BWM MEETING-JANUARY 2002
*REMINDER: Monday Luncheon: Education and Human Resources Commission Luncheon: Hosted by Susan Avery, Commissioner. LocationRosenPlaza in Salon 7.
BWM Meets Wednesday January 16th from 1-4pm. ROSENPLAZA—Salon 4
- APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHAIR BWM
- MEMBERS REAPPOINTED FOR SECOND TERM
- IDENTIFICATION OF THOSE IN ATTENDANCE
- ATTENDANCE SHEET: Please pass around and sign in as needed. Note that there are separate sections 1) for appointed members of the BWM 2) Active Alumni Ad Hoc Committee 3) Active Volunteer Ad Hoc Committee 4) Active Student Ad Hoc Committee
These ad hoc committees were added to allow for a larger cross section of voices representing the diversity of the AMS community to assist in the important work of the Board
WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
- CAREER VIDEO WITH TWC WEATHER CLASSROOM
- Distribution of first Career’s Video
- Few hundred at annual meeting in Albuquerque
- Various Board/Committee members throughout AMS
- 5,000 teachers that have been associated with AMS K-12 programs (mostly DataStreme)
- Approx. 100 to local AMS Chapters
- (300 to TV weather teams in the top 50 markets to be used as outreach tool-DID NOT HAPPEN)
- NSTA AMS booth – Kathy Murphy working to give them out. This was mentioned in last year’s minutes, did this actually happen?
- PLAN FOR SECOND VERSION: TWC will be creating a compilation career tape from various shows they produced for the Weather Classroom over the last year. Because of budget cuts, they will be unable to create a second version from scratch. This project will likely happen in 4th quarter.
- AMS will likely distribute this second video in the same fashion as the first. Minority Scholarship application should be included in mailing of second version video.
- CLIMATE VIDEO: A video on climate change has also been proposed by an environmental group in Boston. TWC Weather Classroom is interested in producing it and AMS will likely be interested in subsequent dissemination. (possibly on hold until 2003—budget only allows for 2 new episodes in 2002).
- DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY PAPER
#1 HANDOUT – BAMS PAPER
- Published in July BAMS 2001
- BWM is charged with developing the demographic survey. Next survey to be executed in 2003.
- New Standards to reflect upon. We should follow these new Federal Standards
#2 HANDOUT FROM FEDERAL STANDARD INFO
These new standards, published in the Federal Register as "Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity" (62 FR 58781*58790), superseded OMB Statistical Policy Directive No. 15, "Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting," which had been in place since 1977.
- WEB SITE UPDATE
WEB SITE SHOW!
- Updated Web Site: also available through AMS homepage
More pictures of women and minorities in the field needed to dress up the web site. Would prefer to have pictures of Board members/Ad Hoc Committee members. A few of you have already responded – thank you, if you have a picture please either email to or snail mail to @Spinfish Web, 5 Upland Road, Cambridge, MA 02140 – A homework assignment for everyone!
- NEW NSF GEOSCIENCES DIVERSITY AND NATIONAL DISSEMINATION PROGRAM
Presentation by Ira Geer: roughly 30 minutes
- Funding has been made available to support online weather studies in 100 minority-serving institutions in the next 4 years
- This will provide the opportunity for groups underrepresented in the sciences to take an introductory-level atmospheric science course
- Faculty enhancement will also be included-those implementing the course will be invited to a one-week NWSTrainingCenter workshop. The teachers involved will then also be invited to the subsequent AMS Annual Meeting to present posters and participate in a special session.
- 100 faculty members will be cycled through.
- The program will also set up a student advisement/mentoring service for students from these minority-serving institutions.
- NWS WIT TEAMS: FOCUSED ON DIVERSITY
Presentation by Julie Winkler: roughly 15 minutes
- The issue of under representation of women, minorities, and persons with
disabilities has resulted in the formation of two National Weather
Service teams, one titled the Position Analysis & Change Team
(PACT), and the other, the WCM Initiatives Team. Julie will inform the Board
on the work of these two Teams and the opportunities that lie ahead
to work closer with the AMS BWM..
- SALLY RIDE SCIENCE CAMPS
Presentation by Sarah Long: roughly 10 minutes
- "Imaginary Lines" is an organization headed by astronaut and physicist, Sally Ride. It is aimed at increasing interest and participation of girls in science on a very large scale.
