GSA Pardee Session | Monday, November 5, 2018, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 5
Cosponsored by GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; Association for Women Geoscientists; Earth Science Women’s Network
Session Goal: The goal of the Women Rising: Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity in the Geosciences Pardee session is to improve understanding of the barriers facing women in the geosciences, with an emphasis on actions that can be taken by institutions and individuals to remove barriers and work towards parity. An interactive session (plenary and breakout) will provide actionable scenarios and tools. The breakout session will provide participants an opportunity to contribute ideas and approaches they have found useful or want to implement.
In the weeks leading up to the Pardee session, there will be a series of six blogs on women and geoscience topics appearing on the GSA blog site: Speaking of Geoscience. A new one will come out every two weeks, leading up to GSA’s annual meeting. They cover a range of topics, including geoscientists with disabilities, social identities and success, imposter syndrome, and finding gateways.
Monday, November 5, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Indiana Convention Center, Room 204
This informal social extends the discussion and connections from the Pardee Session: Women Rising: Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity in the Geosciences. Professionals, students, department chairs, and program managers working to be inclusive of all talents are encouraged to attend.
Monday, December 10, 2018, Time: TBD Busboys and Poets 450 K St NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Our annual networking event for ESWN members and friends at AGU! Light appetizers served with a cash bar and great conversation. Connect with old friends and meet new ones! There is no registration required — just show up, and bring friends or colleagues who you’d like to connect with our ESWN community. The AGU networking reception is especially helpful for first time attendees to meet some friendly faces to know throughout the week.
Hope to see you there!
Professional Development Workshops
Wednesday, location TBA
Navigating the NSF System, 9:00-12:00 PM
How do you make your proposal as NSF-savvy as possible? How do you best describe your broader impacts? What is cutting edge in data management? How do you identify the best program for application? How do you access available education and outreach funds? There are also always new initiatives starting at NSF, beyond core programs. How do you identify and apply for these opportunities? How are initiatives different than core programs? How can you design effective integrated research? Answer these questions, critique sample text from past NSF proposals, and meet in small groups with Program Officers to get to know what they are looking for, and learn how to ask the right questions, give the right answers, and get funded. This workshop is open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees and will be particularly helpful to early-career to midcareer participants, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding for the first time. Co-sponsored by the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU Education.
Strategies for Responding to Hostile Work Climates, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
This interactive session will describe academic practices and institutional structures that allow for harassment, bullying and other hostile behaviors to persist, discuss initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct, and provide training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify: (1) different ways in which sexual and other types of harassment and bullying can manifest in research environments; (2) strategies for bystander intervention, and (3) resources to share with their home departments for cultural change. Led by members of the ADVANCEGeo Team with support from the Earth Science Women’s Network, Association of Women Geoscientists, and AGU.
Opportunities Beyond Academia, 4:00-6:00 PM
Thinking about a career outside of academia? It can often be difficult to get help finding a job in a non-profit or government agency, within industry, or as a consultant – after all your advisor is an academic and most likely doesn’t have “first-hand knowledge.” Maybe you want to stay in academia but are interested in working as a consultant or even starting your own business. This workshop will discuss practical skills for making the transition to successful post-graduate careers (yes, there is life after the MS/PhD!). A panel of scientists with experience outside of academia will share their “lessons learned” and answer your questions about how to find and apply for jobs in policy, federal research labs, state agencies, NGOs, industry, and private enterprise. Geared towards graduate students and post-docs who are considering options outside of academia, as well as faculty who are interested; all are invited. This workshop is a partnership between the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU Education.
This professional development workshop is designed to help women build leadership and management skills that will contribute to their success and advancement in scientific organizations. Over 2 days, professional facilitators and members of the Earth Science Women’s Network Board will lead participants in exploring the components of solid leadership and effective communication for management through experiential learning and interactive dialogue. Participants will also be coached in salary negotiation and engage in direct career counseling. Additional activities include a networking reception with scientists and representatives from regional scientific organizations, and an interactive panel discussion with successful senior leaders. The workshop will be held October 28-30, 2018 at the University of Colorado Boulder and at Center Green Campus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. The workshop will begin on Sunday, October 28th at ~2:00pm and end on Tuesday, October 30th at ~3:00pm. A detailed agenda will be available soon.
Why leadership skills?
