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Michael Wysession Receives a 2014 American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award
Posted: Jul 10 2014
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers and On The Cutting Edge is proud to congratulate Michael Wysession on receiving a 2014 American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award.
Heather Macdonald Receives the 2014 American Geophysical Union Award for Excellence in Geophysical Education.
Posted: Jul 8 2014
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers and On The Cutting Edge is proud to congratulate R. Heather Macdonald on receiving the 2014 American Geophysical Union award for Excellence in Geophysical Education
Invitation to Present at 2015 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Teacher Workshop Meeting
Posted: Jul 7 2014
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is looking for presenters at their upcoming teacher workshop meeting in January 2015.
The CLEAN Team is Soliciting Submissions of Excellent Climate and Energy Science Educational Resources
Posted: Jul 3 2014
The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, team is soliciting submissions of excellent climate and energy science educational resources for review and inclusion in the CLEAN Collection. We are coming to you as you may be developing resources as part of your projects, and/or may have access to others who are.
InTeGrate Announces Publication of Climate of Change: Interactions and Feedbacks Between Water, Air, and Ice
Posted: Jun 25 2014
InTeGrate is pleased to announce the publication of the complete Climate of Change: Interactions and Feedbacks between Water, Air, and Ice module for introductory geoscience and environmental science
InTeGrate Announces 2014 Incorporating Geoscience throughout the Curriculum Implementation Programs
Posted: Jun 17 2014

Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate), a 5-year STEP Center grant from the National Science Foundation, seeks to increase Earth literacy of all undergraduate students, as well as the number of graduates who are prepared to bring an understanding of the Earth to bear on the resource and environmental issues faced by our society today and in the future.
To this end, InTeGrate is pleased to announce the 2014 Incorporating Geoscience throughout the Curriculum Implementation Program recipients

COMPRES 2014/2015 Distinguished Lecturer Series
Posted: Jun 12 2014
COMPRES, the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Earth Sciences, announces the speakers for its 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture series in the field of Mineral Physics. The talks feature topics that emphasize the exciting high-pressure geoscience research being conducted within the COMPRES community and its significance for understanding fundamental Earth and planetary processes.
2014 USGS/GSA Best Student Geologic Map Competition Special Session
Posted: Jun 12 2014
Please join us at the second annual USGS/GSA Best Student Geologic Map Competition Special Session. The competition, hosted by the US Geological Survey National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) and the Geological Society of American (GSA) with sponsorship from GSA Foundation, Association of American State Geologists (AASG), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and the Journal of Maps will bring together student geologic mappers from around the world who have submitted their geologic maps into the competition and those interested in geologic mapping. Come and share your mapping stories, techniques, and maps.

Submission instructions, awards, and map judging criteria can be found at:

Students must submit their abstract by 29 July 2014 to any GSA Session or Discipline using the GSA Annual Meeting abstract submission form ( and select the appropriate box on the form to be considered for the geologic map competition. Your abstract must be accepted to be eligible for the competition.

Please submit your geologic map today!

Dr. Douglas A. Howard, P.G.
Geologist / Associate Program Coordinator
National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
U.S. Geological Survey
Seeking volunteers for a usability study
Posted: Jun 12 2014
An evaluation and research team from the University of Colorado at Boulder is seeking volunteers who are willing to participate in a usability study of a web portal that features climate science content. NAGT members are part of one target audience for this website. If you are willing to participate, we will compensate you for your completion of this study with a stipend of $50.

The usability study will take place virtually you will need access to the internet and a phone line. The study will take up to 60 min. The information you are providing as part of this web-based interview and any data collected will be treated as confidential.

Goal of this study: This usability study will help improve the layout and navigation of the website. The website is a U.S. government website (we are not sharing details about which web portal we are evaluating to ensure the best possible research set-up).

If you are interested and available to participate in a usability session, please complete a short 3 min survey the following address:

We will be in touch by email to set up a convenient day and time.

Best regards,

Karin Kirk and Anne Gold
Far West Section Fall Conference
Posted: Jun 12 2014
Oct 10th-12th, California State University Sacramento

The fall 2014 Far West Section NAGT conference is open to anyone who has an interest in Geology. This year's conference field trip opportunities include trips to the Sierra, Sacramento Delta, local Sacramento outcrops. and a Research Forest. Workshops offered include topics such as mineral use, reptiles in California, atmospheric circulation modeling for the "Next Generation Science Standards", and more! Workshops offer an opportunity to LEARN & EARN professional development hours.

More information about the conference and registration instructions are available on the Section Website.