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Congressional Science Fellow

The application period for 2017-2018 is now open.

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Deadline: 1 Feb.

Your work as a geoscientist greatly impacts society and Earth — why not make an impact on the U.S. government as well?

Current Fellow

Kirstin L. Neff
Kirstin L. Neff

31st Congressional Science Fellow

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Science Policy News

Support for FY17 Science Funding
The Task Force on American Innovation – a coalition that includes GSA – sent a letter to congressional leaders that "strongly urges Congress to complete the FY17 appropriations process this year, and to ensure that key agencies supporting scientific research receive robust funding."

The USGS Coalition sent a letter warning that a year-long continuing resolution would "negatively impact the ability of the USGS to engage in long-term monitoring related to natural hazards, water, and environmental health." In addition, a coalition of geoscience organizations letter urged Members "to support strong investments in ... key Earth and space science agencies and avoid policy riders that deprioritize the geosciences."

Science and the Election
GSA, Science Debate, and 54 other organizations asked the presidential candidates 20 questions on science, engineering, health, tech and environmental issues facing voters. [ website | pdf ]

Hazards Caucus Alliance Presents "Lahars: Preparing for Volcanic Landslides"
Join us for a 12 July congressional briefing, co-sponsored by GSA, that will highlight potential threats posed by lahars and ongoing research to better understand how and when the volcanic landslides occur.

Thirty-One Top Scientific Societies Speak with One Voice on Global Climate Change
In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies, including GSA, reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change, noting that the "severity of climate change impacts is increasing and is expected to increase substantially in the coming decades.”

Advances in Earth Science: Data as a National Asset for Decision-Making
Join us for a 22 June congressional briefing, co-sponsored by GSA, that will highlight how earthquake, air quality, and water quality data can inform important policy decisions to effectively prepare for natural disasters and manage natural resources. A companion webinar will be held Monday, 25 July.

Current Congressional Appropriations for FY2017 Keep Geoscience Funding Relatively Flat
With limited days in session before the election, the House and Senate are moving quickly on appropriations bills. In good news, the House and Senate appropriations bills and the bills’ associated reports do not limit geoscience (or social, behavioral and economic science) funding. GSA joined other geoscience organizations to thank committee leaders for their support.

Advances in Earth Science: Offshore Energy
Join us for a 14 June webinar, which is co-sponsored by GSA, that will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to explain the scientific and engineering tools that enable production in challenging offshore environments. Based on a 16 May congressional briefing, speakers will also address the environmental challenges of offshore energy production.

Support for Research Funding
GSA signed letters to congressional leaders by the Energy Sciences Coalition, Coalition for National Science Funding, and Task Force on American Innovation that support science research funding.

GSA Testifies in Support of Geoscience Research
GSA submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science in support of NSF and NASA and to the House and Senate Subcommittee on Interior in support of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Policy News Archive

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
Tel: +1-202-669-0466

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Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office

Geology and Public Policy Committee Geology and Society Division Washington DC Office
  • Oversees development of GSA’s Position Statements. These statements are the foundation for public policy actions by the Society.
  • Advises GSA’s Council, Executive leadership, and the Washington Office.
  • Develops and sponsors technical sessions, symposia and other events relating to public policy development and outreach at the annual meeting and section meetings in coordination with the Geology and Society Division.
  • Collaborates with the Geology and Society Division on expanding the participation of GSA’s members in public policy communications.
  • Through GPPC’s Section Representatives, fosters communication about GSA’s public policy activities at section meetings.
  • Explores opportunities for expanding international activities at the interface between the geosciences and public policy by collaborating and cooperating with GSA’s International Secretariat, the International Section, the Director for Geoscience Policy and other organizational units of GSA.
  • G&PP Committee




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  • Strengthens, broadens and supports the engagement of GSA’s members in activities where geoscience intersects with the policy interests of society.
  • Encourages research on issues where geology and society are connected.
  • Provides forums for presentation and discussion of mutual problems and ideas at GSA Section and GSA Annual meetings.
  • Stimulates communication among geoscientists conducting research that serves society’s needs and can guide policy development.
  • Encourages GSA’s members to engage in public policy development through presentation of exhibit booths at all section meetings, in collaboration with the Geology and Public Policy Committee.
  • Fosters recognition and acknowledgment of those who make significant contributions to serving society’s needs through geoscience research, including awards for best student papers at the national meeting.
  • Encourages and mentors students interested in conducting and presenting the results of research that serves society’s needs and can guide policy development.
  • Advises and assists the officers, committees, divisions and sections of GSA in matters related to serving society’s needs through geoscience research.
  • Publishes a newsletter to communicate the Division’s activities to the members and others.
  • Division web page.
  • Provides GSA and its members with leadership in formulating public policy through active involvement in the decision-making processes at the national level.
  • Monitors public policy issues and participates in information-sharing and educational efforts directed toward the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.
  • Encourages the use scientific information in decision-making in the public policy arena.
  • Works with the GSA community to increase members’ involvement in activities related to public policy development.
  • Supports adequate funding for scientific research activities at the federal level.
  • Provides testimony to Congress and federal agencies on geoscience issues.
  • Organizes and co-sponsors congressional briefings on geoscience issues.
  • Fosters participation of GSA members in Congressional visits days.
  • Administers GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship.
  • Participates in coalitions of scientific organizations.
  • Co-sponsors science exhibitions and receptions on Capitol Hill.
  • Explores opportunities for expanding international activities at the interface between the geosciences and public policy by working with GSA’s International Secretariat, the International Section, the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division and the other Divisions, Sections, and organizational units of GSA.
  • Washington, DC office contact information.
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