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6 February 2019

Use Your Voice to Make the State of Our Union Stronger

Last night, under the cloud of a delay resulting from the longest shutdown in the history of the United States federal government, President Donald Trump delivered the second state of the union address of his presidency. As in 2018, he again failed to acknowledge the role scientific research plays in advancing our society and economy. Earlier this morning, I issued my own response to the President’s State of the Union, …

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25 January 2019

ACTION NEEDED: Shutdown May Be Over, but Science Isn’t Secure Yet 

After passage by both the House and the Senate, President Trump has signed into law a bill to temporarily reopen the federal government until 15 February. First, I am relieved to know this action means federal employees, including federal scientists, will receive their first paychecks in more than 30 days, and that they will receive the back pay they are owed. Unfortunately, the havoc this unprecedented shutdown has wreaked on …

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16 January 2019

Seven New Awardees of the Celebrate 100 Grants

With the start of 2019, AGU’s Centennial is now in full swing. And what better way to celebrate than by having you, our members, create and plan events across the globe. That is why I am so pleased to announce the next set of Celebrate 100 Grants that enable our members and partners to share the wonder and excitement of Earth and space science and how it benefits communities and society. Open …

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5 December 2018

World Soil Day Celebrates Earth’s Life-Supporting Resource

By Dorothy Merritts, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Franklin and Marshall College In 2014, while attending a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop on infrastructure for Earth surface processes research at the Field Museum in Chicago, my colleague, Laurel Larsen, and I toured the museum’s “Underground Adventure” exhibit. The exhibit encouraged us to imagine shrinking to a size smaller than a penny to examine soil from a new perspective, and …

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3 December 2018

Inspire the Next Generation of Earth and Space Scientists: Support the Austin Endowment for Student Travel

A new year is just around the corner. And with it comes the promise of new beginnings and opportunities for personal and professional growth. 2019 is also AGU’s Centennial year – a time for our community to celebrate the scientific advances made in Earth and space science over the past 100 years.  For me, the advent of Centennial leads me to consider how we can make sure that our science …

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30 November 2018

November Native American Month – One Voice from the Margins

Over the past 500 plus years Indigenous Peoples have been suffering the continued violence and genocide at the hands of the settler society. While there have been waves of civil rights movements, feminism, and actions toward social justice, we Native Peoples are still causalities of structural, systemic, institutional and environmental violence. This has led to hundreds of laws and policies designed to oppress and control Native “American Indians” and other …

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26 November 2018

In Honor of Native American Heritage Month: A Challenge to AGU to Include Indigenous Perspectives in Science

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month and as a Native American Earth scientist, I honor the resiliency of Native Americans to maintain their deep rooted beliefs, cultures, and languages. I respect the passion of Native peoples to fight for the protection of their land. I honor the sovereignty of Native American tribes. I celebrate scientists who work in Indigenous-led community-engaged research. I pay tribute to the academic journeys …

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23 November 2018

AGU Applauds the Fourth National Climate Assessment

In 1990, President Ronald Reagan initiated the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and Congress mandated that a report be released at least every four years outlining what climate change – past, present, and future – means for the United States. In the decades since, four of  the National Climate Assessments have been released and AGU members have played a role in each one as authors and as contributors of their …

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21 November 2018

The First Awardees of the Celebrate 100 Grants

With the beginning of AGU’s Centennial upon us, I am so pleased and excited to announce the first two awardees of AGU’s Celebrate 100 Grants. Centennial is about you and the science that you undertake every day. It is about inspiring all to participate, support, and advance the power of science to make the world a better place for us and for future generations. To help you do this, AGU …

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13 November 2018

Support the Student Travel Grant Program: A Challenge to the AGU Community

I recently made a one million dollar matching challenge grant to support AGU’s Fall Meeting Student Travel Grants and hope that you will join me in support of this program. As humanity and the planet face ever more daunting challenges, science is under attack and facts are shrugged off, the evidence-based solutions that the geosciences provide are now more important than ever. I believe it is incumbent upon us ― …

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