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Monday, May 16

Title: Collaborations With and Among African Lake Scientists

Date/Time: Monday, May 16, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

We welcome a group of African women scientists to JASM 2022; they are involved with the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, a group of scientists who work on the seven Great Lakes of Africa. Collaborations are critical when working on transnational lakes, and we will hear about how connections are being strengthened to meet the challenges that these critical freshwater resources are facing. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer mentor for the week of JASM, please reach out to the organizers prior to the meeting or indicate your willingness when you register for this event.

Organizers:

Stephanie Smith, ACARE, [email protected]
Ted Lawrence, ACARE, [email protected]

Tuesday, May 17

Title: Expanding Horizons – Connecting Freshwater Researchers Across Borders

Date/Time: Tuesday, May, 17, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

In this time of global climate change and accelerating anthropogenic threats, there are numerous ‘wicked problems’ that can only be solved through collaboration – both across disciplines and borders. However, researchers are only human and are functionally limited in collaborations by their social networks and reach. Here members of the International Association for Great Lakes Research and the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education build on past efforts to connect the global scientific community by inviting JASM participants to gather and ‘expand their horizons’.
This event will engage participants with different perspectives, particularly spanning global bodies of freshwater, to spark collaborative conversations and connect on a personal level in both formal and informal networking components. Participants will be encouraged to submit photos of their ‘favourite water body’ ahead of time and a slideshow of photos will be presented to spark conversations.
Organizers will open with brief remarks, and then participants will cycle through tables, for focused group discussions with defined themes (still in development, but examples include barriers to equitable collaboration [e.g., between global North-global South], successful approaches for large lakes research/management, bridging silos between science and policy, lessons learned across geographies, and shared threats to freshwater). The final half hour will be unstructured networking with light refreshments.

Organizers:

Jessica Ives, University of Windsor, [email protected]
Stephanie Smith, African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, [email protected]
Zephaniah Migeni, African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, [email protected]
Ted Lawrence, African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, [email protected]
Alfred Achieng, University of Eldoret, [email protected]

Title: Leading for Change – How Women in Science are Overcoming Adversities

Date/Time: Tuesday, May, 17, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

It is no secret that there is a long history of women experiencing sexism, inequality, and harassment in the workplace. For women in science, there are often additional challenges attributed to them, as scientists have traditionally been viewed as men and particularly white men. Today, women can lead and overcome adversity in ways our older female colleagues may have never thought possible. So, why do we need to continue to talk about this and educate both our male and female colleagues? Because these acts of sexism, inequality, and harassment continue and those affected should know what support systems and resources exist to help. This event proposes to show a shortened version of the film “Picture a Scientist,” followed by a moderated panel discussion that brings together strong women leaders in the Consortium of Aquatic Sciences Societies to discuss various challenges women face in science fields. The panel may also include academics who study this behavior or those involved with Title IX work, policymakers involved with the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act, men who have witnessed and supported their women colleagues, scientists involved in the film, or organizations such as the Association for Women in Science. This event is open to a general audience of both women and men and will include time for questions from the audience.

Organizers:

Katie Rousseau, Great Lakes Observing System, [email protected]
Kelli Paige, Great Lakes Observing System, [email protected]
Rebecca Klaper, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, [email protected]
Ashley Moerke, Lake Superior State University, Society for Freshwater Science, [email protected]

Title: A transatlantic confluence of researchers who study drying freshwaters

Date/Time: Tuesday, May, 17, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Abstract:

Arising from an interdisciplinary group of international scientists involved in large collaborative research projects on drying freshwaters, this integrative event will accompany the symposia proposal we have submitted separately, “Drying freshwaters in the Anthropocene Era: ecological effects and socio-economic perspective.” We anticipate symposia presentations from several large collaborative research projects on drying in freshwaters, the EU-project DRYvER led by Datry, the US-based AIMS project led by Burgin, and the US-based Dry Rivers RCN and StreamCLIMES projects led by Allen. Accordingly, we propose to host an “Integrative Event” either immediately before or after the accompanying “Symposium Session.” We will organize this event as a social and networking opportunity for symposium presenters and attendees, as this will be a rare chance for EU and US based researchers to interact in person.

