7 March 2018
AGU Science Policy Alert 18-2
AGU Talks Sexual Harassment and AGU’s Ethics Policy with Congress
AGU’s Executive Director and CEO Chris McEntee testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology about the role of scientific societies in preventing and combatting sexual harassment in the sciences, and our updated ethics policy classifying harassment as scientific misconduct.
Rhonda Davis, Head of NSF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, also testified before the committee regarding NSF’s new harassment policy, which is currently open for public comment.
In case you missed it, watch here!
Keep Engaging Your Legislators!
Congress has until 23 March to pass a FY2018 spending bill. The recent bipartisan budget agreement allows more funding for non-defense discretionary spending—including federal science agencies. Currently, Congress is negotiating funding levels under these higher spending caps. Now is the time to weigh in with your legislators to make sure that science, and subsequently, your community benefit from the budget deal.
Upcoming Webinar – Science Funding: The Saga Continues
This has been a complex year for the federal spending process and President Trump’s recent budget plan may seem dire for the sciences. Join us on 5 April 2018 as we wade through the current federal spending landscape, what to expect in the coming months, and how it affects science. We will also highlight key moments to effectively engage and advocate on behalf of science. Get the scoop and an opportunity to ask all your budget and appropriations questions.
Opinion: The Government Sidelines Science, but to What Extent?
A recent opinion article in Eos discusses the state of scientific integrity in the federal government, what has been learned from past cases of interference on federal science research, and the need for scientists to conduct their work freely. The Union of Concerned Scientists is surveying over 60,000 federal scientists in 16 federal agencies to better understand the current environment. The survey has been conducted in the past to shed light on scientific integrity issues across Democratic and Republican administrations. To learn more, read this article recently published in Eos.