5 Opportunities to Act

9 November 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-22

12 Days and Counting…

Congress has until 8 December, only 12 legislative days, to decide on funding for FY18. Tell your legislator today why it is imperative to provide strong funding for our federal science agencies.

EPA Administrator Prohibits EPA Grantees from Advisory Roles

Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared that scientists who receive EPA funding cannot serve on scientific advisory boards. Read AGU’s response to this unwise action and express your concerns through AGU’s Action Center.

New Tax Reform Bill Unfairly Burdens Graduate Students

Recently, the House Republicans released their tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Unfortunately, the bill wipes away critical tax benefits that support graduate students. Urge your legislators today to reject these harmful tax provisions.  

Science Policy Workshop at Fall Meeting 

Join us for the Congressional Visits Workshop on Sunday, 10 December from 1:00–5:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, Second Floor, Cambridge Room. We’ll outline everything from how to prepare for your visit to maintaining a relationship with your legislator long after you’ve met with them. 

RSVP today even if you haven’t yet registered for Fall Meeting. Lunch will be served.

Interested in Working in Policy for a Year? 

AGU is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 AGU Congressional Science Fellowship program. The fellowship offers young scientists the opportunity to work in the field of science policy in Washington, D.C. The AGU-sponsored fellow spends one year in the personal office of a senator or representative, or on a House or Senate committee. Fellows’ responsibilities may include writing legislation, preparing for congressional hearings, meeting with lobbyists and constituents, and more.   

The application period opens 15 October, and all submissions are due by 15 January 2018. Visit the AGU website for more information on the fellowship, application requirements, and profiles of past fellows.

AGU members are also eligible for the Congressional Science Fellowship sponsored by American Geosciences Institute and are encouraged to apply.