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16 November 2017

Defending U.S. Government Employed Earth and Space Scientists

Earth and space scientists work in key positions throughout the federal government. As civil servants, atmospheric scientists at NOAA, seismologists at the USGS, and hydrologists at the EPA– and frankly all other agency scientists – work to help fulfill their agencies’ missions and safeguard the health, economy, and security of all Americans. That’s why it’s so troubling to witness measures taken by some agencies to silence or even discredit federal …

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8 November 2017

A Celebration of the Past and Opportunities for the Future

In nearly 100 years, AGU’s community – innovators, expansive thinkers and incisive researchers – has seen its fair share of discovery. We are proud of where we’ve been and what we’ve learned, and look eagerly ahead to the next phases of our journey. As AGU approaches its Centennial in 2019, we recognize that the global and societal challenges we face today that are likely to become even more acute in …

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5 September 2017

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

For days before it made landfall, the projections for Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas―and other parts of the Gulf Coast―were of devastation. Then, when the record-breaking storm arrived, our worst fears were realized as the region was inundated with 101-130 centimeters of rain, not to mention high winds and intense storm surge. Now, as we reflect on Hurricane Harvey, we do so acknowledging that other countries are suffering through catastrophic …

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27 July 2017

Announcing the College of Fellows: A Program to Collectively Support Members in Career Development and Promoting Excellence in the Earth and Space Sciences

Authors: Rana Fine (chair of the COF steering team – moving forward) and Ana Barros (chair of the COF Task Force – creation of the COF) First and foremost, we’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to this year’s newly announced 2017 Class of Fellows. This year, 61 AGU members joined a distinguished group, receiving an honor that is bestowed each year on an extremely select group (just 0.1 percent …

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25 July 2017

Newest Element of AGU’s Digital Strategy Focuses on Engagement, Experimentation and Open Data

AGU has long been a proponent and leader in open data and open science, not only in our own publications and meetings, but also within the broader research community. I’m pleased to announce that we have taken that commitment to the next level today by launching an Application Program Interface (API) that will open the door for scientists, developers, and others to create innovative applications that advance science and our …

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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 …

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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 …

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4 February 2017

Climate Science & Data Management

UPDATE (5 February, 12:36 p.m.): I want to clarify – AGU’s position on the scientific consensus on climate change and the need for openness and transparency in science is firm. As we stated “while climate science knowledge is evolving, these reports do not change our fundamental understanding of climate change,” and “AGU remains committed to serving as a leader in data and transparency in science.” As to the merits – or lack thereof – of the …

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3 February 2017

AGU President Eric Davidson: The Path Before Us

If the thought had ever crossed my mind when I first joined AGU in 1990 that I might one day join its leadership, I would have dismissed it as highly unlikely. As a graduate student, I had imprinted on a community of soil scientists and ecologists. I attended my first AGU meeting to stand in for my post-doctoral advisor to deliver a talk in an Atmospheric Sciences session on sources …

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26 January 2017

Susan Avery Steps Down from AGU Board of Directors

I wanted to let you know that Susan Avery has resigned from the AGU Board of Directors. She is joining the ExxonMobil Board of Directors on 2 February. Given that there could be a perceived conflict of interest, she offered to resign from her AGU Board position. While we were excited that she was elected to the AGU Board, and were looking forward to working together, we respect her decision. …

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