On Leadership, Management, Budgeting, and more

Leadership (image courtesy Forbes.com)

This page will include links for information on the important subjects of leadership, management, and budgeting.  If you know of any useful links on any of these subjects, please let us know!  Remember, if you would like to add comments to this blog, use your e-mail username and password to log in.

***Seminar by Marcia McNutt on Friday, 12 October, at the University of Maryland, Physics lecture hall 1412***
Building a Career in Science: What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then
Abstract: My own career path began nearly 40 years ago when I entered graduate school to become a scientist. After many forks in the road I eventually find myself as Director of the US Geological Survey. There are a number of important observations and lessons that I picked up along the way that are not the subject of course curriculum that might prove helpful to others charting their own career path. For example, many young women have been dismayed by the recent article by Anne-Marie Slaughter, former high-ranking State Department official, entitled, “You Can’t Have It All.” I believe that they can have it all, just not all at the same time. However I also assure young scientists embarking on their careers that they will have nothing if they do not have their integrity. It takes a lifetime to build and a moment to destroy.

[Eswn] Women Geoscientists Writing Retreat, Sunday July 29
(evening) through noon, Friday, August 3.

We are again sponsoring a Women Geoscientists Writing Retreat in Dover,
MA, southwest of Boston. The application is available @ //geogain.org.
Click the upper right corner,”Writing Retreat — Summer 2012,” for an application and additional Information (return to soconnell@wesleyan.edu).Expenses and travel costs are covered by our NSF-PAID grants. We request (but do not require) a donation of $150 (grad student, post-doc, pre-tenure) and $200 (post-tenure) to enable us to continue the retreats when funding ends later this year.

A video made last summer describes the writing retreat:

Participation is on a first-come basis.
Suzanne OConnell & Mary Anne Holmes

GPS: Now that is leadership!!

Toasting Strategy

Alexandra, Anat, Hannah, Evgenya

In 2009, four women scientists decided to team up and form a “Goals and Problem-Solving for Scientists, or GPS” group.  Two of the members were former DTM postdoctoral fellows (Evgenya Shkolnik is now an astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and Hannah Jang-Condell, now assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming), one member has since become a staff scientist at the Geophysical Lab (Anat Shahar), and the other is a postdoc at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Alexandra Surcel).  Today, GPS chapters are sprouting around the globe.  Read more about this powerful and determined group of women and how their strategies to become successful women scientists paid off.

***Female postdocs:  An important link sent to Lindy from Rhonda Stroud***


Moving FORWARD in Space Workshop

Philadelphia, June 4-6, 2012
The primary goal of the workshop is to provide young female scientists with information and skills necessary for a successful bid for a tenured professorship in the planetary sciences.

Workshop activities will focus on:

  • developing mentoring and networking connections
  • techniques for more successful writing, acquiring grant funding
  • sharing of classroom ideas and materials
  • maintaining work-life balance
  • challenges for dual career couples


“As the New Year approaches, people will be making resolutions to eat better, exercise more, get that promotion at work, or spend more time with their families. While these are worthwhile goals, we have a more important challenge for young people: Think seriously about your development as a leader.”  This opening paragraph is from the Harvard Business Review site. Finding a trustworthy mentor, forming a leadership development group, volunteering in a civic or service organization, are just a few of the suggestions in the article entitled “Five Resolutions for Aspiring Leaders.”

Take a look at Forbes.com for the article listing these helpful hints:

  • Asserting: you insist that your ideas are heard and you challenge the ideas of others
  • Convincing: you put forward your ideas and offer logical, rational reasons to convince others of your point of view
  • Negotiating: you look for compromises and make concessions to reach outcomes that satisfy your greater interest
  • Bridging: you build relationships and connect with others through listening understanding and building coalitions
  • Inspiring: you advocate your position and encourage others with a sense of shared purpose and exciting possibilities


For best practices in data management/documentation, click here (courtesy Nancy Kiang via Marilyn Fogel).


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