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Volunteers needed at AGU!

We need volunteers to help run the AWG booth at the AGU Fall Meeting next week! If you can even volunteer just an hour of your time it would be GREATLY appreciated! The sign up link is below:


Thank you for helping to spread the word about our organization! And don't forget to check out the events AWG is co-sponsoring below.

Attending the AGU Annual meeting in December? Come check out AWG!

Attending AGU in San Francisco in December? AWG will be actively involved at several events (see below), and as always will have our AWG booth (#615) available to you so make sure to stop by!

Town Hall: Strategies for Attracting and Advancing a Diverse Geoscience Workforce
Monday, December 12, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moscone West, 2016
The geoscience workforce is one of the least diverse, despite its importance to understanding our planet’s past, present, and future. The goals of this town hall are (1) to highlight successful programs for attracting and advancing historically-underrepresented earth scientists at multiple career stages, and (2) with audience participation, identify strategies that AGU and its members can enact to broaden the participation of a diverse membership and workforce. Target audience: supervisors, heads/chairs, and anybody interested in a more inclusive earth science community. Sponsored by Earth Science Women’s Network, Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) and AGU.

Tuesday, December 13th from 1-3 pm 
San Francisco Marriott Marquis- Golden Gate C1
We are hosting a workshop called "Is it Harassment or Not? A workshop for Women and Men." Verbal and other exchanges in the workplace and education arenas are necessary but sometimes misinformed, misunderstood, misinterpreted, and/or inappropriate. This workshop will present several scenarios of actual events (with all names and locations removed), and ask workshop participants to discuss their interpretations of the events. The goals of the workshop are to 1) inform participants and workshop leaders of the possible wide variety of opinions about these events, 2) foster greater understanding of what harassment is and let participants ‘practice’ their personal responses, and 3) encourage future conversations and interventions, should participants witness similar events. This workshop is being led by Dr. Gwen Macpherson, professor at the University of Kansas and an AWG Professional Excellence Award Winner. This workshop is being jointly sponsored and offered by AGU, Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), Society of Exploration Geophysicists Women’s Network Committee (SEG – WNC), American Association of Petroleum Geologists Professional Women in Earth Sciences (AAPG-PROWESS), University of Kansas, the Geology Associates Fund of the University of Kansas Endowment Association, and UCAR.

Tuesday night from 6-8 pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis- Golden Gate B
We will be co-hosting the Networking Reception for Early Career Female Scientists and Students. Network with your peers at this event made especially for early career female scientists and students. Light refreshments will be served. This event is being co-hosted by the American Geophysical Union, Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), and Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN).


AWG's theme for 2016-17 is Supporting Women in Geoscience. There are thousands of women in the geosciences today, both students and professionals, who are looking for ways to enhance their experiences as a geoscientist! AWG provides financial support, professional development and leadership opportunities, and advocates on behalf of women geoscientists across the globe. Join or renew your 2016-17 membership today and help AWG SUPPORT you.

Download the AWG 2017 Renewal/Membership Form or click here to pay on-line using a credit/debit card or PayPal. Also, encourage your company or institution to get SUPPORT our cause and voice their support of geoscience diversity by using this form. If you would like AWG to contact your company or institution, need assistance, or have any questions, please contact the AWG office. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF AWG!

Awards and Scholarship applications are due soon! Check out these great opportunities and make sure you apply!

AWG Brunton Award: The AWG Brunton Award promotes the future of field mapping and data acquisition for the upcoming generation of women geoscientists. The award will go to a female geoscience student at the senior level or in her early graduate studies who has been a summer intern, excelled at field camp, or performed field data collection that leads to a senior or graduate thesis. The award is funded by Brunton.

General Information:
The award is an engraved Brunton transit.
A one‐year membership is sponsored by AWG.
Application deadline is November 15th each year

AWG Takken Student Research Presentation Award: This competitive award provides women geoscience students with support to present their research at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. This travel award is named for Suzanne Takken (1925-1997), an avid traveler and strong supporter of women in geoscience. The award is a $500 monetary award that can be used to help defray travel, lodging, registration fee, and other expenses associated with the presentation of the awardee’s research at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Two competition deadlines are held each year. The first deadline to apply is February 10th. Visit our awards tab to learn more about the application process.

