional recess.”  You …


13 June 2017

Announcing AGU Connect: A Dynamic New Networking and Collaboration Platform

For several years now, one of the most common themes we have seen in response to surveys of AGU members, data from web and social media analytics, and even ad hoc conversations in the hallways or beer lines at meetings is our community’s need for more effective, efficient, and robust networking and collaborative opportunities. Whether it’s a space to turn the kind of connections that happen at Fall Meeting into …


8 June 2017

AGU’s Chief Operating Officer Frank Krause To Join The Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology (FASEB) As CEO

Heraclitus of Ephesus, the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, is credited with the oft cited quotation that “All things…are in flux like a river.” At AGU this is indeed true as well. After six years as AGU’s Chief Operating Officer, Frank Krause, our Chief Operating Officer will be leaving AGU to assume the CEO role at the Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology (FASEB), a well-established scientific society that advocates and …


7 June 2017

“For a Borderless World of Geoscience:” Reflections on the JpGU/AGU Inaugural Joint Meeting

Four years ago, members of Japan Geosciences Union (JpGU) and AGU began working on ways our two scientific societies could work in a more collaborative and integrated fashion. A year later, AGU first participated in JpGU’s 25th anniversary symposium. Then, in 2016, AGU members presented in over 50 joint sessions at JpGU’s annual conference. This year marked the first ever fully joint AGU/JpGU meeting. “For a Borderless World of Geoscience” …


1 June 2017

AGU Responds to Trump Administration’s Decision Regarding the Paris Climate Agreement

Earlier today, the Trump administration announced plans for the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Eric Davidson, Robin Bell, and I published a related article in Eos as a response to President Trump’s decision. You can read that article here. AGU also issued the following media statement in which I said the following: When signed in December 2015, the Paris Agreement marked a historic moment. Representatives of 195 nations came …


23 May 2017

AGU Decries Proposed Massive Cuts to Science Agency Funding in Administration’s FY18 Budget Proposal

Earlier today, the Trump administration released its FY18 budget proposal. While details of the budget will continue to be released in the coming days and weeks, AGU issued the following statement in response to the currently available information in which I said the following:   “The release of President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal earlier today has drawn into sharp focus a disconnect between our nation’s desire to protect …


9 May 2017

Science Fares ‘OK’ in FY17 Omnibus; FY18 Remains Uncertain

As you may have heard, Congress recently passed a bipartisan omnibus spending bill (H.R. 244) to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017, which ends on 30 September 2017. Overall the bill provides relatively flat funding for the NSF, roughly two percent increases for NASA and USGS, and a nearly two percent decrease in funding for NOAA. Some programs saw more extensive increases, for example, NASA’s …


4 May 2017

Video: Renovating AGU’s Headquarters

“A building is a physical structure, but there’s no reason why a building as a physical structure can’t embody the vision of the organization.” – Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO. Interior demolition of AGU’s headquarters has begun and AGU Executive Director and CEO Chris McEntee reflects on the reasons why the organization is undertaking a net zero energy building renovation and outlines some of the top net zero …