21 November 2016

Looking Forward to AGU’s 49th Annual Fall Meeting

By Denis-Didier Rousseau, Fall Meeting Program Chair Editor’s Note (1 December): AGU is proud to announce that Denis-Didier Rousseau has been chosen to continue his service as the Fall Meeting Program Committee Chair through the 2019 Fall Meeting, when it returns to San Francisco, 9-13 December. During Rousseau’s tenure, he has led efforts to modernize the meeting, including the introduction of new session formats and building more trans- and interdisciplinary connections. It’s hard …


17 November 2016

What the U.S. Election Results Mean for AGU, Our Science, and Our Members

UPDATE, 22 November: I’m happy to tell you that AGU has launched the first element in our post-election efforts to galvanize our community and our friends and supporters to be advocates for science, scientists, and scientific integrity. Yesterday, we launched a petition to President-elect Donald Trump asking him to make appointing a Science Advisor a top priority. The petition is posted on – President-elect Trump: Bring Science to the …


9 November 2016

Statement on the 2016 U.S. Elections

The following statement is attributable to American Geophysical Union (AGU) Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee. AGU represents more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists worldwide: “From the nation’s founding, science has been the backbone of America’s economy, security, and well-being, and the underpinning of our democracy. In the days and months ahead, AGU calls on our elected leaders to remember the role science plays in our society and to support scientific …


31 October 2016

Solutions for the Planet, One Community at A Time

When I was child growing up in a small town in Western Pa., the stream water in our town was bright orange. We called it “Sulphur Creek.” It was colored due to the acid run off from the strip mines surrounding the town.  Thanks to science, steps have been taken to clean that waterway.  Yet, the citizens of this town still face environmental concerns with hydraulic fracturing occurring in the …


17 October 2016

Teachings from the White House Frontiers Conference

This past week I had the privilege to attend the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh. The conference focused on how investments in science, technology, and innovation are leading to promising discoveries for climate change mitigation and adaptation, the development of smart cities, and better treatments of chronic diseases. Pittsburgh proved to be an ideal setting for this conference. I grew up outside of Pittsburgh and recall the vibrant steel …


11 October 2016

Election Results Announced

On behalf of the Governance Committee, I am pleased to announce the newly elected members of the AGU Board and Council. As I said in my September post, these individuals will play an essential role within and outside the AGU community. They will collaborate with committees, task forces, other volunteers and staff to achieve our strategic goals and objectives, manage the overall health and scientific affairs of AGU, and advise …


6 October 2016

What’s the Role of the Scientific Community in Combating Sexual Harassment?

Originally posted to the Wiley Exchanges community. While sexual harassment in academia and in scientific workplaces is receiving increasing attention by the media, it is by no means a new phenomenon. Now that the topic is finally receiving some of the attention that it has long deserved, the time is right for scientific societies to lead the way to create a culture where sexual harassment, and harassment of any kind, …


3 October 2016

Five Key Takeaways from the International Geological Congress

Sue Webb, AGU International Secretary, Brooks Hanson, Director of Publications, Frank Krause, Chief Operating Officer, and I recently had the honor of representing AGU at the 35th Annual International Geological Congress (IGC) in Cape Town, South Africa. AGU hosted the Hot Topic Lounge at IGC which featured researchers presenting on breakthrough topics throughout the week. The lounge provided attendees with another forum to hear from presenters and have a follow-up …


23 September 2016

UPDATE: AGU Board Maintains Its Decision Regarding ExxonMobil

UPDATE (29 November 2016): In September, the AGU Board voted to maintain its April 2016 decision (see below) to continue engagement with ExxonMobil, including allowing the organization to sponsor AGU’s Student Breakfast event at the Fall Meeting. That decision was communicated to AGU’s members, as well as to representatives of ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil has since informed AGU that they do not intend to sponsor the Student Breakfast at the 2016 Fall Meeting. We …


1 September 2016

The AGU Elections and You: Why Every Vote Matters

Did you know that every 2 years, AGU members elect the people who will lead the organization for the next 4 or more years?  That process has launched for this cycle, and we want you to vote. You have until 27 September to cast your votes! The leaders you elect play an essential role in decisions on how to advance Earth and space science both within and outside the scientific …