AGU Heads and Chairs workshop, 2010

Workshop Program

Sunday December 12, 2010, AGU Meeting
San Francisco Marriott Marquis (55 Fourth Street), Salon 14

Note: this workshop has already taken place.

8:30-9:00 Sign-in, coffee available

9:00-9:15 Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Goals - Geoff Feiss, Cathy Manduca, and Wayne Pennington

9:15-10:30 Higher Education: The Great Recession and the Future of Academic Geoscience - Geoff Feiss, Provost Emeritus, College of William and Mary and President, GSA Foundation

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Concurrent Sessions - Breakout sessions (Salon 14 and Salon 15)

  • Are You Making it Better? Measuring Program Success and Student Learning - Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • Fundraising in Hard Times - Geoff Feiss, Provost Emeritus, College of William and Mary and President, GSA Foundation

12:00-1:30 Lunch - Informal table discussions, Business Meeting (overview of AGU Board of Heads and Chairs and election of new members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Heads & Chairs) - Wayne Pennington

1:30-3:50 The Science of Disaster Mitigation: Research, Careers for Graduating Students and Post-Docs, and Opportunities for Faculty - Moderated by John Geissman, University of New Mexico

Several speakers, drawn from government, funding agencies, academia, and NGOs, will describe current research and the various opportunities available for careers and sabbaticals in this growing field. There will be time for discussion. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):
  • David Applegate, Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards, US Geological Survey, and White House NSTC Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction
  • John Lyons, PhD candidate and Peace Corps Master's International veteran, Michigan Tech
  • Wayne Pennington, Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Tech, and Jefferson Science Fellow, US Agency for International Development
  • Brian Tucker, President, GeoHazards International (an NGO in seismic-resistant construction)
  • Marissa Weiss, Cornell University, AAAS/AGU Mass Media Fellow - Science Communications
  • James Whitcomb, Deep Earth Processes Section Head, NSF, RAPID Programs (Rapid Response Grants)

3:50-4:00 Workshop evaluation

4:00-5:00 Informal Reception- Sierra J (5th floor)

Morning sessions are provided by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project.
Afternoon session organized by Wayne Pennington