IRIS Early Career Investigators - ECIs

IRIS Early Career Investigators - ECIs Stimulating dialogue amongst geoscientists on how to best prepare and professionally enrich the next generation of researchers, educators, and policy makers.

Look here for announcements and discussion involving opportunities (research-related, funding, international collaboration) for Early Career Investigators through IRIS and other organizations. We also encourage you to post questions, critiques, and general concerns about what IRIS can do (or do better) to support ECIs.

Mission: Early Career Investigators (ECIs) are loosely defined as senior graduate students through pre-tenure faculty. The IRIS ECI working group was commissioned in Fall 2011 to interact with, understand the needs of, and develop resources for the ECI community. Our mission is to organize a suite of resources and mentorship opportunities for ECIs as they navigate through the completion of graduate school, a possible postdoctoral research position, and acquisition of permanent employment or tenure at an academic institution. The general goal of this effort is to lower the energy and knowledge barriers necessary to thrive in a range of environments as a newly minted educator or researcher. Although we are formally charged with assisting ECI seismologists, our goal is to develop and support resources that are beneficial to a wide range of earth scientists.

Operating as usual

"Having people feel empowered to fully express themselves in academia is a critical stepping-stone to increasing inclusi...
11/06/2020
Indigenous geoscientists reflect on inclusivity in academia

"Having people feel empowered to fully express themselves in academia is a critical stepping-stone to increasing inclusivity, but it can be difficult to reach that strong sense of self when surrounded by a self-similar community. American academic institutions are developed by and cater to White Western Culture and are rife with implicit norms about what is acceptable, both in terms of scientific practice and individual qualities. This creates barriers for anyone struggling to fit multiple identities (whether race, language, gender, or something else) into that academic space."

https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2020/11/05/indigenous-geoscientists-reflect-on-inclusivity-in-academia/?fbclid=IwAR2jb0RwO5-ttbZG9Py4m6qRWTYsreKljNqmJnbeWauw66MdOYm1pFIGe-s

By: Rebecca Dzombak, 2020–2021 GSA Science Communication FellowEditor’s note: To honor the beginning of Native American Heritage Month, we’re sharing excerpts from conversations with three Indigeno…

ATTENTION - Spring Break camp for minority undergraduate students with little to no coding experience, but who want to l...
10/19/2020
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ATTENTION - Spring Break camp for minority undergraduate students with little to no coding experience, but who want to learn!

Participants gain fundamental coding skills that are applied to real-world volcanic hazards assessment and earn a $300 stipend.

https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/codegeo

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021 program which will be held March 8-12.

A Spring Break camp for minority undergraduate students with little to no coding experience, but who want to learn! Participants gain fundamental coding skills that are applied to real-world volcanic hazards assessment and earn a $300 stipend.

This is an amazing opportunity to do science communication and informal education for Measuring Earth!https://unavco-ope...
10/15/2020
Communications Associate - Boulder, Colorado, United States - UNAVCO, Inc.

This is an amazing opportunity to do science communication and informal education for Measuring Earth!

https://unavco-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=189

Position Summary   UNAVCO is seeking a creative, motivated individual to lead daily and strategic communications for UNAVCO, a science-support organization. The Communications Associate's primary responsibility will be to lead commu...

The results are in! UNAVCO and IRIS are excited to announce that the name of the new organization will be EarthScope Con...
10/06/2020
Joining Forces

The results are in! UNAVCO and IRIS are excited to announce that the name of the new organization will be EarthScope Consortium Inc.! This name builds on our successful collaboration in execution and support of the EarthScope facility. We are excited about the progress we’ve made so far in establishing the new organization and look forward to sharing updates with the community on a regular basis.

https://sites.google.com/iris.edu/united/home

Beginning in 2019, UNAVCO and IRIS began discussions focused on how both organizations can collectively work together to further advance geophysics support for the community. As our science becomes more convergent, there is benefit to examining how we can support research and education as a single o...

