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October 15, 2018

Interning for the National Park Service through “Geoscientists-in-the-Parks”

What do saber-tooth tigers, sheep ranches, sagebrush, and supervolcanoes have in common? They’re all in eastern Oregon! A former “Geoscientist-in-the-Park” writes about her time as an interpretive intern at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument this past summer.   The John Day Basin is dry, remote, and starkly beautiful. Over 50 million years of geology is recorded in the rugged mountains of the region, providing a glimpse into the …

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September 24, 2018

Flying for Science: Merging Adventure and Exploration in the NOAA Corps

In this Paths Through Science profile, Frank Centinello discusses the circuitous route by which he encountered and pursued his dream job as a pilot in the NOAA Corps. In this position, Centinello gets to experience both his love of flying and scientific exploration. “Ever since I was little, my primary inspiration [has been] human exploration and the advancement of knowledge. And second to that, a quick second to that, is …

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August 27, 2018

Lessons Learned While on the Ice: Meet Geophysicist Martha Savage

In our latest Paths Through Science, geophysicist Dr. Martha Savage explores lessons she learned during an expedition to Antarctica she participated in early on in her career. Check out additional profiles of Earth and space scientists in a variety of sub-disciplines and sectors at our Paths Through Science page, and listen to Savage’s full interview at the AGU Narratives community on StoryCorps. Each year, a small group of scientists, engineers, and technicians embark on the …

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July 31, 2018

You Don’t Need to See the Stars to be Inspired by Them: Meet Space Physicist Alessandra Pacini

In our latest Paths Through Science, space physicist Dr. Alessandra Pacini tells of how she turned her curiosity about the night sky into a fulfilling career as a research associate at Arecibo Observatory and encourages young girls to pursue space science through her role as CEO of InSpace LLC, a science education and outreach company. You can also watch our video profile of Pacini and check out additional profiles of Earth and space scientists in a variety of sub-disciplines and sectors …

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June 29, 2018

“Revitalizing” the Graduate STEM Experience

“Its an evolution, not a revolution,” said Dr. Alan Leshner, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, about the process of transforming graduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in the United States.   The committee, composed of sixteen additional members from a variety of disciplines within the STEM and higher education fields, publicly released a Consensus Study Report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century at the NASEM Headquarters on 29 May 2018, in Washington, D.C. Having recently …

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June 28, 2018

Travel Funding 101: How to Apply for Funding to Attend the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting!

As a student or early-career professional, you’re probably on a tight budget, and attending a conference can present a significant financial burden. However, sharing your valuable contributions to science must go on! We at AGU are well aware of this conundrum, so every year we provide hundreds of travel grants to students to attend the largest gathering in the world of Earth and space scientists! There are several travel grants …

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June 26, 2018

The Interdisciplinary Scientist: Juan Declet-Barreto’s Career as a Geographer and Environmental Social Scientist

Photo of Juan Declet-Barreto

Climate change isn’t just about melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. It’s also about people. Learn more about how climate scientist, Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto, is tackling the social, ecological, and human health dimensions of climate change by re-imagining the relationship between scientists and the communities they serve in our latest Paths Through Science. Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto, grew up in the suburbs of Puerto Rico, but this didn’t prevent him from …

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June 1, 2018

“The Government’s Best Kept Secret”: Dale Gump on his work with the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

Our latest Paths Through Science features Ensign Dale Gump. After seven years of active duty in the Navy, Ensign Dale Gump didn’t expect to pursue a career in science. But a budding interest in environmental science, along with the support of dedicated mentors, catapulted him into a career as a hydrographer in the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.  According to Gump, the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps program, commonly known as NOAA Corps, is one of the government’s best kept …

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May 25, 2018

Evaluating An Offer, Part I: Financial Considerations

Receiving a job offer is wonderful. Someone finally wants you!  Receiving an offer means the potential employer has evaluated their options and decided you are the best person to meet their current needs.  It’s tempting to say “yes” immediately, but that’s not always wise.  This article will detail some of the things you should consider before making your decision. First, make sure you have the offer detailed in writing.  You …

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May 23, 2018

Find Your Path This Summer With Paths Through Science

Recently, we highlighted three exceptional scientists from three different continents. Though their paths led them in different directions, their passion for science connects them. Drew Feustel, now an astronaut and currently aboard the International Space Station, was formerly a mechanic who first became interested in geosciences while attending community college near Detroit, Michigan. After graduation, he had to choose between science or automotive design, but ultimately followed his instinct and …

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