Author Archives: William Hooke

The case for the geosciences.

Recent months have seen a bit of back-and-forth between the Congress and the scientific community about the value of geosciences research. Throughout this discussion, there’s been a tendency for advocates to see funds for science as extremely limited; to view … Continue reading

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Women in weather.

Yesterday AMS and Northrop-Grumman put on a Google Hangout on Women in Weather. Their tagline? According to the National Science Foundation, out of the 14,000 professionals employed in atmospheric sciences, only 2,000 are women. That’s only 14 percent. Join us … Continue reading

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Weather-Ready World

  Why settle for a Weather-Ready Nation? Last week’s press release from the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, reprinted here in its entirety, says it all: USAID, NOAA, AND WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCE NEW WEATHER-READY NATIONS INITIATIVE News 16 … Continue reading

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Disaster experts send a message from Sendai.

  The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UN WCDRR), held at Sendai, Japan from March 14-18 has reached its conclusion. Full particulars are available here. From half a world away, this latest WCDRR looks to have been a … Continue reading

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Blogging by the numbers: 5-0-247.

Social media are widely understood to provide extraordinary new opportunities for connecting people and sustaining conversation and dialog. This is true for blogs just as it is for Twitter and other vehicles. So here’s a comparison that (a few) people … Continue reading

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Scientists and society: the social contract redux.

Some months ago, the folks at AGU were kind enough to invite me to write an opinion for Eos.org, reflecting on the social contract connecting scientists with the society we serve. The piece was posted Tuesday, having finally cleared a … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day reflection for Earth scientists

“Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.” – Jesus (Matthew 12:34) “Love doesn’t erase the past, but it makes the future different.” – Gary Chapman[1]   Joel Achenbach has written an interesting piece you can find online at the Washington … Continue reading

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SB=IA as a guide for US investments in science. Annotations.

Last week’s LOTRW post introduced a new “equation[1],” reproduced here: (SOCIETAL BENEFIT)i = INNOVATION x APPLICATION A subsequent post will again pick up the thread of the main argument. This post is in the nature of an aside. It attempts … Continue reading

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U.S. “policy for science” … and a (possibly) new “equation” to focus minds.

Science policy analysts usually distinguish between “science for policy” and “policy for science.” The former denotes a unique role of science in informing policy on all aspects of the national agenda – national security, foreign affairs, the economy, public health, … Continue reading

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Is there an echo in here?

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the … Continue reading

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