2020 AGU ELECTIONS

Sally June Tracy

Mineral and Rock Physics

Secretary

Bio

Staff Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, D.C., USA

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Session convener AGU Fall Meeting (2019); Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA) judge AGU Fall Meeting (2017, 2019); reviewer for journals including Geophysical Review Letters, Nature Communications, Review of Scientific Instruments, Chemistry of Materials, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics; technical committee American Physical Society — Shock Compression of Condensed Matter Meeting, Geophysics and Planetary Sciences Session (2021); lecturer at the Dynamic Compression Summer School (2018); Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative (2017-2018).

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 the secretary for the Mineral and Rock Physics (MRP) section, I will partner with the president and president-elect to promote effective interdisciplinary interactions and work to establish an inclusive scientific culture. The Mineral and Rock Physics community is uniquely poised to tackle some of the most exciting questions in science today. By fostering effective collaboration and communication across physical and disciplinary boundaries, we will encourage discoveries in key scientific areas ranging from understating the structure and evolution of our planet to placing constraints on the interiors of newly discovered exoplanets. We are in a unique position to answer big questions at the intersection of Earth science, planetary science, continuum mechanics, and materials physics. To this end, I will promote partnerships and cross-disciplinary discussions to address interdisciplinary scientific challenges.

One of the most pressing issues in our field is the lack of representation. Diversity is critical to both scientific excellence and effective engagement with the broader community. In taking a leadership role, I will use my platform to elevate the work and voices of a diverse set of scientists within our field and encourage community discussion of outreach and engagement efforts. I will utilize platforms such as the MRP website, discussion board, and social media channels to recognize exciting science and outreach efforts by members of our community. By highlighting existing diversity and inclusion efforts and encouraging dialogue surrounding equity issues, we will promote an inclusive scientific culture and make inroads with recruitment and retention efforts.

Section affiliations:

Mineral and Rock Physics; Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior