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 […]

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March for Science: Reflections from AGU CEO and Executive Director Chris McEntee

Photo of Chris McEntee with two women at the March for Science Vienna

Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be sharing reflections on the March for Science from AGU leaders. This is part two of three. Click here for part one and part two. While AGU President Eric Davidson and President-elect Robin Bell, the AGU team, members and scientists were assembling for a pre-March rally during the morning of 22 April, […]

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White House Budget’s Proposed Cuts Jeopardize American Public Health, Safety, and Security

UPDATE: The numbers included below are in comparison to current funding levels, which are those that were passed in the most recent omnibus spending bill. The White House recently released its budget proposing the following cuts: 31% cut to EPA’s budget including a 20% reduction of EPA staff Up to a 15% cut to USGS 2% […]

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U.S. Agency Nominations and the State of Science

As some of the individuals nominated to lead the federal science agencies under President Trump start to be confirmed – with others likely to be confirmed in coming weeks, AGU stands ready to work with them and offer our expertise and the expertise of our members. That said, we acknowledge that some of the nominees […]

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AGU, GSA Respond to Immigration Ban’s Impact on Science

Today, AGU and the Geological Society of America (GSA) responded to President Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” that restricts entrance to the U.S. for citizens from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). The full statement is included below: AGU and GSA Respond […]

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AGU Urges U.S. Agencies to Protect Scientific Integrity and Open Communication of Scientific Information

Today, AGU issued this letter to federal agency heads and press release to science-interested media. AGU expressed its concern over recent reports related to scientific integrity and open communication of scientific information generated by federal agencies to the public. We will continue to monitor what’s happening to science at the federal agency level and speak out […]

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The Shifting Landscape of Science

By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union and Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, American Geophysical Union: It has been said that our greatest fears lie in anticipation. Following the U.S election results this past November, many of AGU’s members are beset by fears of what might happen with regard to federal support for scientific research and […]

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Top Ten Takeaways from AGU’s 2016 Fall Meeting

A photograph of a blue street sign in San Francisco that reads "Welcome to the AGU Fall Meeting"

While I enjoy some holiday time with friends, family, and neighbors, I wanted to share my top 10 takeaways from AGU’s 2016 Fall Meeting. These are listed in no particular order—please share your feedback and your own takeaways with me in the comments section. The science – There is nowhere better than AGU’s Fall Meeting […]

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AGU Board of Directors Approves Groundbreaking Building Renovation to Start in Early 2017

Updated rendering of AGU headquarters building

Today, I am delighted to announce that our project team has reached the final stage and approval for the renovation of AGU’s headquarters building. This weekend, after a multiyear process, the project received final approval from AGU’s Board of Directors and is now ready to begin construction in March 2017. As I have shared previously, […]

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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 […]

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