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Science Policy News
Letter Expresses “grave concern”
GSA joined professional scientific societies to send a letter regarding concerns surrounding an inquiry into a scientific paper prepared by NOAA researchers.
Congressional Briefing on El Niño
Join leading experts who will discuss opportunities and challenges in understanding, monitoring, and predicting El Niño at this briefing on Monday, November 23.
Geoscience for America’s Critical Needs: Invitation to a National Policy Dialogue
AGI recently released this document, which showcases the importance and breadth of the geosciences and presents a consensus view from the geoscience community on nationally significant policy objectives.
Push for Higher Research Funding Levels Underway
Scientific organizations, including GSA, have sent letters to Congress urging additional spending for science. GSA signed letters highlighting the important contributions of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Geosciences research and need for geoscience research funding increases, joined the Coalition for Aerospace and Science in supporting funding for NASA and NOAA, and was represented on a letter requesting increases for all federal research funding.
Resolution Highlights Climate Science
GSA and other scientific societies sent a letter to thank Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) for "the effort to bring climate science to the forefront of policy discussions."
Call for Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction
GSA joined a coalition of 2,500 national, state, and local organizations to send a letter to congressional leaders asking them "to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction that takes into account the deep cuts NDD has already incurred since 2010." [ read letter ]
Using Geoscience Research to Accelerate the Innovation Economy
You are invited to attend an interactive congressional event highlighting the economic value of innovation and federal investment in Earth and geoscience research on Thursday, 17 September.
COMPETES Reauthorization Guidelines
Through its membership in the Task Force on American Innovation, GSA submitted a letter to Senate leaders on the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act that states, "it is imperative that the full range of scientific inquiry be supported, and not curtailed, in any legislation." GSA also submitted its own comments on the value of geoscience research and signed a letter illustrating "innovative applications for the benefit of the economy and society."
Letters to Senators on Scientific Conferences
GSA signed two letters to Senators on the "importance of ensuring that federally employed and contracted scientists and engineers are able to attend mission-relevant scientific and technical conferences."
[ Senators Schatz & Coons | Appropriations Committee ]
GSA Supports Climate Science Education
GSA voiced its support for "efforts to develop and improve climate science education" in the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. [ read letter ]
Using Every Drop of Information: the Open Water Data Initiative
Please attend this USGS Congressional Briefing, hosted by GSA, to learn more about plans for a national water data framework on 31July.
Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Bill to fund NSF, NASA, and NOAA
On June 11th, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill to fund NSF, NASA, NOAA for Fiscal Year 2016, which lacks the cuts to NSF’s geoscience directorate, NASA’s Earth science division, and climate science research at NOAA contained in its House counterpart. [ read more ]
Letter to Senators on COMPETES Reauthorization
Through the Task Force on American Innovation, GSA sent a letter to Senate leaders that the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act should "make a strong statement that sustained, robust funding across all disciplines of basic scientific research is a top national priority."
Senate Appropriators Encouraged to Take a Balanced Approach to Funding
GSA joined with 19 other geoscience organizations to send a letter to Senate appropriators requesting that they fund the National Science Foundation "without prioritizing certain directorates over others."
Contact GSA's Washington D.C. office any time
Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
1200 New York Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
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Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office
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