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These sessions are topically focused with a mix of invited and volunteered papers. Sessions are designed to promote the exchange of interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art information. Papers can be submitted to a specific topical session, and you may choose up to three scientific discipline categories (see pull-down menu below). After each topical description below, the categories are identified as they appear on the abstract form. PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY IN THE MODE (oral or poster) AND CATEGORIES INDICATED in the description. An abstract submitted in the incorrect mode will be transferred automatically to a discipline session.

Papers for topical sessions are to be submitted only in the presentation mode noted in the session description. If a topical abstract is submitted in the incorrect mode, the abstract will be transferred automatically to a discipline session.

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Sessions where Discipline Category = Geoscience Education

T11. Global Warming Science: Implications for Geoscientists, Educators, and Policy Makers
GSA Geoscience Education Division; The American Quaternary Association (AMQUA); GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
George T. Stone, Andrew M. Buddington
The principal goal of the session is to provide geoscientists and geoscience educators reviews of current hard science on global warming, its current and projected impacts, and policy implications for mitigation and adaptation.
Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education; Public Policy
T67. Geologic Maps, Digital Geologic Maps, and Derivatives from Geologic Maps (Posters)
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Ralph F. Crawford, Michael W. Higgins
Geologic maps are the fundamental tool of the science of geology. Most geologic research is ultimately based on the geologic map. The Geologic MapThis poster session will allow and stimulate scientific discussion.
Structural Geology; Geoscience Education; Tectonics
T68. Brittle Deformation and Diagenesis as Coupled Processes
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Stephen Laubach, Peter Eichhubl
Brittle deformation, chemical change, and mass transport are coupled processes in the upper crust. Abstracts are solicited that approach these topics using a combined structural-diagenetic approach, including field and microscale observations and physical and numerical modeling.
Structural Geology; Sediments, Clastic; Geoscience Education
T110. Analog Sites and Field Exercises for Training Planetary Field Geologists
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
W. Brent Garry, Jacob E. Bleacher
This session will discuss the geology of analog sites and field exercises that can be used to train today’s students and the next generation of planetary field geologists when NASA returns to the Moon.
Planetary Geology; Geoscience Education; Geomorphology
T172. Outdoor Classrooms for Water Resources Education
Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Susan H. Conrad, Kirsten Menking, John A. Conrad
This session will bring together K–16 educators who use the outdoors as a classroom for examination and monitoring of wells, streams, wetlands and the atmosphere to investigate groundwater, soil, surface water, and meteorological interactions.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology
T173. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Resource Management
GSA Geology and Society Division; National Park Service; GSA Geophysics Division
Bruce Heise, Tim Connors, Melanie V. Ransmeier
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the national parks. Presentations are encouraged on geologic research, geologic mapping, paleontology, coastal geology, glacier studies, and resource management in national parks, monuments, seashores, and historic sites.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
T174. Teaching and Learning about Complex Earth Systems: Effective Strategies in Undergraduate Classrooms and Teacher Development Programs
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Karen McNeal, Bruce Herbert
This session will explore learning challenges and effective pedagogical techniques that facilitate conceptual change and understanding about complex earth systems including inquiry-, multiple representations-, data-, and technology-based methods.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
T175. What Should Students be Learning in Our Geology Classrooms?
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Dexter Perkins, Karl Wirth
Should we focus our classes and curricula on essential/threshold concepts or on developing thinking, metacognition, and other skills for lifelong learning? Given overcrowded curricula and professional demands, what approach should we use to achieve the right balance?
Geoscience Education
T176. The Human Connection with Planet Earth: What is it and Why is it Important?
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Suzanne M. Smaglik, Edward Nuhfer
Is there a link between our curiosity about how Earth works and our desire to be connected to it? Explore ways for geoscience educators to nurture a deeper understanding of earth materials and processes.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T177. Disseminating Hands-on Geological Knowledge and Creating a Greater Awareness for the Environment: Emphasis on the Involvement of Undergraduates and K–12 Students (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
This session is a continuation of our ongoing efforts toward providing an opportunity for the undergraduates and high school students to present their research outcomes to geoscience professionals and become better acquainted with current geological and environmental issues and practices as well.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Environmental Geoscience
T178. Critical Perspectives on Geohazards in Latin America and the Caribbean and Their Implication for Geoscience Education Research and Practice
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
This session explores the current status and potential for geohazards research, teaching, and learning in Latin American and Caribbean nations, focusing on the discussion of geoscience education research and practical approaches at all educational levels.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Quaternary Geology
T179. Geocognition: Researching Student Learning in the Geosciences
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Helen L. King, Julie Libarkin, Alison Stokes
Our comprehension of how students acquire knowledge, skills, and understanding about Earth, and thus progress to becoming expert geoscientists, is limited. This session will present findings from empirical research into how geoscience students learn.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T180. Paleontology through the Ages—Teaching, Learning, or Both
Paleontological Society
Michael A. Gibson, Elizabeth Heise
This session provides a broad perspective—through time and space—both of the teaching of paleontology and of the learning of paleontology. Moreover, it offers perspective as to what might best guide paleontology education, both formal and informal, through the twenty-first century.
Geoscience Education; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T181. Geology Field Trips in Urban Settings: Making the Most of a “Paved-Over” Landscape
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geophysics Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Aida Awad
Unconventional field trips in urban settings can effectively teach students about geologic features that have been altered by urban development, such as asphalt-covered active fault scarps and hydrologic systems comprised of aqueducts and dams.
Geoscience Education; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Environmental Geoscience
T182. Teaching Petrology and Structural Geology in the 21st Century
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; On the Cutting Edge; Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Barbara J. Tewksbury, Jeffrey Ryan
