An Introduction to Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Series: AGI Webinars

This webinar will provide an overview of the writing skills that geoscience students develop during their undergraduate and graduate academic training, the skills and tools that are needed for non-academic careers, and advice for students on how to acquire the needed writing skills as they prepare for and pursue their career path. This is the first of a series of webinars on developing writing skills for a variety of geoscience career paths.

Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers: Academic Writing and Preparation

Our speakers are:

  • Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Bob Simmons, Chief Hydrogeologist, HRP Associates, Inc  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video

This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Meteorological Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Council on Undergraduate Research, Geological Society of America, HRP Associates, Inc., National Association of Geoscience Teachers, National Association of State Boards of Geology, SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, The Geological Society of London

CEU Credits

To earn CEU credits, please complete the associated on-demand GOLI course that was developed from this webinar with a grade of 70% or higher and then submit your application for CEUs. CEUs are awarded from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. To view the full list of on-demand GOLI courses, please browse the GOLI course catalog.

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About Our Speakers

Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union

Pranoti Asher is the Member Society Scholar-in-Residence at AGI, and also is the Higher Education Manager for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She has developed an extensive portfolio during her time at AGU and is mainly focused on programs and issues related to higher education. Prior to joining AGU, Asher spent eighteen years as a geoscience faculty member. In her last faculty position she was a tenured member of the Geology and Geography department at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro for nearly thirteen years. Among her many achievements at Georgia Southern, she served as the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Science and Technology and a faculty fellow at the University's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She also played a leading role in faculty development programs both on the university campus and national levels, for which she was recognized with teaching and service awards. Asher's current activities are focused on the intersection of education, outreach, and workforce development for the geosciences and the development of earth and space science faculty and their students at two-year and four-year colleges to better prepare students to enter the workforce. Asher received her Ph.D. in the geological sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Bob Simmons, HRP Associates, Inc, Chief Hydrogeologist

Bob Simmons is the Chief Hydrogeologist at HRP Associates, Inc. He Mr. Simmons has over 30 years of experience in groundwater assessment and remediation and the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties. Mr. Simmons has specific expertise in design and testing of remedial systems, site remediation activities, groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, aquifer pumping tests, supervision of Environmental Site Assessments for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination, groundwater monitoring, well construction, sampling, conductivity testing and surveying, and supervision of underground tank investigations. Simmons earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science/Geology from Western Connecticut State University and graduate-level Hydrogeology at Ohio University and Geographic Information Systems at the University of New Haven. For his contributions to karst conservation, Bob was named a Fellow of the National Speleological Society in 2010. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in eight (8) states and a Licensed Environmental Professional in Connecticut.

Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)

Ron Wallace, PG, CPG was a Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He worked previously for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in the Underground Storage Tank Management Program for over 18 years. He has managed thousands of site investigations from initial release to no further action. Previously he worked for Exxon in production, exploration, and marketing where he managed company owned petroleum releases. He also worked for a number of years for private environmental consulting firms. Wallace is currently president of the Georgia Section of American Institute of Professional Geologists and the past national president. Wallace holds a BS in Oceanographic Technology from Lamar University and a MS in Geology from the University of Kansas. He was a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) team for Evaluating LNAPL Remedial Technologies for Achieving Project Goals.