Organizers:

Daniel Allen, Penn State, [email protected]
Amy Burgin, University of Kansas, [email protected]
Thibault Datry, RiverLY research unit, INRAE, Villeurbanne, France, [email protected]

Title: Aquatic N2-Fixation Research Coordination Network

Date/Time: Tuesday, May, 17, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Abstract:

The overarching goal of the Aquatic N2-Fixation Research Coordination Network is to cultivate a new paradigm of the fundamental, yet understudied, role of N2-fixation in ecosystem processes across the freshwater to marine continuum. To that end, we have identified the following objectives to propel our understanding of aquatic N2 fixation forward:

•Derive conceptual and quantitative models of the relative importance of autotrophic and heterotrophic N2 fixation for diverse ecosystems along the freshwater-marine continuum

•Characterize the role of biological stoichiometry in constraining N2 fixation at the population, community, and ecosystem scale; specifically comparing/contrasting the variable stoichiometries of autotrophic and heterotrophic N2 fixation

•Develop a set of common mathematical and statistical tools enabling the upscaling of N2 fixation for comparison within and among diverse aquatic ecosystems and in regional and global N budgets

•Identify major gaps in knowledge that are prohibiting research advancement and generate a plan for coordinating N2 fixation research focused on these issues

•Create a community for sharing data, conceptual and quantitative models, and other aquatic N2 fixation information.

We invite anyone interested in N2 fixation across all aquatic habitats, from open ocean to headwater stream, to join us to discuss these objectives, meet other network participants, and learn how to get involved in RCN activities.

Organizers:

Amy Marcarelli, Michigan Technological University, [email protected]
Thad Scott, Baylor University, [email protected]
Robinson Fulweiler, Boston University, [email protected]

Title: Speed Networking for Early Career Professionals

Date/Time: Tuesday, May, 17, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Abstract:

Professionals beginning their careers often need to broaden their professional (and social) networks. Typically, their networks are limited to contacts from their university or graduate program. Thus, a chance to acquire contacts from a range of professions (academic, governmental, private, and nonprofit) would benefit a fresh cohort of professionals seeking to develop their careers. This event will be divided into three segments: Speed Networking, Game Activity, and Focus Group. The Speed Networking is an opportunity for early career professionals to rapidly meet a variety of fellow specialists in a structured, but casual, format. The Speed Networking segment is critical to establishing a connection between the early career individuals and sparking professional connection with one another. The Game Activity will provide a less structured period for participants to expand on that connection in a more social capacity. Not only will this alleviate some of the stiff, structured interaction from the speed networking, it will encourage a more casual period of networking while still providing some guided participation. Lastly, the Focus Group will reassemble everyone and direct their attention to how professional societies can better serve early career professionals. Specifically, the facilitated Focus Group Activity will address how societies such as those in JASM can better benefit early career professionals.

Organizers:

Jeffrey Matthews, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, [email protected]
Whitney Kroschel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, [email protected]
David Riera, Florida International University, [email protected]

Wednesday, May 18

Title: Multicultural mentoring breakfast

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 – 8:30 am

Abstract:

Many CASS societies have a long history of supporting mentoring programs for students from underrepresented groups, including the SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program (SWaMMP), the SFS Instars and Emerge programs, CERFs Rising TIDES and ASLOs Multicultural Programs. These programs form a key component of our societies efforts towards diversity and inclusion. Join undergraduate students, graduate students and mentors from these diversity and multicultural programs in a relaxed social environment to talk about science, careers and the challenges many of us face throughout. All members, friends and allies are welcome to come support and mix with our next generation of aquatic scientists. Light refreshments will be served.

Organizers:

Vanessa Lougheed, University of Texas at El Paso, [email protected]
Amy Rosemond, University of Georgia, [email protected]
Susan Park, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, [email protected]

Title: Early Career Event: Non-Academic Careers

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

Attendees will work with established professionals in government, industry, and nonprofit careers to explore the non-academic job sector. This workshop will focus on how to successfully pivot from academic to non-academic setting, with a focus on the job search and positioning yourself for success in a new position. Topics include re-tooling your CV and application materials, exploring how existing skillsets fit into job responsibilities, and strategies for continued professional development. 

