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Brown Bag Lunch, Wednesday October 16th at 12 PM

We would like to invite you to another AWG-hosted brown bag lunch discussion on Wednesday (10/16) at 12pm in Deike 541. Julia Carr will lead a discussion on accessibility in the geosciences, particularly with regards to issues surrounding invisible illnesses.

To focus the discussion, we have selected a few articles that show lived experiences in the geosciences with suggestions for improvement. First, two blog posts written by Gabi Seratto Marks, a Ph.D. student in geoscience at MIT, which relate her experiences attending conferences while chronically ill and her advice for future conference organizers. In addition, we will discuss a blog post by Dr. Anita Marshall about her experience navigating field science after a near-fatal injury.

We hope to use these posts to launch our discussion around accessibility in our daily lives as geoscientists from the classroom to traveling for field trips, conferences, and more, and thinking about different ways we can incorporate accessibility best practices into our teaching and work.

Hope to see you there!

Conferencing while chronically ill: https://medium.com/@gsm/conferencing-while-chronically-ill-190664c9a4cd

How to make professional conferences more accessible for disabled people, by Gabi Seratto Marks: https://medium.com/@gsm/how-to-make-professional-conferences-more-accessible-for-disabled-people-6a15ea2e0b5a

 

Moving forward: Overcoming our ideas about disability in the Geosciences, by Dr. Anita Marshall: https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/10/08/moving-forward-overcoming-our-ideas-about-disability-in-the-geosciences/

Welcome back for the 2019-2020 school year!

We hope that everyone has had an excellent summer and is ready to start off the school year. We will be hosting our first General Meeting on September 16th, 2019 at 5:15 PM, and welcome anyone that is interested to join!

Add our calendar to your google calendar to stay up to date and to join in on AWG events throughout the semester. We will be hosting a number of events, including breakfasts with colloquium speakers, social events (like trips to the cidery and hiking!), write nites, brown bag lunches, community outreach, and more!

If you have any questions, reach out to us here, on social media (facebook, instagram, twitter), or get in contact with any of our 2019/2020 officers.

 

Our Officers for 2019/2020

Gabi Rossetto Harris & Chloe Stanton, Co-Presidents

Shelby Lyons, Treasurer

Ben Barnes, Secretary

Clarissa Crist and Sierra Melton, Outreach Coordinator

Perri Silverhart, Claire Webster, Nancy Weinheimer, & Allison Karp, Mentor/mentee program coordinators

Mary Reinthal & Erica Lucas, Event Coordinators

Joanmarie Del Vecchio & Troy Ferland, Social Committee

Lucy Lu, Undergraduate Liason

Emily Schwans & Collin Oborn, Fundraising

Julia Carr, Webmaster & Historian

Liz HajekFaculty Adviser 

 

 

Women in STEM Careers Event

Spend a day on campus to learn more about women working in the geosciences! On May 7th, 2019 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, we will host an an event with scientists, graduate, and undergraduate students from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

 

The event is free, and open to middle and high school females interested in STEM! For more information, check out the event website here. Or check out the flyer attached below!

 

 

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Three events!

Hope everyone had a good spring break! Kick off the second half of the semester with 3 AWG events this week!

Monday, 3/11 at 5 PM: AWG write night. Bring something that you’re working on and join us in Deike 541

 

Tuesday 3/12 at 8 AM: Breakfast with colloquium speaker Sarah Stamps. Join for bagels, coffee, and discussion in Deike 541

 

Thursday 3/14 at 6-8 PM: Soil Painting! Create your own work of art using natural pigments. Sign up for the class here

 

 

New Online Store

Support the Penn State AWG field camp scholarship by purchasing t-shirts, mugs, stickers, and more! We will be selling AWG merchandise at colloquium and all AWG events. If you are not able to purchase in person, order from our new Etsy store! We have just released new mugs and t-shirts with a brand new design.

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mugs: the perfect accessory to your morning meetings, and the eco-friendly way to fill up on coffee whenever you need.

 

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t-shirts: the most effective way to share your style. Look at that sweet block model on the front.

 

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buffs: pretend you’re on Survivor and wear in the field. Perfect as a headband, a neck warmer, or as a general sun shield. Be like Perri, and it will help you dig holes!

 

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stickers and buttons: share your love for AWG at all times– attach to your water bottle, backpack, laptop, or drone case.

 

Each swag purchase helps to support the field camp scholarship. Share broadly!

New T-Shirts!

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The Association for Women Geoscientists is happy to announce the launch of our BRAND NEW t-shirt designs for 2019 as part of our annual fundraiser for the AWG field camp scholarship. For the past few years AWG has been able to provide financial support for women and under-represented minority students attending Penn State’s field camp. This year we are excited to say that the national AWG chapter has agreed to match our fundraising up to $1,000 – which means that when you purchase a shirt, or a sticker, your money is doubled! See the attached flyer for all your swag options.
 
