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.

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Collectors, Nightlights, & Allies, Oh My! : Advice for Strengthening Cross-Racial Mentoring Relationships

Friday, October 6, 2023

In this webinar our speaker, Dr. Martinez-Cola, a social scientist at Morehouse College, identifies and describes three types of mentoring relationships she has encountered throughout her academic journey. Through a combination of storytelling and information sharing, she hopes to inspire self-reflection that can lead to a deeper understanding of both mentors and protégés.

Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola is an assistant professor of sociology at Morehouse College. She recd. her bachelor's degree in psychology and African American studies from the University of Michigan. She then earned her law degree at Loyala University Chicago School of Law. Following that she worked in the world of student affairs for many years before she pursued her Ph.D in sociology at Emory University.  She was a faculty at Utah State University before she joined Morehouse College.

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Leveraging Data using a DEI Lens to Inform Programs and Policies at your Institution/Department

Friday, September 22, 2023

This webinar will explore why applying a DEI lens to "data about people" is important, outline strategies to maximize impact of your data while reducing potential harm, and provide a detailed example of how Colorado School of Mines applied these strategies for investigating student retention of marginalized groups.

Our panelists are:

  • Heather Houlton (she/her), Research Analyst for Diversity, Inclusion & Access, Colorado School of Mines
  • Arielle Rainey (she/her), Research Project Professional for Diversity, Inclusion & Access, Colorado School of Mines

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Mental Health on College Campuses and Scientific Institutions: Are we in a crisis or in the midst of a transformation?

Friday, February 24, 2023

In the post-COVID Pandemic era, there is growing evidence that a mental health crisis is spreading across the country. Studies have reported that child mental health, in general, and College-aged students, in particular, have deteriorated across the nation over the past few years (APA, 2022). Mental Health stigma, limited mental health tools and resources, and a sense of "disconnection" borne out of social-distancing policies are contributing factors.
Although described as a public health crisis, the levels of emotional turmoil may actually be a sign that young people across the country, on college campuses and in scientific institutions, may be undergoing a transformation. A transformation that highlights generational shifts in attitudes and societal expectations for those in the student population and early career workforce. Those campuses and institutions that recognize this growing threat, may be well positioned to intervene at a lower level to prevent more dire outcomes, and perhaps reap the benefits of a large and growing workforce moving its way through schools, colleges and institutions through informed and compassionate policies and practices.

Our speaker is:
Erick Bacho, Ph.D., ABPP
Commander, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy Clinical / Medical Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychology, United States Naval Academy

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Coaching Resources

  • Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose - The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership,  by John Whitmore (Oct 10, 2009).
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • On Becoming a Leadership Coach, Edited by Chris Wahl, Clarice Scriber and Beth Bloomfield, 2013, 2nd Edition (Written by Faculty of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Certification Program)
  • Co-Active Coaching: The Proven Framework for Transformative Conversations in Work and in Life, by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, Laura Whitworth, 2011. 4th Edition
  • Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence, by Chalmers Brothers and Vinay Kumar, 2015
  • Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, by James Flaherty, 2010. 3rd Edition
  • You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You're Not a Good Coach, by Monique Valcour, Harvard Business Review, July 17, 2014
  • How to get your Team to Coach Each Other, by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review, March 3, 2015.
  • How Great Coaches Ask, Listen and Empathize, by Ed Batista, Harvard Business Review, February 18, 2015.
  • What Really Happens in Executive Coaching, by Madeleine Homan Blanchard, Chief Learning Officer, June 29, 2017
  • Video: How to Tame Your Advice Monster, Michael Bungay Stanier (14:29)
    Michael Bungay Stanier discusses why we are so primed to give advice, and why doing so can sabotage our conversations. This is a fundamental skill of coaching that makes it different from any other type of professional conversation.
  • MyNavy Coaching Resources
  • MyNavy Coaching Handbook
  • MyNavy Coaching Leader Handbook

Listening Resources

Asking Great Questions Resources

  • Video: How to Coach (by asking questions) (6:36)
    A concise but helpful overview of how questions can be restructured to be more powerful and effective.
  • Video: Increase Your Self-Awareness with One Simple Fix - Tasha Eurich (17:17)
    This video dives into the reasons that asking "why" can be problematic, particularly in the context of getting to know ourselves better. When we ask "why", it doesn’t lead us toward the truth, it leads us away from it. The simple fix is changing "why" questions to "what" questions to achieve greater self-awareness.
  • Podcast: These Coaching Questions Get Results, with Michael Bungay Stanier (42:04) [Coaching for Leaders]
    This is an outstanding overview of what coaching is as well as how to practice it successfully as a leader. Michael Bungay Stanier describes some fundamental coaching questions that anyone can use to unlock insights and help others learn and grow. A practical and approachable introduction to the world of coaching.
  • Podcast: How to Ask Better Questions, with David Marquet (35:41) [Coaching for Leaders]
    David Marquet is the former commander of the U.S.S. Santa Fe. Under his command, the ship had an impressive turnaround, achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the Navy. In this conversation, David and the host, Dave Stachowiak, explore the seven sins of questioning. David shares the story of the ill-fated El Faro and how we can discover better information in leadership by making the shift from self-affirming to self-educating.
  • Humble Inquiry, by Edgar Schein (127 pages)
  • Relearning the Art of Asking Great Questions, by Tom Pohlmann and Neethi Mary Thomas, Harvard Business Review, March, 27, 2015
  • The Questions Good Coaches Ask, by Amy Jen Su, Harvard Business Review, December 12, 2014