Organizers:

Kateri Salk, [email protected]
Liz Favot, [email protected]
Dustin Kincaid, [email protected]

Title: Revisiting the Freshwater Imperative: Challenges and Future Visions

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

In preparing for current and future environmental crises, we reflect on current needs and challenges within aquatic science. This interactive session will build on the lessons learned from the Freshwater Imperative, gathering input from attendees to design a future research agenda for freshwater science. What are the major issues aquatic ecosystems are facing? What do we need to understand and address these issues?

Organizers:

Catherine OReilly, Illinois State University, [email protected]
Kathryn Cottingham, Dartmouth College, [email protected]
Erin Hotchkiss, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, [email protected]
Steven Sadro, University of California-Davis, [email protected]
Michael Vanni, Miami University of Ohio, [email protected]

Title: PSA Auction

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Abstract: 

The Phycological Society of America annually holds an in-person auction to benefit the endowment which supports numerous programs to benefit students and early career researchers. Members donate items typically of phycological interest such as books, art, crafts and foods. A silent and live auction are then held.

Organizers:

Morgan Vis, Ohio University, [email protected]
Schonna Manning, , [email protected]

Title: The 2022 ASLO Awards

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Abstract:

Each year, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography presents seven awards recognizing excellence in aquatic science research, education, and outreach to individuals and teams. The awards span all career-stages across the aquatic science disciplines and are chosen from member-submitted nominations. Please join us for this special event honoring the 2022 recipients, which will include presentations by the awardees.

Organizers:

Brittany Schieler, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, [email protected]
Amina Pollard, , [email protected]

Title: Working in Wetlands: The People, Planet, Profit Edition

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Abstract:

The Working in Wetlands (WiW) integrative event will provide the WiW symposium attendees the unique opportunity to engage in deeper discussion about concepts covered in the two symposium blocks, or venture into cutting edge topics that were not featured in the symposium. We will be gathering questions throughout the symposium sessions and grouping them by emerging themes or interests. These themes will each have a designated space in the room – a round table, a circle of chairs, etc. – and a presenter from the symposium to lead a conversation on that topic. In addition to the pre-established themes, a table will also be reserved for ad hoc discussions on novel topics proposed by the attendees. Notes from the discussions will be compiled in a shared document so that all JASM participants may benefit from the learnings of the session. The SWS Student Section, in collaboration with advanced students and professionals, will host five minute one-on-one resume feedback sessions at another table in the room so that students attending the session can actively incorporate the concepts they’ve learned from the group discussions in their resumes, real-time.

Organizers:

Amber Robinson, Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter, [email protected]
Steffanie Munguia, Society of Wetland Scientists Student Section, [email protected]

Title: Exploring Race & Ethnicity in Aquatic Science Societies

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Abstract:

This event will provide attendees with an opportunity to reflect on cross-cutting issues of race and ethnicity within and among our Aquatic Science Societies. During this 1.5-hr session, we will delve into how diverse our personal and professional experiences and networks are and explore ways to increase their diversity, positive impact, and reach. Through a mixture of guided exercises and small-group discussions, our goal is for attendees to reflect on how race and ethnicity have shaped our societies, what barriers exist in diversifying them, and how to generate opportunities to foster more diverse aquatic-science and management networks.

Organizers:

Mazeika Patricio Sullivan, The Ohio State University, [email protected]
Denzell Cross, University of Georgia, [email protected]
Amy Rosemond, University of Georgia, [email protected]

Thursday, May 19

Title: What Comes Next? Interviewing for Careers in Aquatic Science

Date/Time: Thursday, May 19, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract: 

The purpose of this session is to prepare students (undergraduate and graduate) for interviews in different aquatic science job sectors. These sectors will include industry, academia (professor and non-professor positions), consulting, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government (federal and state). A panel of mentors representing each of these sectors will provide general advice on interviewing for aquatic science careers. The following general topics will be covered: how to present yourself, questions to ask the interviewers, what to bring, how to ask to clarify questions, and skills specific to virtual or phone interviews. Students will also receive a handout with common interview questions for each sector. Additionally, there will be a short scripted mock interview for panelists to give real-time advice. After general advice from the panel, students will split into small groups with the panelist representing the job sector in which they are interested. In these small groups, students will receive more information about the application and interview processes for the specific sector and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Students may also have the opportunity to set up post-meeting mock interviews with the mentors to practice the skills they learn.