You can purchase your AWG swag before all department colloquia this semester, at AWG hosted events, or at any time if you contact Troy Ferland (tmf30@psu.edu), Joanmarie Del Vecchio (joanmarie@psu.edu), or any of your friendly AWG members roaming the halls of Deike. We will soon be re-launching our Etsy store so that friends far and wide can order swag (stay tuned), and we have exciting fundraising events like art classes in the pipeline for the spring.

Welcome back to 2019

We will be hosting our first two events of 2019 on Tuesday, January 15th. Both events will be in Deike 541:

 

Breakfast with colloquium speaker Christine McCarthy 8-9 AM

All breakfasts include free bagels and coffee, and are a great way to learn about career trajectories, science, and life in the geosciences

 

General meeting at 5:15 PM

Hear about our plans for the semester, including panels, outreach, and some new SWAG!

AWG Brunton Award (UPDATED)

>> UPDATE!! Award deadline extended until January 1st, 2019 <<

The AWG Brunton Award promotes the future of field mapping and data acquisition for the upcoming generation of women geoscientists. The award will go to a female geoscience student at the senior level or in her early graduate studies who has been a summer intern, excelled at field camp, or performed field data collection that leads to a senior or graduate thesis. The award is funded by Brunton.

General Information:

  • The award is an engraved Brunton transit.
  • A one‐year membership is sponsored by AWG.
  • Application Deadline: November 15th

Requirements:

  • Performed field work an essential component of a senior thesis, summer internship, field camp, graduate thesis or other types of field projects
  • Have future plans to continue in the geosciences, with fieldwork as an integral part of graduate degree or career.
  • Promote the fundamental value and need for field‐based studies within the geoscience profession through project results, quality of work, and capabilities of applicant

Application:

  • Cover letter
  • Description of research project, internship, field camp experience, or summer field experience including a sample of work, which may include a report, map, photos, and/or model based on collected data (not to exceed 4 pages).
  • Statement of future interests and career goals as related to field work and/or resume
  • Letter of recommendation from the primary field mentor

Selection Committee:

The selection committee consists of AWG members with varied and significant field experience, who are committed to promoting field data acquisition methodologies among geoscience students – our future professional geoscientists.

 

Send application via email to office@awg.org

Please note ‘Brunton Award’ in the subject line

 

Flyer attached below

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The Bearded Lady Project screening

The Bearded Lady Project documentary screening poster

Join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018 for a screening of The Bearded Lady Project in 22 Deike Building from 1:30-3:30 pm.

This screening will include a presentation by Dr. Ellen Currano, co-creator of the film, which will be followed by a panel Q&A with Dr. Currano and five female PSU STEM faculty.

Faculty panelists (with their research interests indicated) include:

  • Liz Hajek– PSU Geosciences
    Uses the stratigraphic record to reconstruct past landscape conditions on Earth. Focuses on learning about internal (autogenic*) variability that occurs in different sedimentary environments and understanding how Earth’s surface responds to change.
  • Kate Freeman– PSU Geosciences
    studies fossil molecules and their stable isotopes. Interested in ancient climate, the carbon cycle, microbial biogeochemistry and the signatures of life on Earth and beyond.
  • Jenn Baka– PSU Geography
    Energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy provision
  • Kristina Douglass– PSU Anthropology
    An archaeologist, whose current work investigates human-environment interaction in Madagascar.
  • Parisa Shokouhi– PSU Civil engineering
    Infrastructure sustainability, non-destructive evaluation of civil infrastructure, multi-scale non-destructive testing (NDT) of construction materials

 

And be sure to see our previous post for ways to get involved with the project!

2018/2019 Mentor-Mentee Program

The AWG mentor-mentee program pairs  undergraduate and graduate students in order to build relationships and provide a resource for advice on internships, finding research opportunities, applying to graduate school, career options, and more. AWG will subsidize the cost for each mentor/mentee pair to go out for a coffee break or lunch once a month.  Undergraduate and graduate students, females and males are all encouraged to participate.

 

AWG will be hosting its annual match-up dinner this Thursday, September 13th from 5:30 – 7:00pm, in the EMS museum (ground floor of Deike Building).  Chipotle will be provided, come hang out and meet potential mentors or mentees!

 

If you are unable to attend the dinner, you may sign up to be paired with a mentor or mentee below, by SEPTEMBER 20th.

For undergrads looking for a graduate mentor, click here!

For graduate students looking to be a mentor, click here!

 

Thanks!

AWG Officers

 

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