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Estella Atekwana's Service and Outreach

 Estella  ESTELLA  ATEKWANA

Department Head, Regents Professor of Geology
Sun Company Clyde Wheeler Chair Professor of Hydrogeology
Biogeophysics, Tectonics, Near Surface Geophysics

Office:    103B Noble Research Center
Phone:   1.405.744.6358
Fax:         1.405.744.7841
Email:     estella.atekwana@okstate.edu

PhD:       1991 Dalhousie University
M.S.        1986 Howard University
B.S.         1983 Howard University

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PROFESIONAL SERVICE

• Member: U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences 2017-2020
• Member College of Fellows Task Force American Geophysical Union, 2016-2017
• Chair: Africa Awards for Research Excellence in Earth and Ocean Sciences Committee American Geophysical Union, 2016
• NSF GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Steering and Oversight Committee, 2013-present
• Women’s Network Committee Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2015- present
• Editor-in-Chief Search Committee for JGR-Biogeosciences American Geophysical Union, 2014
• NSF-ADVANCE Mentor for Female Faculty in STEM - Oklahoma State University, 2012-2014
• External Advisory Board Member NSF-sponsored Science and Technology Center "C-DEBI", The Center for Dark Biosphere Investigations - University of Southern California, 2012 - 2015 • External Advisory Board Member NSF-Funded program in Forest Ecosystems - Alabama A&M University, 2011- 2015
• Associate Editor Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 2011 - present
• Sullivan Award Committee for Journalistic Excellence in Science American Geophysical Union, 20102012
• Committee of Special Merits for Geophysics Field Camps  Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 20092012
• Editorial Board Member Journal of African Earth Sciences, 2008-present
• Meetings Planning Committee American Geophysical Union, 2006-2010
• Guest Editor(s) with L. Slater Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 115, no., 2010; Special Section - Biogeophysics: Geophysical Signatures of Microbial Processes in the Earth, 2010 • Chair Nomination Committee Geophysics Section- Geological Society of America, 2007
• Nomination Committee Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society - Early Career Award, 2008
• Budget & Finance Committee Member American Geophysical Union, 2002-2007
• Executive Committee American Geophysical Union Near Surface Geophysics Focus Group, 2006
• Vice President Committees Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, 2003-2004 
• Board of Directors Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, 2002-2004
• Vice President Committees Elect Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, 2002-2003
• Geophysics Advisory Group Member Hydrologic Measurement Facility, YEAR • External Reviewer - PhD Dissertation - University of Calgary- Canada, 2011
• External Reviewer - PhD dissertation- Mansour University, Egypt, 2010 • External Reviewer - MS Thesis - University of Canterbury- New Zealand, 2006

 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/AFFILIATIONS
•    American Geophysical Union (AGU)
•    Geological Society of America (GSA)
•    Geochemical Society
•    Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS)
•    Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
•    National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG)

PROPOSAL REVIEW PANELS
• National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR Panelist Reverse Site Visit, September 2014
• NSF Community of Visitors Panelist EAR Instrumentation and Facilities,  May 2013
• Department of Energy (DOE-BER) Science Focus Area (SFA) Panelist Idaho National Lab, June 2010
• DOE - Environmental and Remediation Science Program, October 2009 
• NSF Panelist Science and Technology Center Site Visitor,  October 2009
• NSF Panelist EPSCoR Program, December 2009  • NSF Community of Visitors Panelist Office of International Science and Engineering, April 2008
• National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review, March 2006
• National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committee to Assess the Performance of Engineered Barriers, 2005-2007
• NSF Panelist Instrumentation and Facilities, 2004 - 2007
• NSF Community of Visitors Earth Surface Processes Section, July 2005
• NSF Panelist Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2002-2004, 2007, 2008

ADVIOSRY BOARD MEMBERSHIP
•    NSF Funded Science and Technology Center "C-DEBI", The Center for Dark Biosphere Investigations – University of Southern California  
•    NSF Funded Program in Forest Ecosystems - Alabama A&M University
•    NSF-GeoPRISMS Science Oversight Committee (GSOC)

