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Wed, 2019-01-16 14:31
The partial shutdown could make things worse
Wed, 2019-01-16 10:13
Mars on the Mall 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 to AGU members and non-members, the Celebrate 100 Grants, a cornerstone of AGU’s Centennial, awards small (less than $1000) and major awards (up to $10,000) to “support projects demonstrating innovation, collaboration, impact and sustainability in promoting the value of Earth and space science, primarily to the public.” After announcing the first two grantees in November of last year, I’m proud to celebrate our seven newest winners of these grants, which collectively exemplify the power and global value of our science. Small Grant Winners 1) Sustainability Science, Technology,...
Wed, 2019-01-16 02:24
Mon, 2019-01-14 10:32
Thomas Giachetti (University of Oregon) explains his research into the risk posed by Anak Krakatau, published in the Journal of the Geological Society in January 2012, and how it relates to what happened in December 2018. Continue reading →
Fri, 2019-01-11 16:45
by Jane Willenbring, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego Here’s to 2019 and a scenario probably eerily familiar to university faculty admitting students to Earth Science graduate programs across the US! Faculty and grad program coordinators convene early in the calendar year to evaluate graduate student applications and someone starts off the meeting by saying, “We all know that GPA and GRE scores don’t really predict graduate student success. Anyway, I’ve made a spreadsheet of the hundreds of applicants and sorted and ranked them by GPA and GRE scores.” Cue nervous chuckling. I’ve been a staunch supporter of using GRE scores (and grades) for graduate student admission since I began ranking student applications myself. For the last decade, I’ve used them. I was not just being lazy or wanting to avoid reading the half of the applications with low reported GRE scores as some faculty do; I fully embraced the value of GRE scores. To me, they acted as...
Thu, 2019-01-10 18:18
By Laura Szymanski, GSA Science Policy Fellow During the lame-duck session of the 115th Congress, Congress was able to pass several bills that have been signed into law, although many that were expected to have further movement did not as a result of late disputes over border wall funding. US Capitol, west side On 13 December 2018 and 19 December 2018 the Senate and House, respectively, passed the National Quantum Initiative Act with the aim of advancing quantum research and technology. Quantum research is the use of the laws of quantum physics for the storage, transmission, manipulation, computing, or measurement of information. This bill will establish a National Quantum Initiative (NQI), a 10-year, $1.2 billion plan to further U.S. quantum research. Through this bill, quantum research will be advanced by the promotion of quantum research opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral level; the development of quantum research facilities; and the promotion...
Wed, 2019-01-09 17:15
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the brightest quasar ever seen in the early Universe. After 20 years of searching, astronomers have identified the ancient quasar with the help of strong gravitational lensing. This unique object provides an insight into the birth of galaxies when the Universe was less than a billion years old.
Wed, 2019-01-09 15:26
By Rania Eldam Pommer, PhD Candidate- Colorado School of Mines The following post is based on a research project funded by a 2017 GSA Graduate Student Research Grant. Rania’s research proposal was titled “Lithologic controls on critical zone processes in a variably metamorphosed shale-hosted watershed,” and she presented her results at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans and the 2017 Goldschmidt Conference in Paris. GSA is currently accepting applications for 2019 Graduate Student Research Grants; the application deadline is 1 February 2019. View from the floodplains of the East River Valley, near Crested Butte, CO. Photo credit: Rania Eldam Pommer Driving along the roads of Crested Butte, Colorado, one begins to notice the unique feel of the small resort town – the fresh mountain air, the unparalleled landscapes, and the lodges and buildings nestled along the windy turns and hillsides. This land was first inhabited by the Ute indigenous people, who used...
Wed, 2019-01-09 08:55
At Durham University, scientists are exploring the opportunity to use the water within flooded abandoned mines to provide a source of geothermal heat for the future. This could also deliver economic opportunities to former mining areas. Continue reading →
Tue, 2019-01-08 15:51
By Laura M. Szymanski, GSA Science Policy Fellow On the last full day of the 115th Congress, 02 January 2019, the U.S. Senate voted to approve several White House nominations. The individuals approved are Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Daniel Simmons to be the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Teri Donaldson as the DOE’s inspector general, Mary Neumayr to head the Council on Environmental Quality, and Alexandra Dunn as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assistant administrator for Toxic Substances. Many of these now-confirmed individuals for their respective positions were voted favorably out of committee over the summer of 2018, but a full vote by the Senate was stalled due to outside forces following the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Specifically, meteorologist Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier was nominated by President Trump...