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NAGT Activities at 2013 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting held in Denver, CO, October 27-30, 2013. Please submit an abstract and plan to attend the following sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels. You can also come by the NAGT booth to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about you can be involved in your organization.

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Workshops Early Registration Deadline: September 23, 2013

To sign up for a workshop, use the GSA meeting registration. You can add a short course to your meeting registration or attend a workshop as a stand-alone event without registering for the whole meeting.

Early registration ends on 23 September. After that date, course prices go up by $30. This is to encourage registrants to sign up prior to this date to ensure course viability. See the GSA Short Courses web page for further details and a complete list of all GSA short courses.

508. Helping Students Succeed in Geoscience Courses at Two-Year Colleges.
Sat., 26 Oct., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
US$25; includes lunch. Limit: 48. CEU: 0.8.
Instructors: Eric Baer, Highline Community College; Robert Blodgett, Austin Community College District
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); NAGT Two-Year College Division

Improving student success in two-year college (2YC) geoscience courses is especially challenging because of the wide range in age, ability, backgrounds, and life circumstances of those enrolled. This workshop will bring together 2YC faculty and other educators to share successful approaches, strategies, and programs for working with all students, both in and outside the classroom. Participants will learn how recent research on student learning, group interaction, and instruction can help support student success. Because no 2YCs are alike, the workshop will address a range of research-supported techniques and strategies for adaptation to local needs.

519. Geoscience Education Workshop 4-pack

This set of workshops is being cosponsored by NAGT and the Geoscience Education Division of GSA. The registration fee for one workshop is $55, but you can sign up for a morning (519A or 519B) and an afternoon (519C or 519D) and still pay only $55 to register for both.

519A. Teaching Geoscientific Thinking: What Does It Mean and How Do I Do It?
Sat., 26 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon.
US$55 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$55 for combined courses (add 519C or 519D). Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Instructor: Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
The methods and ways of thinking that are intrinsic to Earth science differ in important ways from the experimental procedures that are commonly taught in schools as the scientific method. The phrase geoscientific thinking encompasses the ideas that describe what makes geoscience unique as a discipline yet still clearly part of science as a whole. This half-day workshop will highlight ways to help diverse students learn and develop geoscientific thinking skills appropriate for their level. Participants will explore general strategies for teaching geoscientific thinking and modify an existing activity to integrate geoscientific thinking more explicitly.

519B. Teaching and Learning about Climate in Geoscience Classrooms.
Sat., 26 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon.
US$55 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$55 for combined courses (add 519C or 519D). Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Instructors: Tamara Ledley, TERC; Anne Gold, University of Colorado; Deb Morrison, University of Colorado
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Participants will be introduced to a suite of engaging, peer-reviewed classroom activities for learning about climate science. Participants rotate through stations highlighting some of the activities featured in the NSF-funded digital library for educational resources from the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN, cleanet.org). A brief introduction to the nationally endorsed Climate Literacy Principles will provide a necessary mental framework for planning your next climate lessons.

519C. Integrating Sustainability into Geoscience Courses.
Sat., 26 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
US$55 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$55 for combined courses (add 519A or 519B). Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Instructor: David Gosselin, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Sustainability is a central theme for teaching about the environment and requires the integration of perspectives from science, economics, and society. Workshop participants will work to strengthen the teaching of sustainability through the increased integration of geoscience and sustainability education. Participants will share successful strategies and materials for teaching sustainability.

519D. Teaching Energy: Important, But Unfamiliar, Concepts, Emerging Themes & Grand Challenges.
Sat., 26 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
US$55 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$55 for combined courses (add 519A or 519B). Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Instructors: James Meyers, University of Wyoming; Mark Lyford, University of Wyoming
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Cheap, reliable and abundant energy powers the modern world. But increasing global demand, declining conventional primary energy sources, sustainability of renewable resources and the environmental impacts of energy all contribute to make energy one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Preparing our students for this challenge requires addressing traditional geoscience topics, e.g. oil, coal, petroleum, as well as topics rarely covered in traditional geoscience courses, e.g. externalities, energy transitions, energy return on investment, life-cycle assessment, thermodynamic efficiency. This workshop will introduce earth science instructors to different energy perspectives. It will provide background content knowledge, examine effective pedagogical techniques for teaching these concepts, demonstrate examples of proven active classroom activities and strategies and show how these themes have been incorporated into a variety of undergraduate courses at different grade levels and in different disciplines. A key component of the workshop will be to introduce participants to sources of energy data, the primary energy research literature and how to leverage the wealth of information coming out of the business and technology communities that tie into all energy themes and that are useful in demonstrating the relevancy of energy and its different perspectives to students. In this manner, participants will be introduced to the tools that will allow them to incorporate energy into their own teaching.
523. Mars for Earthlings: Introductory Earth-Mars Teaching Resources for Higher Education.
Sat., 26 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
US$25. Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a US$25 coupon redeemable at the onsite GSA bookstore.
Instructors: Marjorie Chan, University of Utah; Julia Kahmann Robinson, University of Utah
Cosponsors: NASA; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division