This session will showcase innovative and effective classroom, lab, field, and GIS activities for teaching undergraduate petrology and structural geology and for integrating concepts into courses taught in other areas of the undergraduate curriculum.
Geoscience Education; Structural Geology; Petrology, Igneous
T183. Best Practices in Distance Education in the Geosciences
Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Jacquelyn Hams, Nancy McMillan
Can geoscience classes be offered online without sacrificing content? Geoscience instructors will share successful teaching strategies for offering science classes through distance education.
Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics; Geoscience Information/Communication
T184. Advances in Using Recent and Emerging Technologies to Facilitate Learning of the Geosciences in the Classroom, Laboratory, and Field
Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Thomas D. Hoisch, Mark Manone
This session presents advances in using recent and emerging technologies, such as pen-based computers, mobile wireless networks, and other technologies to enhance student learning of geosciences in the classroom, laboratory and field.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T185. Teaching with New Tools: Visualizations, Models, Online Data, Games, and More (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Cathryn A. Manduca, Karin B. Kirk, Susan Buhr, R. Mark Leckie
Technology offers new opportunities for teaching geoscience through data access, data visualization and manipulation, and virtual environments. This session will showcase our use of these new tools in geoscience education at all levels.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T186. Using GPS Technology to Bring Geoscience to the Wider Community
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Gary B. Lewis
GPS technology is being used to take people to sites of geologic interest around the planet. This session will discuss programs and opportunities for people and organizations to become involved.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T187. Research on Geoscience Teaching and Learning in Experiential Environments
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Eric M. Riggs, Joe T. Elkins
Experiential learning environments (field and laboratory) occupy an important position in geoscience education. This session highlights research advances in data-driven assessment of learning, problem solving, and curriculum design in field, laboratory, immersive or virtual settings.
Geoscience Education
T188. Challenges and Experiences of Teaching Geosciences: Perspectives From New Instructors and Teaching Assistants
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Marianne L. Stoesser, John C. Maclachlan
This session is intended to be a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences related to teaching geosciences from the perspective of “early career” instructors, instructional assistants, and teaching assistants.
Geoscience Education
T189. Classroom Innovations that Facilitate Undergraduate Research in the Earth, Environmental, and Agricultural Sciences (Posters)
Council on Undergraduate Research–Geoscience Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Kathy Surpless, Kirsten Nicolaysen, Jeffrey Ryan
This session seeks to highlight new instructional approaches and innovative classroom uses of research technologies in geoscience, environmental science, and agricultural science courses.
Geoscience Education
T190. Exploring the Affective Domain in the Geosciences: Going Beyond Basic Facts and Feelings
Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Jennifer A. Stempien, David McConnell
Geoscience students have various interests, motivation, and attitudes, collectively considered the affective domain, that can influence cognitive performance. This session focuses on data that illustrate how the affective domain can shape the learning experience.
Geoscience Education
T191. Quantitative and Qualitative Methods and Results in Geoscience Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Anthony D. Feig
This session’s emphasis is on pure research or research methodology, not classroom strategies or teaching tips. Results of qualitative analysis (phenomenologic, ethnographic, etc.) or numerical analysis (ANOVA, nonparametrics, etc.) of actual data; methodology in educational research.
Geoscience Education
T192. Professional Society, Organization, Institution, and Federal Agency Achievements Supporting K–12 Teachers and Students
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Earth Science Teacher Association; GSA Geology and Society Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Michael J. Passow
What works and what doesn’t work among efforts by professional societies, organizations, educational institutions, and federal agencies to support K–12 teachers and students.
Geoscience Education
T193. Undergraduate Research as a Tool in Geoscience Pedagogy
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Council on Undergraduate Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Linda A. Reinen, Jeannette Pope, Andrew Wulff
Many colleges and universities are turning to undergraduate research for student instruction and retention. This session seeks to highlight, compare, and share best practices of effective undergraduate research practices in the earth and environmental sciences.
Geoscience Education
T194. Undergraduate Research as a Transformative Process for Geoscience Faculty (Posters)
Council on Undergraduate Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Lydia K. Fox, Edward Hansen
This session will highlight the ways faculty benefit scientifically and professionally from conducting research with undergraduates. Papers covering examples of such projects, as well as assessment and strategies for maximizing the benefits, are welcome.
Geoscience Education
T195. International Research Experiences for U.S. Students: Best Practices, Experiences, and Projects
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geophysics Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Elizabeth Catlos, Ibrahim Çemen, Estella A. Atekwana
Discussion of active student-focused international geoscience research programs to define and develop best-practices for future success. We encourage presentations from those who facilitate student involvement in their international collaborations and research.
Geoscience Education
T198. Libraries in Transformation: Exploring Topics of Changing Practices and New Technologies
Geoscience Information Society
Lisa Johnston
Information retrieval is rapidly changing how scientific discoveries are made. This session will discuss how these changes affect the way in which geoscience information is created, disseminated, organized, accessed, used, and archived.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoinformatics; Geoscience Education
T202. Propagating Geoinformatics and Virtual Globe Resources into the K–12 Environment: Integrating Spatial Earth System Data with Classroom Science for a Future Workforce
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division, GSA Geology and Society Division, National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Cathy Connor, Anupma Prakash
The twenty-first century workforce will use geospatial data and virtual globes for land use planning and management. Integration of this knowledge into the K–12 environment will be essential for science teachers and their students.
Geoinformatics; Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience
T206. Geoscience Diversity 2008: Status, Strategies, and Successful Models
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Marilyn J. Suiter, Roman Czujko
A diverse workforce is more capable of providing perspectives and experience that guide our appropriate handling of geosocietal issues. What is the status of geoscience diversity? Are there successful strategies? This session will explore and share successful models.
Public Policy; Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication

 

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