Tag: outreach

Currents | April 2018

Media Round Up

In case you’ve sworn off Facebook or have been too busy to web-surf this month, we’ve combed through our discussion group archives and pulled the links that generated the most buzz in our online community.

This month featured a plethora of pieces on women and gender issues in academia from science journals as well as the popular press. Here are some that received the most reactions.

The Special Challenges of Being Both a Scientist and a Mom Mexican-American female scientist Rebecca Calisi writes candidly about how she personally has helped scientific conferences become more accommodating to working mothers and the many challenges still faced by women when “[society asks that] we must work as if family did not exist—and parent as if work did not exist”.

Efforts large and small speed science reform Anne Jefferson and Melissa Kenney talk about the need for institutional change and a role to be played by big data to improve gender and racial equity in science.

A thought-provoking NBC News article about the gap in how men and women perceive their science abilities within a group.

from Slate

Being a woman in science is hard. That’s Why We’re Trying to Change It. This impassioned Slate piece by molecular biologist Maryam Zaringhalam argues that we should focus less on our roadblocks and “flip that narrative” — that is, devote much more media attention to positive reforms and “change-makers working to fix a broken system”.

Published study in Nature Communications reveals large gender inequalities in speaking opportunities (invited and assigned oral presentations) at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Recognition of ESWN members

Ecologist Jane Zelikova was honored as one of Grist Magazine’s nationwide “50 fixers” for 2018. She was recognized for her initiative (co-founded with Kelly Ramirez) 500 Women Scientists, which focuses on leadership, diversity, and public engagement in science. Read her “Strategist” profile


An in-depth University of Wisconsin-Madison news article describes research published by Claire Pettersen from the Space Science and Engineering Center. The study is trying to understand the mass balance (net change in snow deposition and melting) of the Greenland Ice sheet.

Laura Crossey, of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, received commendation for excellence in mentorship of students in STEM fields.

Image result for Laura Crossey, of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico

Women in leadership

Ellen Stofan, former NASA Chief Scientist, will be the first woman to Head the National Air and Space Museum

Members’ Perspectives in Academia

These topics, inspired by personal stories, sparked significant debate among members. [Specific names omitted in the interests of privacy.]

  • Challenges, gender bias in opportunities for collaboration
  • Do women take on more “emotional work/labor” when managing meetings or other professional activities?
  • Is it OK to do your undergrad and grad at the same institution? (Opinions were mixed!)
  • Writing ability and implicit gender bias from reviewers: double-blind reviews could help.
  • Tips for how to handle unsolicited advice following presentations at conferences, without losing your cool.

And Finally… The Truth is Out There

ESWN Members loved this piece on the “The Scully Effect”– quantification of the pervasive effect of popular media on the career interests of women. According to a survey, 63% of the women who were familiar with Dana Scully of the X-Files television show said that she increased their belief in the importance of STEM.

Register for ESWN’s Science-A-Thon 2018, a five day online celebration of science

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 October 15 to October 19 will have an optional focus:

  • Monday – SciCom
  • Tuesday ­– BioMed
  • Wednesday – SciPolicy
  • Thursday – Earth
  • 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!

Learn more and register at www.scienceathon.org

Welcoming Women into Geosciences

Early results of a program* to foster the careers of women entering the geosciences demonstrate the effectiveness of several specific factors – including the importance of same gender mentoring and the importance of role modeling – to the retention of undergraduate women in geoscience disciplines.

EOS article about ESWN led mentoring program

*PROGRESS is a NSF funded program led by Emily Fischer, Rebecca Barnes, Manda Adams, & Sandra Clinton in conjunction with social scientists (Paul Hernandez (West Virginia Univ.) and Brittany Bloodhart (Colorado State)) examining the role of deliberate mentoring on the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in the geosciences. We are incredibly appreciative of the numerous ESWN members who have served as mentors to the students in this program and we hope that you find our results as rewarding as we do!

Participate in a Focus Group at AGU!

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

in the Windsor Room of the Hilton Riverside

For general information about this research project please go to: serc.carleton.edu/advance_sh

If you have any questions about this research at any time, please contact the lead researcher Dr. Marin-Spiotta at marinspiotta@wisc.edu 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.

Getting your science out into the public domain!

cartoon: Tom Dunne

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

Register FREE here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TJK2L3Y

Registration is available on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 50 participants.