Topical Sessions

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These sessions are topically focused, with a mix of invited and volunteered papers. They are sorted by primary discipline, but most sessions are designed to be interdisciplinary. Related disciplines are listed with each session.

DIGITAL POSTER SESSIONS:   T26, T100, T109, T119

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Sessions where Discipline Category = Geoscience Education

T26. 3-D Visualization in the Geological Science (Digital Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; The University of Kansas; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Alan F. Halfen
This digital poster session will highlight the application of 3-D visualization in geological science, including mapping, basin analysis, geoscience education, and others. Presenters will have the option to display some material using a 3-D display.
Geomorphology | Geoscience Education | Structural Geology
T52. Innovative Teaching of Hydrogeology
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Peter E. Riemersma, Susan Swanson, Maureen A. Muldoon
We encourage abstracts that showcase effective methods of teaching hydrogeology in the classroom, laboratory, and field. We especially solicit presentations that highlight advances in the discipline and those that successfully address fundamental concepts of hydrogeology.
Hydrogeology | Geoscience Education | No Selection
T76. A Century of Geoscience on National Forests and Grasslands — Stewardship, Education, and Research
GSA Geology and Society Division; USDA Forest Service; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Christopher P. Carlson, Michael A. Crump, Melody R. Holm, Joseph T. Gurrieri
This session will feature geologic resources and geoscience research conducted on U.S. National Forests and Grasslands. Topics include paleontology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, geo-ecology, geologic hazards, cave and karst resources, geologic engineering, and interpretive and recreational geology.
Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Public Policy | Geoscience Education
T86. Intersections of Sustainability and Geosciences
Western Kentucky University Hoffman Environmental Research Institute
Leslie North, Robert Brinkmann
Papers are sought for a special session on sustainability and the geosciences. The session seeks to highlight the work of researchers that combine the fields of sustainability and geoscience to examine environmental and/or societal problems.
Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication
T113. 16 Years of GeoCorpsTM—Geoscience Projects Impacting America’s Public Lands and Natural Resources
Matthew Dawson, Elizabeth Norby
GSA’s GeoCorps America program has been going strong since 1997. This session highlights some of the many impacts GeoCorps projects have had on America’s public lands, including National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management sites.
Geoscience Education | Hydrogeology | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T114. Changes in the Undergraduate Research Experience over Time: Perspectives from Individual Mentors, Departments, and Institutions (Posters)
Council on Undergraduate Research
Laura A. Guertin, P. Lee Phillips, Dan K. Moore
With advances in technology, increased field access, changes in funding, increased interdisciplinary work, etc., undergraduate research mentoring and programs have changed. This session encourages submissions from mentors, departments, and institutions to describe evolving practices.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T115. Climate Literacy: Formal and Informal Education and Community Outreach Efforts to Enable Responsible Decisions
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Climate Literacy Network
Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Susan Buhr, Jeffrey Ryan
Abstracts focusing on descriptions of efforts for pre-college (students & teachers), higher education, informal education audiences, and community outreach, including materials, activities, curriculum, capstone projects, service learning, professional development programs, and community activities, are encouraged.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Environmental Geoscience
T116. Climate Literacy: Research and Evaluation Results from Informal and Formal Climate Education Efforts
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Climate Literacy Network
Anne Gold, Karen McNeal
This session focuses on what education, social, and cognitive research and project evaluation can tell us about misconceptions and incorrect mental models that hinder the understanding of the complex climate system.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T117. Developing and Sustaining Thriving Geoscience Programs and Departments: Strategies and Examples from Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; NAGT Geo2YC (The 2-Year College Division)
Lynsey E. LeMay, R. Heather Macdonald, Peter J. Berquist
Strategies for developing and sustaining thriving geoscience programs are varied across institution types, yet much can be learned from shared successes. Suggested topics include issues related to faculty, including adjuncts, students, building curriculum, and administration.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T118. Developing Exemplary Support Programs for K–12 Geoscience to Meet Next Generation Science Standards
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association
Michael J. Passow
Learn how geoscience societies, agencies, universities, and informal science institutions will provide significant support as states and schools implement the Next Generation Science Standards and new STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) curricula.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T119. Digital Geology Express (Digital Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; NAGT Geo2YC (The 2-Year College Division); GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and T
Declan G. De Paor, Stephen J. Whitmeyer, John Bailey, Callan Bentley
A modification of the speed-dating format from GSA 2012, this fast-paced session will link presenters and active participants in a blend of digital poster and workshop formats. To participate in the afternoon interaction with the speakers, please sign up at http://www.digitalplanet.org/site/Events.html.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoinformatics
T120. Dual-Credit Classes and Other Collaborative Strategies for Recruiting High School Students into College Geoscience Programs
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Dirk Baron, Raymond V. Ingersoll, Janice M. Gillespie
We encourage contributions on dual-credit/concurrent-enrollment geoscience classes taught at high schools and supported by college faculty as well as on other successful collaborations for recruiting high school students into geoscience majors.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T121. Educating the Next Generation of Geoscientists: Effective Strategies That Engage Students, Invest in the Future Geoscience Workforce, and Increase Participation of Members of Historically Underrepresented Communities in the Geosciences
Shondricka Burrell, Diane F. Maygarden, Lisa D. White
This session highlights uniquely designed practices that engage underrepresented students in the geosciences and is open to faculty, mentors, and students interested in sharing effective strategies, measured results, and forward-looking thoughts on advancing the geosciences.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T122. Geoheritage and Sense of Place in the Context of Earth Science Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Erika C. Vye, William I. Rose, Tom Casadevall
