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  • IEDA at the YES Roundtable at IGC Brisbane: Women in Geosciences

    Aug 2012. At the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia, IEDA Director Kerstin Lehnert will be participating in the YES 2012 Congress Program as a keynote speaker for Roundtable 5: Women in Geosciences


    The roundtable will take place on Thursday, 9 August, 18:30-20:30 (UTC +10), Brisbane Convention Center, Room P7 Plaza Level.


    Webinar link:



    Participants in the YES Network roundtable.


    The conveners for this session are:

    • Tiffany A. Rivera, Roskilde University, Denmark
    • Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, Council for Geoscience, Limpopo South Africa
    • Joanne Venus, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, YES Network President 2010-2012
    • Ezzoura Errami, Africa Association of Women Geoscientists, Chouaib Doukkali University, Morocco

    The Keynote Speakers for this session are:

    • Kerstin Lehnert, Director of Integrated Earth Data Applications, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, United States
    • Margaret Brocx, Standing Committee for Geological Heritage, Geoheritage, Geological Society of Australia
    • Joanne Venus, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, YES Network President 2010-2012




    (All times are Brisbane time (UTC +10)


    18:30 - 18:35 introductory remarks

    18:35 - K. Lehnert
    18:45 - M. Brocx
    18:55 - J. Venus

    19:05 - 19:15 break/organize into discussion groups (4 groups) (Not part of the Webinar)

    19:15 - 19:45 group discussion (Not part of the Webinar)

    19:45 - 20:25 group summaries
    (presentation of group discussion results to the entire audience; each group allotted 10 minutes)

    20:25 - closing remarks


    ** Focus Group #1: Identify challenges that women face in the workforce, and propose solutions to each of these that will allow for the gender gap to decrease and to remove the stigma associated with women in geosciences.

    ** Focus Group #2: Identify relationships between women, science, culture, and politics. Propose ways to strengthen these relationships in order to decrease the gender gap and/or stigma associated with women in science.

    ** Focus Group #3: Identify opportunities for women to act as leaders within the geoscience community. Propose areas of interest where female geoscientists can take on these leading roles.

    ** Focus Group #4: Examine the ways popular media and advertising portray women in science. Do you think these strategies attract women to science? How could outreach efforts be improved to reduce the gender gap?


  • EarthCube Town Hall Meeting at Goldschmidt 2012


    “Shaping the Future of Data-Enabled Science in Geochemistry: EarthCube and Beyond”


    When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 12:30 - 13:30h

    Where: Palais de Congres, Montreal, Room 520C


    EarthCube is a bold new initiative of the US National Science Foundation to create over the next decade an integrated data and knowledge system to advance our understanding and prediction of the Earth system from the sun to the center of the Earth. This data and knowledge system will provide innovative ways to access and mine the ever increasing deluge of data ('Big Data'). To achieve its full potential, EarthCube must be connected to and guided by the geoscience community that is actively engaged in research. This Town Hall is convened to inform the geochemistry community about the potential, goals, and process of the EarthCube initiative and engage researchers in its development.





    Participate Virtually by Webinar

    Title: "EarthChem Townhall at Goldschmidt"
    Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

    The webinar registration is now closed.


  • EarthChem and Elsevier linking now expanded to 23 journals

    June 2012. EarthChem and Elsevier have expanded their linking service. Science Direct articles that include geologic samples from the EarthChem Portal display a sidebar banner (see below). The banner links to a sample list and to more detailed information at the EarthChem Portal.


    example earthchem banner on the Science Direct sidebar


    We are excited to announce that the EarthChem/Elsevier linking service now includes the following 23 journals:


    • Applied Geochemistry
    • Chemical Geology
    • Earth and Planetary Science Letters
    • Earth-Science Reviews
    • Engineering Geology
    • Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta
    • Gondwana Research
    • Journal of African Earth Sciences
    • Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
    • Journal of Geochemical Exploration
    • Journal of Geodynamics
    • Journal of South American Earth Sciences
    • Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
    • Lithos
    • Marine Geology
    • Ore Geology Reviews
    • Palaeogeography
    • Physics of The Earth and Planetary Interiors
    • Precambrian Research
    • Quaternary Geochronology
    • Quaternary International
    • Quaternary Research
    • Quaternary Science Reviews


  • EarthChem and the Earth Materials Data Infrastructure (EMDI)

    May 2012. On May 24, 2012, EarthChem participated in the inaugural meeting of the Founders' Committee of the Earth Materials Data Infrastructure (EMDI) effort. The meeting was hosted by the Deep Carbon Observatory Secretariat at the Geophysical Lab of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The purpose of EMDI is to link relevant existing databases related to mineralogy, petrology, volcanology and thermochemistry into a single data framework to promote interdisciplinary communication and collaborative science. EMDI is envisioned to become an engine of creative new research, to empower the broader scientific community and to expand scientific frontiers.


    The inaugural EMDI meeting included Elizabeth Cottrell (Smithsonian Institution), Robert Downs (University of Arizona), Peter Fox (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Mark Ghiorso (University of Washington), Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington), and Kerstin Lehnert (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). Russell Hemley, Director of the Geophysical Laboratory, presented an opening greeting. DCO staff, including Craig Schiffries (DCO Director), Andrea Mangum (DCO Program Manager), and Lauren Cryan (Program Associate), also attended the meeting.


    (Photo: P. Fox, K. Lehnert, C. Schiffries holding M. Ghiorso, R. Hazen, and R. Downs. Not pictured: E. Cottrell.)