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April 6, 2021

Take 5… open educational resources

Making resources freely available to students has its benefits – but there are also costs. Are the technologies used for these OERs accessible on mobile devices and/or require high-speed access, special browser plug-ins, etc.? Are faculty compensated for preparing the OER, for maintaining/updating the OER? How are current events and societal challenges making it into OER – or are they? The research shows there are clear benefits to students using OER and not having to purchase textbooks – but let’s look at the entire OER system to make sure it is accessible, fair, and sustainable for not only students but faculty as well.

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April 5, 2021

Impacts of the pandemic on women in academic SEM (NASEM Report)

“The future almost certainly holds additional, unforeseen disruptions that will test the principles and resilience of institutions of higher education. It also almost certainly requires the contributions of STEMM, which can be fully realized only if the well-being of women in these fields does not significantly suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic and other disruptions.”

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March 24, 2021

Project Drawdown brings us Climate Solutions 101

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe famously has told us that the most important we can do to fight climate change is to talk about it. Project Drawdown has come through with the educational materials and resources to help us do just this.

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March 16, 2021

She speaks for Presidents, and Planet Earth… Amanda Gorman and World Poetry Day

The United Nations declared March 21 as World Poetry Day to “recognize the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.” Amanda Gorman, known for her Inauguration poem, has also written and recited poetry for Planet Earth.

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March 1, 2021

What’s really behind impostor syndrome

What is impostor syndrome really about? Typically defined as the result of being treated like an impostor by people you deal with every day – but this misdiagnosis doesn’t clearly address the impact of individuals facing systemic bias and toxic work environments.

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February 25, 2021

Pronouns in the classroom… to ask, or not to ask, and how to ask

In our efforts to create an inclusive classroom by asking students for their gender pronouns, are we instead creating a situation and setting that makes them feel excluded?

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February 18, 2021

Ten Years of [email protected]

One special part of [email protected] 2020 were the messages of thanks to the science community for the past, present, and future of our work – such a collection of inspiring messages from leaders in the earth and space sciences

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January 26, 2021

Teaching tips for the Second Gentleman

Dr. Guertin conducting a virtual class

Second Gentleman Emhoff, you are going to be exhausted (yes, from teaching) – but you’ll also find it one of the most rewarding opportunities in your lifetime. Allow us at AGU to serve as your gravity assist that you can pay forward to your students!

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January 14, 2021

My journey with AGU’s Voices for Science program

The training, the mentoring, the community… all are key components of the AGU Voices for Science advocacy program that allow you to succeed in sharing science and making a difference

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In 2021, create community engagement as a science activator

Laura Guertin engaging in public outreach

Would you call yourself an advocate, and activist, or an activator? All of these classifications and actions under them can make a difference for science and the present and future of Planet Earth.

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