PA003:
A Scientist’s Place: Redefining the Role of Science in a Dynamic World


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Session ID#: 25723

Session Description:
We live in a time when science cannot operate outside of political or social spheres. Given recent political decision-making, a new level of concern about science and its role in society is being raised among scientists. Simultaneously, acute differences in the participation and representation of minorities in academia, pose urgent challenges for the geoscience community. We invite AGU members to share action-based strategies for engaging with society and/or advocating for equity and inclusion in the form of 5 minute pitches. Topics may include: programs that aim to increase diversity, social media or community organizing for political engagement, advances in science-community partnerships, and environmental and social justice. We encourage talks that exemplify specific projects and outreach activities that typify redefining scientists’ place in shaping global and local contemporary challenges. Pop-up proposal selections will be based on ensuring a diverse range of topics, backgrounds, and career levels.


Primary Convener:  Danya Abdelhameid, UNAVCO, Inc. Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Conveners:  Megan R.M. Brown, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Geological Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States and Natasha Krell, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • ED - Education
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Index Terms:

0855 Diversity [EDUCATION]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]
6699 General or miscellaneous [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Mary Lide Parker and Jonathan M Lees, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Sarah E Myhre, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
Wendy Bohon, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Seattle, WA, United States, Beth A Bartel, UNAVCO, Boulder, CO, United States, Angeline G Pendergrass, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States, Kelly S Ramirez, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, Netherlands, Rukmani Vijayaraghavan, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States, Samantha Rose Weintraub, National Ecological Observatory Network, Boulder, CO, United States and Tamara Jane Zelikova, Univ Wyoming, Laramie, WY, United States
Taryn Elizabeth Black, University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences, Seattle, WA, United States
Robin D. López, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States, Sarah Elizabeth Heraldo, Contra Costa College, Metas, San Pablo, CA, United States and Walter Orellana, Contra Costa College, Metas/HSI STEM, San Pablo, CA, United States

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