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NSF Safety Demands

  • 08 November 2017 |
  • Published in News

In light of recent publications of longstanding sexual and physical harassment and abuse in the field, we request that the NSF-directed US Antarctic Program clarify its policies for reporting harassment, investigations of allegations, and enforcements of codes of conduct.  Recent events show that domineering behaviors, mainly by men in power positions (Principal Investigator, lead scientist, senior camp member, etc.) are more common when victims feel empowered to speak out.  However, the remote and physically-challenging environment of Antarctic make this a special case, and a potentially more dangerous one. 

 

Among changes sought by this letter and the signees below, we ask that:

 

  1. NSF remove responsibility from individual university investigatory units (Title IX, Title VII, etc.) by taking responsibility through its own investigatory office.
    1. Many field camps are composed of investigators from several different universities, blurring the lines of who is responsible to investigate reported incidences.
    2. Individual universities develop policies mainly based on the experiences of young students living in dormitories on a relatively safe campus; they are ill-equipped to investigate field conditions in Antarctic. Individual universities cannot be expected to develop policies for unique situations that may only apply to a miniscule proportion of employees.
  2. NSF outline clear procedures and jurisdiction for reporting and investigation of incidences of abuse in the field and on ships.
  3. NSF develop a singular and enforceable code of conduct that all scientists working under all auspices of the US Antarctic Program will read, understand, and sign.
  4. A major focus of Title IX and Title VII guidelines is retaliation. Because retaliation can be vetted through the scientific review process over which individual universities have no authority, NSF should develop a clear set of policies that minimizes the chances for respondants to review complaintants’ and witnesses’ proprosals. 

 

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Catherine Smith has been awarded the "Best Student Poster" award

  • 04 November 2015 |
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Catherine has been awarded the "Best Student Poster" award at the recent Geological Society of America-AASP-TSP joint Annual Meeting, this by the AASP-TSP (American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists-The Palynological Society).

Judged by an ad hoc committee formed by AASP Awards Committee members at the time of the annual meeting. The criteria are established by the judging committee and should include neatness and attractiveness of the poster including its graphics; scientific merit of the research problem; clarity and innovativeness of the research methods; clarity and simplicity of the results. Awardee must be first author, should be a student, or if the awardee has formally completed a graduate degree, cannot have been employed more than 6 months before the award is made.

Please congratulate her for a job well done.

 

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USF CMS scientists receive NSF funding to present research at the SCAR XXII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences in Goa, India

  • 01 September 2015 |
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Michelle Guitard and Amelia Shevenell received NSF PLR funding to attend the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research's (SCAR) XXII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences in Goa, India from July 13-17, 2015. Michelle presented at her first international conference and gave the only student-authored talk in her session on her MSc research "Late Quaternary variability of an East Antarctic outlet glacier: Insights from sedimentary 10Be in Prydz Channel".

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