SIPS Newsletter: Third Quarter 2017

State of SIPS

The Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences (SIPS) focus group is gearing up for the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans. SIPS is led by Linda Rowan, president; Maggie Walser, president-elect; and Rebecca French, secretary. Your leadership is focused on growing SIPS affiliations, SIPS participation, SIPS activities, and SIPS partnerships with related groups within and outside of AGU. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your comments, questions, and interest in participation. We look forward to talking to SIPS affiliates at the Fall Meeting.

AGU programs, such as Public Affairs, Sharing Science, and Thriving Earth Exchange, are working at the intersection of science and society, like SIPS. You can find more information about these activities on AGU’s Science Policy page.

Fall Meeting

  • Public Affairs Sessions
    The 2017 AGU Fall Meeting will be in New Orleans from 11 to 15 December. There will be more than 30 Public Affairs sessions, and you can view the Public Affairs program.
  • Geoscience Matters Session
    SIPS leadership is convening a Public Affairs session on Geoscience Matters. The objective is for geoscientists to briefly explain the value of their work to a decision maker. There will be 21 talks in the session, and we welcome everyone to attend. There are many additional opportunities through other AGU events to communicate with stakeholders about the value of your work. Please consider taking part in any of these activities. We also encourage SIPS members to consider convening a Public Affairs session at future AGU meetings.
  • SIPS Annual Luncheon
    The SIPS annual Fall Meeting lunch will be on Wednesday, 13 December 2017, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Annunciation restaurant near the convention center. Please register for the lunch. The lunch is complimentary for SIPS leadership and our volunteers (such as liaisons, OSPA coordinators, and others). Others will be asked to pay $5 for a great lunch with SIPS members.
  • Other Policy and Communication Events
    AGU is organizing many other SIPS-related events for both policy andcommunications related topics.
  • Honors
    Congratulations to the Ambassador Award honorees: Jean Bahr from the University of Wisconsin–Madison; Robert A. Duce, Texas A&M University; and Richard C. J. Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University California, San Diego. The Ambassador Award recognizes outstanding contributions to societal impacts, service to the community, leadership, and promotion of scientists. The award is closely aligned with SIPS objectives and a significant addition to the AGU Honors Program. Consider nominating a deserving candidate for the next award or volunteering for the award committee.

Important Fall Meeting Deadlines

Consider Contributions to AGU’s Science Policy Blog, The Bridge

Do you want to communicate about science and policy? Please consider submitting an article to AGU’s science policy blog, The Bridge. Submissions are welcome at any time, and it is a great way to get involved in science policy communications.

AGU Donor Incentive Program

AGU is piloting a donor incentive program that would provide additional, unrestricted funding to SIPS if 5% of our focus group primary members contribute $50 or more to any AGU program, including general support. The funding amounts rise as the percentages increase, as follows:

5% participation = $1000 contribution from AGU to SIPS

7% participation = $2000 contribution from AGU to SIPS

10% participation = $3000 contribution from AGU to SIPS

12% participation = $4000 contribution from AGU to SIPS

>15% participation = $5000 contribution from AGU to SIPS

In the past, SIPS has leveraged donations for student travel grants to the Fall Meeting. Additional donations could be used to enhance SIPS activities and support more students. Please let us know if you have other ideas for donations.