Presidential Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, lonAD, 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
210 AB


Mona Behl, Associate Director, The Georgia Sea Grant College Program, University of Georgia




Brittany Bloodhart, Assistant Professor, California State University

Billy Williams, American Geophysical Union, Vice President, Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion

Antonia Franco, Interim Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Jenni Evans, AMS Centennial President, Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Keith Seitter, AMS Executive Director


Confronting Bullying, Discrimination, and Harassment in the Geosciences

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. The American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, National Academy of Sciences, and other professional societies are taking a stand against harassment, bullying, and discrimination. The 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.

For more information, please contact Melissa Burt at [email protected] & Gary Lackmann at [email protected]