Science is rarely done in isolation; in almost any position, leadership and management skills are an important contributor to success. Yet, these skills are seldom discussed as part of an academic education, and hardly, if ever, show up in professional trainings for scientists. This workshop is designed to give you hands on techniques to grow your skills in leadership, management, and negotiation. Topics that will be emphasized include: effective communication with your scientific team (peers, colleagues, employees, students, supervisors, administrators, etc), team-building in a way that promotes motivation and trust, guidance in giving and receiving both positive and negative feedback, and negotiating your time, salary, and delegation.
Approximately 50 participants will be selected to participate in this professional development workshop via an application process, with preference given to individuals with demonstrated leadership potential. Those who identify as a woman in any career stage in the Earth Sciences are eligible to apply. Underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, and we aim to have a diverse group in terms of personal identity, institutional affiliation, career stage, and disciplinary training.
A registration fee of $100 is anticipated, with most local costs of the workshop covered.
Please access the application here (complete link also below). The application form includes a request for biographical information and three short essay questions regarding career and leadership goals. The deadline for applications is August 17. Successful applicants will be notified by September 1st. Apply now!
For those of you who couldn’t be at the workshop or didn’t get a handout, here is the PowerPoint presentation that Jennifer Wade from the National Science Foundation gave on “Best Practices” for grant proposals:
Women in Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon (co-sponsoring this event)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 12 – 1:30 PMAustin Convention Center, Ballroom A
The 2018 Women in the Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon will focus on the importance of inclusion and diversity in atmospheric and computational science and related fields. The Luncheon will feature four panelists, including Dr. Valerie Taylor from Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Patty Lopez from Intel Corporation, Ms. Tracy Hansen from NOAA’s Global Systems Division, and Ms. Jessica Mink from Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. All are encouraged to attend this luncheon. Lockheed Martin Corporation will provide a limited number of box lunches. For more information, visit the luncheon website.
We are super excited to expand our networking receptions beyond AGU and this is possible through the generous support of several sponsors:
AGU Networking Reception for Early Career Female Scientists and Students
Tuesday 12/12 | Hilton Riverside, 1st Floor, Grand Ballroom – Suite CD | 6:15 – 8 PM
ESWN & AGU Sponsored Workshops
Wednesday 12/13 | MCCNO, Third Floor, Room 338-339
Navigating the NSF System | 9 AM – 12 PM
This workshop is open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees and will be particularly helpful to graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding. Critique sample text from past NSF proposals, meet in groups with program officers to know what they are looking for, and learn how to ask the right questions, give the right answers, and get funded.
Strategies for Attracting and Advancing a Diverse Geoscience Workforce | 2 – 4 PM
The goals of this workshop are to (1) identify elements from successful programs for attracting and advancing historically underrepresented Earth scientists at multiple career stages and (2) identify strategies that AGU and its members can enact to broaden the participation of a diverse membership and geoscience workforce. A panel presentation will be followed by small break-out roundtable discussions centered on topics related to various career stages and professional tracks of interest.
Opportunities Beyond Academia | 4 – 6 PM
Thinking about a career outside of academia? It can often be difficult to get help finding a job in a nonprofit or government agency, within industry, or as a consultant. A panel of scientists with experience outside of academia will share their “lessons learned” and answer your questions about how to find and apply for jobs in policy, federal research labs, state agencies, NGOs, industry, and private enterprise. This year’s panelists include:
Ester Stzein, Assistant Director at National Academy of Sciences
Rachel Licker, senior climate scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Christine Wiedinmyer, Associate Director for Science at CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, former Scientist III at National Center for Atmospheric Research
Svetlana Shkolyar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Lab, Carnegie Institution for Science
Karen Rosenlof, Meteorologist and Program Lead, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division
Gyami Shretha, Director, U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office, National Coordination Office (NCO)
Alicia Newton, Editor at Nature Geoscience
Denise Hills, Geological Survey of Alabama
A special thanks to our sponsors!
In addition to the above events there are activities going on throughout the week aimed at improving the geoscience community. Many, but not all, of these events are co-organized by ESWN members:
The 2017 Science-A-Thon was a great success thanks to the hundreds of people who participated, donated, and spread the enthusiasm!
