Hi again,

Some of you may also be interested in this article https://adgeo.copernicus.org/articles/53/129/2020/ written by Aude Vincent and published in a special issue on Diversity and Equality in the Geosciences in the OA EGU journal Advances in Geosciences

Take care everyone, 


Postscript: be a rainbow in someone else's cloud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgTFhijrXgQ

Lisa Wingate

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On Oct 16, 2020, at 7:32 PM, Virginia Eller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello, All:

Thanks to everyone who is compiling these lists of diverse geoscientists.

I have a bit to say about the contents of this thread, but will refrain from too many personal statements; it’s clear that my experiences are not unique to me, or other geoscientists, given that I’m a 40 year-old, 80% white female who has been subject to a significant amount of discrimination and harassment in academia, on the parts of what have not always been old or white males. On the part of other females: sometimes, but generally not worth remembering, in comparison. 

This might be a bit long, so fair warning. Forgive me as I try to make valid points/affirmations re: what’s gone on in this thread and being respectful of everyone’s time.

I’ll go ahead and flash credentials now:

Virginia Eller, PhD

US Department of Commerce
ORNL Alum (postdoc)
FL State University Alum, PhD Geology/Geochemistry, MS Analytical Chem

First: wrt to security of online assets, it might not need saying that everything electronically accessible would benefit from rigorous security checks/practices. However, as a Very Special Civilian, as far as the US Gov’t is currently concerned, it is worth restating.

Secondly: I have been rigorously researching (and am a hairsbreadth away from officially validating) my Eastern Band Cherokee Nation heritage/citizenship. I cannot know or say that I would have been treated differently as, aside from being female, an indigenous EEO hire/grad student, had my valid Native American heritage been known during the times at which I have been treated in discriminatory/harassed fashions.

Thirdly: I persisted in being an educator regardless of rather ugly discriminatory/harassment employment and studenthood situations. Anyone who has followed the American Chemical Society’s C&EN News for a few years can follow my train of thought, in this respect.

Dr. Bogdani: our students can handle, and for the vast majority of them, absolutely want to know of past foibles and current realizations. My last semester teaching was two semesters after the Parkland incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland, FL. Our students want to know if we are with them, if we have their backs, regardless of our particular roles or theirs.

Fourth: In the year of the COVID-19, 2021 and moving forward, we almost have no choice but to come together, more, and be as respectful as we can to each other. Also worth restating, especially if we are to be examples to students and colleagues.

Dr. Carvalho is absolutely correct, wrt his diplomatic statements in this thread.

Individual address, Robert Brown: if you mean Breton, as in Cap Breton, NS, I have a nice chunk of information regarding Mi’kmaq/Algonquians, if you’d like to contact me privately.

All, we know that empowerment matters, whether it’s been stated or implied in this thread. As far as contributions on my own part? The opinions and experiences of 15 semesters of students are the ones that matter most to me.

Thank you for reading. Best, and stay safe out there.

Virginia Eller, PhD

...but mostly, just Virginia

US Department of Commerce
ORNL Alum (postdoc)
FL State University Alum, PhD Geology/Geochemistry, MS Analytical Chem.

Post-script: have to turn in my votes for Lise Meitner and Maria Goeppert-Mayer. Cheers, all.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 17:49 Lisa Wingate <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I think we should not forget to add Maria Goeppert-Mayer to our list. She received the nobel prize in physics for the nuclear shell model that is pretty fundamental to our understanding of stable isotopes https://www.lindau-nobel.org/maria-goeppert-mayer-the-magic-numbers-champion/
It is also worth noting that she was another scientist that spent many years working unpaid in a university attic, only obtaining her first fully paid position as a professor at 54 years of age/;-0
Other interesting facts besides her nickname 'The Onion Madonna' is that she apparently was known to smoke cigarettes two at a time?

Take care everybody,


On Oct 10, 2020, at 4:05 PM, Stephen Romaniello <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi All,

I am really tired of showing all old white dudes in my isotope geochemistry class. I’m hoping to put together a more diverse list of names and faces I can include. There are some obvious ones (Curie for example) but I could use a broader list. While I would welcome all suggestions, in particular I was hoping to make a list of indigenous isotope geochemists for Indigenous People’s day on Monday.

Can the collective hive mind help me out here?

I wonder if we could get a bit of funding from AGU or the Geochemical Society to help write Wikipedia pages sharing the stories of these more diverse contributions to our field.


Stephen Romaniello, PhD
Gerald D. Sisk Associate Professor of Isotope Geochemistry
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37916
m. 860-462-6906

Lisa Wingate

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