09/30/2020
Synthetic Aperture Radar: Hazards

Looking for a formal introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar(SAR)? Look no further than this edX course taught by Dr. Franz Meyer! This free, self-paced course opens 10/6. Full details and prerequisites available online.

https://www.edx.org/course/sar-hazards

The first MOOC about Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing for disaster monitoring. Learn about weather and illumination-independent SAR remote sensing technology, and explore its applications to natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and flooding.

09/23/2020
Unit 11: Gridding, Inversion, Tomography

Unit 11: Gridding, Inversion, Tomography

This is the eleventh unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students.

https://youtu.be/jCjTwUl17RY

This is the eleventh unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Am...

Unnecessary acronyms make science research harder to read - even for other scientists, a new study reveals.
09/22/2020
Science is getting harder to read

Unnecessary acronyms make science research harder to read - even for other scientists, a new study reveals.

From obscure acronyms to unnecessary jargon, research papers are increasingly impenetrable – even for scientists.

09/21/2020
Unit 10: Optimal Interpolation

Unit 10: Optimal Interpolation

This is the tenth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students.

https://youtu.be/czKLeHePujs

This is the tenth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Ameri...

Unit 9: Bayesian Inversion This is the ninth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an o...
09/19/2020
Unit 9: Bayesian Inversion

Unit 9: Bayesian Inversion

This is the ninth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students.

https://youtu.be/tz0SNGrSYBg

This is the ninth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Ameri...

09/17/2020
Unit 8: PyGMT

Unit 8: PyGMT

This is the eighth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students.

https://youtu.be/SSIGJEe0BIk

This is the eighth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Amer...

09/10/2020
Unit 7: Machine Learning

Unit 7: Machine Learning - This is the seventh unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. https://youtu.be/3lLnjhZEaRY

This is the seventh unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Ame...

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information. New tools are helping to improve h...
08/31/2020
Visualizing Science: How Color Determines What We See - Eos

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information. New tools are helping to improve how color can be applied more accurately and effectively to data.

https://eos.org/features/visualizing-science-how-color-determines-what-we-see

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information. New tools are helping to improve how color can be applied more accurately and effectively to data.

08/26/2020
Unit 7: Machine Learning

Unit 7: Machine Learning

This is the seventh unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the AGU Seismology Section. https://youtu.be/3lLnjhZEaRY

This is the seventh unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Ame...

08/25/2020
Unit 6: Polarization Analysis

Unit 6: Polarization Analysis

This is the sixth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Seismology Section. This unit on Polarization Analysis is provided by Tolulope Olugboji, University

https://youtu.be/Wf54lhzq9OI

This is the sixth unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Ameri...

Webinar: Science Communication for Social JusticeThursday, August 27, 202010:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ...
08/24/2020

Webinar: Science Communication for Social Justice
Thursday, August 27, 2020
10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

Registration Deadline Tuesday, August 25 https://nagt.org/nagt/profdev/webinars/social_justice/registration.html

Geoscience communicators have a particular responsibility to promote an ethical, diverse, inclusive culture across the geosciences, while consciously increasing access to geoscience information to all sectors of the public. We can and must start to make thoughtful, meaningful changes in who presents information, what we present, and how we present it. We will share some ideas and examples of how to produce media to engage with diverse audiences, tips for amplifying the voices of diverse scientists on social media and in mass media, and developing educational materials explicitly created using a justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility lens.

Presenters: Beth Bartel (formerly UNAVCO), Wendy Bohon (IRIS)

Part of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) webinar series

https://nagt.org/nagt/profdev/webinars/social_justice/index.html

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Webinar - August 27, 3:30 PM EDT – Hosted by the Directorate of Geoscien...
08/24/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Webinar - August 27, 3:30 PM EDT – Hosted by the Directorate of Geosciences

NSF is hosting a webinar for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. Registration and other information about the webinar can be found below.

When: Aug 27, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_PdELn0mtQPK1wv9601EAIQ

Please submit requests for accessibility accommodations 10 days in advance or questions to Elizabeth Zelenski at [email protected]. Upon joining the webinar, attendees will be in listen-only mode with the ability to type questions into Zoom Q&A pane for reply during the webinar. View real-time captio...