With your help, ESWN raised over $32,000! The power of Science-A-Thon came from individual days and lives in diverse countries, fields, and professions. Participants shared photos of morning routines, meetings, lab equipment, field research, computer screens, family, pets, and more! These posts gave glimpses into the lives of scientists around the world. #DayofScience was trending on Twitter, which inspired even more scientists to join in. Science-A-Thon captured the media’s attention, and was featured in an Upworthy article. We’re excited to see how this momentum energizes people for the 2018 Science-A-Thon!
Participants enjoyed their “I science!” t-shirts, which are available online, $10 from every shirt sold goes to support ESWN!
Science-A-Thon raised over $32,000 to support our endowment with the Madison Community Foundation! This is a huge success, but we need to get to $50K to reach our first match. Will you help us? Your gift will be MATCHED by the Madison Community Foundation at a 1:2 ratio, so your gift of $40 becomes $60 for ESWN. This funding will support ESWN into the future. When we reach $50K, the matching will kick in to create a $75K endowment. Depending on interest rates, this will generate up to $4K per year, forever! This money will be used to “keep the lights on.” It is enough to support our website, ensure we can host events at AGU, or support a student assistant for projects.
to check out more photos from a #DayofScience go here
Are you interested in engaging the public with science?
Have you been asked by funding agencies to communicate your research directly to public audiences?
Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about science with a variety of audiences?
Interested in what sort of careers exist in science communication?
The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with support from George Mason University, are partnering together to offer a workshop for early career Earth scientists on how to effectively communicate science to the public, media, and policymakers alike. Contrary to popular belief, communication is typically an acquired skill. At this one-day workshop, Earth scientists will have the opportunity to learn tactics from professional science communicators, and practice communicating science through a series of activities. You will leave the workshop with concrete tools and strategies to effectively bring your science out into the public domain.
When is this awesome training happening? Wednesday, July 12th from 9 to 5:30 PM
Where? George Mason University – Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Dr., room 111-113, Arlington, VA
ESWN is thrilled to host Science-A-Thon, a one-day celebration of science and scientists (like you!). Science-A-Thon will showcase the work of scientists over a single “day in the life.” Participants will post 12 photos over 12 hours on July 13. All participants will be raising money for ESWN. As you know, ESWN is free to join, with no dues or fees. So Science-A-Thon connects the public with the amazing scientists of ESWN and beyond, and raises much needed money to support our organization and help us maximize our impact. Science-A-Thon is open to people of all genders, any field of science, professionals, students, and folks who want to be a “#ScientistForADay”. We would love to have everyone sign up and celebrate science together! You can also encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to join and/or sponsor you.
In December 2016, ESWN was honored to meet with some of the most exciting thinkers in the U.S. to discuss taking ESWN to the next level. We were pleased to have Janice Huff (Lead Meteorologist, NBC NYC), Jon Foley (Director, CAS), Jane Francisco (Editor-in Chief, Good Housekeeping), Mike and Pam Hastings (Mike was recently CEO and President of Eco-Products, and is now on the board), Chris Olex (professional strategy and coaching), and Katharine Hayhoe (scientist, professor, ESWN member). The development committee of ESWN’s leadership board, made up of Tracey Holloway, Erika Marín-Spiotta, Melanie Harrison Okoro, and Meredith Hastings, also attended, and Tracey served as meeting chair. We were thrilled to host such a productive meeting with these thought-leaders, who contributed their valuable insights about future directions for ESWN.
The day kicked off with an incredible tour of the California Academy of Sciences, generously led by Dr. Jon Foley, the Executive Director of CAS. The tour was also attended by ESWN members, friends, and leadership board members. After the tour, the smaller group went to dinner, during which the thought-leaders generously shared their expertise about ways for ESWN to expand its impact.
Since 2002, ESWN has grown from an informal group of six women exchanging emails to an international force with over 3000 members in more than 60 countries. In 2014, ESWN became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, allowing us to have a more formal structure. ESWN aims to continue expanding our core activities to recruit, promote, and retain women in the earth sciences, as well as grow in new directions. Our engagement with these amazing thought-leaders will help us reach these goals.
ESWN is thankful to all of you for participating in discussions on the website, attending ESWN events, and supporting women in the geosciences. ESWN’s impressive growth is not possible without all of you, so thank you!
If you are attending the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, join ESWN at our networking reception!
ESWN Networking Reception
Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wild Ginger, 1401 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
ESWN is excited to host a networking reception at the annual AMS Meeting in Seattle. It will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues and make new friends! FREE, all are welcome, appetizers and cash bar. For more information, contact Melissa A. Burt (firstname.lastname@example.org). RSVP is not required.
