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AGU 2009 Fall Meeting Blog

2009 Fall Meeting Blog

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Contact Information

Staff Contacts

Elizabeth Landau
Public Affairs
+1 202-777-7535
elandau@agu.org

Maria-José Viñas
Public Information
+1 202-777-7530
mjvinas@agu.org

Paul Cooper
Education
+1 202-777-7504
pcooper@agu.org

Workshops

Are you a scientist wishing to improve how you explain your research to journalists, politicians, and the general public? Or, a middle-school or secondary school teacher who wants to learn about the latest research on Earth and space sciences? If so, come to one of the several workshops AGU's Strategic Communications and Outreach Department has organized.

Communicating with Congress Workshop

Learn How to be a Congressional Science Fellow or Mass Media Fellow Luncheon

Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop

Science Communication Workshops for Scientists

Preparing for Tenure Workshop

How to Get Research Program Started at a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution)

Communicating with Congress Workshop

Learn how to get involved politically at this luncheon workshop

When: Monday, December 14, 2009 (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
Where: Moscone Convention Center South 270–272

Learn how to get politically involved at a local and national level, and how to speak with elected representatives about your science. This hands-on workshop led by Susan Joy Hassol will provide you with tips and techniques for speaking effectively about science to policy makers, with a focus on communicating climate change. Lunch will be served, but space is limited. No advance registration required.

Susan Joy Hassol is a climate change communicator, analyst, and author known for her ability to translate science into English, making complex issues accessible to policymakers and the public for two decades. In 2009, Susan worked with a team of scientists to write Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, an authoritative yet accessible report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Susan was lead author of Impacts of A Warming Arctic, the synthesis report of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment published in 2004. In 2006, Susan was honored by the Climate Institute with its first ever award for excellence in climate science communication. More about Susan and her work can be found at climatecommunication.org.

Learn How to be a Congressional Science Fellow or Mass Media Fellow Luncheon

A panel of fellows shares their experiences and advice with you at this luncheon workshop

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
Where: Moscone Convention Center South 270–272

Come learn about two exciting AGU fellowship programs. A panel of former fellows will discuss how their experiences shaping national science policy or reporting on science news for major publications or broadcast outlets have influenced their lives and careers. Lunch will be served, but space is limited. No advance registration required.

Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop

Earth's Surface: Where Biology and Geology Interact

When: Thursday and Friday, December 17–18, 2009 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
Where: Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco

In December 2009, more than 15,000 Earth and space scientists from around the world will convene in San Francisco to attend the AGU Fall Meeting and you can benefit from this scientific gathering! Register for the GIFT Workshop ››

Science Communication Workshops for Scientists

Communicating Your Science

When: Sunday, December 13, 2009 (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Where: Pacific Room I, San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
55 Fourth Street (corner of 4th & Mission)

This small, practical, morning workshop (30 participants maximum) offers useful tips and practice during the workshop at explaining your work to a variety of nonscientist audiences. Early-career scientists and graduate students are especially welcome. Registration is closed

Re-Starting the Conversation on Climate Change

When: Sunday, December 13, 2009 (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Where: Inter Continental Hotel Grand Ballroom C

Hear the latest from three researchers who study the process of communication, especially regarding the science of climate change. At this Sunday afternoon workshop, they will discuss recent insights into how social and journalistic norms, perceptual frameworks, and economic factors influence communication about this important topic. This workshop will accept 100 participants maximum.
Registration is closed

Preparing for Tenure Workshop

A Workshop for Tenure-Track Faculty

When: Sunday, December 13, 2009 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Where: Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco
in association with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

This one-day workshop is designed to help tenure-track geoscience faculty make their strongest case for tenure. Workshop discussions and activities will focus on analyses of CVs, personal statements (narratives), and teaching materials that may be used as supporting documentation in tenure applications. Participants will have the opportunity to gain feedback and advice on their own preparation towards tenure. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to review several examples of successful geoscience tenure packages from range of institutions. Workshop conveners are Kristen St. John (Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University) and R. Mark Leckie (Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst). Register for Workshop ››

How to Get Research Program Started at a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution)

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 (3:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Where: San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Sierra A

This workshop will present strategies and approaches for developing and sustaining research programs at the undergraduate level. It is designed for new and future geoscience faculty, including graduate students and post-docs preparing to enter academic positions, who are interested in developing an undergraduate research program, as well as faculty interested in expanding their research programs to include undergraduates. The workshop will cover, and participants will receive materials on, funding opportunities (including NSF), project selection and mentoring of undergraduates, and institutional support for undergraduate research. Facilitators will work with the participants to develop their own strategy for developing a research program involving undergraduates. This workshop is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Geosciences Division.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Participation is limited to 20; cost is $30. For more information, or to pre-register, contact: Lydia Fox, Phone: 209-946-2481; E-mail: lkfox@pacific.edu