Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS)
2011 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS)
The 2011 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS) was held on April 18-22, 2011 in Washington, DC. The goals of the 2011 MGLS were to (1) grow and develop effective leadership qualities; (2) improve skills in communicating scientific research and results; (3) identify and discuss areas of research that benefit from an interdisciplinary approach; (4) provide training in writing effective grant proposals; (5) provide a broader perspective on science policy and science funding, and (6) develop long-lasting collaborative relationships among a cohort of early career scientists.
Meeting topics included:
- Communications. Activities included short research presentations and feedback from peers and communications professionals; media training.
- Interdisciplinary Science. Activities included presentations from leaders in the academic community; collaboration discussions.
- Proposal Writing. Activities included visiting the National Science Foundation to learn about proposal writing and meet with program officers.
- Science Funding and Policy. Activities included panel discussions with topics such as the congressional budget and current events in science policy.
Throughout the meeting, participants worked together in small breakout groups to discuss new innovative marine geoscience research projects. On the final day, each group presented their ideas to a panel of individuals in a mock scenario which required the group to persuade a foundation to fund their project.
Meeting mentors who are recognized academic leaders in the marine geosciences also attended the symposium to provide advice throughout the week on leadership, career development, funding opportunities, and science policy.
|John R. Delaney
John Delaney is a Professor of Oceanography and holds the Jerome M. Paros Endowed Chair in Sensor Networks at the University of Washington. Delaney has published nearly 100 papers scientific papers and articles, and has served as chief scientist on more than 45 oceanographic research cruises. His research focuses on the deep-sea volcanic activity of the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the northeast Pacific Ocean.
Peter Folger is the Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources for the Congressional Research Service. In his career, Folger has served private industry, government research, and academia, previously working in public affairs at the American Geophysical Union. With a Ph.D. in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, his principal research interests and training are in the fields of hydrogeology, economic geology, and geochemistry, with special emphasis on water-quality and radon concentration.
Rick Murray is a Professor of Earth Sciences at Boston University. His marine biogeochemical research is oriented toward interpreting signatures of oceanographic, climatologic, and tectonic processes recorded in marine sediment. Murray and his graduate students are active participants on oceanographic research cruises that gather sediment (e.g., coring) as well as study modern oceanographic and geochemical processes.
Catherine O’Riordan is the Vice President of Physics Resources at the American Institute of Physics. She has served as Director of the U.S. Science Support Program and as a manager of various society programs at the American Geophysical Union. O’Riordan’s research interests are in physical/biological interactions in the marine environment.
Liz Screaton is an Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Florida and currently serves as chair of the US Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling. Her subduction zone research combines field work, laboratory work, and numerical modeling to investigate the interrelationship of fluid flow and deformation. Much of her work has been associated with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program and it’s predecessor programs including drilling legs to investigate earthquakes in subduction zones.
Scott Doney is a senior scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). His science interests span oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry. Much of his research focuses on how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change, which may act to either damp or accelerate climate trends. Doney is a Leopold Leadership Program Fellow and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
|Patrick J. Clemins
Patrick J. Clemins began his tenure as the Director for the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program in July of 2009 after spending the previous two years as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. He received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University in 2005, focusing on machine learning and digital signal processing. His doctoral research involved adapting current speech processing techniques for the analysis of animal vocalizations.
Matthew Wright is a Science Outreach Specialist for the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea. He helps scientists communicate their results and messages to journalists, policy makers, and others. Wright holds an M.S. in Marine Science from Arizona State University, where he studied temperature tolerance in sea snails. He also has a Certificate in Science Communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and held several science writing internships at Stanford University.