Empathy Resources

Stories that We Carry Resources

Neuroscience and Leadership Resources

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Apr 2, 2013)
  • Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work by David Rock (2006)
  • Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership, by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis, Harvard Business Review, September 2008

Changing Habits / Managing Time Resources

  • The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, Paperback, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (Jan 3, 2005)
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge
  • Podcast: Leadership in the Midst of Chaos, with Jim Mattis (38:49) [Coaching for Leaders]
    Gen Mattis, USMC (Ret.) discusses his career in the Marines and the leadership lessons that emerged during combat. He shares the mistake he made in soliciting support for his plan to capture Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora and discusses how he handled disagreements on strategy in Fallujah. Finally, he recommends three books and reflects on the greatest threat to America today.
  • Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time, by Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy, Harvard Business Review, October 2007
  • The Real Reason People Won’t Change, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, Harvard Business Review, November 2001
  • Free Online Course: How to Get and Be a Great Peer Coach (15:00) Developed by Scott Eblin, former faculty at Georgetown Leadership Coaching program. The focus is on Peer Coaching.
  • Video: Rethinking Thinking (Ladder of Inference) with Trevor Maber, (5:32)
    Every day, we meet people and process our interactions--making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us. In this lesson, Trevor Maber introduces us to the idea of a 'ladder of inference' and a process for rethinking the way we interact.

Introducing GROW, a new career tool for the geoscience community

Friday, April 14, 2023

GROW (Geoscience Resources on Opportunities in the Workforce) is a new collection of career resources for geoscience undergraduate and graduate students wondering, “What job opportunities do I have outside of academia?” This webinar will discuss the aims of the GROW project, framing the geoscience careers conversation around transferable skills, student identities, and the dynamic nature of the workforce. We will introduce the GROW website (, which hosts the resources for departments, mentors, and students, and provide guidance to heads and chairs on how best to use this tool to support their students’ career development.

Please meet our panelists for the April webinar –
Madison (Maddie) Wood is a PhD student and Adina Paytan is a Research Scientist  in the Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz

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Equitably Addressing Community Priorities: Geoscientists and Communities co-creating tools and solutions

Friday, March 24, 2023

Natasha Udu-gama, Ph.D., Director and Maria Sharova, Program Manager, from the Thriving Earth Exchange team at the AGU will discuss the values and principles that are the foundation of their community science approach. In addition, they will describe through key examples how geoscientists and communities can collaborate equitably within this approach to advance the development and deployment of tools and solutions that address community priorities related to climate change, natural hazards and natural resources. Audience members will also learn more about how geoscientists at all career stages can get involved in Thriving Earth's community science approach, develop new skills, create meaningful partnerships with communities, and, ultimately, make a difference.

Please meet our panelists for the March webinar – Dr. Natasha Udu-gama is the director of the Thriving Earth Exchange program at AGU and Maria Sharova is the Program Manager who specializes in creating and leading the deep engagement with the fellows in the program.

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The Geoscience Workforce - Today and Future Trajectories

Thursday, February 9, 2023

The geosciences are at a crossroads as a scientific enterprise with society increasingly relying on solutions to a myriad of issues which the geosciences can help address – including climate change impact mitigation, raw materials, new ways of addressing energy needs, and management of our water resources.  At the same time, technology and the structure of Western economies are advancing at a breakneck pace, which when coupled with the new societal demands is making for a geoscience enterprise that looks little like that of the 20th and early 21st centuries.  This webinar will explore the state of geoscience employment and education and look at the trends that are likely to form the geoscience profession for the rest of the century.

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AGI Hosts New IRIS Online Course on Careers in Geophysics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The SAGE Facilities operated by Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and workforce diversity and inclusion expert Heather Houlton have developed a free, five-hour course, "Unearth Your Future: How You Can Shape the Geoscience Profession for the Needs of the 21st Century," which is geared toward undergraduate students, sharing new perspectives on geoscience and geophysics careers, workforce information, and key strategies for conducting a successful job search.


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