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The aforementioned surgery and recovery went well, and I am now part-cyborg (Achievement Unlocked). It’s slowly starting to sink in that arthritis and I are friends for life, and we’re trying to figure out the right combination of anti-inflammatory, corticosteroid and natural treatment, which will change in time. What a drag, I know. Life’s not short, as my new favorite show says, but so long. “The only way to go is to just go on.”


The work of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Women’s Network has been progressing nicely. Here are a couple of The Leading Edge articles I’ve recently authored, highlighting the value of inclusiveness and intra-society collaboration.

Our committee also answered the call to create an anti-harassment policy applicable to SEG members, which was just adopted by the SEG Board. The policy will soon be available on our network page. We encourage other scientific and technical societies to create such a policy and use ours as a resource.

Another effort in the works is to simplify SEG membership levels to ensure that more than 29% of all members and 37% of paid members can vote in Society elections and assume leadership roles. Changing times and demographics call for changing rules. As I say in support of simpler membership requirements, “SEG is rapidly changing into a younger, more global, and more vocationally diverse organization with responsibilities being taken on and decisions being made earlier in career and internationally. The best way for us as a Society to capture long-term interest and memberships is through encouraging and rewarding this level of participation with voting rights.” Read more about it here.

And for something completely non-geoscientific, Pooja Makhijani interviewed me for her article on the term “Third Culture Kid” for the Wall Street Journal’s Expat blog. While Pooja and some others dislike the term given its connotations, I have always been a proponent of taking language back and redefining it to reflect the truths present in different contexts and realities. My “third culture” is a personal space that rejects little and instead encompasses the belonging I feel to where my parents came from, where they moved to and whom and what I interacted with growing up. It is ultimately the intersection of the people, cultures and experiences that shaped me. There I go again with the whole inclusiveness thing.
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