News and Press

Review article on intersectionality in geoscience education research featured again
Posted: Jun 29 2020
Our review article on intersectionality and inclusivity in geoscience education research was featured in the American Geophysical Union's blog Perspectives on Earth and Space Science Educational Research.
ADVANCEGeo article featured
Posted: Feb 20 2020
Our 2019 article in the Journal of Geoscience Education led by co-PI Allison Mattheis on how the themes of intersectionality and inclusivity were incorporated into the geoscience education research (GER) literature was featured in the February 2020 GER newsletter of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
ADVANCEGeo PI talks about why toxic labs are so pervasive in academia
Posted: Nov 5 2019
(Content warning) Graduate student's suicide at UW Madison is a devastating cautionary tale about abusive lab environments.
Save the Date: Train the Trainers Workshop
Posted: Jul 12 2019

NSF-funded ADVANCEGeo Partnership "Train the Trainers" Workshop

January 9-10, 2020 in Lawrence, Kansas

The goal of the workshop is to develop a network of trainers. Participants will receive training in:
  1. Background and awareness of the prevalence and impact of hostile behaviors in the STEM workforce, including: implicit biases, microaggressions, sexual harassment and discrimination, bullying
  2. Bystander intervention
  3. Tools and strategies for improving workplace climate
  4. Workshop facilitation to implement their own trainings

Learn more:

To be added to a mailing list to receive updates specifically related to this workshop, please email Blair Schneider at


Save the Date (Acrobat (PDF) 634kB Jul12 19)


Space is limited. Registration will open in late August/early September. Participants will be required to complete some work in preparation of the workshop.

Workshop co-hosted by the University of Kansas Center for STEM Learning and the University of Kansas Department of Geology .

**This workshop is open to all interested participants, however the emphasis will be towards participants in STEM fields.

AGU awarded new grant to launch new Ethics and Equity Initiative
Posted: Jul 12 2019
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has been awarded a three-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to launch The AGU Ethics and Equity Initiative. This initiative is designed to address sexual harassment and other related matters that affect gender discrimination through new educational resources and validated measurement tools. The initiative is being developed through a partnership with the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics (NCPRE) at the University of Illinois.
On Wisconsin Alumni Magazine #MeToo in Science
Posted: Jun 3 2019
Lead PI Erika Marin-Spiotta is interviewed about our work in the On Wisconsin Alumni Magazine.
AGU Launches New Ethics and Equity Center
Posted: Feb 18 2019
The AGU Ethics and Equity Center is a new hub for resources and tools to support all members of the Earth and space science community and encourage workplace excellence.
Ethics, Diversity, Inclusion, and Work-Climate Events at the AGU Fall Meeting
Posted: Oct 26 2018
Check out the ethics, diversity, inclusion, and work-climate events happening at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC.
NSF announces new policy for reporting of harassment by grant recipients
Posted: Sep 21 2018
The new NSF policy states that institutions that receive NSF grants after October 21 must notify the agency of any finding related to sexual harassment and assault by principal investigators (PIs) or co-PIs. ADVANCEGeo PI Marin-Spiotta commented on the new policy.
ADVANCE co-PI Blair Schneider shares her perspective on Don't just stand there, do something
Posted: Sep 11 2018
ADVANCE co-PI Blair Schneider shares her perspective on 'Don't just stand there, do something' on GSA's Speaking of Geoscience blog
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