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T120 top Integrative Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research in the Earth Sciences (Posters)
Council on Undergraduate Research-Geosciences Division
Edward C. Hansen, Hope College, Holland, Mich.; Karen H. Fryer, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
This session highlights examples of research involving undergraduates that straddles traditional disciplinary boundaries both within and beyond the earth sciences. Presentations should concentrate on the process of doing such research including the challenges and rewards. POSTER
Geoscience Education
T121 top Involvement of Undergraduates in Geological Research: Critical Tools for Background Enrichment (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Nazrul I. Khandaker, York College of CUNY, New York, N.Y.
This session invites posters on geological/environmental topics involving field, computer-assisted, and laboratory-oriented investigations. Topics may include a wide spectrum of various geological and environmental aspects. Student participation should be dominant. Undergraduate and K-12 students are encouraged to submit abstracts. POSTER
Geoscience Education
T122 top Inspiring First-rate Research through Undergraduate Teaching: A Special Session in Honor of John B. Reid Jr.
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Eric J. Steig, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; John Eichelberger, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska; Daniel P. Murray, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.
This session will explore ways in which students at any level (K-12 through graduate) have been engaged in the research process, whether through innovative inquiry-based teaching methods, access to equipment, interaction with more advanced students, or simply through excellent mentoring. ORAL
Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Petrology, Igneous; Geoscience Education
T123 top Teaching Structural Geology in the 21st Century
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; On the Cutting Edge
Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.; Robert Burger, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.; Jan Tullis, Brown University, Providence, R.I.; Michael Williams, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.
We invite abstracts that showcase effective methods of teaching structural geology in the classroom, laboratory, and field. This session will also present outcomes from the 2004 workshop, Teaching Structural Geology in the 21st Century ( ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education; Structural Geology
T124 top Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach Geoscience: An Illustrated Community Discussion (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Education Division
David W. Mogk, Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.; Cathryn A. Manduca, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.; Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.
Presentations will demonstrate ways that field observations and experiences can be used to enhance students' understanding of geoscience. Contributions can document both successful teaching practice and potential use of field research to enhancing students' learning. Those submitting abstracts to this session will have the one-abstract rule waived and will be asked to use a common poster format. POSTER
Geoscience Education
T125 top Using Digital Geological Maps to Build Deeper Understanding of Earth Science Relationships (Posters)
Andrew H. Wulff, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.
This session will focus on the use of digital geological maps; specifically how to make these interactive data sets more accessible and how their use may facilitate the deeper understanding of geological relationships. POSTER
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T126 top Teaching Geology and Human Health: Expanding the Curriculum
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Jean M. Bahr, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.; H. Catherine W. Skinner, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; Jill K. Singer, SUNY-College at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
This session is designed to provide an opportunity for those involved in development of course materials linking geology and human health to share instructional practices and case studies across the geoscience curriculum. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education
T127 top STEMS: Science Teaching Enhanced with Museums and Surveys
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Sarah D. Zellers, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo.; Ann Molineux, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Museums, state and national surveys, and departments have scientists, data and collections to enhance educational opportunities. This session will showcase outreach and curriculum design utilizing collections, data, and scientific expertise to complement earth science education. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education
T128 top Integration of Geoscience into Programs of Integrated Science and Math
GSA Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
John D. Rockaway, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky.; Denice N. Robertson, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky.
Presentations discussing the incorporation of geoscience into programs integrating science and math for the purpose of introducing students to the sciences and for encouraging them to think outside their nonscience disciplines. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology
T129 top Innovative and Unique Advanced Geology/Geoscience Courses at the K-12 Level
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Steve Kluge, Fox Lane High School, Bedford, N.Y.
Session features presentations by K-12 teachers of advanced geology/geoscience courses. Presenters will highlight those aspects of their courses that make them unique and discuss affiliations with colleges/organizations that lend legitimacy to their programs. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T130 top Authentic Research Collaborations: Bringing Scientific Researchers, K-12 Schools, and Other Community Groups Together in the Scientific Endeavor
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
William Slattery, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; Dave Mayo, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
This session will highlight the efforts of scientific researchers, K-12 educators and other community groups participating as partners in authentic collaborative research. The topic will be explored from the perspectives of those different groups. ORAL
Geoscience Education
T131 top Online Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges: Hybrid or Strictly Distance Learning Instruction for Nontraditional Students
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Suzanne G. Traub-Metlay, Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus, Longmont, Colo.
How do online geoscience educators provide meaningful field or laboratory experiences for college students who do not report to a classroom? Online instructors can successfully teach adults about earth science and related topics-learn how! ORAL
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Remote Sensing/Geographic Information System
T132 top Why Earth Science Curriculum: National Science Foundation-Funded Projects for Improving Earth Science Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Geological Institute, National Science Foundation
Roderic Brame, American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Va.; Michael Smith, American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Va.
