Aug 24 2017

Leadership Workshop for Early Career Women in Science

University House, Yankovich Road, Fairbanks
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 08:00am AKDT to Friday, August 25, 2017 - 05:00pm AKDT

Are you a UA grad student, post-doc or early career scientist, a woman in science looking to improve your leadership skills, or a friend and ally of women in science who wants to help your colleagues achieve their best? If so, join us August 24-25, 2017 for a workshop sponsored by AK CASC and organized by AK CASC graduate student fellow Joanna Young. Joanna recently returned from Antarctica, where she participated in the inaugural expedition of Homeward Bound, a unique 3-week leadership program for women in science. 

We will combine the expertise of women in leadership at UA with elements from Homeward Bound. We'll also help you to build skills to lead expeditions, science outreach & education activities or resource management & policy discussions; and to build a network among UA early career female scientists and supporters. 

See the workshop itinerary

How to apply

  • Registration is free and we can offer limited travel support.
  • Please register by June 2, 2017.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by June 9. 

Featured speakers

Uma Bhatt is Professor and Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at UAF; Director of NOAA Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR). Uma has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a BA in Russian Language and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences. She conducts research in the area of climate variability and change with an interdisciplinary Arctic focus.
Lily Cohen is a Research Professional at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she studies snow, permafrost and long term weather patterns. She also writes policies and creates opportunities for conversations about making field research a safer and more inclusive working environment.
Gwen Holdmann is Founder and Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, UAF. Gwen previously worked in the private sector as a design engineer and project manager, including the design and construction of the only operating geothermal power plant in Alaska at Chena Hot Springs. She has been inducted into the Alaska Innovator’s Hall of Fame, and was selected as a member of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40. In 2015-16, she served as a Fulbright Scholar as part of the Arctic Fulbright Initiative. Gwen lives in an off-grid home with her family and 35 dogs, and has competed in the Yukon Quest and Iditarod sled dog races.
Erin Pettit is Associate Professor of Geophysics at UAF; founder of Inspiring Girls Expeditions; National Geographic Emerging Explorer; Wings WorldQuest Fellow. Erin explores glaciers to better understand and predict changing climate and rising seas. She is passionate about building strong leadership and mentoring skills in future scientists, especially women and girls.
Libby Roderick is Associate Director for the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence and Director of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative at the UAA. Libby is a lifelong Alaskan; she received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She works with faculty in Alaska, throughout the U.S., and in South Africa to increase their capacity to effectively conduct difficult dialogues in higher education. Libby is also an internationally recognized, award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist.
Elena Sparrow is Research Professor of Soil Microbiology and Environmental Sciences in the School of Natural Resources and Extension; Director of Education and Outreach at the International Arctic Research Center, UAF; founding member and president of the Association for Women in Science-Alaska Chapter. Elena has led the Alaska GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program which she founded in 1996 through UAF. She also leads the education outreach program of the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program, is the Education Outreach Director of the Alaska EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Phase 4, and is a founding member and former president of the American Society for Microbiologists-Alaska Branch.
Brie Van Dam is Environmental Data Center Manager at Toolik Field Station, UAF. After completing a PhD at the University of Colorado's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Brie joined the Toolik Field Station's Environmental Data Center. She enjoys assisting researchers with a variety of projects in the Arctic, tinkering with scientific instrumentation, and spending time in the Alaskan wilderness.
Jane Wolken is Program Coordinator with the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AKCASC); workshop organizer. Jane is a forest ecologist, and has an MSc and PhD in Forest Biology and Management.
Joanna Young is a PhD candidate at UAF who studies Alaska's glaciers and their changes in a warming climate, from both a geophysics and environmental education perspective. She is program lead for Girls on Ice Alaska, and a recent participant in the 'Homeward Bound' leadership expedition to Antarctica for women in STEM. Joanna holds a BS in Astrophysics, BA in Philosophy of Science, and MS in Geophysics.