Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 22 Issue 01

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Volume 22, No. 1
Pages 224 - 225

MEETING REPORT • A Successful First Pattullo Conference

M. Susan Lozier
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Initiated in 2004, MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention) is a community-initiated and community-led program aimed at providing mentoring to junior women in physical oceanography in order to improve their retention in the field. MPOWIR activities, funded by federal agencies (National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration) since the spring of 2007, are guided by the five program objectives outlined by the community during a fall 2005 planning workshop:

  1. provide continuity of mentoring from a young woman's graduate career, through her postdoctoral years, to the first years of a permanent job
  2. establish a collective responsibility within the physical oceanography community for the mentoring of junior women in the field
  3. provide an assortment of mentoring resources and mentors on a variety of issues
  4. cast a wide net to avoid exclusiveness
  5. open this mentoring program to all those who self-identify as physical oceanographers

Lozier, M.S. 2009.Conference report: A successful first Pattullo Conference. Oceanography 22(1):224–225, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.25.