July 2019

3 July 2019
AGU Science Policy Alert 19-7

Join Us for Geosciences Congressional Visits Day this September

Apply for Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD). Geo-CVD brings together Earth and space scientists from several scientific societies for a day of congressional meetings – and a preparatory half-day training workshop the day before. Students, community college professors, and underrepresented members encouraged to apply; financial support is available. Apply today!

House Passes Spending Packages

In June, the House of Representatives passed all of their federal science spending bills. Executive Director/CEO Chris McEntee praised the spending bills and called upon the Senate to follow the House’s lead to ensure that the American scientific enterprise remains robust, which includes strong funding for Earth and space science programs. Visit our action center to share with your legislators why science is critical to the success of our nation.

Engage your Legislators this August

In August, members of Congress will be back in local communities reconnecting with constituents and addressing local issues. Ensure science is on your legislators’ agenda by inviting them to visit your lab or institution. Take this opportunity to show your legislators the value of the science being done in their districts – check out AGU’s new toolkit for step-by-step instructions.

Fall Meeting Abstracts Open

Abstract submissions are now open for Fall Meeting 2019! We encourage you to submit abstracts for Public Affairs sessions. Note that you can submit a contributed abstract for a Public Affairs session in addition to one other contributed abstract for another section. Submissions are due by 31 July 2019.

Legislation Updates

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed several bills through committee in June. A collection of ocean acidification bills passed during Capitol Hill Oceans Week, including H.R. 1716, the “Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2019”. The Committee also passed theCombatting Sexual Harassment in Science and the STEM Opportunities Act of 2019, which aims to collect data and implement programs to reduce harassment and increase diversity in STEM fields. These bills are now ready to be brought to a full vote on the House floor. Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators about these important bills.

Check Out our New Beta Website

View AGU’s new digital experience, now in beta. We are adding new content and improving features continuously.