Dorothy Stout Grant Recipients for 2013

  • Annette Calabretta, The Classical Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
    • The Dorothy Stout Professional Development grant will allow Annette, a teacher at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, to attend the intensive "All About Mining" course at the Colorado School of Mines. As denizens of Colorado, Annette's students will be facing questions on future gas and oil exploration and mining-related environmental issues in their state, and she has found that incorporating real-world applications into her earth science curriculum greatly stimulates student participation and learning. As a strong proponent of inquiry-based learning and labs, she hopes to better engage her students in the mining process and help them become informed citizens in the environmental policy debate and savvy consumers of the ubiquitous products of mining in daily life.

  • Nadine Evans, Community College of Rhode Island, RI
    • The Dorothy Stout Grant for Professional Development for community college students will allow Nadine to attend the annual Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado. This fall, Nadine will be transferring from the Community College of Rhode Island to the University of Rhode Island to double major in Geology and German. She has been working on a scientific study on conceptions students have when learning new material in Geology, and she hopes to present her findings at the 2013 GSA meeting. This exciting opportunity to present original research to a respected scientific community, a rare prospect at the community college level, will give Nadine the skills and experiences to fulfill her aspiration of becoming a geologist. This grant will afford her the opportunity to share personal and professional perspectives with scientists from around the world.
  • Rebecca Perloth, Santa Rosa Junior College, CA
    • The Dorothy Stout Grant will enable Rebecca, an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, to attend two Chautauqua courses in the extraordinary geological setting of Alaska. She will be able to see and experience the glacial features that she teaches about every semester, which will add a personal touch, physical detail, and depth of knowledge to her lectures. She hopes to be able to relate the glacial features visible in her native California to active glaciers in Alaska. In another course, Rebecca will learn about the history of, reaction to, and recovery from the 1964 Alaska earthquake and tsunami which also devastated Crescent City, CA, and therefore will help to complete the story of Rebecca's Californian geology course.
  • Laura Branch, Ernest Righetti High School, CA
    • By enabling Laura to purchase an interactive acrylic groundwater model, the Dorothy Stout Grant will help in making Laura's classroom more hands-on and will give her students a heightened awareness of their environment. Laura believes that "eating, drinking, and living geology is the best way to learn about it", and she incorporates this philosophy into her science classrooms by encouraging and enabling her students to experience and discuss the science around them. The purchase of this groundwater model is especially important in an agricultural area where pesticides are used on crops and will allow students at all levels to better understand groundwater movement and contamination, leading to higher-level discussions on the impact of groundwater in the local area.
  • Robin Rohrback-Schiavone, Northern Virginia Community College, VA
    • The Dorothy Stout Grant will raise productivity and efficiency to new heights in Robin's work in the creation of cutting-edge geoscience education classroom resources. As a student at Northern Virginia Community College, Robin works on the Mid-Atlantic Geo-Image Collection, a growing repository of extremely high-resolution geologic imagery, currently being prepared for use in online lab exercises and virtual field trips. This imagery allows for examination of geological features at a level of detail comparable to being in the field or the lab at every level of magnification. The technology makes a high-quality geoscience education tool freely accessible to everyone, from physically handicapped geoscientists who are unable to perform fieldwork to those under significant financial constraints. The effort requires considerable computing power, and the grant will allow Robin to purchase a new laptop computer to effectively double the current output of these GigaPan images for the benefit of the entire geoscience community, from amateur enthusiasts to professional researchers.