Science-A-Thon is a five day celebration of science and scientists – from the lab to the field, from learning to teaching, from routine tasks to major discoveries!
Participating scientists will share the ups and downs of a #dayofscience. Scientists will post photos on social media of their days including morning routines, work commutes, research instruments, class projects, and after-work fun. Yes, some scientists spend the day in white coats, but many also spend the day climbing mountains, in museums, on ships, working in teams, and much more!
Science-A-Thon goes for five days to allow flexibility for participants and broader community engagement. You are welcome to share a few photos a day, lots of photos in a single day, or engage in whatever way fits your goals and schedule.
Each day from June 18 to June 22 will have an optional focus:
Monday – SciCom
Tuesday – BioMed
Wednesday – SciPolicy
Thursday – Earth (and National Selfie Day)
Friday – Rewind
Science-A-Thon will raise money for the ESWN, and will also support ScienceForward, a STEM-wide initiative that we recently launched. ScienceForward empowers scientists, promotes scientists as role models, and builds on-ramps for students to engage in STEM.
The goal of the Science-A-Thon is to increase visibility of scientists and the important work they do to the public. Everyone is welcome to participate in Science-A-Thon!
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting public comment on the agency’s proposed implementation of the new reporting requirements specified in NSF Important Notice No. 144, dated February 8, 2018. Full text of the reporting requirements is available online or via download.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) does not tolerate sexual harassment, or any kind of harassment, within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites, or anywhere NSF-funded science and education are conducted. The 2,000 U.S. institutions of higher education and other organizations that receive NSF funds are responsible for fully investigating complaints and for complying with federal non-discrimination law. NSF has taken steps to help ensure research environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering our policies, guidelines and communications so that organizations funded by NSF clearly understand expectations and requirements.
NSF is working to make certain that recipients of grants and cooperative agreements respond promptly and appropriately to instances of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault. A community effort is essential to eliminate sexual and other forms of harassment in science and to build scientific workspaces where people can learn, grow and thrive.
Comment Deadline: May 4, 2018.
Comments should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, email firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: (703) 292-7556; FAX (703) 292-9240. We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include “Reporting Requirement Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault” in the subject line of the email message; please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in your message.
For any questions, comments or concerns regarding sexual or other forms of harassment, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, email: email@example.com; telephone (703) 292-8020; FAX: (703) 292-9482.
Are you concerned about sexual harassment in STEM?
You are invited to participate in a focus group as part of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE award to develop bystander intervention and research ethics training to improve work climate conditions in the earth and space sciences by preventing sexual and other types of harassment in the classroom, lab and field. We want to hear from people with diverse backgrounds.
You can volunteer to participate by coming to one of our 4 focus groups:
Monday, December 11th 1) 10:40-Noon or 2) 1:00-2:20 pm
Tuesday , December 12th 3) 10:40-Noon or 4) 1:40-3:00 pm
If you have any questions about this research at any time, please contact the lead researcher Dr. Marin-Spiotta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-1855. If you are not satisfied with the response of the research team, have more questions, or want to talk with someone about your rights as a research participant, contact the Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB Office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at 608-263-2320.
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.
The ‘Getting Involved in Researching, Learning, and Studying of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Act’ (H.R. 2762) was introduced to the 114th Congress by Representative McNerney.
I know from personal experience that STEM careers can be personally and professionally rewarding, and we owe it to our young women to make sure they have access to the necessary education … When women succeed, we all succeed. With more women in STEM jobs, we’ll help grow our economy and make sure we’re competitive with the rest of the world.”
–Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-9th district), mathematician & wind energy engineer
The bill hopes to bring $50 million (FY 2017 to 2021) in new K-12 funding to the Department of Education to encourage girls to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The focus of the bill is to encourage girls in K-12 through mentoring and tutoring programs, afterschool activities, events to encourage interest and develop skills in and understand the relevance and significance of science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. In addition, it provides funding for professional development of K-12 teachers focused on eliminating gender bias in the classroom.
If you are interested in getting involved, you can! Email your representative in Congress and ask them to support (or co-sponsor) H.R. 2762.
Don’t know who your representative is – find out here
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!
ESWN now has a Flickr group, with the goal of building a cool image archive for our shared use, outreach, and fundraising activities (with credit of course!). We are inviting you to contribute not just photos, but also plots, images, model simulations, and more! Each post should show an image related to science, accompanied by a first-person note describing the image and/or backstory from the scientist/artist. You can see examples from our 2015 ESWN greeting cards. ESWN might use your contributed photo for notecards, on our website, or in our printed materials. There will be no payment for submitting a photo, but this will be a fun way to share your photos, stories, and work with ESWN members, so we can learn more about each other!
Our goal is to promote your awesome science and support your fellow scientist women! We are looking forward to seeing your photos! Read more and submit your photos, plots, images, etc. here!