- This program runs ‘science clubs’ where girls join for a fee (the goal is to have them sponsored by companies to make it free for the individual), receive a monthly newsletter, have access to e-mails, chat rooms, and regional science fairs.
- Two beta test sited currently in San Diego and Atlanta.
- The Sally Ride Science Club was also created by Sally Ride
- The Club was created to support the large number of girls who are interested
math, science, and technology. By forming partnerships with colleges and
universities, girls' and women's organizations, schools, businesses, and existing local networks of women in science and technology, the club coordinates Sally Ride Science Festivals in communities across the country.
- TWC will be traveling with the Sally Ride Science Fairs—Phoenix, DC, Orange County, CA.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
4) DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
- The Annual meeting scheduled for January 2007 in San Antonio will overlap with Dr. Martin Luther King Day—a Federal Holiday.
- AMS would like to organize a major diversity symposium and our Board is to largely be in charge.
HOW SHOULD WE PROCEED?
- NEW BOOK PROJECT
Presentation by Sarah Long: roughly 10 minutes
- "You Can Be A Woman Meteorologist" Book
- Published through Cascade Pass, Inc. featuring meteorologist Kim Perez of TWC. The book was largely also written by her while she was pregnant with twins.
- AMS purchased 1,000 copies to distribute
- CascadePass has partnerships to distribute through Barnes & Noble and the
- The series includes "You Can Be…." An engineer, an architect, Oceanographer, Marine Biologist, cardiologist, botanist, etc.
- TWC will place an ad on the back page/TWC purchase 1000 copies
- How will credit be given to the BWM and to AMS.
#3 HANDOUT BOOK COPY
OTHER IDEAS FOR DISTRIBUTION?
- MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
- Comments from Stephanie
- Minority Scholarship $6K/ $3K per year for two years
- Demographic breakdown of 2001 applicants and winners
#4A: HANDOUT OF 2001 MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS/CONTACT INFO
#4B: HANDOUT OF 2001 APPLICANT POOL
- Mentor relationships: comments, questions? Volunteers for the 2001 group.
- Carl’s successful work
- There are plans to bring Class of 2000 scholarship group to 2003 annual meeting.
- The Educational Activities Committee (EAC) has been charged by the council to review all AMS educational activities. A subcommittee under EAC has been asked to make recommendations on these various fellowship/scholarship items:
1) Application procedures, including written application and essay questions
3) Requirements for fellowship recipients (ie, what should they be giving back to sponsors/AMS)
4) Acceptance guidelines for fellowships
5) Ideas for keeping track of recipients
6) Attracting more qualified applicants for minority scholarships
7) How to work with universities on the best utilization of the fellowship stipends
- ANDERSON AWARD
- LANGUAGE OF AWARD: The Charles Anderson Award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion of diversity in the AMS and broader communities through education and community service.
- John Snow has been awarded the 2001 Anderson Award for his outstanding individual and institutional efforts in fostering programs and relationships that enhance diversity within the atmospheric and related sciences.
- It was agreed that Dave Houghton, the other candidate we considered in 2001, was also an excellent choice and that he should be considered in 2002. Other names tossed around include Ira Geer, Rene McPherson, Paul Croft, and Peggy Lemone
- Warren Washington-1st year, Joanne Simpson-2nd year
ANY NEW NOMINATIONS?
- BATTAN AWARDS
- Battan terms of reference: The Louis J. Battan Author's Award is presented in two categories:
1. to an author of an outstanding newly, published book on the atmospheric and related sciences of a technical or non-technical nature, with consideration to those books that foster public understanding of meteorology in adult audiences
2. to an author of outstanding, newly published learning materials or books, that foster the understanding of atmospheric and related sciences in K-12 audiences.
NOMINATIONS FOR BOOKS?
- language of award: "newly" means within last 3 to 5 years
- please post any nominations to the BWM list serve
- 8 or 9 books total
- separation into two different categories (adult/K-12)
- conference call for discussion in May
- books go out in February
VOLUNTEERS FROM LAST YEAR: Steve Richards, Leslie Hartten, Shirley Murillo
We had discussed 3-year terms. This gets confusing since many members of the BWM only sit on the board for 3 years. How does that sit with this group?
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS & AWARDS