The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is excited to announce its participation in the National Science Foundation's Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) program. Five projects were funded through the GOLD solicitation, which "seeks to cultivate a new generation of leaders within the geosciences research and education communities who have the passion, the knowledge, the skills, and the tools to catalyze high-impact efforts to broaden participation of traditionally underrepresented minorities in the geosciences education pipeline and workforce."
The American Geosciences Institute is excited to welcome Pranoti M. Asher, Ph.D., from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) as its first Member Society Scholar-in-Residence. As the Scholar-in-Residence, Asher will continue her current work with AGU while sharing her talents with AGI staff and advancing programs that support geoscience students and the broader community.
Since 2013, AGI’s Geoscience Student Exit Survey asked about internship participation among recent geoscience graduates. Consistently over the past four years, participation rates have been much lower than expected, particularly among bachelor’s and doctoral graduates. In 2016, 35% of bachelor’s graduates, 56% of master’s graduates, and 43% of doctoral graduates participated in at least one internship.
In last week's Geoscience Currents #117, AGI's Workforce Program examines latest in enrollments and degrees granted in geoscience programs in the United States. In 2015-2016 undergraduate enrollments slipped about 5%, while graduate enrollments dipped slightly, meanwhile bachelor's and doctoral degrees rebounded, and master's degrees dropped.
Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2015-2016 academic year. Undergraduate enrollments slipped about 5% but remains near record levels, while graduate enrollments dipped slightly. The slip in undergraduate enrollments may reflect a perceived softness in geoscience employment. Graduate enrollments also dropped a little, mostly at the master’s-intended level, which is also most likely linked to job market concerns. In general, geoscience programs around the U.S.
The Geological Society, along with many other national and international scientific organisations, is concerned by the Executive Order, announced on 27 January 2017, which will prevent people from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the United States, if it is allowed to stand.
From the perspective of an international organisation with members living and working around the world in what is a truly global scientific discipline, such a ban would have the potential to hinder a number of activities that are critical to our science. Furthermore, as an organisation we are committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in the geoscience profession, irrespective of nationality, and the Executive Order conflicts with our stated aims in this area. Read more in this position statement.
All successful consulting groundwater professionals engage in business development. It usually means bringing in business, but it can also mean staying billable. In most cases it means a combination of both. Bringing in business requires selling services to prospective clients. Staying billable requires developing and maintaining good relations with those who do bring in the business. Most professional groundwater consulting firms follow a seller-doer model, requiring a balancing of bringing in business and doing billable work. Obviously, no one can be billable unless someone is bringing in business. Bringing in business has always been essential to the survival of any groundwater consulting firm, but doing so has become more difficult in the current recessionary environment. The focus of this paper is on the new skills required for a new economy. It is based on the results of an e-mail survey of more than 190 consulting groundwater professionals, telephone interviews with members of six groundwater consulting firms, a review of relevant literature, and our experience as management consultants working with design engineering firms that provide groundwater consulting services.
Joint Position Statement from NAGT and the National Earth Science Teachers Association.
Offering rigorous college-level Earth science courses to highly qualified high school students addresses critical needs in both geoscience education and future workforce needs. Members of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) and National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) advise that it is time to establish new, strong collaborations between high schools and postsecondary institutions around dual credit (courses taught at a high school by qualified high school teachers) and concurrent enrollment (courses taught at two year / four year post-secondary institutions by higher education faculty) Earth science courses. These courses will attract high performing students to fill the geoscience career pipeline, meet the rigors and spirit of the Next Generation Science Standards, continue to build strong postsecondary education geoscience departments, expand the diversity of the geoscience community, and increase the number of geoscience literate citizens who will be making informed decisions about Earth science issues in the future.