Geology & Public Policy News Archive
Climate Change: Intersections of Science and Policy [ 22 Dec 2008 ]
GSA organized this 9 Jan. briefing with AAAS, AMS, ESA, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. GSA's Craig Schiffries is quoted in news release.
- Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1975-1987) and the U.S. Senate (1986-1992), where he focused on environmental issues, particularly global climate change. He served in the U.S. Department of State as the first Undersecretary for Global Affairs (1993-1997) where he was the lead U.S. negotiator for the Kyoto Climate Conference.
- Susan Solomon, senior scientist at NOAA, recently served as co-chair of Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She was awarded the 1999 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific award bestowed by the U.S. government.
- Peter Gleick, president and co-founder of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security. Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow (often known as the "Genius Grant") in 2003 for his work.
- Ted Parson, Professor of Law and of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan, authored The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change and Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy.
Two New GSA Positions Statements Adopted by Council [ 1 Oct 2008 ]
(1) Public Investment in Earth Science Research and (2) Water Resources
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GSA Cosponsors Congressional Briefing on Disaster Reduction [ 22 Sept 2008 ]
The National Science and Technology Council has produced a 10-year strategy for “Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction,” representing priority federal science and technology investment needs to help reduce future loss of life and property as a result of disasters. [ learn more ]
GSA Cosponsors Geosciences Congressional Visits Day [ posted 22 Sept 2008 ]
More than 60 geoscientists visited over 100 House and Senate offices during the first-ever Geosciences Congressional Visits Day, designed to increase visibility and support for the geosciences in Congress.
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USGS Coalition Honors Reps. Dicks and Regula at Congressional Reception for promoting and providing funding for USGS-sponsored science. [ posted 16 Sept 2008 ]
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G&PP events at the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting in Houston
5–9 October 2008. [ view events ]
Getting into Geoscience Policy: Careers and Avocations [ posted 17 Sept 2008 ]
This session at the Joint Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, (6 Oct., 3-4:30 p.m., George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 370EF) features a panel of geoscientitsts who work in the public policy arena, including congressional staff, state-based resources managers, and academic scientists. Panelists will describe their career path, skill and knowledge requirements, and potential career resources. Q&A follows. Co-sponsored by GSA's Geology and Society Division and the GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee. [ more ]
A Student Intern's View of Geoscience and Public Policy
AGI Government Affairs Program Intern [ read essay ]
GSA Highlights Earth Science Research at Congressional Exhibition [ posted 16 July 2008 ]
GSA cosponsored this event at which geoscientists discussed their NSF-funded research with Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), NSF Director Arden Bement, and numerous congressional staffers. [ more ]
GSA Panel Seeks Comments on Public Investment in Earth Science Research
Please submit your comments and suggestions regarding the draft position statement by 11 August 2008, to Richard Berg.
House Panel Approves 4.8% Budget Increase for USGS
- 11 June 2008: Tthe House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies approved a bill to increase funding for the U.S. Geological Survey by 4.8%, or $48 million, to $1.054 billion in FY 2009. The House mark is 8.4% above the president's FY 2009 budget request for the USGS. The president proposed a 3.7% budget cut for the USGS in FY 2009. [ view table ]
- A statement by Subcommittee Chairman Norm Dicks (D-WA) contains strong language about the President's budget request for the Department of the Interior. [ view statement ]
- Read the USGS Coalition's testimony to the House Appropriations Committee meeting.
Improving Tsunami Warnings [ posted 20 March 2008 ]
14 March 2008: GSA cosponsored a congressional briefing in the U.S. Capitol on "Improving Tsunami Warnings Nationwide." This briefing, moderated by former GSA President Mary Lou Zoback, summarized improvements to tsunami warnings and the role and status of observatory networks and warning centers.
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Congressional Visits Day [ posted 17 March 2008 ]
4-5 March 2008: Former GSA President Mary Lou Zoback and GSA Councilor John Geissman spoke at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol with Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Il), Co-Chairs of the Congressional R&D Caucus, to to address the severe repercussions of recent underfunding of key science agencies. The press conference was convened in conjunction with the 13th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (CVD). If you are interested in participating in next year's CVD, please contact the GSA Director for Geoscience Policy.
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