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    A living history reflection on the shaping of the future geoscience profession

    American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting 2022
    13 December 2022

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has been uniquely disruptive to social, economic, and educational frameworks, bringing about sweeping changes, both temporary measures to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances as well as permanent changes in the way people work and learn. Through AGI’s NSF-supported Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts study (Award #2029570) that began in May 2020 and will continue through December 2022, we have tracked how geoscience workplaces and learning environments have adapted to the changing pandemic situation, including the permanent changes that have occurred with respect to work and learning environments. As part of the study, we conducted a suite of oral history interviews in 2022 to capture the experiences of geoscience employers, academic departments, faculty, recent geoscience graduates and post-doctoral fellows during the pandemic. This presentation delves into these experiences to explore the rich experiential fabric of geoscientists as they navigated impacts to work and research activities and implemented strategies for overcoming pandemic-related challenges, fostered and discovered new opportunities for work and research that arose as a result of changes brought about by the pandemic. From these experiences, we will also reflect upon how these experiences are shaping the future directions of the geoscience profession. https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm22/webprogrampreliminary/Paper1110962.html

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    Overcoming Pandemic-related Impacts in the Geosciences: Perspectives from Geoscience Employers

    AGI Geoscience COVID Impacts Study Webinar
    8 December 2022

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    This is the final webinar in our Fall webinar series that is highlighting best practices and adaptations to pandemic-related impacts. In this webinar, we will hear from geoscience employers on how their organizations have navigated pandemic-related challenges to maintain operational continuity, including how work environments and hiring and onboarding of new employees have changed, and if what employers are looking for in new hires has changed as a result of the pandemic.

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    Overcoming Pandemic-related Impacts in the Geosciences: Perspectives from Academic Faculty

    AGI Geoscience COVID Impacts Study Webinar
    27 October 2022

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    This is the second of our Fall webinar series on best practices and adaptations to pandemic-related impacts. In this webinar, we hear from academic faculty at 4-year and 2-year institutions about the strategies they used to overcome pandemic-related restrictions and impacts to their work, research, and teaching activities. Our panelists also delve into the temporary and lasting impacts of the pandemic, new opportunities that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and provide insights on how to navigate restrictions and setbacks.

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    Identifying Alignment and Gaps in Skills Development for Students and New Graduates: Insights from the Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts Study

    Geological Society of America Annual Meeting 2022
    9 October 2022

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    The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes to both instructional and workplace environments, including skillsets needed to thrive in the geoscience profession. The emergence of virtual learning and working environments have required faculty, students, and professionals to adapt and are leading to new ways of doing geoscience. Through AGI’s NSF-supported Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts study that began in May 2020 and will continue through December 2022, we have tracked the changes in work and learning environments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including how views about the importance of technical, business and core geoscience skills have changed. This presentation delves into the similarities and differences in perspective between academic departments, geoscience employers, students, recent graduates, and professionals pertaining to technical, business and core geoscience skills needed within the profession. We examine how departments prepare students, what skills pandemic-era graduates wish they would have obtained prior to graduation, and the preferred and required skillsets employers are looking for in new hires. We will look at where the gaps are in expectations for skill acquisition, where there is alignment between departments and employers in terms of skills development, and how these have changed over time. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2022AM/webprogram/Paper377023.html

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    Overcoming Pandemic-related Impacts in the Geosciences: Perspectives from Post-docs

    AGI Geoscience COVID Impacts Study Webinar
    6 October 2022

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    This is the first of our Fall webinar series on best practices and adaptations to pandemic-related impacts. In this webinar, we hear from two recent geoscience graduates, one of which who was a post-doctoral fellow during the pandemic, and a professor emeritus about the strategies they used to overcome pandemic-related restrictions and impacts to their work and research activities. Our panelists also delve into the temporary and lasting impacts of the pandemic, new opportunities that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and provide insights on how to navigate restrictions and setbacks.

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    Pandemic Impacts on Geoscience Graduate Students

    Council of Graduate Schools Research Forum
    23 May 2022

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    A discussion of the latest results from the Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts Study, which has been collecting data on pandemic-related impacts on the geoscience profession since early 2020. The speakers explore the impacts on graduate student career trajectories over this period, as well as hiring trends, and data related to geoscience graduate education.

