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T40 top Workforce and Education: Building the Industry-Academia Connection in Developing a Capable and Sufficient Science and Technology Workforce
Marilyn J. Suiter, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA; Richard M. Taber, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
This session will provide information on enrollment and degrees and employment trends in science and technology, with focus on the geosciences. Exemplary training methods, successful collaborations that lead to workforce-ready graduates, and information on non-traditional employment sectors are also encouraged. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
T41 top Innovative Approaches to Teaching Sedimentary Geology Courses
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Karen Grove, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; Marjorie A. Chan, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; R. Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
This session will focus on instructional techniques that integrate research advances, innovative pedagogies, and applications to other geoscience fields. Authors may address overall course structure, learning objectives, specific assignments, and/or assessment methods. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education; Sediments, Clastic; Sediments, Carbonates
T42 top Enhancing the Earth Science Content Knowledge of Elementary School Teachers
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Barbara M. Manner, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Most elementary school teachers lack appropriate content knowledge to effectively teach earth science. During this session, professionals will share what they have been doing to enhance the earth science content knowledge of these teachers. ORAL
Geoscience Education
T43 top Field and Research Experiences for Students at Two-Year Colleges
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Laura Guertin, Penn State University, Delaware County, Media, PA; Prajukti Bhattacharyya, Saint Louis Community College, Meramec, Saint Louis, MO
Faculty at two-year colleges will discuss ideas and issues in providing a two-year student population with field and research experiences. Submission of abstracts may include, but are not limited to, effective field instruction, logistics of arranging trips with a commuter population, and doing research with a limited pool of geoscience students. ORAL
Geoscience Education
T44 top Sigma Gamma Epsilon Student Research (Posters)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon
Donald W. Neal, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; Charles J. Mankin, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Norman, OK
All students are welcome to submit posters on their research on any aspect of geology. POSTER
Environmental Geoscience
T45 top Geological and Geophysical Databases: What We Have and What We Need
GSA Geophysics Division, GSA Structure and Tectonics Division
G. Randy Keller, University of Texas, El Paso, TX; J. Douglas Walker, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
The recognition of the complexity of the questions that our community faces has dictated that we create a data system to facilitate sharing and integration of diverse data. This session focuses on the first step in this process, which is understanding the status of existing databases and identifying data that have yet to be crafted into databases. ORAL
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T46 top Challenges in Geoscience Publishing: The Insiders' Perspectives
Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE)
Monica G. Easton, Ontario Geological Survey, Sudbury, ON; Carol L. Ruthven, Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington, KY
Presenters will discuss issues that authors, reviewers, and editors confront in publishing geoscientific manuscripts (e.g., intellectual property rights, copyright retention, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, plagiarism, fraud, "salami" publishing, electronic publication, manuscript review quality, reviewer overload, etc.) and offer solutions. ORAL
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoscience Education; Public Policy
T47 top Design and Development of XML-based, Discipline-Specific, Geological Markup Languages, and Development of Applications (with Object-oriented Languages) and Databases to Process, Store, and Interchange Geological Data over the Web
Hassan A. Babaie, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA; Rahul Ramachandran, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
The session will cover techniques of developing markup languages applying the XML specifications in different fields of geosciences, e.g., TectonicsML, SedML, StratML, SeismML, GeochemML, and for the whole geology (GeoML). ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Information/Communication; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Structural Geology
T48 top Geoscience Information Horizons: Challenges, Choices, and Decisions
Geoscience Information Society
Lura E. Joseph, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL; Joanne Lerud-Heck, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Geoscience information professionals are confronted with challenges and opportunities in all areas, including collections and use of collections. New technologies present a variety of choices, and the decisions made will affect geology collections and information users now and far into the future. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Information/Communication
T49 top The National Geologic Map Database (Posters)
U.S. Geological Survey; Association of American State Geologists
David R. Soller, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA; Thomas M. Berg, Ohio Geological Survey, Columbus, OH
The National Geologic Map Database (http:// is a Congressionally mandated effort. This session will focus on collaborative USGS-state geological survey advances in digital mapping, standards (map symbolization, data model, science language), and map databases being conducted under the aegis of this project. POSTER
Geoscience Information/Communication

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