ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geoscience Institute (AGI) recently concluded a multi-year research project funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570) that examined the short- and long-term effects of the pandemic on the geoscience workforce and academic programs, providing vital insights for the discipline's future.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that its Geoscience COVID-19 Study has been extended into a third and final phase thanks to continued support by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570). This final phase of the study will track the transition of instructional and work intervention strategies used during the pandemic into their adoption as permanent approaches used within academia and the workforce.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that its Geoscience COVID-19 study has been extended into a second phase that will continue the longitudinal study through March 2022, thanks to continued support by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570).
Dr. Gordon E. Brown Jr. is the D.W. Kirby Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Stanford University and Professor Emeritus of Photon Science at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The recipient of AGI's Ian Campbell Medal for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, Dr. Brown has served the geosciences in a variety of professional capacities including multiple leadership roles at Stanford University as well as significant advisory committee work for the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, Los Alamos National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, the National Research Council, the Gemological Institute of America, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and various geoscience societies including the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the Geochemical Society, and the Mineralogical Society of America. Dr. Brown earned his Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Crystallography from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1970.
A bill to reauthorize the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) through fiscal year 2023 passed the House on November 27 and now awaits final approval by the President. The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 1768) serves as a follow-up to the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977, which established NEHRP as the nation’s interagency platform for seismic hazards.
On June 25 and 26, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted the 2018 State-Federal STEM Education Summit, bringing together education and science leaders from eighteen federal agencies along with more than two STEM leaders. Throughout the summit, stakeholder groups provided input for development of the upcoming Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan, which is required by the America COMPETES Act of 2010 (PL 11-358) to be updated every five years.
On April 10, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear Colleague Letter, titled “Towards a New Approach for the Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U.S. Research Community,” announcing its decision to divest of the marine seismic research vessel Marcus G. Langseth by 2020. Early career geophysicists and groups such as the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) have replied to NSF with letters expressing concern about divestment of the vessel and limited options to continue cutting edge seismic research in deep-ocean crustal imaging.
On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the chamber’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill (H.R. 5952). The bill would provide $8.2 billion for NSF, which is $407.5 million more than the FY 2018 enacted amount; $5.2 billion for NOAA, a $750 million reduction from last year; $21.6 billion for NASA, an increase of $840 million; and $985 million for NIST, a decrease of $214 million.