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Geology & Public Policy News Archive


Congressional Briefing on Drought Policy
30 June, Washington, D.C. GSA co-sponsored a congressional briefing on Drought Policy: Comparison of Australia and the United States.

Comments Invited on Draft Framework for Science Education Standards
A preliminary public draft of A Framework for Science Education has been posted for comment on the National Academies' Web site.

Seeking Input from the Earth-Science Community
The U.S. National Research Council has created an online survey aimed at identifying new research opportunities in the earth sciences as they relate to the U.S. National Science Foundation's Division of Earth Sciences. This is a follow-up to the 2001 Basic Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences report.
[ learn more and complete the survey ]

[ June 2010 ]
Diversity in the Geosciences
GSA Council has approved a new position statement on diversity in the geosciences.
[ read statement ]

[ 3 June 2010 ]
President Names New NSF Director
Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Subra Suresh as Director of the National Science Foundation. Suresh is currently Dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Suresh served as the head of the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He joined MIT in 1993 as the R.P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and since then has held joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering, as well as the Division of Health Sciences and Technology. From 1983 to 1993, Dr. Suresh was a faculty member in the Division of Engineering at Brown University. He has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences in Bangalore, the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World based in Trieste, Italy, and the German National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Suresh is the recipient of the 2007 European Materials Medal, the highest honor conferred by the Federation of European Materials Societies, and the 2006 Acta Materialia Gold Medal. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, an M.S. from Iowa State University, and a Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Suresh also holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Technical University of Madrid in Spain and Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

[ 3 June 2010 ]
GSA Cosponsors Congressional Briefings on Volcanoes, Earthquakes & Climate Change

[ 28-29 April 2010 ]
15th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day
More than 35 geoscientists from 16 states were among the 250 participants in this year's Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (SET-CVD). GSA's activities as part of the SET-CVD working group included

GSA Selects New Congressional Science Fellow
Lawrence Meinert has been selected as the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow for 2010–2011. Meinert is a professor in residence in the geology department at Smith College and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Geology. He earned a B.A. in geology from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University, and is recipient of the 2010 Silver Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists.

USGS Director McNutt Profiled by Science
(23 April 2011 edition)
“Marcia McNutt has the capability to elevate the profile of the Geological Survey within the Department of the Interior (DOI) and beyond. She's not one to sit on the sideline,” said Craig Schiffries of the Washington, D.C., office of the Geological Society of America.

[ 21 April 2010 ]
Revised Position Statement Adopted
GSA Council approved an updated Position Statement on climate change on 17 April 2010.
[ read statement | view press release ]

[ 16 April 2010 ]
GSA Participates in White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors
President Obama was the featured speaker at a White House Conference that included presentations by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley.
[ web page | watch video ]

[ 16 April 2010 ]
GSA Testifies in Support of Geoscience Funding
GSA’s Craig Schiffries testified at two congressional hearings in support of geosciences research and education.
25 March: increased funding for the USGS.
14 April: President’s budget request for NSF.

[ 14 April 2010 ]
Earth Science Exhibits on Capitol Hill
GSA cosponsored three earth-science exhibits at the 15th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding exhibition and reception on Capitol Hill. More than 250 people, including nine Members of Congress, attended this event.

[ 1 March 2010 ]
USGS Public Lecture Series: Science in Action
Marcia McNutt, Director of the USGS, will outline exciting new directions for cutting-edge science at the 130-year old agency on Wed., Mar. 3, 7pm, in Reston, VA. The event is free.
[ more details ]

[ 26 February 2010 ]
GSA Panel Seeks Input on DRAFT Diversity of the Geoscience Community Position Statement
Comments and suggestions from are due by 22 March.

[ 16 February 2010 ]
Science emerges as a winner in budget request
Despite an overall freeze in most domestic discretionary spending, President Obama placed a high priority on federal investments in research. Under his FY2011 budget request to Congress, the R&D component of key science agency budgets would increase as follows:

[ White House R&D summary | learn more ]

[ 16 February 2010 ]
Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day, 28-29 April. Join more than 300 scientists for workshops, receptions, and meetings with House and Senate offices and raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Students welcome! For more information or to participate, please contact GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, Craig Schiffries.
[ learn more ]

[ 2 February 2010 ]
New USGS Deputy Director: Suzette Kimball

Kimball currently serves as Associate Director for Geology and previously served as Acting Director. Linda Gundersen, who currently serves as Chief Scientist for Geology, will become Acting Associate Director for Geology. Outgoing Deputy Director Robert Doyle planned his retirement some time ago.

[ 2 February 2010 ]
USGS releases FY2011 Budget Request
USGS Director Marcia McNutt released the FY2011 budget request for the USGS on 1 Feb, with a 1.9% increase over FY2010. The request includes $52 million in program increases, $18.6 million in program decreases, and $11.7 million in additional decreases made on a Department of the Interior-wide basis.
[ press release | USGS budget in brief ]

[ 27 January 2010 ]
Geology Student Recognized at State of Union Address
President Obama plans to recognize Gabriela Farfan, a geology student at Stanford, and cite her achievements at tonight's State of the Union Address. Gabriela won a top prize in the Intel Science Talent Search. GSA's Craig Schiffries was one of the evaluators of her project.