Introduction

The EFI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group is hosting a book group this summer to discuss Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil. The book provides an analysis of how the use of big data and algorithms in a variety of fields, including insurance, advertising, education, and policing, can lead to decisions that harm the poor, reinforce racism, and amplify inequality. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 2pm Eastern from June 22 to July 27 (no call on July 6).
Email EFI if you would like to join the calls.
Opportunity to Get Involved! EFI Distributed Leadership & Governance Committee The Distributed Leadership & Governance committee helps EFI to delegate tasks, distribute leadership across the organization, and cultivate new leaders to promote open, clear, and consistent communication with the EFI membership about what EFI is doing.

EFI is seeking expressions of interest from individuals from a range of backgrounds and career stages who are interested in contributing as stewards of change to the governance and operational needs of EFI. The Distributed Leadership Committee will be comprised of 3-4 individuals and will provide opportunities for mentorship and leadership within EFI.
Additional details about the Distributed Leadership Committee can be found on page 17 of the Strategic Plan.

Interested individuals can fill out this form to provide a short description (200-300 words) of your interest in participating on the committee and the skills and viewpoints you will bring to the committee. The EFI Steering Committee will review expressions of interest during their June call and will follow up after that.
EFI and the ESA Statistical Ecology Section hosted the first round of a Statistical Methods Virtual Webinar Series. The second round of the series will begin again in September 2022.
Speakers presented a statistical method or tool followed by an overview of R code used with that method and what to be aware of with those R packages. Recordings and R resources from previous webinars in this series are available on the webinar webpage.

Previous topics included: Hidden Markov Models, NIMBLE, Multi-species Occupancy Modeling, Integrated Step-Selection Analysis, Movement Ecology, Generalized Joint Attribute Modeling (GJAM), Generalized Additive Models (GAMs), Species Archetype Models and Regions of Common Profile Models, and Mixed Models.

The EFI-NEON Research Coordination Network is an NSF-funded grant to create a community of practice that builds capacity for ecological forecasting by leveraging NEON data products. The first round of the NEON Ecological Forecast Challenge begins in 2021. The Challenge revolves around five theme areas that span aquatic and terrestrial systems, and population, community, and ecosystem processes across a broad range of ecoregions that uses data collected by NEON.
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