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3 July 2019

Protecting Science at the State and Federal Level

News coming out of Alaska right now reminds me how strongly science depends not just on federal but also state financial support. And it’s disheartening to hear that this crucial science funding is facing challenges at all levels. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy recently vetoed the state’s budget, which would mean huge cuts for the state – including a $130 million—or 41 percent—cut to the University of Alaska system’s funding from …

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18 April 2019

Starting the Journey:  AGU Fall Meeting, Getting There Is the First Hurdle

My story is not the usual one. For a while, “party crasher” was my so-called handle throughout the AGU community. As a naïve second year graduate student, I inadvertently crashed the newly elected AGU Council President’s gathering. Not a recommendation by any means but, in my case, it turned out to be a rare opportunity to meet extraordinary individuals who not only saw my potential but also helped shape who …

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12 February 2019

Strengthening Our Science: AGU Launches Ethics and Equity Center

In the next century, our species will face a multitude of challenges. A diverse and inclusive community of researchers ready to lead the way is essential to solving these global-scale challenges. While Earth and space science has made many positive contributions to society over the past century, our community has suffered from a lack of diversity and a culture that tolerates unacceptable and divisive conduct. Bias, harassment, and discrimination create …

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31 January 2019

Contribute to a Mentoring Program for #ThankYourMentor Day

Every year, the Honors Banquet is a highlight for me at the AGU Fall Meeting. While I am always impressed with the descriptions of the honorees’ amazing contributions to the Earth and space sciences, what I enjoy most are the heartfelt thanks that the honorees offer to those who have helped them along the way. Their sincere acknowledgements of their mentors serve as a reminder that great science is rarely …

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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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4 December 2018

Volunteer Today through AGU’s Online Community

By Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, AGU and Margaret Leinen, AGU Past President and Leadership Development/Governance Committee Chair When AGU Connect launched a little over a year ago, our goal was to provide an online community for Earth and space scientists to engage in discussions and build connections. Today, we’re very pleased to announce an exciting new feature: Volunteer Central. This easy-to-use tool is intended to make volunteering with AGU even easier. Volunteer …

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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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19 November 2018

From China to Mexico: Promoting Collaboration in the Earth and Space Sciences

In his post “Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever” on From the Prow from 25 July 2018, AGU President Eric Davidson wrote that “we must stand together to insist that scientific collaboration remains international, and interdisciplinary.” It was so heartening to see support for his words during recent AGU leadership trips to China and Mexico. During these visits, our international colleagues and hosts agreed wholeheartedly with …

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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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13 September 2018

I Got My Ph.D. and So Can You! – Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage month

When I was first asked to write this blog post, I had to think long and hard about what I would say. For me, this comes at an opportune time. For the past three years, I’ve been out of the academic setting and involved in science Education and Outreach (E&O). For the past year, I’ve been working at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as an E&O specialist creating videos …

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