FES Community Coffee

The goal of these joint faculty, student, and staff coffees is to promote collaboration and discuss complex ideas and trends related to FES research, teaching, and outreach goals. The current FES coffee organization came about after discussion in March 2017 (notes from that discussion), and the current organization is detailed here.

Date Speaker(s) Discussion
Nov. 15, 2023 Faculty intros: Jacob Bukosi + Vernita Ediger Burnout! Reading:
Walking Faculty Back from the Cliff
Department Environment and Work-to-Life Conflict Among Faculty in the STEM Fields
June 1, 2023 Community member intro: Miles Phillips Interdisciplinary Training Program on Forest-based Climate Solutions - graduate training proposal from a team of FES researchers
April 12, 2023 Ian Munanura Post-pandemic pedagogy and how we can adjust our courses and assignment structure to meet students where they are right now, led by Ashley and Troy
Course Correction
March 8, 2023 The ChatGPT AI program ChatGPT
Educators weigh the pros and cons of ChatGPT
January 31, 2023 Flash presentations by Klaus Puettmann and Jazmin Gonzales Tovar Topic: Open conversation on possible future topics
May 18, 2022 Keith Jayawickrama (FES), Shelly Signs (Co-chair of the OSU Carbon Commitment Committee) and Brandon Trelstad (from the Sustainability Office) Topic: OSU’s Carbon Commitment and Climate Plan
notes from Forestry Executive Committee meeting in March 2020
OSU FY21 GHG report
April 20, 2022 Sean Nealon and Steve Lundeberg, University Marketing and Communication Topic: A discussion about telling our research stories to a public audience
The Power of Story (pdf), E.O. Wilson
Utilizing Traditional Storytelling to Promote Wellness in American Indian Communities
May 24, 2021 Eli Swanson and Tak Iwamura Topic: “Future of education and academia after COVID”
Academia after COVID, Scientific American
March 1, 2021   Introductions from our new graduate student and postdoc FES Coffee committee members Claire Tortorelli, Rebecca Lemons, and Nicholas Dankers
Ways of doing science, spring-boarded by this recent article titled "Abuses of Popper", led by Michael Nelson
June 2, 2020   Open discussion to reflect on how the term has gone
A guide to staying safe this summer, The Atlantic
Mar 11, 2020 Dr. Xiangyou (Sharon) Shen, Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Bev Law will lead our continuing discussion of climate change within the context of our work in the College of Forestry
Nov 14, 2019 Troy Hall and Kailey Kornhauser, PhD student working with Reem Hajjar Steve Strauss will lead a discussion "Should we stop acting as though major climate change can be averted, and what might that mean?" based on the recent New Yorker article
Article pdf - New Yorker website | Vox rebuttal
Oct 15, 2019 Scott Harris Creating an Equitable and Inclusive Classroom, Jane Waite, Director of the Social Justice Education Initiative, Faculty Affairs, OSU
Self-Development Guide
June 7, 2019 Jenn Bailey Guerrero

Ariel Muldoon, Research Consulting Statistician for the College of Forestry, will lead a discussion about the misuse vs. appropriate use of P-values in research reporting. Please read:
Example language for writing up statistical results - Ariel's handout
Scientists rise up against statistical significance
Moving to a World Beyond “p < 0.05” (pages 1-2)

May 8, 2019 Jennah Stillman Bill Ripple will present on his science advocacy work around the Scientists Second Warning to Humanity
Nelson, M.P. and J.A. Vucetich. 2009. On Advocacy by Environmental Scientists
Apr 8, 2019 Katy Kavanagh Mark Needham discussion lead for the following topic: Is Email Making Professors Stupid? The Diminishing of ‘Deep Work’
Mar 13, 2019 Ana Barros Anna Talucci will lead a discussion on risk management perspectives that can help to facilitate intentional dialogue around risk management for field-based activities
Feb 11, 2019 Carrie Berger Ashley D’ Antonio will lead a discussion on incorporating poetry into her undergraduate courses as part of their reading-related assessments, partially inspired by some tweets seen in 2015: https://conservationhaiku.org/about/
Jan 9, 2019 Gerald Page Open discussion of the philosophy and methods for “coaching” with Paul Biwan, Associate Director of Learning & Organizational Development in the Department of Human Resources at OSU
Alan Fine's TedX talk: You Already Know How to Be Great
Dec 7, 2018 Brad Withrow-Robinson Open discussion of “research group mentorship"
Nature’s guide for mentors (pdf)
Oct 8, 2018 Vanessa Petro "The evolution and devolution of scientific publishing", Professor & Science Librarian Hannah Rempel and Resource Acquisition and Sharing Director Kerri Goergen-Doll from the OSU Library
The "problem" of predatory publishing
June 4, 2018 Randy Rosenberger Michael Nelson will lead a discussion on the important topic of critical thinking and skills to be better thinkers
Train PhD students to be thinkers not just specialists
May 16, 2018 Janean Creighton Reem Hajjar, with help from Andres Brown (a counsellor at OSU), will lead a discussion on the reported high rates of depression and anxiety among graduate students
Mental Health Crisis for Grad Students
Apr 20, 2018 Anna Magnuson Matt Betts
“When biodiversity strikes back: How (not to) survive in the jungle, and other stories”
Mar 5, 2018 Michael Nelson Nicole Strong, Fulfilling our Land Grant Mission: Producing Meaningful Outreach and Extension
Universities Should Encourage Scientists to Speak Out about Public Issues
Feb 12, 2018 Dr. Gabriel Salako Dana Warren, Design and management of an academic laboratory in today’s world: Ethics, mentoring and burnout
Research groups: How big should they be? (pdf)
Bigger is not better when it comes to lab size
Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time
The future of the postdoc
Jan. 24, 2018 Adam Hadley Scott Vignos, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity
Guidance on Sensitive Topics
Free Speech Tensions: Responding to Bias on College and University Campuses (pdf)
Dec. 1, 2017 Dana Warren Becca Gose, OSU General Counsel
Hate speech article
1st Amendment article
Oct. 23, 2017 Jim Rivers Klaus Puettmann, work-life balance
In Search of Lost Time
6 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance
Sep. 27, 2017 Ashley D'Antonio Prof. David Pengelley
From lecture to active learning: Rewards for all, and is it really so difficult? (pdf)
June 14, 2017 Ian Munanura
Sara Galbraith
Michael Nelson
Ivory Towers in a World Without Elephants?
May 17, 2017 Meg Krawchuk
Mark Needham
Chris Still
Climate change impacts and research: what is FES doing (and what can we be doing)?
The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people (pdf)
Apr. 19, 2017 Reem Hajjar
Matt Betts
Steve Strauss
How to Fight the War on Science and Win