AMS Council approved five new initiatives that will improve and expand AMS functionality, extending our reach and impact, and increasing service to our members. Contributions to this Fund will help support the following key initiatives:
AMS recognizes the need to support, engage, and collaborate with underrepresented groups within our community and that no barriers should exist to any groups based on social, cultural, racial, or identity factors. These voices should not go unheard or be excluded from the collective effort that drives scientific progress. Your contributions will support the important initiatives that bring together a community of diverse individuals and promote a strong sense of belonging.
Broadcast meteorologists play a vital role in its success and serve to bridge the gap between AMS and the general public. That's why attending the AMS Annual Meeting is so important for their professional development. Donate to this fund and provide an early career broadcaster an opportunity to expand their scientific knowledge and understanding.
The Women in Science Fund will support future generations of women entering the fields of atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences through scholarships, fellowships, and travel grants to AMS meetings. Your contribution supports the AMS priority of ensuring that women have the access and opportunity to succeed throughout their education and careers.
The students of today are on the path to become the next generation of scientists, educators, and professionals in the public and private sectors. Your contribution will support these students at this crucial point in their journey, providing them with the opportunity to receive scholarships and fellowships, participate in AMS programs, and to travel to AMS Conferences and the Annual Meeting. Your student support gives them an invaluable experience to build on as they pursue their education.
Policy choices have the greatest chance to benefit society when grounded in the best available knowledge and understanding. The AMS Policy Program helps the broader society understand and make use of scientific advancements relating to weather, water, and climate. Through these efforts the Policy Program helps the nation, and the world, avoid risks and realize opportunities related to the Earth system. Contributions received under this designation will provide support to these three approaches.
The AMS Education Program promotes the teaching of weather, water, and climate through pre-college teacher training and resource materials development, as well as instructional innovation at the college level. All programs build greater diversity in geoscience disciplines and science teaching. AMS K-12 teacher professional development programs have directly impacted more than 21,000 teachers, reaching several million students. The AMS Education Program actively seeks individual and corporate support to ensure that its teacher training programs continue to thrive in an uncertain federal funding environment. Your contributions to the AMS Education Program will help sustain our highly successful teacher professional development programs.
Public interest and involvement in weather, water, and climate has never been more crucial than today. AMS recognizes that the work of our community of scientists, educators, students, and professionals should not be kept in a bubble. The public outreach efforts of AMS strive to bridge the information gap between our community and the public. The AMS Weather Band is an essential part of this initiative and was created to form a crossroads between weather enthusiasts and weather experts. Your contributions to AMS Public Outreach help sustain these efforts, fostering a greater understanding of the challenges facing society, and strengthening our ability to meet them.