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SCEC Transitions Program Event: Sharing Stories of Career Resilience

Date: September 13, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online via Zoom

Conveners: Gabriela Noriega
Date: September 13, 2021 (13:00 - 14:00)


SCEC’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Advancement invites early career researchers and students to attend a special session at the 2021 SCEC Annual Meeting: Sharing Stories of Career Resilience. In the last year and a half, increased uncertainty and stress have impacted those at key career transitions. Join us for a conversation with SCEC’s researchers who will share experiences and advice about overcoming academic setbacks and coping with change and adversity. These SCEC mentors have had winding career paths and interests. Their journeys show that the best-laid plans can unfold in unexpected and even remarkable ways.

Sharing Stories of Career Resilience
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask SCEC’s seasoned professionals about: 

  • Strategies to make the current pandemic career shock more manageable
  • Short-term and long-term considerations on career opportunities
  • Strategies to maintain a career-life balance and reduce burnout
  • How to stay focused and battle feelings of isolation while working remotely

This event is hosted by the SCEC Transitions Program, which fosters the growth of a more capable and diverse STEM workforce. The program’s research and workforce development initiatives provide students and early-career researchers (ECRs) support and resources in career development, research, and mentoring. Through special events and gatherings, we bring together students, postdocs, ECRs, and senior researchers from academia and industry to share career experiences and advice to navigate critical career transitions.

Meet the Mentors

Luciana Astiz is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Her research expertise is in international seismology, including earthquake sources, tectonics, hazard assessment, and instrumentation. As the associate director of the Array Network Facility, she managed the monitoring of data quality and assessment of broadband seismic data recordings. 
Judith Chester is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University. Her research is focused on deformation processes of earthquake faulting. She has served as the Vice Chair of the SCEC Science Planning Committee (2014-present), member of the SCEC Board of Directors (2012-2014), and co-leader and leader of the Fault and Rupture Mechanics focus group (2004-2011).
Susan Hough is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, California. Her research focuses on earthquake ground motions, historical earthquakes, and induced earthquakes. She has led international capacity development projects in Haiti, Nepal, and Myanmar. Past leadership roles include President of the Seismological Society of America, editor in chief of Seismological Research Letters, and member of the SCEC Board of Directors. 
Kerry Sieh began working on what subsequently became known as paleoseismology in 1971 as an undergraduate student. He spent over three decades at Caltech, initially working on the paleoseismology and slip rate of the San Andreas fault. By the early 1990s, he started working on the paleoseismology and paleogeodesy of the Sumatran megathrust and earthquake geology in Myanmar and Taiwan. In 2008, Kerry moved Singapore to create the Earth Observatory and a department of geohazards. He currently works on paleotsunami deposits and archeology in Aceh, Sumatra, and the deposits of a meteorite impact in southern Laos.

Questions? Email gnoriega@usc.edu.

This event is supported by SCEC’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Advancement, a focus area within the SCEC Communication, Education, and Outreach program (CEO).

It is SCEC policy to foster harassment-free environments wherever our science is conducted. By accepting an invitation to participate in a SCEC-supported event, by email or online registration, participants agree to abide by the SCEC Activities Code of Conduct.