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    Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts Study Update: Examining Impacts and Resilience within Academia

    American Geophysical Union Heads and Chairs Program
    8 April 2022

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    The AGU Heads and Chairs program and the American Geosciences Institute are pleased to be offering a free online webinar and discussion about the latest results from the ongoing Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts study as it pertains to changes in instructional activities, academic department operations, and the changes that faculty and students have navigated since early 2020. AGI staff will examine the impacts and resilience within academia as departments, faculty, and students have adapted to changing instructional and operational environments over the past three years. This will be an open discussion about the survey results and about insights from attendees on how their departments, faculty, and students have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts Study Update to NSF

    National Science Foundation Update
    21 March 2022

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    An update to the National Science Foundation on the results from the Geoscience COVID Impact Study that examines the pandemic impacts on departments and instructional formats, impacts to skills and knowledge acquisition by students and new graduates, impacts to workplace environments, and consider what changes have persisted to date.

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    Macroscopic Impact Trends From The Pandemic On Geoscience Programs

    Geological Society of America Annual Meeting 2021
    10 October 2021

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to geoscience instructional environments, impacting departments, faculty, and students alike. The swift switch to online instruction and learning created many challenges as well as opportunities related to new ways of teaching and learning. From learning new platforms for content delivery, re-designing existing courses, adapting home environments for remote working and learning, and navigating the impacts of the pandemic on meeting degree requirements for graduation, departments, faculty, and students have had to be flexible and adapt quickly to changing conditions. This has all come with a cost, and some potential benefits as well. Over a year and a half after the start of the pandemic, we are beginning to witness the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on instructional environments and on students’ skills and knowledge development. This presentation provides a macroscopic looks at the impacts across geoscience programs from AGI’s NSF-supported Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts study that began in May 2020 and will continue through March 2022. We explore the changes in geoscience academic department operations since March 2020 and how instructional formats have changed since pre-pandemic times. We also examine pandemic-related impacts to faculty, including workloads, challenges faced, and benefits / opportunities that have resulted from the pandemic. Last but not least, we will look at the impacts on students, including how well they have managed remote learning, how the pandemic has impacted their degree progress, and what impacts have occurred to their skills and knowledge development. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2021AM/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/367150

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    How are Geoscience Graduate Students Faring During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

    Council of Graduate Schools Research Forum
    27 April 2021

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    A brief update to the Council of Graduate Schools Research forum on the study's results focused on graduate students, education, and career trajectories.

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    Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts Study Update to NSF

    National Science Foundation Update
    23 March 2021

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    An update to the National Science Foundation on the results from the Geoscience COVID Impact Study that examines the pandemic impacts on departments and instructional formats, impacts to skills and knowledge acquisition by students and new graduates, impacts to workplace environments, and consider what changes have persisted to date.

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    Discussion on COVID-19 Impacts to the Geoscience Enterprise: Geoscience Employers and Non-academic Professionals

    AGI Webinar
    30 September 2020

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    A discussion about impacts of COVID-19 on geoscience employers and non-academic professionals. This will be an open forum where AGI staff and webinar attendees share insights for how COVID-19 impacts are affecting geoscience businesses and employees. AGI staff will also highlight recent results from the ongoing study on this topic throughout this discussion.

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    The Geoscience Workforce: Current Trends and Impacts from COVID-19

    American Geophysical Union Heads and Chairs Program
    18 September 2020

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    A discussion about the current state of the geoscience workforce and what the most recent data is indicating about emerging trends in skills, employment, and investment in the geosciences. The discussion will also include a look at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on geoscience workplace and instructional environments based on data from AGI's Geoscience COVID-19 Survey. This discussion will be led by AGI's Workforce Program.

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    Discussion on COVID-19 Impacts to the Geoscience Enterprise: Academic Departments, Faculty, Students, and Post-docs

    AGI Webinar
    26 August 2020

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    A discussion about impacts of COVID-19 on geoscience academic departments, faculty, students and post-docs. This will be an open forum where AGI staff and webinar attendees share insights for how COVID-19 impacts are affecting departments, students, faculty, and post-docs. AGI staff will also highlight recent results from the ongoing study on this topic throughout this discussion.