WORKSHOPS /SCIENCE PLAN DEVELOPMENT
• NSF Sponsored Workshop Participant - Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond – American Geophysical Union  September 9, 2016
• State Department Sponsored Workshop Participant Research Partnership Workshop on Water Resources for Women Scientists from the USA and Africa, Windhoek Namibia, May 2015
• Co-Convener GeoPRISMS Implementation Workshop, Morristown, NJ, October 2012
• Organizer NSF Sponsored Workshop on Geophysical Studies of Continental Rift Initiation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2010
• NSF Workshop Participant, Future Directions in Geobiology & Low Temperature Geochmeistry, 2010
• NSF Workshop Participant GeoPRISMS Implementation Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, 2010 • NSF Workshop Participant MARGINS Successor Program, San Antonio, 2010
• NSF Workshop Participant MARGINS Rupturing Continental Lithosphere Charleston, SC, 2009
• Co-Organizer with Lee Slater (Rutgers) - AGU Chapman Conference on Biogeophysics, NSF funded, 2008
 • Member Oklahoma EPSCoR Women in Science Conference Planning Committee, 2008
• NSF Workshop Participant US-Africa Workshop: Enhancing Research in Sub-Saharan Africa on Environmental Topics: A meeting for NSF-funded scientists, their African collaborators, and funding groups, Jan, 2005 
• Co-Organizer with Mohammed Abdelsalam (UT Dallas); Simon Klemperer (Stanford); Cindy Ebinger (Royal Holloway, England), A.B. Kampunzu (U. Botswana). US-Africa Workshop on Anatomy of Continental Rifts: The evolution of the East African Rift System from Nascent Extension (Okavango Rift Zone) to Continental Breakup (Afar Depression), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This was an NSF sponsored workshop. A total of 45 participants (from USA, Europe, Japan, and Africa) attended the workshop. The workshop outcome was a science plan outlining areas in knowledge gap on continental rifting and a published workshop report (in EOS), June, 2004 • Co-Organizer for DOE-sponsored workshop with R. Knight (Stanford); L. Slater (Rutgers); G. Geller (Lawrence Berkley National Lab) - Geophysical Images of the Near-Surface of the Earth: What are we really measuring, Berkeley, CA, December 2003

International and National Meetings 
• Co-Organizer - GeoPRISMS RIE Theoretical and Experimental Institute (RIE TEI), February 8 - 10, 2017, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Co-Organizer with Makerere University, Uganda, International Conference on the East African Rift System-EAR07, Geodynamics, Geoscientific, Economic, and Environmental Challenges, Kampala, - meeting organized as part of UNESCO-International Geologic Correlation Project Program - IGCP 482/489, July 2007,
• Co-Organizer  with the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, International Conference on the East African Rift System-EAR05, Geodynamics, Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development, Mbeya, Tanzania- meeting organized as part of UNESCO-International Geologic Correlation Project Program - IGCP 482/489, August, 2005,
• Organizing Committee NS2004 Near-Surface Geophysics Focus at American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 2004
• Co-Organizer with the University of Botswana, Dynamic Evolution, Resource Potential and Environmental Impact of the East African Rift Systems, Gaborone, Botswana- meeting organized as part of UNESCO-International Geologic Correlation Project Program- IGCP 482/489, August 2003

 

