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June 9, 2023

On Thursday, 1 June 2023, USGS Astrogeology hosted its annual poster session, a highly anticipated social event where members of the Flagstaff Science Campus (FSC) gather to share and learn about some of the exciting research done by other scientists at the FSC. The event was held from 2-4 p.m., in the Building 3 conference room, at the FSC in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

Many members of the USGS are so busy with their own research and other work, that they often don’t know all they would like to know about the research happening elsewhere on campus. The goals of the poster social are to provide FSC's scientists with a chance to share their work with others, learn about other's research, and possibly spark collaboration opportunities, all in an informal, fun, social setting.

“While we do outreach on a regular basis with the public and others around the world, it is important to also do “in-reach” –  to keep abreast of the research done on campus,” said Astrogeology Science Center Director Dr. Justin Hagerty.

Flagstaff Science Campus' members are engaged in a poster social.
Flagstaff Science Campus members at the poster social sharing their research in the Building 3 conference room. 

At this two-hour event, fourteen posters were presented, representing research from all the USGS Science Centers on campus, including  Astrogeology Science Center, Arizona Water Science Center, Southwest Biological Science Center, Western Geographic Science Center, and the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center.  This is the first time FSC held this Poster Social since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped our world.

“I met people from the Flagstaff Science Campus I had never seen before,” says Lori Pigue of Astrogeology. “I tend to forget how much amazing science is done on campus while I’m working in my own work groups and with my own collaborators. There were so many cool things to learn about, and I made some new contacts with folks in Geography who may be able to help me improve and enhance my own science!”

Still others from these groups, and more, participated in support of the venue helping to set up for the social, providing snacks, and helping with other necessary work to make it a success. We thank all the participants for their support. Like Judy Garland said (as Dorothy in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz) “There's no place like home!”   

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