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Mon, 2018-11-26 12:38
Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné from Black Mesa, AZ) 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 of Native Americans students in Earth and planetary sciences and their commitment to do research with their tribes and I express my gratitude to the mentors of Native American students in Earth and planetary sciences. November is National Native American Heritage Month and was designated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Efforts to recognize and celebrate Native American peoples and cultures began as far back as 1915 by Native American leaders including Dr. Arthur C. Parker (Seneca), the...
Fri, 2018-11-23 14:04
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 science. The report released today – the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States (NCA4 Vol. II) builds on the 2017 Climate Science Special Report (NCA4 Vol. I) by assessing the major impacts and vulnerabilities climate change poses to different sectors and regions in the United States. The findings are ever more concerning, and increasingly global in their implications. As we near the end of 2018, we are all reflecting on the natural disasters the world has experienced this year and the thousands of...
Wed, 2018-11-21 15:47
The recent elections in the United States brought many changes to the policy landscape, many of which will have real consequences for the Earth and space science community. Changes on Capitol Hill can affect the role science plays in critical policy decisions that will have effects both within and beyond U.S. borders.  First and foremost, Congress will have new leaders, including some additional members with professional backgrounds in science. AGU congratulates the incoming senators and representatives, and reaffirms our commitment to share the expertise of our 60,000 Earth and space scientist members with elected officials on both sides of the aisle. During the 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., AGU will host visits with AGU members and their congressional representatives to begin building inroads with newly elected legislators and build upon established relationships with current ones. With the Democrats taking over leadership in the House of Representatives, there will be...
Wed, 2018-11-21 09:49
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 is awarding Celebrate 100 Grants of up to $10,000 to support projects of members and nonmembers around the globe that showcase the far-reaching societal benefits of Earth and space science. Projects can take on virtually any shape and use a host of methods to promote the value of our science, the more innovative and collaborative the better. Our first two awarded projects are stellar examples of the intent of these grants—they are innovative, engaging, and collaborative. The following excerpts from proposals summarize the two Celebrate 100 Grants awarded thus far: One-Day Girls’ Science Day Clinic in...
Wed, 2018-11-21 08:03
Happy Thanksgiving!  Due to the AGU Fall Meeting coming to town, our December meeting is a week early.  If you will be at AGU, we encourage you to drop by the session being convened by the PGS — T13E: Geology and Geophysics of the National Capital Region Posters on the afternoon of Monday, December 10.  Afterward, the group will be heading out for happy hour (more details to come!).  You’re welcome to join us for drinks and conversation even if you’re unable to attend the poster session. — Please join us for the December 6, 2018 meeting of the Potomac Geophysical Society at 7:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, 22102.  This location is within one-half mile of the Tysons Corner Metro station, near I-495, and has free parking available.  Our private meeting room is located in the back of the Harvest Cafe restaurant on the second floor of the hotel.  The optional dinner cost will be discounted to $30 for members in good...
Wed, 2018-11-21 05:00
Earlier this month, the Bank of England announced it would be selecting a new face of the £50 note, which has featured steam engine industrialists Matthew Boulton and James Watt since 2011. The scientific community was excited to learn that the new note will feature a scientist – and the public have been invited to … Continue reading →
Mon, 2018-11-19 15:48
AGU CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee 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 Eric’s words and expressed their ongoing commitment to preserving global scientific exchange and collaboration despite increasing calls of nationalism by political leaders in many countries around the world. Here is a short recap of our various visits: First stop:  Qingdao where Margaret Leinen, AGU Past President; Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director/CEO; Janice Lachance, AGU Executive Vice President, Strategic and Organizational Excellence, and Minghua Zhang, Editor in...
Fri, 2018-11-16 13:10
Jason R. Patton, Ph.D., Ross Stein, Ph.D., Volkan Sevilgen, M.Sc. Water Management: Levees and Subsidence The state of California provides a substantial proportion of food for our country and other ...
Fri, 2018-11-16 10:32
Career preparation for many geoscience students begins when they choose their undergraduate major and develop practical workplace skills through internships, leadership positions, or research experiences. A new series from the American Geosciences Institute called Career Compass provides suggestions and strategies for students to obtain critical competencies and experiences that will launch their geoscience career based on their academic preparation. Each Career Compass is constructed using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, interviews with personnel in the occupation, content experts, employers, and research on available student opportunities. Career Compass infographics are intended to help students, faculty, parents, and advisors identify key developmental pathways and milestones towards a range of careers based on geoscience discipline or occupation based on their academic standing.   To see the available Career Compasses, click here.   
Thu, 2018-11-15 05:00
Earth Science Week is an annual international celebration of the geology all around us. Coordinated by the American Geosciences Institute in the US, and the Geological Society in the UK and Ireland, the week now also takes place in an increasing number of countries worldwide. 2018’s Earth Science Week was bigger than ever! This year, … Continue reading →