by Kasey White, GSA Director for Geoscience Policy


One of the many celebrations and recognitions of Earth Science Week 2016 is a Senate Resolution, S.Res.562, “expressing support for designation of the week of October 9, 2016, through October 15, 2016, as ‘Earth Science Week.’” Led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the resolution passed by unanimous consent on September 28 and had ten bipartisan original cosponsors: Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN], Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA],  Sen. Shelley Moore Capito [R-WV], Sen. Bill Cassidy  [R-LA], Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI],  Sen. Bill Nelson, [D-FL], Sen. Gary Peters, [D-MI], Sen. Angus King, Jr. [I-ME], Sen. Edward J. Markey, [D-MA] and Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM].  Scientists who participated in Geosciences Congressional Visits Day had asked Senators to consider supporting the resolution.

The resolution highlights Earth Science contributions to society.  It notes:

“…geoscientists and researchers in the labs, universities, research institutions, and Federal agencies of the United States continually push the frontiers of human knowledge, help develop and incubate the concepts and programs that keep the companies and industries of the United States at the innovative forefront of the world’s economy, and inspire future generations of researchers, scientists, and informed citizens”

The full resolution is online at