News and Press

ADVANCEGeo represented on interagency roundtable
Posted: Nov 7 2022
PI Marin-Spiotta and former PI Berhe were featured on an interagency roundtable on harassment in isolated scientific research environments.
Chapter on Harassment as scientific misconduct published
Posted: Oct 27 2022
Our team's chapter on Harassment as scientific misconduct has been published!
KGS scientist, partners receive NSF funding to expand program to reduce barriers in STEM occupations
Posted: Oct 25 2022

Press release from University of Kansas on our new award: A National Science Foundation grant will allow a researcher from the Kansas Geological Survey and her collaborators at seven other institutions to expand the reach of a program designed to reduce hostile workplace climate barriers that individuals face when entering STEM occupations...

Can the CHIPS Act Help Curb Harassment in Academia?
Posted: Oct 11 2022

PI Erika Marin-Spiotta is quoted in this article on the CHIPS Act and a provision that allocates $32.5 million to researching and preventing sexual and gender-based misconduct.

ADVANCEGeo Partnership recognized by 2022 Enhance Award by AWG
Posted: Oct 11 2022

Our partner the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) has surprised the ADVANCEGeo Partnership team with the 2022 Enhance Award.

Department of Energy announces new requirements for making science more equitable and inclusive
Posted: Oct 4 2022
The Office of Science of the Department of Energy is adding a new requirement to their solicitation processes: applicants must submit a plan for Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research, or PIER Plan, along with their research proposals. In addition, proposals requesting funding to support a conference will require that the host organization has an established code of conduct or policy in place that addresses discrimination, harassment, bullying, and other exclusionary practices.
New NSF funding launches second stage of ADVANCEGeo to transform workplace climate
Posted: Sep 15 2022

The National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program has funded a $1.2 million collaborative grant to expand on the successful work of theADVANCEGeo Partnership, first funded by a 2017 ADVANCE award, to reduce the harms from identity-based harassment, bullying, and other hostile and exclusionary behaviors that contribute to low diversity in the earth and space sciences and other STEM disciplines. The ADVANCEGeo program aims to catalyze behavioral and cultural change through interventions at the individual and collective level, including bystander intervention education, and organizationally through the development of ethical codes of conduct that frame harassment, bullying, and discrimination as scientific misconduct.

ADVANCEGeo featured in new article on Bystander Intervention
Posted: Aug 22 2022
Sunita Nandihalli, a former graduate student working with ADVANCEGeo, was interviewed for this piece that featured our work and other teams doing bystander intervention training to address hostile behaviors in the workplace.
ADVANCEGeo contributes to response to NSF proposal policy on field safety plan
Posted: Jun 22 2022

We wholeheartedly support the proposed addition of a plan for safe and inclusive field/vessel/aircraft research to NSF proposals that conduct research in the field. A body of literature has identified potential risks to safety in field environments, including sexual and other types of identity-based harassment, microaggressions, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and discrimination based on religion, citizenship status, or other protected categories that create unsafe learning and working environments (e.g., Clancy et al. 2014; Pickrell 2020; Olcott and Downen 2020). These behaviors can come from members of a research team, others outside of the research team participating in research-related activities, or non-research related members of the public. Assessments of the potential risks and their impacts on all members of the research team need to be conducted and protocols put into place to reduce risk of harm and support people if harm does occur. We agree with NSF that the creation and implementation of a plan ahead of the fieldwork is critical.

We recommend the following considerations in improving the proposed PSI-FVAR supplement and processes associated with it before it is adopted.

Focus group paper is out!
Posted: May 19 2022
Our paper on focus groups conducted at STEM professional society meetings was published today in PLOS ONE.
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