IDEA News

June 9, 2021 - The IDEA committee has announced Roxanne Armfield as the inaugural EPS Public Outreach/DEI Graduate Fellow. Roxanne will hold her fellowship during the Fall 2021 semester. Her project will produce a series of interactive online articles, published weekly, highlighting specimens from the Peabody collections through the stories and emotional connections of those who work with them. The IDEA committee was highly impressed with Roxanne’s project proposal and we are excited to see this important work go forward this fall.  The IDEA committee will put out another call for proposals in the Fall 2021 semester for graduate students who are interested in applying for a fellowship for the Spring 2022 semester. Please reach out to the IDEA committee with questions and more information about potential projects. 

March 23, 2021 – IDEA and EPS announce a new initiative offering semester-long Public Outreach/DEI Fellowships for students in our graduate program. The fellowship program will enable Fellows to allocate a substantial fraction of their work time to projects that are centered on public outreach and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application details can be found on the Public Outreach/DEI Fellowships tab.

January 28, 2021 – A group of 16 graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral/research scientists in EPS are participating in the URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geosciences) program this semester.

October 26, 2020 – Yale FAS Science and Engineering sponsored an event titled “Toward Inclusion,” featuring a panel and moderated breakout discussions. The event was co-sponsored by the FAS Senate Diversity Committee and the Women’s Faculty Forum.

October 22, 2020 – A group of EPS faculty, students, and researchers met with representatives from the Yale Office of Public School Partnerships and from Yale’s Pathways to Science program to discuss ways that EPS can engage more fully in public outreach activities. Stay tuned for future announcements as this aspect of IDEA-sponsored activities takes shape!

October 20, 2020 – Along with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, the Wright Laboratory, and Yale Astronomy, EPS sponsored a special seminar by Dr. Kuheli Dutt of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia University. The talk was titled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Addressing Systemic Racism in STEM.”

September 30, 2020 – The office of the Yale FAS Dean of Science and Engineering is sponsoring a free viewing of “Picture a Scientist,” which tells the stories and experiences of challenges faced by three women in science.

September 9, 2020 – Dr. Larry Gladney, who is Professor of Physics and Phyllis A. Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in the FAS, recently gave a colloquium talk to the EPS community. His slides can be found here with many links inside

June 30, 2020 – IDEA sponsored a departmental townhall to discuss the ongoing widespread protests and the history and legacy of racial discrimination in the U.S. and to highlight departmental DEI initiatives.