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Scientists Make the Best Science Advocates

By Denise Hills, President-elect AGU Earth and Space Science Informatics Section and Director, Energy Investigations, Geological Survey of Alabama

The best advocates for science are those of us actively engaged in it. No one is better suited for expressing the impact of what we do than we are. If we find common values, we can make connections with those who have differing opinions and find solutions. I suspect that many of us became scientists because we liked to find answers to questions – to problems – and being an advocate for science is just another way to answer questions.

Voices for Science policy track members Joshua Papacek and Denise Hills outside Capitol Hill

huangho deposit

huangho deposit (huang-ho'). A general term applied by Grabau (1936, p.253) to a coastal-plain deposit that consists of alluvium that is spread out over a level surface (as a floodplain or a delta) above the normal reach of the sea but that passes laterally into marine beds of equivalent age. Type locality: the loess-derived alluvial deposits at the mouth of the Huang Ho (Yellow River) in northern China. See also: shantung.

depositional fabric

depositional fabric . Rock fabric or that fabric element or elements that result from deposition during the rock's formation, e.g. sedimentary grains in an unmetamorphosed, current-laid sediment or crystals deposited by crystal settling in a magma chamber; the fabric of a primary tectonite. Cf: deformation fabric.


AMS Early Career Leadership Academy (ECLA) holds two days of face-to-face sessions this week. From the looks of the final agenda, the event promises to be life-changing for the participants. Kudos to the sponsors and program organizers… you’ve set something powerful into motion!

A small contribution to the occasion (akin to the party-favor you might find by your place setting), this in the form of a question for each participant:

How might I make better use of questions in my life?

Okay, Bill: here’s a question for you… what on Earth do questions have to do with leadership?

Well, it turns out that management/leadership experts seem to agree that leaders make important contributions to their organization or community by asking questions.

Also happens, though, that the same gurus differ widely in their suggested framing of those questions. Consider these two examples:

Example 1:


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