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/ADVISORY COMMITTEE

•    Sullivan Award Committee- American Geophysical Union, 2010-2012
•    Committee of Special Merits – Society of Exploration Geophysicists 2009-2012
•    Meetings Committee - American Geophysical Union, 2006-2010
•    Chair Nomination Committee- Geophysics Section- Geological Society of America, 2007
•    Nomination Committee – Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society- Early Career Award, 2008
•    Budget & Finance Committee Member–American Geophysical Union 2002-2007
•    Committee Member – Hydrologic Monitoring Facility
•    Executive Committee – 2006- Near surface geophysics focus group – American Geophysical Union
•    Board of Directors – 2002-2004 Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society
•    Vice President Committees – 2003-2004 Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society
•    Vice President Committees Elect – 2002-2003. Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society
•    Co-Project Leader –UNESCO International Geologic Correlation Project (IGCP) 482/489. With M. Modisi (Botswana); G. Mulugeta (Sweden); J. J. Tiercelin (France)– Dynamic Evolution, Resource Potential and Environmental Impact of the East African Rift System / South-Western Branch of the East African Rift System: Geophysical Characteristics, Structural Evolution and Sedimentary Geology: Implications for Modeling Nascent Rifts
•    Geophysics Advisory Group Member - Hydrologic Measurement Facility

CONVENER (Workshops/Professional Meetings/Special Sessions)

International Workshops
•    Convener-with Lee Slater. AGU Chapman Conference on Biogeophysics. October 13-16,  2008 Portland Maine. This is an NSF-funded conference.
•    Co-Organizer - with Mohammed Abdelsalam (UT Dallas); Simon Klemperer (Stanford); Cindy Ebinger (Royal Holloway, England), A.B. Kampunzu (U. Botswana). US-Africa Workshop on Anatomy of Continental Rifts: The evolution of the East African Rift System from Nascent Extension (Okavango Rift Zone) to Continental Breakup (Afar Depression), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 26 – 28, 2004. This was an NSF sponsored workshop. A total of 45 participants (from USA, Europe, Japan, and Africa) attended the workshop. The workshop outcome was a science plan outlining areas in knowledge gap on continental rifting and a published workshop report (in EOS).
•    Co-organizer- with R. Knight (Stanford); L. Slater (Rutgers); G. Geller (Lawrence Berkley National Lab) – Geophysical Images of the Near-Surface of the Earth: What are we really measuring? December 5-7 2003, Berkeley, CA.)- This was a DOE Sponsored workshop. The outcome was a review paper highlighting potential research areas in near-surface geophysics in the next decade (currently in preparation).

International and National Meetings
•    Co-Organizer – with Makerere University, Uganda,  International Conference on the East African Rift System-EAR07, Geodynamics, Geoscientific, Economic, and Environmental Challenges, July 23-25 2007, Kampala, - meeting organized as part of UNESCO-International Geologic Correlation Project  Program- IGCP 482/489
•    Co-Organizer – with the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,  International Conference on the East African Rift System-EAR05, Geodynamics, Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development, August 16-18 th, 2005, Mbeya, Tanzania- meeting organized as part of UNESCO-International Geologic Correlation Project  Program- IGCP 482/489
•    Organizing Committee NS2004:  Near-Surface Geophysics Focus at American Geophysical Union 2004 Spring Meeting, Montreal, Canada
•    Co-Organizer – with the University of Botswana, Dynamic Evolution, Resource Potential and Environmental Impact of the East African Rift Systems, August 4-5 th, 2003, Gaborone, Botswana- meeting organized as part of UNESCO-International Geologic Correlation Project  Program- IGCP 482/489


Convener Special Sessions at National/International Meetings
•    Co-Convener with L. Slater (Rutgers): Biogeophysics Special Session- American Geophysical Union- Spring 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
•    Convener – Biogeophysical Signatures of Organic Rich Contaminated Sites Special Session- Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, Charleston SC, April 2011
•    Co-Convener with H. Dypvik (Norway); C. Reeves (Holland); V. Courtillot (France); M. Modisi (Botswana); G. Mulugeta (Sweden); J. J. Tiercelin (France)- Phaneorozoic Rrift-Related Volcanism, Structures and Tectonostratigraphy, 20 th Colloquim of African Geology, June 2-7, 2004, Orleans France.
•    Invited Co-Convener with L. Slater (Rutgers); D. Lesmes (George Washington); M. Prasad (Stanford))–Hydrogeophysics: Characterization and Monitoring of Soil Properties and Processes in the Laboratory American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2003, Dec. 15-19,  San Francisco, CA.


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