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AGU Bridge Program: Making Progress on Equity in Geoscience Graduate Education

Friday, April 26, 2024

The AGU Bridge Program is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Earth and space sciences through the dissemination of leading practices in higher education and the facilitation of a graduate application pathway at our partner departments. The program’s goal is to expand outreach and recruitment of students identifying as Hispanic, Black/African American, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian for the AGU Bridge Program to achieve their educational goals in supportive and inclusive environments, thereby raising graduate degree attainment rates for students holding these identities. Join Eva Kostyu, Program Manager, AGU Bridge Program and Pranoti M. Asher, Assistant Director at AGU to learn more about the program and its impact.

ADVANCEing FieldSafety: Training for diverse and inclusive geoscience teams – A new course and toolkit

Friday, May 3, 2024

ADVANCEing FieldSafety is a program that provides field research teams with the training and tools to promote safe and inclusive environments, identify and mitigate unsafe and harmful behaviors, and create a culture within field teams that reduces the likelihood and impact of these behaviors in the future.

Panelists are:

  • Anne U. Gold - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Blair Schneider - Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas
  • Mariama Dryák-Vallies - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Alexandra M. Padilla - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

During this webinar, the panelists will discuss:

  • the development of an asynchronous online training course and an accompanying toolkit of references and resources for field teams,
  • the different certification pathways for training participants,
  • how the training addresses the new NSF PAPPG for safe and inclusive field environments (2E9),
  • and our research plan for studying the effectiveness of the training course and Toolkit resources for participants and field teams.

ADVANCEing FieldSafety is an NSF-funded collaboration between CU-Boulder and the ADVANCEGeo Partnership.

Juggling work-life balance as a department chair: a community discussion

Friday, March 8, 2024

Managing the demands of the day-to-day work, balancing the need for making progress on one’s research, and seeking work-life balance often causes tension in the life of a department chair. Whether you have been a chair for a long time or are a fairly new chair, you have probably experienced this tension. Please join this community discussion to share and learn from each other as we discuss strategies to mitigate these competing demands on your time.

Changing the academic culture around mental health

Friday, February 9, 2024

Mental health is a crucial issue in academia, but issues related to mental health and wellness are often swept under the rug, both at the individual and institutional levels. Mental health challenges can be particularly acute in geoscience, particularly in field, shipboard, laboratory, or virtual environments that are often isolating.

Join Dr. Maureen Long, Professor and Chair, from the Yale University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences to learn how her department addressed issues around disability, mental health, and chronic illness and how she and her colleagues and her institution continue to discuss and implement solutions to ongoing challenges. This webinar will provide an overview of one departments initiatives, a discussion of ongoing challenges, and advice for departmental leaders (including chairs, directors of graduate studies, and DEI committee members) on how to effect change. Please join the conversation to learn and share your strategies with the community.

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Bedrock Mapping of Sedimentary Rocks in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

In this webinar, Shadya El-Ashkar of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey​, will discuss geologic mapping of sedimentary bedrock in West Virginia.

AGI's Early Career Professionals in Mapping Webinar Series features early career geoscience professionals who share their work related to mapping, especially geologic mapping, and experiences entering the geoscience community. This webinar series is geared towards high school students and the general public.

There will be time for live questions from the audience. The webinars will be recorded and posted on AGI's website and YouTube channel.

This webinar series is generously supported by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

 

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Exploring Successes in Strengthening Enrollment and Managing Administrative Expectations, a Panel and Community Discussion

Friday, November 3, 2023

The AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs webinar series is pleased to offer a free webinar that will feature a panel and community discussion about strengthening enrollment and managing administrative expectations.

Our panelists are:

  • W. Steven Holbrook, Professor and Department Head, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech
  • Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, Professor and Chair, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Appalachian State University

Geologic Mapping in​ Glaciated Terrains

Thursday, November 2, 2023

In this webinar, Kaleb Wagner, a PhD student at Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University, will discuss “Geologic mapping in glaciated terrains” and his work with the Minnesota Geological Survey.

AGI's Early Career Professionals in Mapping Webinar Series features early career geoscience professionals who share their work related to mapping, especially geologic mapping, and experiences entering the geoscience community. This webinar series is geared towards high school students and the general public.

There will be time for live questions from the audience. The webinars will be recorded and posted on AGI's website and YouTube channel.

This webinar series is generously supported by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

 

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Application of Field Techniques and Technology in Geologic Mapping

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

In this webinar, Valarie Harrison, an Environmental Scientist at the Nashville Office of the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation will discuss her background, education, and work with geologic maps.

AGI's Early Career Professionals in Mapping Webinar Series features early career geoscience professionals who share their work related to mapping, especially geologic mapping, and experiences entering the geoscience community. This webinar series is geared towards high school students and the general public.

There will be time for live question from the audience. The webinars will be recorded and posted on AGI's website and YouTube channel.

This webinar series is generously supported by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

 

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Mapping Oklahoma: From the Ouachitas to the Wichitas

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

In this webinar, Carla Eichler, a field geologist for the Oklahoma Geological Survey, discusses her background, education, and current projects related to updating geologic maps in Oklahoma.

AGI’s Early Career Professionals in Mapping webinar series features early-career geoscience professionals who share their work related to mapping, especially geologic mapping, and experiences entering the geoscience community. This webinar series is geared towards high school students and the general public.

This webinar series is generously supported by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

 

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Investing in the planet through improved hazard resiliency and water supply

Friday, April 21, 2023

This free webinar, featuring two Geoscientists without Borders® (GWB) humanitarian projects, provides information about how these projects are helping to increase resiliency to geologic hazards in Guatemala and improving potable water access and supply for communities in northeastern Ghana. By helping these communities address their challenges, these GWB projects are helping to invest in the planet. Our speakers are Steven L. Roche, Co-Investigator, Hearts in Motion, and Elikplim Abla Dzikunoo, Lecturer, Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana.

About the speakers

Increasing Natural Hazard Resiliency in Guatemala

Steven L. Roche, Co-Investigator, Hearts in Motion, will discuss the GWB project, Increasing Natural Hazard Resiliency in Guatemala, which aims to increase the geohazard resiliency and safety of the communities in Guatemala through implementing community-based educational workshops about earthquake and volcanic hazards, increasing Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (INSIVUMEH)'s seismic and volcanic monitoring capacity, and reducing disaster response time by using the implementation of a regional seismic array consisting of low-cost "Raspberry Shake" 3C seismometer stations in Zacapa near the Motagua-Polochic fault system and significantly improve INSIVUMEH's earthquake and volcanic monitoring infrastructure including Early Warning Systems (EWS).

Provision of potable water to communities in northeastern Ghana

Elikplim Abla Dzikunoo, Lecturer, Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana, will discuss the GWB project, Provision of potable water to communities in northeastern Ghana, which aims to improve potable water access and supply for the benefit and socio-economic wellbeing of inhabitants based on scientific data and recommendation on sustainable exploitation, development, and management of groundwater resources in areas within the Nasia river basin, northeastern Ghana. This was done by using Electrical Resistivity Tomography techniques to define and interpret geo-electric sections and models to show the subsurface lithology distribution, and provide scientific data that will inform groundwater management policy decision making and improve access to potable water resources by the communities of study area.To build on the knowledge of the areas geology and offer a better understanding of the underlying complexities, lithologic logging was done during drilling followed by geophysical logging after drilling which offer improved resolutions of the subsurface geologic complexities.

For more information about these and other GWB humanitarian geoscience projects, please visit: https://seg.org/gwb, follow us on social media, GWBatSEG and email at withoutborders@seg.org.

 

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