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Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits Geotimes, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community. Do you have a geoscience blog or newsfeed with an RSS feed? It may be a good fit for Geotimes. To learn more about RSS or to submit information to Geotimes by email, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org. Events can also be listed on the AGI Geoscience Calendar.

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Wed, 2018-11-28 20:27
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Wed, 2018-11-28 16:17
By Laura Szymanski, GSA Science Policy Fellow A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), S. 1768, was sent to the President’s desk on 27 November 2018.  NEHRP was established by the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 to improve the understanding of earthquakes and their effects, develop methods to reduce the impacts of earthquakes, and improve communities’ earthquake resilience. National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) logo; Credit: nehrp.gov NEHRP is an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries, as well as property damage associated with earthquakes. The program strives to promote knowledge, tools, and best-practices in relation to earthquakes to improve earthquake resilience in public safety, economic strength, and national security.  This program is a cooperative effort by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Science Foundation (NSF),...
Wed, 2018-11-28 09:52
AGU is committed to creating a productive and open environment for meetings and all venues that are focused on the exchange of knowledge. Our guidelines are designed to support this commitment while allowing for the exercise of personal preferences. For example, AGU has welcomed the use of social media at our meetings for several years. In addition to creating a more engaging and inclusive meeting experience for attendees, this practice serves many others in the Earth and space science community and beyond who are unable to attend yet interested in following along and participating. It sparks engagement across the scientific community, and helps to create a bridge between our science and the public. Further, AGU recently launched a cooperative effort to utilize pre-print server (ESSOAr) to present posters, papers and data that represent work in progress as a means of accelerating and sharing scientific knowledge. Periodically we review and update our guidelines to reflect changes in...
Wed, 2018-11-28 09:38
Several students and early career members of AGU have told me that they chose a career path in science for both the excitement of curiosity-driven science and the feeling that science can help them contribute to making the world a better place. Indeed, AGU’s mission includes both promoting discovery in Earth and space science and doing so for the benefit of humanity. Figuring out how to do that second part—benefiting humanity—can be challenging and even frustrating, especially when we are confronting large and urgent problems that need deployment of solutions quickly. Climate change is a good example. Scientific discovery of the Earth climate system has clearly identified an anthropogenic cause for much of the climate change observed during the last several decades or century, and that knowledge is clearly a great benefit, but individuals and communities often struggle to find how they can best contribute to on-the-ground solutions. Community-engaged science can serve as a fresh, new...
Tue, 2018-11-27 09:20
No More Time to Waste: Moving Science to Action at Scales that Matter In the last two decades, a significant fraction of the geoscience and global environmental sciences communities have seen a shift in thinking – from science as its own fundamental goal, to science for understanding change, to science that supports and drives action. On Monday, December 10, join the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine for a free keynote lecture by Dr. Pamela Matson, NAS member and Stanford University professor. Dr. Maton will discuss how “science to action” has evolved in the context of current global environmental changes and social issues. Learn more: https://nasem-matson-lecture.eventbrite.com
Mon, 2018-11-26 14:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) welcomes new members to the AGI Executive Committee and congratulates Dr. Rodney C. Ewing as he takes office as AGI President. The new and departing members of the Executive Committee were recognized at the Friends of AGI Reception on November 5, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind.   AGI welcomes the following members to their new roles on the Executive Committee: Dr. Carolyn G. Olson (U.S. Geological Survey, emerita) – President Elect Ms. Anna Shaughnessy (Earth Resources Laboratory, MIT, retired) – Secretary Dr. Susan M. Sullivan (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)) – Member at Large Dr. Paul Weimer (University of Colorado, Boulder) – Member at Large The new AGI President, Dr. Rod Ewing, is the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli...
Mon, 2018-11-26 13:42
By Laura Szymanski, GSA Science Policy Fellow As Congress heads into the lame duck session, the period of time following the November elections and prior to when the newly-elected officials take office in January, here is a summary of recent legislation that was passed and a few bills that may pass during the lame duck session. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (left) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) (right) discuss the Save Our Seas Act following the bill signing. Photo credit: Office of Sen. Dan Sullivan Save Our Seas Act: The President signed the bipartisan Save Our Seas (SOS) Act, S. 3508, into law on 11 October 2018. The bill amends the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Act and reauthorizes NOAA’s Marine Debris Program for 5 years.  This bill, sponsored by Sen. Sullivan (R-AK) and co-sponsored by Senators Whitehouse (D-RI), Inhofe (R-OK), and Nelson (D-FL), aims to address ocean pollution, specifically plastics and microplastics.  This law will...
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...

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