Science and Society

An Overview of the upcoming Supreme Court case: County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

By Maha Joana Cziesielski   The County of Maui is being taken to the Supreme Court by a number of advocacy groups, led by the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, after a study showed that wastewater from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility injected into groundwater could be traced into the Pacific ocean. The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollutants from a point ...

Policy Alert: EPA Proposes New Rules to Implement Clean Water Act’s State Water Quality Certification Program

By Brittany Schieler Quick overview: The EPA proposed changes to implementation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0405) which will significantly restrict a state or tribe’s authority in certifying infrastructure projects that will impact its waters and watershed habitat.  On August 8th the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to implementation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which were officially entered into the Federal Register on August 22, 2019 (Docket ID ...

Resources for Instructors in the Aquatic Sciences

By Brittany Schieler Summer break is quickly coming to a close for many, meaning it’s that time of year again! Time to dust off that syllabus from last year and get ready for the academic year ahead. If you are an instructor or teaching assistant preparing for a course in oceanography, limnology, or general earth science, ASLO may be able ...

Redefining recognition: the role for professional societies

In my role at ASLO, I’ve coordinated or facilitated dozens of workshops and panel discussions geared to encourage and to train scientists to communicate their science to policymakers, the public and the media. What I’ve heard over and over again from participants is: “This is important. This takes time. This doesn’t count towards tenure.” Researchers, particularly early career researchers, are ...

A Taste of Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2019

By Brittany Schieler One of the reasons I came to D.C. after graduation was to step out of the research bubble and get some first-hand exposure to how science and data are used to solve problems and shape policy. I felt this was important to my career because no matter how narrow and focused our science question is, science is ...

Student Meets Capitol Hill: A Case for Policy Training in Graduate Education

By Brittany Schieler Thesis proposal? Check. A carefully crafted list of courses? Check. Peer-reviewed articles and conference attendance? Check, check. I had hit all of the important educational and professional benchmarks typically required in a science Ph.D. program. But what about a visit to my congressman’s office on Capitol Hill? Preparation of a “one-pager” and a clear list of my ...

ASLO Comments on NSF GEO Committee Report

In Fall 2014, the Advisory Committee for the NSF Geosciences Directorate (AC-GEO) released an important report: "Dynamic Earth: GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020". The report identifies geoscience imperatives in research, including investments in "basic water cycle research to foster a better understanding of water as a primary agent for transporting mass and energy throughout the Earth."  ASLO was invited to comment. The ...

Scientific Societies and Science & Society

The role of social media in sharing and humanizing science By Sean McNally and Dervla Meegan Kumar What’s the point? We are both fairly new to science outreach, but we’re fortunate to be learning from our mentor Dr. Adrienne Sponberg (ASLO’s Director of Communications and Science), a veteran science communicator. The other day Adrienne shared with us how her theories ...

ASLO Science Exchange: Who’s Behind Deep Time? A behind the scenes look at the Smithsonian’s Paleobiology Department

By Sean McNally and Dervla Meegan Kumar Henry, the iconic elephant that resides in the rotunda of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, was gifted to the museum in the early 20th century. For the first time since its inception in 1913, the National Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Hall is undergoing a complete gut and renovation. With the ...

Introducing a Friday blog post series by the Fall 2017 SciComm Interns

By Dervla Meegan Kumar and Sean McNally Dervla and Sean here, the Fall 2017 ASLO Science Communication interns. We arrived in D.C. at the beginning of September and hit the ground running. Our first week with ASLO was spent on Capitol Hill, preparing for and partaking in a Congressional Visit Day and an Earth and Space Science Caucus briefing. Today ...
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