Continuing the conversation to change how we deal with sexual harassment in the sciences: A call for change!

 AWG recently co-sponsored an NSF funded workshop titled "Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond". In addition, current president Blair Schneider and former president Mary Anne Holmes served on the steering committee to bring this workshop to fruition. See the following press release here or at http://news.agu.org/press-release/scientific-societies-speak-out-against-sexual-harassment/.

AWG is pleased to announce their 2016 award winners!

The 2016 AWG award winners have been selected, please congratulate your colleagues if they are a recipient below! And don't forget to join us at the AWG Awards Ceremony breakfast at the annual GSA meeting in Denver this year to celebrate this year's winners. A full write up of each recipient will go out with the fall Gaea newsletter.

Encourage Award: Sandy Carlson
Exchange Award: Sue Finstick
Enhance Award: Barbara Tillotson

AWG President's Award: Erika MarÍn-Spiotta
Special Recognition Award: Billy Williams
Distinguished Service Award: Marcia Knadle
Chapter Excellence Award: Penn State Chapter

Outstanding Educator Award: Barbara Dutrow
Professional Excellence Award in Industry: Enkhtuya Chuluunbat
Professional Excllence Award in Government/Regulatory: Diane Moore
Professional Excellence Award in Academia/Research: Mary Anne Holmes

AWG mourns the loss of Dr. M. Lee Allison

Dr. M. Lee Allison, State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, passed away Tuesday, August 16th, at noon after suffering a critical head injury from a fall at his home on Saturday. Dr. Allison was a great supporter of AWG, both nationally and with the local chapters.

Lee’s passing is a tragic loss for his wife, family, staff of the Arizona Geological Survey, the geologic and geoinformatics communities, and Lee’s broad circle of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances around the world. He was an incredibly dynamic leader of our agency, and a world-wide leader in many areas that were important to him. We mourn his passing, and will do our best to carry on his legacy.

There will not be a memorial service. Lee’s family has requested they not be contacted. Any messages of condolence can be addressed to AZGS team members who will pass them along to his family.

Lee's wife, Ann, suggested donations be made to the Association for Women Geoscientists/Salt Lake Chapter to honor Dr. Allison. If you would like to make a donation, you can either do so online or by check. If you would like to donate online, click on "Donate Now" in the top right corner of this page. This will take you to our online store where you will see the "Dr. M. Lee Allison Memorial Fund" as the first item. If you would like to send a check, please make sure to make the check payable to "AWG Foundation", and write Dr. M. Lee Allison Fund on the memo line. Checks can be sent to:

Kate Johnson
AWG Foundation Treasurer
652 Glimmerglen Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326


AWG Salt Lake Chapter
P.O. Box 58691
Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0691

If you are writing a check:
The checks must include the word "Foundation" in order to be tax deductible. If you donate $250 or more, you will receive a written acknowledgment according to IRS requirements. For those donations less than $250, your tax deduction can be declared without a receipt (a copy of your check or a record of information listed on your credit card will suffice for taxes purposes).

Check out our new AWG Member Highlight Blog!

AWG is starting up a new member highlight blog that you can find on our webpage as well as in our E-newsletter. Check it out each month to see the awesome things AWG members are doing. If you are interested in being featured, or know someone who should be, please email Mackenzie Cremeans.


Check out the Distinguished Lecturer page to see the 2015-16 list of accomplished women who can CONNECT your AWG Chapter or University with talks on research, technology, or leadership. For more details contact Laura Fakhrai.


AWG has three ways for employers to advertise with us. The first option is a post to jobweb. The second option is to post in our every other week enews letter. The last option is to post in our quarterly newsletter GAEA. The last two options go out full color and there are discounts for regular, corporate and institutional members. For more information about the advertising rates please go to the rates page http://awg.org/news/adeditor.htm. If you have questions contact us at: ads@awg.org . The office staff is Tuesday through Thursday so response may be delayed Friday through Monday.


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