Geoscience educators and curriculum developers are taking critical steps for improving earth science education in all academic levels with support of the National Science Foundation. Curriculum has been developed and implemented to build science literacy across the nation. POSTER
Geoscience Education
T133 top Current Research on Situated Teaching and Learning in Geoscience: Field-Based, Case-Based, Problem-Based, Place-Based
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Steven Semken, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.; Eric Riggs, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif.
Situated teaching methods are thought to improve learning in geoscience, enhancing relevance and context by building on the physical locality and local culture, events, and problems. This session features quantitative and qualitative research into the theory and effectiveness of these methods. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T134 top We Can Do Better: Alternatives to the Same Old Lab-Lecture Format in the College Classroom
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Elizabeth M. King, Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.; Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.Dak.
During the past decade, it has become increasingly clear that there are many excellent alternatives to the standard lab-lecture format used by most college science teachers. This session will provide a chance to share innovations in teaching style. ORAL and POSTER Geoscience Education
T135 top Improving Delivery in Geoscience Education (IDIG): A Session Celebrating Dorothy LaLonde Stout
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Marilyn J. Suiter, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va.; Phillip R. Romig Jr., Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo.
In this session, IDIG participants/associates will present the outcomes of their implemented plans for improving the delivery of geoscience education. The session goal is to share and disseminate the practices IDIG educators have found effective. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Public Policy
T136 top Electronic Student Response Technology in the Geoscience Classroom: Is it a Valuable Teaching and Learning Tool?
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Lisa Greer, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.; Peter J. Heaney, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
Electronic student response technology has been cited as a method for overcoming barriers to engagement and effective learning in the classroom. This session will explore the implementation and assessment of SRT in the geoscience classroom. ORAL
Geoscience Education
T137 top Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities in the Geosciences: Continuing Issues and Innovative Solutions
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Committee on Minorities and Women in the Geosciences
Maya Elrick, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.Mex.; Marc Carrasco, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.; John William Pennington, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.; Cassandra Runyon, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
This session will address the current issues confronting minorities, women, and persons with disabilities in the geosciences and explore new and existing ideas and programs that seek to attract and retain members of these underrepresented groups. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
T138 top New Methods and Technologies in Teaching Geology to Nontraditional and Disabled Students-The Aspects of Change to Incorporate Technology and Hands-On Methods
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Mark Howe, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.; Connie Gibb, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr.
The geological sciences are heavy in math, physics, chemistry, and procedures. Today, more older, nontraditional and disabled people are taking courses in the sciences. This session focuses on the "geoteaching" and the processes that entail. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; History of Geology
T139 top Geoscience Education Strategies and Methods that Encourage ALL Students (Especially Students with Disabilities) to Participate in the Geosciences
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Science Foundation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Roderic Brame, American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Va.; Wendi Williams, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Ark.
Geoscience educators with support of the National Science Foundation are on the forefront of inclusion and accessibility in science. This session will highlight advances in accessibility and the impact it is having on the geoscience education community. ORAL
Geoscience Education
T140 top Beyond Video Games-Promoting Active Learning for All Students
Terry L. Oroszi, Biological Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; Heidi J. Turner, CLASS-Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
A selection of science activities designed for the participation of ALL students is solicited. Available technologies/equipment that encourage active learning from students with disabilities will be discussed. ORAL
Geoscience Education
T141 top Building a Digital Library that Supports Diversity: Goals, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Geoscience Information Society; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Mary R. Marlino, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder, Colo.; Rajul E. Pandya, UCAR, Boulder, Colo.
The session will explore current and ongoing efforts to promote diversity in the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE), focusing on early successes, lessons learned, and strategies for moving the library forward. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T142 top Building Strong Geoscience Departments: Opportunities, Successes, and Challenges
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
R. Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; Cathryn A. Manduca, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.; Randall M. Richardson, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
This session seeks examples of successful departmental activities or discussions of critical issues facing departments in undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum; recruiting, retaining, and advising students, retaining faculty, integrating research and education, and/or departmental planning. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education
T143 top Pre-Mesozoic Impacts: Their Effect on Ocean Geochemistry, Magnetic Polarity, Climate Change, and Organic Evolution (Posters)
GSA Planetary Geology Division; Paleontological Society
Charles A. Sandberg, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colo.; Jared R. Morrow, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.; Christian Koeberl, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Pre-Mesozoic comet and meteorite impacts produced extreme oceanic and climate changes, causing mass extinctions followed by rapid radiation of surviving organisms. Thus, they were the driving mechanism in the early evolution of life on Earth. POSTER
Planetary Geology; Paleontology/Paleobotany; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T144 top Mars Mineralogy: The View from MER
Mineralogical Society of America; GSA Planetary Geology Division
Bradley L. Jolliff, Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO; William H. Farrand, Space Sci Institute, Boulder, CO
We will address findings from measurements made by the Mars Exploration Rovers at Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum. Topics will include mineralogical measurements and investigations as well as other studies relevant to interpretation of data. ORAL
Planetary Geology; Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geochemistry Other
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