FUNDING: How many proposals should you submit?

I have been in my current position for nine years. I submitted plenty of research proposals before I came to MSU, but I have now established a long-ish record of proposal writing and grantsmanship at one institution. I did a quick search through our proposal database and figured out that I submitted, either as PIContinue reading “FUNDING: How many proposals should you submit?”

New Paper on Social Capital and Diversity in Science

The Geocognition Research Lab is pleased to announce a new publication on the role of social capital in the development of diverse scientists: Using the Lens of Social Capital to Understand Diversity in the Earth System Sciences Workforce This manuscript is a collaboration between researchers (Caitlin Callahan, Julie Libarkin) at Michigan State University, Carmen McCallumContinue reading “New Paper on Social Capital and Diversity in Science”

Spring 2015 Edition: Earthquakes…And tornadoes…And floods…

Geocognition research into how people make decisions about the planet could save lives. Although many people may not realize it, the geosciences are vitally important to our society – for examples, geoscientists find the precious metals that we need for modern technology, find clean water and identify sources of water contamination, predict the impacts ofContinue reading “Spring 2015 Edition: Earthquakes…And tornadoes…And floods…”

Undergraduate Kyler Stanley wins award!

Kyler Stanley was the lucky recipient of the MSU Geological Sciences Alumni Field Camp Award for 2014-15. In the department’s language: “This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Department of Geological Sciences Endowment and is intended to recognize and encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professionalContinue reading “Undergraduate Kyler Stanley wins award!”

Paper on eye tracking, gestures, and weather published!

The GRL is proud to announce the print publication of our paper eye tracking gestures during weather forecasts: Drost, R., Trobec, J., Steffke, C., Libarkin, J., 2015, Eye tracking: Evaluating the impact of gesturing during televised weather forecasts: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, v. 96, p. 387–392.

GEOSPHERE: Special Theme Issue on Human Dimensions in Geoscience

GEOSPHERE is an online journal published by the Geological Society of America (ISI impact = 2.7). The Human Dimensions in Geoscience theme is intended to bring together research that sits at the boundary between geoscience, broadly construed, and social science. This offers an opportunity for communication, education, sociology, anthropology, or similar scholars to interact withContinue reading “GEOSPHERE: Special Theme Issue on Human Dimensions in Geoscience”

Science will never “stick” this way

I am happy to see the Chronicle of Higher Education tackle science training for non-scientists. This article references some well known scholars (Miller, Kahan) and even one of my favorite geologists (Ed Nuhfer). These are people who think deeply about scientific literacy, pedagogy, or both. Scientific literacy is important for scientists, for politicians, for everydayContinue reading “Science will never “stick” this way”

Supporting open discourse about scientists with disabilities

I am a huge fan of the IAGD, an organization started by my good friend, Dr. Chris Atchison. The IAGD promotes “access accommodation, and inclusion for students and geoscientists with disabilities.” By simply existing, the IAGD is helping to open up the geosciences to people with disabilities – simply acknowledging that a disability should notContinue reading “Supporting open discourse about scientists with disabilities”