From our Executive Director
We are so grateful to the geoscience community for all the success we’ve shared over the past year, not to mention past decades. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) had good reason to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018. The past 70 years have seen tremendous progress in the geosciences. And AGI has been there, every step of the way, representing geoscientists, advancing their interests, and elevating the profession.
Today AGI provides a unified voice for more than 50 member societies and over a quarter-million geoscientists across the country and around the world. That voice arises from a shared vision for the geosciences. As our mission statement announces proudly, we represent and serve the geoscience community by providing collaborative leadership and information to connect Earth, science, and people.
How? One great example can be found in the way AGI recently collaborated with partners such as the Geological Society of America, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, and the National Park Service. Geoscientists from various organizations, agencies, and corporations worked together under AGI’s leadership to provide a day-long field trip for students from New Mexico’s Jemez Pueblo, who explored evidence of volcanic processes in and around Valles Caldera National Preserve.
“[Scientists] were opening their eyes to how much geology is around them — and how much they actually rely on it for their daily lives,” said Earth Science Education Ambassador Sally Jewell, who played an instrumental part in the activity.
One student, asked to describe her interest in the subject matter, simply exclaimed, “I love rocks!”
It is by making these connections — and by forging these partnerships — that AGI engages young people, fuels learning, and supports the profession in myriad ways. Since it was established 70 years ago under a directive of the National Academy of Sciences, the AGI federation has met the challenges of our times with high-impact programs, products, and services promoting the geosciences.
The work we do together is so very important. Geoscience, after all, is the “bedrock” science — combining principles of chemistry, physics, biology, and additional sciences in practical applications.
Generating energy. Producing food. Building homes. Discovering raw materials. Safeguarding the environment. Monitoring climate. Mitigating disasters. Strengthening education. Creating jobs. And so much more.
Geoscience provides the lens through which we most clearly view the possibilities of our world. As geoscientists, we understand that examining the past allows us to look ahead with enhanced certainty, capacity, and hope for the future.
So I invite you to join us in looking back over what AGI and the geoscience community have accomplished together over the past year — and looking forward to what we can achieve in the years to come.
Allyson K. Anderson Book