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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.

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Sessions where Discipline Category = Geoscience Education

T20. National and International Geological Licensure, The ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology and Practice of Geology Examinations, Accreditation, and Assessment of Academic Degree Programs
GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of State Boards of Geology
Richard K. Spruill
Geological licensure in the U.S. and Canada is based in part on successful completion of national examinations. Results of these examinations are now available to geoscience departments for use in assessment and accreditation.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; None of the above
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T22. Exposing Myths and Misrepresentations of Climate Change and Evolution Science: Strategies and Case Studies for Geoscientists, Educators, Policy Makers, and the Press
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; American Quaternary Association (AMQUA); GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA); National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Paleontological Society
George T. Stone, Michael E. Mann, Andrew M. Buddington
Public mistrust of evidence-based knowledge compels clear explanation of science and exposure of myths and misrepresentations. This session presents strategies and case studies in climate-change and evolution science to help meet this imperative.
Quaternary Geology; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Geoscience Education
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T38. International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Posters)
Council on Undergraduate Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Edward Hansen, Jeff Marshall
This session will highlight examples of international research involving undergraduate students. Emphasis will be on the process of setting up and carrying out these projects, including benefits and drawbacks, what works and what doesn't.
Geoscience Education
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T40. Clickers in the Classroom: Fun and Games, Learning Tool, or Both?
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
David Steer, Jeffrey R. Knott, Karen Kortz
This session explores how and why faculty use clickers and provides evidence that such systems impact teaching and learning. Presentations describe best practices, evidence-based learning, student satisfaction, and comparisons of response patterns to summative assessments.
Geoscience Education
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T41. Learning Outside the Geoscience Classroom: Engaging Students Beyond the Lecture and Laboratory Setting (Posters)
Lauren Neitzke Adamo, Kelsey S. Bitting
The number of field trips incorporated into geoscience curriculums has declined in recent years due to a variety of reasons. This section will showcase innovative activities that engage students in experiences outside of the traditional classroom.
Geoscience Education
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T42. Participation of Undergraduates and K-12 Students in Environmental and Geoscience-Related Research: A Critical Tool for Experiential Learning Technique (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
Undergraduates and K-12 students interested in earth-system science and current environmental hot topics are highly encouraged to share their research experience and benefit from interacting with fellow geoscientists, academicians, and concerned citizens.
Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T43. Research on Diversity in the Geosciences and S&E Workforce: Data and Successful Strategies
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geology and Society Division
Michael G. Loudin, Marilyn J. Suiter, Jill Karsten, Roman Czujko
Many programs addressing increased diversity in the geosciences have been instituted but the scholarly compilation of data and strategies of successful methods seems lacking. This session will provide data on geoscience diversity development and outcomes.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy
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T44. Geoscience Programs at Community Colleges: Models for Success and Innovation
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Eric M.D. Baer, R. Heather Macdonald
Community college geoscience programs are diverse and multifaceted and succeed in a variety of roles. This session will highlight programs and how they achieve their goals.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T44. Part II
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T44. Posters
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T45. Energy Education in the Geoscience Classroom: Preparing Future Citizens, Scientists, and Policy Makers
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
James D. Myers, Karin B. Kirk, Fred Loxsom, Devin N. Castendyk, Glenn A. Richard
Issues associated with supply, production, and use of energy pose a great challenge for both science and society. This session will showcase proven educational strategies for addressing energy themes in the geoscience classroom.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Environmental Geoscience
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T46. Using Real- and near–Real-Time Data in the Classroom(Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geology and Society Division
Michael P. Poland, Rachel Teasdale, Katrien J. Kraft
This session will focus on the innovative use of earth-science data, particularly that which is provided online in real- and near–real-time, in academic settings (both formal and informal).
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T48. Teacher Research and Instruction Abroad: A Pathway to Improved Geoscience Education
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Council on Undergraduate Research; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Jacquelyn E. Hams, Janis D. Treworgy, Kate S. Pound
Have you participated in travel abroad experiences as a geoscience educator? This session will highlight teacher-research experiences, learning communities, and other travel abroad programs. Come share your experiences, activities, and lesson plans that you have developed.
Geoscience Education
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T50. Undergraduate Student Research with Solitary Geoscience Faculty
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Council on Undergraduate Research
Janis D. Treworgy, Laura A. Guertin, Suzanne M. Smaglik
Have you, as a solitary geoscience faculty member, figured out how to involve your students in research? Come share both your successes and perceived failures to help others develop their own research programs.
Geoscience Education
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T79. Geoscience Information Services: "Peak" Performances
Geoscience Information Society; GSA Geoinformatics Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Janet E. Dombrowski
Geoscience information providers apply their expertise to add value to information and deliver exceptional services for library users in complex and diverse roles, such as consultation, contract negotiation, metadata description, instruction, and website development.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics
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T80. Earth System Science in Museums: Tapping the Potential to Engage the General Public in the Complexity of the Earth
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Denver Museum of Nature and Science; American Association of Museums
Ian M. Miller, Kirk R. Johnson, James W. Hagadorn
Museums play a key role in informal science education. This session is designed to discuss the potential of and challenges involved in delivering effective earth system science exhibits and programming.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoscience Education
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T81. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, Education, and Outreach
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Bruce Heise, Tim Connors
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the National Parks. Presentations are encouraged on geologic research, mapping, paleontology, glacier studies, education and outreach, and resource management in National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, and Historic Sites.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education
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T81. Part II
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Geoscience Information/Communication; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education
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T81. Posters
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Geoscience Information/Communication; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education
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T92. Technology-Enabled Field Geologic Research: Challenges, Successes, and Requirements for Future Systems
Dean B. Eppler
This session will review the utility of portable computational and analytical tools for field geologic research. Issues limiting adopting electronic mapping and in-situ analytical tools and requirements for next-generation technologies will be presented.
Geoinformatics; Planetary Geology; Geoscience Education
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T93. Community Remote Sensing: A New Approach for Geoscience Applications
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Secure World Foundation
Suzanne T. Metlay, William Gail
Community remote sensing encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to contribute remotely sensed data about immediate surroundings using easily downloadable apps for their mobile phones. Consider CRS uses, and how to apply and share data across professional disciplines.
Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Geoinformatics; Geoscience Education
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T109. Online Citizen Science: Engaging the Public to Solve Real Science Challenges in Planetary Geology and Terrestrial Geoscience
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Cassie Bowman, Jayne C. Aubele, Eric J. Pyle
Present projects that engage the public in planetary or terrestrial geoscience research by collecting, processing, or analyzing data in large datasets, including online databases or data collected at distributed sites and uploaded to central repositories.
Planetary Geology; Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T145. Virtual Tectonics
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Declan G. De Paor, S.J Whitmeyer
Application of virtual reality to tectonics: virtual field trips, LiDAR, Gigapans, Google Earth, Second Life, virtual specimens, animations, simulations of tectonic and neotectonic processes, interactive maps, lunar and planetary VR, and the geology of exoplanets.
Structural Geology; Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics
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