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Mental Illness/Wellness and Your Career – LPSC WiPS Event Summary 2017

June 6, 2017

Contributed by Nicolle Zellner, Mallory Kinczyk, and Lillian Ostrach

In March, the 9th Annual LPSC Women in Planetary Science Susan Niebur Networking Event was held. Holly Doggett, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Texas spoke to us about mental illness/wellness and its effect on careers. One in five American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year, and across the population, one in every 25 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or long-term recurring major depression. During her presentation, Holly told anecdotes and suggested coping strategies for instances when we might be affected by changes to our mental wellness.

First and foremost, Holly emphasized that mental illness can affect anyone at any time (common signs) – it’s not the same for everyone, no two days are the same, and our own experience(s) can look completely different at different points in life. Mental illness often has stigma and/or self-stigma connected to it, whereby we feel disgraced, discredited, shame, anger, and/or hopelessness, to name just a few. Even worse, it affects us in the workplace.

It’s important to fight stigma and treat ourselves effectively by practicing self-care. This can take on a variety of forms, from managing expectations in the workplace (e.g., setting priorities, planning ahead, and learning to say NO) to managing stress at home (e.g., avoid wasting time, take time for reflection). These methods should be complementary to taking care of yourself by exercising, getting regular sleep, practicing meditation, eating healthy, and avoiding excessive alcohol or smoking. Other coping strategies can also help. At work, it’s important to establish a support system and to have options (e.g., working from home) for those days or times when you feel your mental health is not up to par. If possible (and you feel safe doing so), let a few people in the workplace know about your medical issues and how these people can be supportive when you are in need. NAMI has compiled resources and strategies for achieving success at work.

Listed here are notes from the questions and ensuing discussion after Holly’s presentation, with link to additional resources: Read more…

Childcare Opportunity at MetSoc

May 5, 2017

E-mail from

Karen Ziegler <kziegler@unm.edu>

Dear MetSoc2017 participants,

If you are interested in taking advantage of a childcare opportunity during the week of MetSoc 2017 in Santa Fe, please respond to me BY MAY 31st!

Please let me know HOW MANY kids you’d like to register –  and their AGE/S.

I am in contact with a professional childcare provider in Santa Fe; she is licensed and insured and has >30 years of experience, and has a team of people.

After May 31st, once I will have all of your childcare registrations, I will communicate with you about the details of the childcare options. I want to make sure that it will be a safe and enjoyable experience for both your kids and you parents.

Unfortunately, this service (including supplies, meals, etc.) will not be free, and we will have to charge you for it.

Looking forward to seeing all of you very soon in Santa Fe,

 

Karen

EGU Galileo Conference “Geosciences for Understanding Habitability in the Universe”

April 9, 2017

Posting at the request of Wold Geppart – looks like an interesting, interdisciplinary conference!  🙂   Also see posts on the Graduate Student section for two early career astrobiology events (also for post-docs and other early career scientists up to 8 years out of PhD).

EGU Galileo Conference “Geosciences for Understanding Habitability in the Universe”

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, Azores, 25 – 29 September 2017

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LPSC Women in Planetary Science Annual Susan Niebur Networking Event 2017

March 12, 2017

We are pleased to announce the 2017 WiPS Networking event named in honor of Susan Niebur!   Wednesday, March 22, 2017; 5:30 to ~7:30 pm

This year’s highlighted topic is: Mental Wellness/Illness and Your Career. 

Two members of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas Chapter have graciously  agreed to come and speak.  We will have plenty of time for discussion and questions.  Light refreshments provided by the Division for Planetary Sciences  (thank you again!!).

Please RSVP and find updated information at http://bit.ly/WIPS_2017

Event Details:

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Summer school – Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life

March 6, 2017

This was a requested post from Wolf Geppert who organizes this and other fabulous astrobiology workshops :).  I went to the below last time it was held and can highly recommend it.

Summer school “Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life” (Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August)

This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impacts, impactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life. 

Apart from lectures, poster presentations, student-led discussions and excursions to geologically interesting sites several practical exercises including…

 

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Information Session at LPSC on Postdoc Opportunities at NASA Goddard – March 21 at Noon

February 21, 2017
Are you interested in a postdoctoral position at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center?
Join scientists from Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division (http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov) for an information session at LPSC on Tuesday, March 21st at Noon in the Grogans Mill Room. We’ll discuss available opportunities and pathways, through the NASA Postdoctoral Program, cooperative agreements, and the NAI and SSERVI , as well as professional development opportunities like the Planetary Science Winter School, and other aspects of Goddard that make it a great place to work.
If you can’t make the lunchtime meeting, we will also hold an informal gathering prior to the Tuesday evening poster session for those that would like to talk more, or who can’t make the noontime meeting. We will meet at Grimaldi’s Pizza at 5:00 PM for food and discussion.
Please email Noah Petro (Noah.E.Petro at nasa.gov) if you have any questions.

WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY IV: THE MANY FACES OF WOMEN ASTRONOMERS – June 9-11, 2017 – Austin, TX

February 9, 2017

Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers, a conference sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will take place June 9 – 11, 2017, following the 2017 AAS Summer Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Through extensive use of workshops, panels, and small group discussions, WiA IV will focus on issues that affect a broad spectrum of women in astronomy. It will address the challenges specific to women and what institutions can do to create welcoming, equitable workplaces. Workshops and breakout sessions will be structured with the aim of producing policy white papers, tool kits, and resource lists.

For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.cvent.com/events/women-in-astronomy-iv-the-many-faces-of-women-astronmers/event-summary-589214b84ab94f26ac269ad9823ef977.aspx