Confronting Bullying, Discrimination, and Harassment in the Geosciences

Wednesday, 15 January 2020: 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Host: Presidential Town Hall Meetings
Melissa A. Burt, Colorado State Univ., Atmospheric Science, Fort Collins, CO
Gary M. Lackmann, North Carolina State Univ., Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Speaker (Session Level):
Jenni L. Evans, Penn State Univ., Department of Meteorology, Univ. Park, PA

Recent surveys and a sweeping report from the National Academy of Sciences document a surprising and unacceptable level of unethical behavior in all sciences, including the  geosciences. AGU, GSA, National Academy of Sciences, and other professional societies are taking a stand against harassment, bullying, and discrimination. AMS is also taking a proactive approach to confront these problems.   This town hall will feature a panel of individuals from AMS leadership and experts from outside of the Society, to have a facilitated discussion of scientific ethics and conduct, including topics such as harassment, discrimination, bullying, and bias.  By having an open conversation with members of the Society, we hope to bring forth increased awareness of these issues, and specific actions that can reduce or eliminate the problem. Ultimately, this will promote a more inclusive, equitable, vibrant, and diverse AMS, and will help to improve the professional climate and culture of the society.

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