Marín-Spiotta to receive Excellence in Education and Mentoring Award

Marín-Spiotta celebrated by American Geophysical Union for Excellence in Mentoring

Prof. Erika Marín-Spiotta will receive the 2016 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring at the December meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the largest professional society of earth scientists. This award recognizes significant contributions as a mentor and role model for the next generation of biogeoscientists. Marín-Spiotta was also recently given the President’s Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists for her volunteer work on building partnerships between organizations to tackle the problem of sexual harassment in science. Marín-Spiotta has been leading ongoing efforts to have professional societies adopt a common code of conduct with guiding principles on how to address and prevent harassment, bullying and discrimination. With funds from the National Science Foundation, Marín-Spiotta helped organize a workshop on sexual harassment in Washington, DC last month that brought together more than 60 leaders from professional societies, government  agencies and academic institutions. The first product of the workshop was a website with resources for dealing with sexual harassment. Marín-Spiotta serves on the Leadership Board of the non-profit Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), which in January will receive a Special Award from the American Meteorological Society for inspirational commitment to broadening the participation of women in the Earth sciences and providing a supportive environment for peer mentoring and professional development.



Author: Geography Staff