News and Press

ADVANCEGeo collaboration with FieldSAFE
Posted: Oct 24 2023
A collaboration of scientists from six organizations, including the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas, has received a .16 million grant from the National Science Foundation to implement and study the effects of a field safety, anti-harassment and bystander intervention training certificate program. FieldSafe is a continuation of a field safety training collaboration between the NSF-funded ADVANCEGeo partnership and CIRES. In addition to Gold, Hastings, and Schneider, FieldSafe co-PIs include scientists and researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, California State University in Los Angeles and New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
ADVANCEGeo workshop contributes to efforts to reduce sexism and harassment in wildlife science
Posted: Oct 23 2023
ADVANCEGeo workshop is recognized in this press release from The Wildlife Society about award given to a UW-Madison graduate student, Jennifer Merems, on her efforts to address sexism and harassment in her field. Congratulations, Jen, soon to be Dr. Merems!
Collaboration with FieldSafe highlighted
Posted: Oct 4 2023
FieldSafe has linked up with AdvanceGeo Partnership, an initiative housed at Carleton College, that aims to make the geosciences more inclusive, to offer a bystander intervention course as part of its training.
Refining Anti-racist Conversations
Posted: Jun 14 2023
ADVANCEGeo partners with URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) and the Geological Society of America to co-sponsor a webinar on Refining Anti-racist Conversations with Drs. Ann Marie Garran and Lisa Werkmeister Rozas on June 28th.
CUAHSI features ADVANCEGeo work
Posted: Jun 9 2023

CUAHSI is a leader in open science and open data, hosting HydroShare, hydrology lectures and short courses; providing countless resources to early career researchers including small grants and virtual panels on navigating life as a scientist. These resources were built in response to our community's needs. Similarly, we created the ADVANCEGeo Partnership in response to the need to address the lack of diversity across the earth sciences...

How geoscientists are making their field more welcoming
Posted: May 16 2023
Article in Nature published 15 May 2023 features findings from our workplace climate survey and interviews PI Erika Marin-Spiotta on ADVANCEGeo work and former co-PI Asmeret Asefaw Berhe for work with Department of Energy.
UW Geography news article on our two workplace climate papers
Posted: Apr 7 2023
UW MadGeog News featured PhD student Emily Diaz-Vallejo and Erika Marin-Spiotta's co-authorship on two collaborative workplace climate survey papers.
KU press release on geoscience climate survey
Posted: Mar 15 2023

"The results validate our argument that you can't just throw all your resources toward recruitment, which is where the majority of previous diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives have focused," said Blair Schneider, Kansas Geological Survey science outreach manager and associate researcher.

Schneider is co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCEGeo Partnership, which conducted the research. The ADVANCEGeo Partnership includes scientists from the KGS and seven other institutions for research focused on reducing hostile workplace climate barriers in the geosciences.

Nature Geoscience journal features our research
Posted: Mar 10 2023
Results from a recently published survey of geoscientists reveal that many are facing pervasive discrimination and hostile working conditions.
Historically excluded groups in ecology are undervalued and poorly treated
Posted: Mar 7 2023

Hostile workplaces undermine efforts to make the ecological sciences more inclusive and welcoming. A new study surveyed ecologists to provide a snapshot of workplace experiences. The bottom line is that identity matters. While workplace climates are positive overall, hostile and exclusionary behaviors still occur surprisingly often and disproportionately affect people who have been historically excluded from the field. The results were published this week in the journal "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment."

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