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December 17, 2019

Working Towards Representation in Earth Science

Earth science is an exciting field that promotes daily discovery and understanding of our planet. Topics range from analyzing historic climate patterns to uncovering the secrets of predicting the next earthquake. Through this extensive web of research, Earth scientists have managed to cover every inch of this planet in fascination and intrigue that drives them to understand more of what surrounds us. With such a vast field that promotes and …


May 8, 2019

Stop Talking and Listen

Career arc: A citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, located on Cape Cod, MA, Thornbrugh’s life and work center around serving American Indian Tribal Nations. Although he grew up outside of the Tribal community, his parents instilled in him a strong connection to its culture and values from an early age. While pursuing his doctorate in geography at the University of Arizona, Thornbrugh commuted an hour and 20 minutes roundtrip …


March 1, 2019

Positive Workforce Trends for Women with U.S. Doctorates in the Science, Engineering, and Health Sciences

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently published an InfoBrief comparing findings from the 1997 and 2017 Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR). The InfoBrief “highlights the increased prevalence of women with U.S.-earned Science, Engineering, or Health (SEH) doctorate degrees in the U.S. workforce” (Foley et al.). Some of the most interesting results from the InfoBrief are summarized below. The study found …


February 1, 2019

Overcome Nomination Hurdles

How you should overcome the hurdle to nominate women and URM for honors, awards, and medals.   The situation   Each year organizations and societies such as the AGU recognize deserving earth scientists and professionals nominated or vetted by their peers during the honors and award sessions. Last year (2018) AGU received criticism from people on social media, e.g. on twitter, regarding the lack of diversity in the slate of …


October 16, 2017

“Pure sunshine all day”: Fieldwork Inspiring Expanded Leadership for Diversity

<id=”image-anchor” img class=”size-full wp-image-1671 alignright” src=”” alt=”” width=”299″ height=”300″ />“Pure sunshine all day…” On June 19, 1869 John Muir opened his journal entry with these four words, describing the conditions for him and the group he traveled with through the High Sierra. This summer, I conducted fieldwork in the same general area, and the conditions on June 19 were brutal. “Pure sunshine all day,” 100+ degree heat, no shade for …


April 14, 2017

On the Job: Weekly Round-Up: 7-14 April, 2017

The AGU Career Center Newsletter is sent out on the first Tuesday of every month.  It contains AGU news and announcements especially tailored to students and early career scientists, as well as links to articles related to career and professional development and recent jobs posted on the AGU Career Center.   If you aren’t already subscribed, you can do so by filling out this form.  In the meantime, here are a …


March 3, 2017

There’s a name for it and there is something we can all do about it

Update: For more information on this topic, read the new Eos article “Getting to Fair: Recognizing Implicit Bias and Easing Its Impact,” co-authored by Mary Anne Holmes.  Mary Anne Holmes is also featured this month as the Paths Through Science profile at the AGU Career Center. The first time I heard the term implicit bias and learned what it was, I was with several other women scientists and we all …