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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:   T57, T73

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T53. Place-Based Approaches to Geoscience Education

Sadredin C. Moosavi
GSA Geoscience Education Division

Place-Based Approaches to Geoscience Education brings together the community of scholars using this approach in a variety of educational settings with a diversity of student populations to share insights. K–16 and informal educators welcome!

Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | History and Philosophy of Geology

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T55. Models of Undergraduate Research in the Marine Sciences

Laura A. Guertin, Patricia Manley
Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

This session will highlight undergraduate research opportunities, programs, and successes focused in the marine sciences. Submissions may range from field-based projects to utilization of online databases for independent or group investigations.

Geoscience Education | Marine/Coastal Science

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T56. Ushering in a New Era in K–16 Geoscience Education

Michael J. Passow, Glenn R. Dolphin
National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division

What are effective strategies to implement Next Generation Science Standards in U.S. schools, address critical issues such as climate change, and incorporate data-driven authentic inquiry?

Geoscience Education

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T57. Digital Geology Sandpit (Digital Posters)

Declan G. De Paor, Steven J. Whitmeyer, Callan Bentley
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Get hands-on experience with the latest greatest digital technologies—hardware and software. Present on flat screens, sit at tables, and share your favorite mobile apps for geoscience education and research. (DIGITAL POSTER SESSION)

Geoscience Education | Geoinformatics | Geoscience Information/Communication

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T58. Global Geoscience Education Research: Fostering Collaboration across Geographic and Cultural Borders

Jacqueline Dohaney, Alison Jolley
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division

This session aims to highlight geoscience education research themes and challenges across cultural, national, and geographic borders to unite a globally relevant but disjointed research community.

Geoscience Education | Geoscience and Public Policy | History and Philosophy of Geology

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T59. A Grand Tour of the World's Most Important Geological Sites on Google Earth

Declan G. De Paor, Steven J. Whitmeyer, Callan Bentley
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division, GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division

The question we will pose in this session is this: given limited class time, what are the most important places that a literate student of the geosciences should visit on the Google Earth virtual globe?

Geoscience Education | Geoinformatics | Geoscience Information/Communication

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T60. Improving Learning Outcomes by Transforming the Geoscience Classroom

Kelsey S. Bitting, Alan F. Halfen
GSA Geoscience Education Division

Initiatives to redesign geoscience classrooms to be more active and learner-centered now abound. This session will highlight perspectives on the K–16 course transformation process (from individual lessons to whole curricula) and evidence for its impact.

Geoscience Education

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T61. Spatial Thinking in Geoscience Teaching, Learning, and Professional Practice

Heather L. Petcovic, Carol J. Ormand, Robert W. Krantz
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Committee for Structural Interpretation; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division

Skills in spatial thinking and visualization are considered integral to geoscience learning and practice. This session considers research across educational settings and professional practice, as well as teaching aimed at enhancing spatial-visual skills.

Geoscience Education | Structural Geology | Geophysics/Geodynamics

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T62. Supporting Student Success in Colleges and Universities

Robert H. Blodgett, Norlene R. Emerson, Bruce E. Herbert
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; NAGT Geo2YC Division; Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges (SAGE 2YC) Program

Presentations can address working with underserved subpopulations (e.g. first generation students, students with disabilities), promoting self-reflection and metacognition, motivating students, improving study skills, reducing math/science/nature anxiety and stereotype threat, and other topics.

Geoscience Education

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T65. Successful Models of Blended/Hybrid Learning Environments in the Geosciences

David A. McConnell, Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Timothy J. Bralower
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

This session will describe examples of courses featuring blended or hybrid learning formats that combine aspects of online learning and face-to-face instruction. We encourage submissions that assess learning in comparison to more traditional class environments.

Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy

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T67. Supporting Successful Student Transfer between Two-Year Colleges and Four-year Colleges and Universities

Eric M.D. Baer, Benjamin A. Wolfe, Carolyn Wilson
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Topics might include advising and support strategies, articulation agreements, curricular alignment, ongoing 2YC–4YC faculty interactions, cross-institutional student research projects and field trips, summer bridge programs, recruitment programs, and/or research on transfer patterns.

Geoscience Education

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T68. Involving Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers in Geoscience Research: Innovations and Strategies for Evaluating Their Success

Mark Abolins
GSA Geoscience Education Division

Scientists who are involving current and future pre-college teachers in geoscience research will explore goal-setting and showcase best-practices in research design, recruitment, retention, mentoring, and evaluation. The presentation of evaluation results is especially encouraged.

Geoscience Education

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T69. Climate Literacy: Research and Evaluation Results from Informal and Formal Climate Education Efforts

Anne Gold, Tamara Ledley, Mona Behl
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Papers that focus 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 climate system are welcome.

Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

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T70. Undertaking Environmental- and Geoscience-Related Research Investigation as Part of Experiential Learning, Comprehension, and Critical Thinking Aspects: Involvement of K12–16 Students (Posters)

Nazrul I. Khandaker
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Council on Undergraduate Research Geoscienced Division

This topical session is primarily aimed at opening doors to K12–16 students to share their basic geology and environmental research information with the participants as part of experiential learning, comprehension, and critical thinking aspects.

Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy

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T71. Climate Literacy: Formal and Informal Education and Outreach Efforts to Increase Awareness and Enable Responsible Decisions

Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Katherine K. Ellins, Frank Niepold, Susan B. Sullivan
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; CLEAN Network

Papers focusing on efforts for pre-college (students & teachers), higher education, informal education audiences, and outreach, including materials, activities, curriculum, capstone projects, service learning, professional development programs, community activities, and the arts, are encouraged.

Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy

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T72. Geoscience Alliance: Building Collaborative Partnerships That Strengthen Earth-Science Research

Nievita Bueno Watts, Diana Dalbotten, Jon Harbor
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Limnogeology Division

Geoscience Alliance, a national movement dedicated to broadening the participation of Native Americans in the geosciences, will highlight collaborative programs that integrate traditional knowledge and western science to solve real-world problems.

Geoscience Education | Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Health

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T73. Pedagogical Use of Physical Models (Digital Posters)

Jeffrey Clark, Matt Kutchta
GSA Geoscience Education Division

We will focus on exploration and discussion of physical models in the classroom and laboratory. Best practices and demonstrations of models of earth processes related to tectonics, geomorphology, sedimentology, atmosphere, hydrology, and oceanography are welcome. (DIGITAL POSTER SESSION)

Geoscience Education | Geomorphology | Sediments, Clastic

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T74. Geoscience Field Education: The Implications of Research and Practice for Workforce Development

Heather L. Petcovic, Alison Stokes, Joshua L. Caulkins
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

This session considers examples of both formal and informal educational field experiences, research on teaching and learning in the field, and the role of fieldwork in developing the future geoscience workforce.

Geoscience Education

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T76. Mapping the World Geologically and Culturally

Daniel F. Kelley, Nuri Uzunlar
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division

Through international field opportunities, we are exposed to the geology and the cultures of the world. This session explores interactions with international cultures while participating in field trips, field camps, and fieldwork abroad.

Geoscience Education

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T78. Engaging the Next Generation of Geoscientists: Effective Educational Strategies That Broaden Participation and Prepare Diverse Learners for Advanced Study and Careers in the Earth Sciences

Shondricka Burrell, LeAnne Teruya
GSA Geoscience Education Division

This session focuses on effective educational practices, strategic course design, and methodologies that foster learning, demonstrate relevance, develop critical thinking/problem-solving skills, broaden participation, and engage communities historically underrepresented in STEM in the study of geology.

Geoscience Education

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T98. Environmental and Engineering Geology Student Research Competition

Dennis M. Staley, Scott F. Burns, Terry R. West, Jerry Higgins
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazards Program

We encourage students to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentations on topics related to any research in environmental and engineering geology. Monetary awards will be given to the top presenters.

Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Education

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T104. GeoCorpsTM America—A Successful Partnership Promoting Individual Professional Development and Application of Geoscience to Management of America's Public Lands

Lisa Norby, Melody Holm, Matthew Dawson
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division

GSA's GeoCorpsTM America partnership program provides professional development opportunities for geoscientists while applying specialized skills to projects on public lands. This session highlights program accomplishments in national parks, national forests, and BLM lands.

Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Education | Geoscience and Public Policy

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T107. Undergraduate Research Talks: The Next Step in Student Research Projects

Jacqueline A. Smith, Bradley G. Johnson, Edward C. Hansen
GSA Geoscience Education Division

This session provides a venue for undergraduate students and recent graduates to present talks on completed research projects. Students may submit abstracts for research projects in any sub-discipline of geology or earth science.

Environmental Geoscience | Structural Geology | Geomorphology

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T111. Impacts of Anthropogenic Climate Change: Ethics and Liabilities

George T. Stone, Michael E. Mann, John J. Clague, Saugata Datta
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Association for Geoethics; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Impacts of anthropogenic climate change already stress most of our planet's ecosystems, including the habitats of hundreds of millions of people. A new paradigm for solutions is essential. Ethics must be enforced and liabilities levied.

Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Health | Geoscience and Public Policy

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T148. Increasing Diversity in Geological Survey Workforce

Harvey Thorleifson, Vicki S. McConnell, Jonathan G. Price, Marilyn J. Suiter
Association of American State Geologists; GSA International Section; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; International Association for Geoscience Diversity; Geological Association of Canada; National Association of Geoscience

Diversity in leadership and workforce in (state) geologic surveys is important in establishing a talented worker pool and embracing diverse scientific ideas. This session shares strategies for innovative and successful programs.

Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy

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