U of A, NSF and National Association of Black Geoscientists Collaboration a Win for All Attendees
Left to right: award winners Karena Gill, David Davis, Kopo Oromeng, Nicollette Mitchell, and Timmera Whaley of the University of Arkansas.
The National Association for Black Geoscientists hosted its 36th annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 6-9. This event was attended by over 60 students from around the country, including four from Geosciences and Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas. The student expenses were covered through a grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to professor Steve Boss, Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas.
Students attending the conference participated in:
- Building Social Capital workshop presented by Boss;
- Half-day short course on oil and gas exploration sponsored by ExxonMobil;
- Two days of geoscience research presentations by students and professionals;
- Research poster sessions by student participants;
- Many exhibitors and representatives of geoscience organizations provided students with opportunities for internships and jobs. Exhibitors included the National Science Foundation, GEO REU, ORISE, Paleontological Society, American Geophysical Union, University of Arkansas, U.S.G.S., U.S. DOE - Department of Ecology, NSF UNAVCO, GEO Cognition Lab (Michigan State University), ExxonMobil and BP.
- Fieldtrip to Stone Mountain State Park to learn of its unique geology and history.
A University of Arkansas first-year doctoral student, Timmera Whaley, earned 2nd Prize and an NABG scholarship for her presentation "Assessing Environmental Justice in Alabama Using Geographic Information Systems."
The NABG has been a constant source of support, mentoring, inspiration and friendship for geoscientists-of-color for 36-years.
In addition to Whaley, other student award winners were Nicollette Mitchell (University of Arizona) and Karena Gill (Oberlin College). The poster winner was Kopo Oromeng (Oberlin College), David Davis (Georgia State University).
Jo Ann Kvamme, assistant director, Environmental Dynamics
Lisa M. Corrigan, professor of communication, will give the first of four lectures focusing on racism, social justice, and policing hosted by the Pryor Center. It will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Douglas Terrier, chief technologist for NASA, will discuss space technologies at 11:30 a.m. CDT Sept. 23. U of A students will have access to hear the discussion through the university's Rome Center.
Mary Gentile, author of Giving Voice to Values, will speak via Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, as part of the Let's Talk About Integrity and Race program.
Carl Smith will be a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. He was also awarded the 2020 Green Medal Sustainability Award by Garden Communicators International.
University of Arkansas Greek Life will offer a variety of programs and activities to inform the Greek community on the dangers of hazing.