If you’ll be attending the AGU Fall Meeting, check out ESWN’s many exciting events! These events (hosted or co-sponsored by ESWN) offer our members and colleagues the opportunity to see old friends and make new connections. ESWN works to amplify the benefits of AGU, especially for women and early-career scientists. Stay tuned for updates and more information! We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
Thank you to the generous sponsors of ESWN’s activities at AGU!
Tour of the California Academy of Sciences
Sunday, December 11, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences
Join ESWN for an exciting tour of CAS, a leading planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum all in one! Our tour will be personally led by Executive Director Dr. Jon Foley! Learn more about this incredible opportunity here.
The geoscience workforce is one of the least diverse, despite its importance to understanding our planet’s past, present, and future. The goals of this town hall are (1) to highlight successful programs for attracting and advancing historically-underrepresented earth scientists at multiple career stages, and (2) with audience participation, identify strategies that AGU and its members can enact to broaden the participation of a diverse membership and workforce. Target audience: supervisors, heads/chairs, and anybody interested in a more inclusive earth science community. Sponsored by Earth Science Women’s Network, Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) and AGU.
Speakers: Aisha Renee Morris, UNAVCO, Inc. Boulder Seti Sidharta, Contra Costa College Robert C Liebermann, Stony Brook University, Ashanti Johnson, University of Texas at Arlington, Melissa A Burt, Colorado State University
ESWN Networking Reception
Monday, December 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Children’s Creativity Museum Imagination Lab
ESWN’s signature annual event will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues and make new friends during the first day of the sessions! FREE, all are welcome, appetizers and cash bar.
Verbal and other exchanges in the workplace and education arenas are necessary but sometimes misinformed, misunderstood, misinterpreted, and/or inappropriate. This workshop will present several scenarios of actual events (with all names and locations removed), and ask workshop participants to discuss their interpretations of the events. The goals of the workshop are to 1) inform participants and workshop leaders of the possible wide variety of opinions about these events, 2) foster greater understanding of what harassment is and let participants “practice” their personal responses, and 3) encourage future conversations and interventions, should participants witness similar events. ESWN is co-sponsoring this workshop with the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), AGU, Society of Exploration Geophysicists Women’s Network Committee (SEG – WNC), American Association of Petroleum Geologists Professional Women in Earth Sciences (AAPG-PROWESS), University of Kansas, the Geology Associates Fund of the University of Kansas Endowment Association, and UCAR.
Network with your peers at this event made especially for early career female scientists and students. Not-so-early-career women are also welcome! This event is FREE and does not require a ticket. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-hosted by AGU, ESWN and AWG.
How do you make your proposal as NSF-savvy as possible? How do you best describe your broader impacts? How can you design effective integrated research? How do you identify the best program for application? What new initiatives are early career scientists eligible for at NSF? What constitutes an effective review and how are reviews considered in funding decisions? Answer these questions and meet with Program Officers at this workshop, open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees. Come and go as you need! The workshop will feature presentations and panels from ~900-1000h on effective reviews and how they are used in funding decisions; ~1000-1100h on specific NSF opportunities for early career scientists; ~1100-1200 one-on-one or small group meetings with Program Officers from across the geosciences directorate (e.g. PLR, OCE, EAR, AGS). This workshop with NSF program officers will be particularly helpful to early-career and mid-career participants, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding for the first time. FREE and open to all AGU Fall meeting attendees through a partnership of the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU.
Publishing research is essential to building a scientific career – what strategies best support your scientific productivity and career success? This panel will provide an overview of journal publication strategies, the role of non-traditional outreach platforms, and Q&A time with attendees. With a panel of experts, we will discuss solutions to conundrums facing scientists in the publishing process, with a focus on early-career scientists. How do you decide what journal to submit to? What are the best strategies for responding to reviewer comments – especially if you disagree? Does the choice of journal affect the design of a study? How do blogs, Twitter, and videos change the nature of scientific publishing? FREE and open to all AGU Fall meeting attendees through a partnership of the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU.
This workshop will discuss practical skills for making the transition to successful post-graduate careers in policy, federal research labs, state agencies, NGOs, industry, and private enterprise and is geared towards graduate students and post-docs who are considering options outside of academia, as well as faculty who are interested. FREE and open to all AGU Fall meeting attendees through a partnership of the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU.
