Michael Brady, Rutgers graduate student in the Department of Geography, presented the poster, Collaborative community hazard exposure mapping: Distant Early Warning radar sites in Alaska’s North Slope, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall 2015 Conference sponsored through the RCI Student Support Fund. "The poster presentation provided me with the opportunity to network and communicate my dissertation research," notes Michael. As a result of his participation at AGU, Michael identified a number of concrete activities to advance his scholarship:
- He was invited to join the U.S. Permafrost Association (USPA) and attended the association's meeting held during the AGU meeting.
- A US Permafrost Association member shared Michael's poster with his network, resulting in an introduction with the CEO and President of a private firm contracted to assess erosion risk of U.S. Air Force assets in Alaska's North Slope. There is interest in collaboration, which would open doors for stakeholder and community engagement during the research process, which is a critical need of the research.
- Michael was able to expand upon communication of his research to staff of the Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) at the University of Minnesota, which supports his research. As a result, the PGC Director allocated additional resources to support Michael's research and also highlighted it in a recent report to the U.S. National Science Foundation.
- Michael was invited to attend the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) Arctic Research Community Reception by the ARCUS Executive Director which provided additional networking opportunities.
- Michael's research was chosen to be featured in an article by AGU 's Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) as a good example of a scientist-community partnership that other researchers can learn from.
Michael Brady's Poster at AGU 2015