Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Program, NSF Division of Undergraduate Education.
Mon., 19 March, noon-1 p.m.
Jill Singer, Buffalo State College; Jeffrey Ryan, University of South Florida.


A $30 workshop only registration fee is available for those not attending the meeting.
Information on CEUs is available on the Registration page.

1. Ancient Lake and River Environments: A Core and Field Workshop on the Jurassic Portland Formation.
Generous support for transportation has been provided by Eastern Connecticut State University.
Check-in at 8:45 a.m., leaves promptly at 9 a.m., and returns at 4:30 p.m., Sat., 17 March. Fee: US$45; includes transportation, lunch, and field guide. Max.: 20.
Peter A. Drzewiecki, Eastern Connecticut State Univ.; Elizabeth H. Gierlowski-Kordesch, Ohio Univ.; Randolph P. Steinen, Connecticut Geological Survey; David Finkelstein, Univ. of Massachusetts.
Participants in this workshop will examine cores and outcrops that record the depositional record of the lake-dominated lower Portland Formation and the fluvial-dominated upper Portland Formation. Discussions will cover the interpretations of climatic and tectonic controls on the shift between the two depositional styles, as well as the latest interpretations of cyclicity within both the lake and fluvial sediments. The workshop will include a visit to the State Geological Survey Collections Repository in Farmington, Connecticut, USA, and several easy field stops in Manchester, Connecticut, USA.
2. Misconceptions in Introductory Geology Courses and Ways to Reduce Them with Active Learning Techniques.
Cosponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
Half-day. 1:305:30 p.m., Sat., 17 March. Fee: US$25. Max.: 24.
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island.
Participants will learn about the common misconceptions students bring to their introductory geoscience courses based on research done by the workshop leader and others. Participants will also learn several easy-to-use techniques designed to address these misconceptions and make student learning more interactive, such as Lecture Tutorials, ConcepTests, and Think-Pair-Shares. This workshop is targeted toward college instructors, high school teachers, and graduate students interested in teaching.
3. Teaching about Energy in Geoscience Courses.
8:30 a.m.4 p.m., Sat., 17 March.
4. Integrated Basin Analysis
8 a.m.5 p.m., Fri., 16 March and Sat., 17 March. Capital Room 3, Hartford Marriott Downtown.
Fee: US$25; includes breakfast and lunch. Max.: 30.
Lori Summa, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.; Bob Stewart, ExxonMobil Exploration Co.
This course will explore concepts, methods, and tools of petroleum geoscience used on a day-to-day basis in the energy industry. We focus on how we make decisions with limited information, evaluate risk versus uncertainty, and maximize value from integrated teams. Day 1 reviews fundamental stratigraphic and structural concepts. Day 2 is an applied problem in basin exploration. Students will make play maps, bid on prospective acreage, and analyze individual prospects within that acreage. Throughout the course, we will stress integration across disciplines and scales, focusing on interaction and expression of basin formation, fill, and evolution processes from regional to prospect scale.


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