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May 26, 2021

Geology Bites – a podcast with researchers sharing earth and space science

As we look to help students build a science identity and recognize the accomplishments of our colleagues, the Geology Bites podcast is a great addition to our toolkit for celebrating science and scientists.

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May 25, 2021

#QuiltYourScience for AGU 2021 and beyond

What is your science journey: unlocking Earth’s secrets? exploring the heights of our atmosphere to the depths of our ocean? or teaching others about the wonders of our universe? We invite quilters of all ages and skill levels to join us in December 2021 for a virtual celebration of quilts that celebrate the earth and space sciences. Create a mini quilt or a square illustrating your work in and/or passion for earth and space science research, communication or education.

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May 16, 2021

Documenting geoscience career paths with the Earth Science Resources video series

logo for the Earth Science Resources website

I strongly believe showcasing different career opportunities to students will help increase diversity in geoscience because “get a job” often takes precedent over “follow my passion” when you are a first-generation college student. But I want students to know they can have both! — Dr. Cindy Bergeron, creator/producer of Earth Science Resources [quote via email]

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April 10, 2021

Making a first impression with your syllabus

From semester to semester, syllabi are dynamic, living documents. Although many institutions push for a syllabus to be a listing of university rules and policies, even going so far as to use the wording that the syllabus is a “contract”, there is language and approaches we can select to use for the syllabus to be more inviting, to be more inclusive, and to make an even better first impression for students beginning their semester/quarter journey with us.

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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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