Melanie Harrison Okoro, environmental scientist at U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the National Marine Fisheries Service Melanie Mayes, senior staff scientist and team leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Dawn Wright, chief scientist at ESRI Yolanda Shea, physical scientist at NASA Langley Research Center Teamrat A. Ghezzehei, associate professor at UC Merced, former scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Julia Rosen, freelance science journalist Matt Coleman, portfolio analyst at Nephilia Advisors, LLC Zhao Liu, senior research scientist at FM Global Mika McKinnon, freelance science writer Nadine Schneider, research coordinator at the Excellence Cluster CliSAP in Hamburg Idalia Perez, scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Town Hall: Awards & Grants – Advancing Your Early Earth Science Career: Multi-agency Perspectives
Thursday, December 15, 18:15 PM – 19:15 PM
Moscone West, 2020
Career development and success in science is achieved with early knowledge & skills to navigate pathways to successful grants & awards. This town hall will help graduate students & scientists at all levels understand this navigation & help diversify the talent pool for such opportunities. Jointly organized by the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program & Earth Science Women’s Network, this event will provide information on pre- & post-doctoral research grants, Early Career Awards & other federal grant opportunities. Program managers from U.S. funding agencies will provide tips for maximizing success, including pathways for accessing information & engaging with funding agencies.
The following event is organized by ESWN Members.
Continuing geoscience and diversity work in a changing world
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Jillian’s Metreon Center
This is a panel/Q&A event that we hope will be the beginning of a larger effort to coalesce community discussions, concerns, resources, and actions. We want to hear from you! Fill out the survey and help us determine the most important issues to address at this first meeting: http://z.umn.edu/cgdsurvey
We as a community can weather any storm. What are the steps we can take as individuals, as institutions, as funding agencies, as private citizens, to keep science strong amidst ever-changing political landscapes? How can we support and advance the vulnerable members of our community during even higher-pressure, more-competitive times? What progress has been made in recent years and how can we build on and protect these gains? These issues affect scientists of any nationality, any party, working in any part of the world.
Join ESWN for an exciting tour of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), a leading planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum all in one! Our tour will be personally led by Executive Director Dr. Jon Foley. Jon has been a long-time supporter of ESWN, and hosted a fantastic tour for our group in 2015. He will talk about science outreach, his transition from a career in academia to museum director, the role of museums in research and public education, and more! This will be an excellent opportunity to meet other ESWN members and supporters, and you will go behind the scenes at one of the top science museums in the world! It will be an incredible experience!
This amazing event is for a small group (15 sign-ups max). A $100 minimum donation to ESWN is required per person. Click here to donate via PayPal. These contributions will be used to help fund other ESWN activities at AGU and beyond. Anyone is welcome to participate in the tour, whether ESWN members, guests, or others interested in science and diversity. The tour will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 2pm to 5pm. Attendees are responsible for transportation to the museum, located in Golden Gate Park. We will help connect participants interested in sharing Ubers.
All spots for the 2016 tour of CAS have been filled. Thanks to all who signed up! We are looking forward to seeing you at this awesome behind–the–scenes tour!
Brown University hosted our ESWN Leadership Board Meeting in May. ESWN contributed to the Young Scholars Conference, which was a professional development workshop designed for senior graduate students and postdocs who are interested in an academic career in the sciences (especially Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Ecology, Applied Math, and Environmental Engineering). Program activities included professional development, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet with Brown University faculty and administrators. ESWN Leadership Board members held a panel discussion, where Meredith Hastings moderated a discussion about getting on and succeeding on the tenure track, with Tracey Holloway, Emily Fischer, Becca Barnes, and Erika Marin-Spiotta. Representing both large research universities (University of Wisconsin—Madison and Colorado State University) and a small liberal arts college (Colorado College), the panel was able to share personal stories, lessons learned, and behind-the-scenes tips. With a lively question-and-answer format, the panel addressed questions such as “what are search committees really looking for?” “how do you design a research program?” and “when is the right time to go on the job market?” The panel got great reviews from attendees, and it was a lot of fun for the ESWN Board!
While together at Brown, ESWN’s Leadership Board had productive meetings about fundraising and exciting future ESWN activities. Thank you to Brown University for hosting!