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Tue, 2019-08-06 12:00
A team of environmental educators reached over 60,000 individuals last year through an outreach program supported by EM funding at the Savannah River.
Mon, 2019-08-05 12:22
L&O Letters Senior Editor Jim Cloern will serve as Editor-in-Chief for the Letters, while founding EIC Pat Soranno takes a temporary government position.
Fri, 2019-08-02 13:42
This week, the United States Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2019, which was signed by President Trump. On behalf of the global AGU community of 60,000 Earth and space scientists, I’d like to thank the champions for science on Capitol Hill, as well as the leadership in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, for passing a budget that puts non-defense spending, which includes funding for science, on an equal footing with defense spending. In addition, AGU commends the Trump Administration for signing this budget agreement into law. Science is essential to our society—it provides important observations, data, research, and innovations that help grow our economy, bolster public health and safety, and contribute to our national security. Their hard work and diligence in passing this critical budget agreement is a much-needed step in allowing stable funding for scientific agencies. The science conducted—and funded—by federal agencies is integral to...
Thu, 2019-08-01 16:15
By Monica E. Gowan, Ph.D., M.S. – Past Chair, GSA Geology & Public Policy Committee In a previous Speaking of GeoscienceTM blog post (“Mind the Gap, Part I: There’s No Effective Engagement without Effective Stakeholders”), I discussed the importance of bridging from presenting facts to finding shared values to influencing attitudes in your science policy engagement. In this blog, I will take you a step further. Let’s say you have decided you want to make your own “ask” and maximize your stakeholder influence with Congress on an issue that is near and dear to your science or your heart. How do you prepare and craft your own approach and ask so you will be well-received and effective? Policy Literacy 2.0 If you are committed to being a policy influencer, you will need to know a bit more about how Congress works at the daily operational level, strategize on and analyze your elected officials’ level of influence and interests, and develop the skills and abilities to construct and...
Thu, 2019-08-01 13:33
There is much evidence to suggest that children’s perception of science is formed before they leave primary school. To ensure that that primary students do not lose that latent interest and enthusiasm for the world around them, and the science that underpins this, they need innovative, creative and dedicated science teachers. The Primary Science Teaching … Continue reading →
Wed, 2019-07-31 10:54
Paleontological Society intern Sophie Hanson (right) is working with the American Geosciences Institute in Washington, D.C. this summer, along with American Geoscience interns Jackie Richards (middle) and Lia Pikus (left). (The following is the second report by Paleontological Society intern Sophie Hanson on her experiences in Washington, D.C. this summer; her first report is here.)Hello, Paleontological Society!Here is another dispatch from Washington D.C.! Since I last wrote, I have seen even more of Capitol Hill. I attended a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing covering liquefied natural gas and a House Subcommittee on the Environment, and a Climate Change hearing on decarbonizing the US economy (which happened to be on the same floor and at the same time as the most recent Robert Mueller hearing).Furthermore, I was fortunate enough to sit down with the 2018-2019 AGI Congressional Fellow Ryan Edwards. He described his experiences working in the offices of...
Tue, 2019-07-30 15:12
By Monica E. Gowan, Ph.D., M.S. – Past Chair, GSA Geology & Public Policy Committee In the science policy world, we often talk about “bridging the gap between science and society.” Implicit is that we are talking about knowledge transfer – the migration and translation of science information across the structural and conceptual boundaries separating it from politics. This skill of being able to effectively communicate and contextualize science for policy makers is perpetually important. In the August 2019 issue of GSA Today, I discuss how as scientists we are trained to found our opinions on hard and fast facts and communicate them as such, yet to be effective science policy advocates, we need to pitch policy messages in the context of shared values. This past April, while spending two weeks on Capitol Hill on behalf of GSA, I observed another type of gap at the science-policy nexus. If you don’t give it proper attention, this gap can also limit your effectiveness and...
Tue, 2019-07-30 12:00
Local students trade classrooms for the trees and waterways of the Savannah River Site
Tue, 2019-07-30 11:20
2019 marks 100 years since women were able to be elected as Fellows of the Geological Society, with the first eight elected in May 1919. They came from a diverse range of specialisms, backgrounds and experience - as part of our activities to mark the anniversary, we're profiling each of them. Continue reading →
Mon, 2019-07-29 15:29
We are pleased to announce that the Call for Sessions is open for the 2020 Joint Meeting with the Society for Freshwater Science. The theme of this meeting is Sustaining Aquatic Ecosystems under Global Change. To submit your proposal, go to https://www.aslosfs2020.org.