A half-day Mars For Earthlings (MFE) workshop will introduce lesson modules applying Earth analog concepts to recent Mars imagery in an effort to engage students in STEM disciplines. This workshop is aimed at any faculty and postdoctoral scientists/graduate students teaching undergraduate introductory earth or planetary science. Participants should bring a laptop to work through exercises that utilize Google Mars and JMARS software. Activities will cover broad themes of Mars surface processes, astrobiology, and mineralogy. Many of the teaching resources will be accessible online. Upon completion of the course participants will receive a $25 coupon redeemable at the GSA onsite bookstore.


Field Trips

There are a number of fantastic field trip opportunities being planned for the 2013 Annual Meeting. To see descriptions of all the others, see the Field Trips information page on the Annual Meeting website.

Topical Sessions Abstract Deadline - 6 August, 2013

Below are all the Geoscience Education sessions sponsored by NAGT. You can see all of the other available Geoscience Education session on the GSA website.

T84. Impacts of Climate Change on Human Populations: Water, Food, Health, Living Space
Conveners: George T. Stone, Michael E. Mann, Stanley R. Riggs
This session seeks to attract compelling studies by leading researchers that document and predict the past, present, and future impacts of significant and rapid climate change on human populations.

T115. Climate Literacy: Formal and Informal Education and Community Outreach Efforts to Enable Responsible Decisions
Conveners: 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.

T116. Climate Literacy: Research and Evaluation Results from Informal and Formal Climate Education Efforts
Conveners: 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.

T117. Developing and Sustaining Thriving Geoscience Programs and Departments: Strategies and Examples from Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Conveners: 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.

T118. Developing Exemplary Support Programs for K–12 Geoscience to Meet Next Generation Science Standards
Convener: 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.

T119. Digital Geology Express (Digital Posters)
Conveners: 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.

T120. Dual-Credit Classes and Other Collaborative Strategies for Recruiting High School Students into College Geoscience Programs
Conveners: 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.

T125. Geoscience Education and Outreach: 50 Years of Progress
Conveners: 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.

T128. Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches of Access and Inclusion in the Geosciences
Conveners: Christopher Atchison, Sharon Locke
Geoscience students and educators are encouraged to disseminate current and historical research findings and instructional experiences that promote the enhancement of diverse participation in the geosciences through increased access and inclusion.

T130. Status of Undergraduates and K–12 Students—Involved Geoscience Research: Impact on Science and Society (Posters)
Convener: Nazrul I. Khandaker
This session marks a decade-long (2004–2013) continuity and efforts to reach out to potential undergraduates and K–12 students involved in geoscience-related research. It is open to anyone who cares about landscape, natural resources, water, and hot environmental topics.

T132. Strategies to Support Part-Time Faculty in Two-Year and Four-Year College Geoscience Programs
Conveners: Laura A. Lukes, Suzanne T. Metlay
Part-time faculty often provide the majority of introductory geoscience instruction at two-year and four-year colleges, including online and off-campus programs. This session highlights successful strategies for supporting part-time faculty with instructional, administrative, and community resources.

T136. Training, Assessment, and Outreach That Enhance Communication of Geosciences for Formal and Informal Audiences
Conveners: 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.

T137. Undergraduate Research Experiences at the Introductory Level in Two- and Four-Year Colleges
Conveners 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.

T143. Geoscience Across Cultures and Communities: Benefits and Challenges of Diversity
Conveners: Marilyn J. Suiter, Richard C. Berg
The session is on people and practices that have contributed to our increasing understanding of the importance of the role of diversity in the geoscience profession.

T173. Scientists in Society: The Role of Multidisciplinary Scientists in a Changing Political World
Convener: Kristi Pullen
Political decisions require balancing competing needs. This session will explore the role of science and scientists in shaping political discussions. Specifically, we will explore the value of multidisciplinary training in traversing the science policy gap.

Meetings and Receptions

Dates, times, and locations for business meetings and receptions will be posted as they become available. Be sure to check back soon.

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