SIPS Newsletter Fourth Quarter 2015

Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences (SIPS) Focus Group Newsletter

October 2015

SIPS Lunch Events at AGU Fall Meeting 2015

We invite SIPS members and colleagues to attend three special SIPS lunch events at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  There are several great opportunities to meet other SIPS members. You also get a nice lunch without having to wait in any long lines or go too far from the conference.

Tuesday, December 15, SIPS Lunch at Jillian’s, 12:30-1:30 pm

On Tuesday, December 15 there is a luncheon at Jillian’s (Metreon, 175 4th St, right across from Moscone) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. It will be an opportunity to talk about SIPS and SIPS objectives and meet SIPS members. This is a great option for lunch and conversation.  Avoid the long lunch lines and have a nice lunch at a reasonable price at a convenient location.  Tickets required: $10 for members and free for students, SIPS leadership, and SIPS liaisons.

Wednesday, December 16, Policy Lunch, Moscone North, Rms 121-124, 12:30-1:30 pm

On Thursday, December 17 there is a “Science Policy: Moscone West Wing” panel event with lunch in Moscone North (not Moscone West but very close). Congressional staff members and other panelists will talk about communicating with Congress and policymakers in general. SIPS members are particularly encouraged to attend. No RSVP required.

Thursday, December 17, SIPS Lunch, Marriott Marquis, Salons 3-4, 12:30-1:30 pm

Join SIPS members for a group discussion about SIPS events and programs plus the future direction of SIPS. There will also be an opportunity to meet some policymakers. No RSVP required.

You can RSVP and reserve necessary tickets for the Tuesday event using AGU’s event scheduling tool. Search under SIPS for our events.

Other SIPS-related Events at AGU Fall Meeting 2015

One-on-One Availability With an Attorney

Monday, December 15, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Moscone South: Mezzanine Room 216

Hydrology/SIPS Water and Society Technical Committee Meeting (Invite Required)

Monday, December 15, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Marriott Marquis, Salon 6

How to Be a Mass Media or Congressional Science Fellow

Monday, December 15, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Moscone North: Rooms 121-125

SIPS-related presentations at AGU Fall Meeting 2015

Please navigate to the fall meeting scientific program and search under the Public Affairs section for SIPS-related presentations (link). There are five full days of societal impact and policy science related presentations that may be of interest to you and your colleagues.

Current Liaisons With Other Sections/Focus Groups

The SIPS focus group is pleased to have some great volunteers serving as liaisons to other sections or focus group. Our current liaisons are:

  • Mona Behl with Ocean Sciences
  • Kevin Reed with Atmospheric Sciences
  • Asha Sharma with Hydrology
  • Scott Worland with Biogeosciences

Request for Liaisons With Other Sections/Focus Groups

The SIPS focus group is looking for more volunteers to serve as liaisons to other sections and focus groups of AGU. We would like at least one liaison for each section not represented in the list above and we are looking for a liaison whose primary or secondary affiliation is with that section. The liaison would be asked to take responsibility for some or all of the following objectives:

  • Discuss SIPS with the current leadership of your Section/Focus Group
  • Request that information about SIPS be included in appropriate Section/Focus Group newsletters (we can provide a paragraph of text).
  • Promote Fall Meeting SIPS-relevant sessions, events, and talks to your Section/Focus Group.
  • Co-chair sessions and include SIPS relevant talks or posters in those sessions.
  • Promote SIPS at Section/Focus Group events at Fall Meeting.
  • Share any relevant information from your Section/Focus Group with SIPS through the SIPS website, newsletter, or Fall Meeting event.
  • Recruit additional SIPS members from your Section/Focus Group.

If you would like to volunteer to be a liaison, you can sign up through this online form. If you would like to suggest a colleague who could be a liaison for your section, you can do so through the same online form. You can also send suggestions about the roles of the liaisons or other outreach efforts to other sections via email to

Timothy A. Cohn, President SIPS

Linda R. Rowan, President-Elect, SIPS

Maggie L. Walser, Secretary, SIPS

William H. Hooke, Past President SIPS