2020 AGU ELECTIONS

Megan S. Duncan

Mineral and Rock Physics

Secretary

Bio

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

My volunteer experience primarily consists of outreach activities (demonstrations) to the communities around which I work. I feel that communicating geosciences to the public is an important part of our work as it generally informs the public of what we do and can be used as a recruiting tool for students into undergraduate programs. The other part of my volunteer experience is judging student presentations at conferences, encouraging current students to continue in their careers.

Q&A

As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s new strategic plan including its mission and vision?

As secretary, I would work with the president and president-elect to communicate with and engage members of the Mineral and Rock Physics (MRP) community by continuing to work with the platforms already in place and considering new platforms if a need arises. In addition, I would help promote communication with members of other AGU sections via representatives from other sections. Specific examples include Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology; Planetary Sciences; and Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior, sections with which I am already affiliated, though certainly not limited to these. This communication would help reach some of AGU’s new strategic goals and mission of supporting and inspiring a global community of scientists.

I would also work to encourage communication with the next generation of diverse scientists by assisting with any existing science education and outreach programs and updating or creating programs, as needed. I see this goal being implemented in a variety of ways that will be a community effort, for example, by current MRP members, at universities around the world, sharing how they communicate with their communities and attract a diverse group of students, perhaps compiled as a single, centralized resource. This would also work toward one of AGU’s new strategic goals of promoting an inclusive scientific culture.

Section affiliations:

Mineral and Rock Physics; Planetary Sciences; Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior; Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology