Workshop on EDIA for Leaders in Planetary Science


November 30 – December 2, 2022

This workshop is designed for planetary scientists with leadership roles.  This includes: Mission and instrument PIs (and future PIs), department chairs, institute directors, and group leaders of all kinds.  The goal of this workshop is to give participants the tools they need to enact positive change in their personal and professional spheres regarding inclusion, diversity, access, and equity. 

The meeting will be entirely on-line with no registration fee. 

Inclusion is one of NASA’s 5 core values and NASA recognizes “the critical importance and value of DEIA for our entire workforce”.  Do you want to understand more about EDIA in planetary science and how to incorporate it into your group or institution?  This workshop will cover the basics of EDIA and how it ties into planetary science.  We will cover ethics, concepts of changing paradigms, and new NASA requirements such as Inclusion Plans.

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Julie Rathbun

Dr. Julie A. Rathbun (she/her/hers) is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and a Visiting Scientist at Cornell University. She spent 17 years as a professor of Physics at a small liberal arts college and is a member of the Europa Clipper E-THEMIS team. Her research focuses on thermal surfaces of outer solar system satellites, particularly Io. Dr. Rathbun has been involved in DEIA research including studying diversity in planetary spacecraft science teams and spearheading the 2020 Planetary Science Workforce Survey. She has been involved in many DEIA organizations and meetings, including chairing the DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee for 3 years. She has been invited to give DEIA-related talks at multiple venues, including to the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

Dr. JA Grier

Dr. JA Grier (ee/em/eir) is a Senior Scientist and Education/Communications Specialist at the Planetary Science Institute, Arizona, working virtually from Maryland, USA. Dr. Grier has 30 years of experience in education/outreach/diversity programs, as well as in conducting research into the surfaces of The Moon, Mars, and asteroids. As the Lead of the NASA SSERVI EDIA Focus Group, ee is coordinating the efforts of scientists at all career stages who are addressing EDIA issues within their own local spheres, and within the greater planetary science community as a whole. Dr. Grier has addressed the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs on the subject of ethics in space science. Ee has taught science and education classes at the University of Arizona, Anne Arundel Community College, Johns Hopkins University, and several online learning venues.

How to Attend

The workshop will be open to ~25 attendees. To indicate your interest, please fill out this form. We will begin reviewing applications October 7th.  We will begin to notify interested parties to confirm their acceptance beginning October 21st.  We will continue to review applications until attendance is full.

More Info

Dr. Grier will be presenting more information about the conference at this year’s DPS meeting. Eir poster presentation will be Tuesday, October 4th at 4 pm Eastern time.

NOTE – As this first workshop is a pilot, we will be engaging with attendees to determine the most effective approaches and best practices. Thus presenters, facilitators, and attendees will spend some time sharing experiences, discussing outcomes, and providing other feedback to improve future offerings.

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