October 2020


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Gabriela Bogdani <[log in to unmask]>
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Stable Isotope Geochemistry <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 12 Oct 2020 08:28:05 -0400
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Again, I think it is important to define our categories. Dr. Halas is undoubtedly a pioneer and important part of the history of isotopes, from his time with Sam Epstein right up until now. He would certainly deserve his place in any presentation dealing with the history of our field. I suppose he also counts as Indigenous considering he was born in, and spent most of his career, in Poland. Still, I feel he is not exactly what Steve was looking for with his original posting. And I am unsure he would be counted as a "person of color" despite the often horrendous treatment of the Polish as ethnic minorities in many countries.

Perhaps our students are intelligent enough to handle the truth? The past of our field was undoubtedly less diverse and we cannot divorce the analytical developments in our field from this no matter how hard we try. I suspect many of you, particularly in the US, EU, and AUS are now teaching undergraduate and graduate courses with much greater diversity. Our job is not to retrofit or diminish the past, but to empower our students with knowledge so that they, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, et cetera, can continue to make scientific advancements.

With sincerest regards,

Dr. Gabriela Bogdani
AlbaniGaz, LLC