This session aims to address the value of geoheritage and sense of place for earth-science education in an effort to more fully address gaps in the public’s fundamental understanding of earth science.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T123. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Resource Management
GSA Geophysics Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
Bruce Heise, Jason P. Kenworthy, Timothy B. Connors
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the U.S. National Parks. Presentations are invited on geologic research, geologic mapping, paleontology, coastal geology, glacier studies, and resource management in U.S. National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, and Historic Sites.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T124. Geoscience Alliance: Moving Toward Earth Systems Planning for Seven Generations through Broadening the Participation of Native Americans in the Geosciences
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Nievita Bueno Watts, Diana Dalbotten, Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer, Amy Myrbo
Geoscience Alliance was formed in 2007 as a national movement dedicated to broadening the participation of Native Americans in the geosciences through innovative programming and research. We will highlight our progress and discuss remaining challenges.
Geoscience Education | Geology and Public Policy | Environmental Geoscience
T125. Geoscience Education and Outreach: 50 Years of Progress
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division
Cathryn Manduca, Eugene F. Pearson
This session will highlight significant changes that have occurred in informal and formal geoscience education and outreach programs during the past 50 years and the organizations (governmental and professional) that facilitate them.
Geoscience Education | Geology and Public Policy | History and Philosophy of Geology
T126. Geoscience Learning and Practice Enabled through Cyberinformatics and Technology
Thomas F. Shipley, Bridget Garnier, Basil Tikoff
The goal of this session is to present new advances in cyberinformatics and technology that have opened new avenues to teaching geoscience more effectively as well as help students and professionals learn more effectively.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoinformatics
T127. Great Geological Field Trips
Douglas W. Haywick, David T. Allison
This session will highlight participants’ most memorable geology field trips. Excellent geology, unique locations, well-run events, or extraordinary leaders are all welcome subject matter.
Geoscience Education | History and Philosophy of Geology | Structural Geology
T129. Innovative Geoscience Teacher Professional Development: Design, Implementation, Evaluation
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Mark F. Klawiter, William I. Rose, Ashley E. Miller
This session will feature design and implementation of innovative methods of field, classroom, and/or virtual professional development for K–12 geoscience teachers, including evaluative methods for documenting effectiveness.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T130. Status of Undergraduates and K–12 Students—Involved Geoscience Research: Impact on Science and Society (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Nazrul I. Khandaker
This session marks a decade-long (2004–2013) continuity and efforts to reach out to potential undergraduates and K9–12 students involved in geoscience-related research. It is open to anyone who cares about landscape, natural resources, water, and hot environmental topics.
Geoscience Education | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Information/Communication
T131. Stepping out of the Box to Put Rocks in the Heads of Non-Majors: Do Creative Teaching Techniques Enhance Learning in Post-Secondary Introductory Geology Courses?
Barbara EchoHawk
What evidence supports or refutes the effectiveness of teaching geology for non-majors through “non-traditional” approaches such as art-, place- or event-based learning, student-centered learning, or instruction designed for specific learning styles?
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T135. The Future of the Geoscience Workforce: Preparing for Traditional and Non-Traditional Geoscience Careers
Carolyn Wilson, Eric M. Riggs
This session discusses the many diverse career paths and occupations students can pursue with geoscience degrees and aims to facilitate discussion within the audience about how to think about the geoscience job market differently.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T136. Training, Assessment, and Outreach That Enhance Communication of Geosciences for Formal and Informal Audiences
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Karen S. McNeal, Heather Miller, Sarah P. Radencic
Effective communication of geosciences can be accomplished through a combination of diverse and unique methods. The session focuses on training, assessment, and outreach strategies for improving communication of geosciences to formal and informal audiences.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Environmental Geoscience
T137. Undergraduate Research Experiences at the Introductory Level in Two- and Four-Year Colleges
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; NAGT Geo2YC (The 2-Year College Division); GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geophysics Division
David H. Voorhees, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft
This session explores successes and challenges in implementing research or research experiences applying scientific methods with their first- and second-year students at their institution. Projects of all types and lengths are welcome.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T138. Undergraduate Research Talks: The Next Step in Student Research Projects
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Bradley G. Johnson, Jacqueline A. Smith, Edward C. Hansen
This session provides undergraduate students with a venue for presenting completed research projects. We encourage students to submit abstracts for research projects in any subdiscipline of geology or earth science.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T139. Advancing Scientific Communication: Looking Forward on the Occasion of Our 125th Anniversary
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Justin M. Samuel, Christa M. Stratton, Kasey S. White
This session will bridge disciplines by bringing together scientists, policy makers, journalists, and other professional communicators to examine and improve science communication and to focus on the dynamics of effective engagement between geoscientists and society.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geology and Public Policy | Geoscience Education
T144. Global Vision: Geoscience Information for the Future (Posters)
Geoscience Information Society
Hannah Winkler
This session will highlight innovations in the global field of geoscience information through social impact and unique thought processes.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience Education | Geoinformatics
T147. Dinosaurs & Diamonds: Celebrating 125 Years of Geoscience in Museums
GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Richard A. Kissel, Samantha Richards
Natural history collections, including earth-science specimens, form a foundation for understanding the natural world and are gateways to inspiration. Museum displays of these collections are critical to society’s advancement now and in the future.
History and Philosophy of Geology | Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

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