Organizers:

Amelia Grose, Michigan State University, [email protected]
Nicole Marks, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, [email protected]

Title: Inclusion Event

Date/Time: Thursday, May 19, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

The JASM Inclusion Event will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on and learn about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) efforts in the aquatic sciences and management. The event will take place over a 1.5-hour lunch period. The first half hour will be reserved for attendees to grab a box lunch and seat themselves at the event (attendees may alternatively pack a lunch or seek alternate sources). The next hour will be a mix of presentations and discussion time. Inspirational speakers with expertise in DEIJ will share ideas with the attendees on how to increase DEIJ in their work, at their institutions, and in their disciplines. There will be plenty of time for attendees to discuss barriers, opportunities, and resources around DEIJ. Attendees will be seated in rounds to facilitate small-group interactions. The goal is for attendees to feel energized around DEIJ and capable of implementing effective strategies in their work. Members of the CASS DEI Working Group will act as note-takers during the event, and will produce a summary document.

Organizers:

Susan Park, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, [email protected]
Jamie Vaudrey, University of Connecticut, [email protected]
Gisele Muller-Parker, Delaware State University, [email protected]

Title: Early career freshwater poetry networks

Date/Time: Thursday, May, 19, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

Our goals are to host a fun event for early career members of the joint societies that lowers barriers, builds networks, and provides a safe, dedicated space for discussion of issues important for early career development. Early career members of SFS surveyed in 2020, indicated that “providing networking opportunities” was the most important way the society can support early career members. We plan to achieve these goals through a collaborative poetry-writing activity followed by guided small-group discussions. Discussions will center on topics and issues identified as important by the early career survey, including justice, equity, diversity, & inclusion, mentoring strategies, and lab management.
The collaborative poetry activity was inspired by magnetic poetry kits. The organizers will create kits of aquatic-themed and professional-development-themed words (and useful “connectors”) that can be arranged to create poems. Upon arrival, each participant will be given a few of these words and join a group of ~3-6 people. Groups will work together to combine their words to form a sentence, poem, etc. to promote networking among participants. Writings will then be displayed and shared among the larger group and will serve as a springboard to discussions centered on early career development needs identified by the survey. We will request participants fill out a brief survey to gauge how well this event helped to provide support to early career members.

Organizers:

Courtney Larson, University of Minnesota Duluth/US EPA, [email protected]
Megan Fork, West Chester University, [email protected]
Rae McNeish, California State University, Bakersfield, [email protected]

Title: Advancing Aquatic Science: A Conversation with the National Science Foundation

Date/Time: Thursday, May, 19, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Abstract:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides diverse opportunities for funding basic research and training in ecology, evolution, and related disciplines. The NSF supports researchers at all career stages, including undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, early-career faculty, and established researchers. The purposes of this session are to inform our community about current funding opportunities at NSF and to solicit comments and suggestions on how the NSF can best serve our community. Topics that will be covered include core research proposals and the review process, new and continuing special competitions, cross-cutting programs, alternative funding mechanisms, and network and observatory infrastructure support. Additional topics will include broadening participation, diversity and inclusion, and Covid-19 related issues. Following a short presentation, much of the session will be town-hall style Q&A. JASM participants are encouraged to bring their questions.

Organizers:

Gary Lamberti (primary contact: [email protected], 703-292-7551), Elizabeth Blood ([email protected]), Justin Lawrence ([email protected]), Megan Lewis ([email protected]), and Robyn Smyth ([email protected]), Ecosystem Science Cluster, Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation