Kathi Borgmann

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Kathi in the field recording bird songs.

• Email:
klb274@cornell.edu

• Twitter Handle:
@KathiBorgmann

• My position with AOS:
Chair of the Communications Advisory Committee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Science Writer, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

• My current career stage:
mid-career professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergrad – University of Wisconsin, Madison – Advisor: Don Waller
Masters – Ohio State University – Advisor: Amanda Rodewald
Ph.D. – University of Arizona – Advisor: Courtney Conway
PostDoc – University of Arizona – Advisor: Courtney Conway

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I write about all things birds and tell their stories for the masses.

• My favorite bird and why:
Antpittas: cool, cute, intriguing little eggs on stilts

• I am involved with AOS because:
To engage with fellow ornithologists

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Annual meetings

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are a currency for conversation. People connect with birds and what we know about them let’s us converse with the public to encourage environmental protection.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Learn how to give positive feedback even to yourself
Find a question that you are passionate about
Finding a good mentor is like gold, make sure your advisor can give you what you need

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Population declines

• Fun random fact about myself:
When I was about 10 years old I started an anti-littering campaign in my neighborhood. I went door to door to explain why littering was bad for the environment and asked them to sign a letter promising that they would never litter as long as they lived. I sent my signed letters to the president.

AOS Diversity Survey – Participation Requested

4 April 2017


Dear members of the American Ornithological Society:

IMG_1027-X3 copyThe AOS is embarking on a new effort to increase diversity and inclusion in our Society.  Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey to help us understand our current diversity and develop strategies for becoming a more diverse and inclusive Society.  Feel free to send the link to other colleagues who may not be current members of AOS.  Please complete the survey by April 30.

Thank you in advance for your time.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

 Steve Beissinger, President, American Ornithological Society

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Kevin Omland, Chair, AOS Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science: A Professional Development Program from AIBS

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AIBS is hosting a professional development opportunity with the theme geared toward helping scientists develop interdisciplinary skills. The program is a two day course open to any scientist that works in a collaborative setting. There is no education or work experience level required.

Some of the skills that will be developed or covered in this course (as seen on the program website):

Engage in collaborative scientific ventures;
Eliminate barriers to effective team science;
Execute the factors that make collaborations successful;
Build the right scientific team;
Perform with a variety of personalities and work approaches;
Create a team roadmap;
Enact the five keys to leadership;
Develop effective communication strategies and techniques
Facilitate scientific collaborations; and,
Apply practical solutions for team science concerns.

Learn more and register on the AIBS website. 

Apply for Research Awards Now!

Attention students and postdocs: it’s time to apply for AOS Research Awards! Awards are open to members (if you’re not a member yet, join AOS). See all eligibility information and application guidelines.

Deadline: January 27, 2017, at 12:00 P.M. EST.

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Join AOS or Renew Your Membership

It’s here! Visit the new OSNA Member Portal to join or renew membership in the American Ornithological Society. (Check out the benefits of membership.) This portal serves all of the Ornithological Societies of North America, including the Association of Field Ornithologists, Raptor Research Foundation, and Wilson Ornithological Society.

Former members of the recently-merged American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society can now renew as members of AOS. Life Members of AOU or COS now have AOS life memberships and need not renew (but can use the portal to update personal information, join other societies, or donate!).

If you need assistance, please check the help page or contact Scott Gillihan at OSNAmembers@gmail.com or 312-883-4670.

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Job Announcement: Web Communications Specialist

The American Ornithological Society (AOS), a membership-based scientific society, seeks a highly motivated individual with the talent and creativity to deliver the Society’s online communications and social media. The successful candidate will have solid experience with online communication programs and services, including website development, social media, publicity, and content management. Strong writing and marking skills, proven interpersonal skills, and the desire to work in a mission-driven organization would be strong advantages. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone seeking to be part of a modern, nimble communications program in a growing professional society. The Communications Specialist will also be involved in society efforts to revise and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for the AOS.

Position Detail

  • The Communications Specialist is a part-time contractual position, 1 Jan through 31 Dec, 2017. Compensation is $29,000 for 25 hours per week, on average.
  • The successful candidate may be positioned in Chicago, or elsewhere.
  • Start date: as soon as the position is filled

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree with 1-2 years communications experience, preferably with an academic department, scientific or technical society, or nonprofit. 1-2 years writing, editing, and/or reporting scientific-related content.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing social media, HTML, and Photoshop
  • Working knowledge of a content management system (e.g. WordPress, Drupal), and ability to learn other systems are essential.
  • Effective time-management: proactive, efficient, ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and to plan for both short- and long-term projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with demonstrated standards for grammatical and visual consistency, function, and accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of people, including AOS employees, current/potential members, stakeholders and vendors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and interest in birds
  • Programming skills (e.g., PHP)
  • Experience with Drupal

To apply:

To view a detailed description of the position, click here.

Please submit a cover letter and CV (no more than two pages) in electronic format to: Crystal Ruiz, AOS Administrator. Closing Date: 30 December

The AOS is in an equal opportunity employer.

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About the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. The AOS publishes two international journals and a book series. The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North and Middle America, and in South America. The AOS also sponsors The Birds of North America Online in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The society is based in Chicago, with offices hosted at The Field Museum. For more information, see www.americanornithology.org.