August 18-20, 2020 - Virtual Special Interest Group meetings, including a SIG for Early Career Scientists!Several of the...
08/14/2020
2020 GAGE/SAGE Virtual Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings | Education | UNAVCO

August 18-20, 2020 - Virtual Special Interest Group meetings, including a SIG for Early Career Scientists!

Several of the Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings planned as part of the 2020 program are more timely this year so that important community feedback can be gathered to inform shorter-term activities. The following Virtual SIGs will be held the same week as the originally-scheduled workshop.

* Collecting Geophysical Observations from the Seafloor - Tuesday August 18, 12-2 pm ET

* Emerging applications for sUAS (uncrewed aerial systems) - Tuesday August 18, 3-5 pm ET

* How can the geodesy and seismology communities best-support early career faculty and grad students? - Wednesday August 19, 12-2 pm ET

* Seismology Instrumentation for Rapid Response to Geohazards - Thursday August 20, 12-2 pm ET

Registration deadline is Sunday August 16.

https://www.unavco.org/education/professional-development/short-courses/2020/gage-sage-workshop/virtual-sigs/virtual-sigs.html

UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy.

"Every scientist has a folder of rejection letters, and that’s OK. They can show up at any time during our careers, and ...
07/20/2020
How an unlikely call from a university official rescued my academic career

"Every scientist has a folder of rejection letters, and that’s OK. They can show up at any time during our careers, and can be disheartening at first. But these rejections are our cumulative body of evidence for perseverance, a trait we need for making progress in science. They have the potential to push us forward to the next step, whatever that might be."

International student Solmaz Mohadjer had run out of money and time, but then her folder of rejection letters reached the right person.

Dealing with imposter syndrome
07/12/2020
Mind your head: The Imposter Syndrome

Dealing with imposter syndrome

This Mind Your Head blog post is a follow-up from one of the talks during the online short course on mental health that aired during the last EGU General Assembly. Imposter syndrome is about the feeling of being afraid to be found to be an imposter. Note that I do not claim to be an expert; in the f...

07/06/2020
Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES): Unit 2 - Data and Metadata

Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES): Unit 2 - Data and Metadata

This is the second unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Seismology Section. This unit is on Data and Metadata, and is provided by Emily Wolin, USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory.

https://youtu.be/tDG8hlWjfkk

This is the first unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the Ameri...

This is the first unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate s...
06/30/2020
Unit 1 - ObsPy- Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

This is the first unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Seismology Section. This unit on ObsPy is provided by Sydney Dybing, PhD Student at the University of Oregon.

https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/lesson/704

This is the first unit in the Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES), an online course for graduate students. ROSES is hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Seismology Section.

"Don’t let academic science training dissuade you from considering nonacademic careers."
06/26/2020
Don’t let academia consume you

"Don’t let academic science training dissuade you from considering nonacademic careers."

Graduate students should prize their own needs and desires, our Experimental Error columnist writes

"Several geoscientists are developing an Open Education Resource (OER) for Physical Geology Laboratory, which will be co...
06/23/2020
SEPAL » Scientist Spotlight

"Several geoscientists are developing an Open Education Resource (OER) for Physical Geology Laboratory, which will be completed by the end of 2020. We intend this OER manual to 1) be adaptable for Community Colleges regardless of location and funding (please note, we focus heavily on relatable California geology), 2) accessible to historically underrepresented groups in STEM.

According to SEPAL (https://www.sfsusepal.org/scientist-spotlight/), “Research into science identity, science belonging, stereotype threat, and possible selves suggests a lack of diverse representations of scientists could impede traditionally under-represented students from persisting and succeeding in science from pre-college onward.” In support of our second purpose and current research, we would like to feature diverse geoscientists (professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, etc.) in a “Scientist Spotlight” section for each chapter. To ensure we select diverse geoscientists, WE NEED YOUR HELP! If interested please answer the questions on this form, and upload a picture of yourself “doing science”. Once our manual is complete, we will compile all "Scientist Spotlights" into a shared document which we will have available via our social media."

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Science through Development, Assessment, and Dissemination of Curriculum Supplements that Bring Science Role Models to Students

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