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In This Issue

News & Announcements

  1. NAGT Elections Open Until July 1
  2. Participate in the InTeGrate Reach Survey
  3. Meet Four Rendezvous Workshop Leaders
  4. New Events Added to the Rendezvous Program
  5. Remembering Five Leaders in Geoscience Education

Upcoming Webinars

  1. Recordings of complete InTeGrate 2018 Spring Webinar Series now available

Deadlines

  1. Connecting Earth Science and Sustainability to Teach the NGSS--Workshop applications due June 8
  2. Approaching deadlines for the 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous
  3. Have your teaching activity peer-reviewed through the MATLAB Workshop--Apply by June 15
  4. InTeGrate workshops at the Goldschmidt Conference: Register by June 13
  5. Nanoscience in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: A Workshop in association with the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference
  6. Next Traveling Workshops Program deadline is June 15
  7. Nominations for Outstanding TA Awards due June 15
  8. NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program--Apply by June 15
  9. Submit Abstracts to NAGT-sponsored events at GSA by August 14
  10. Register for Paleontological Society short course by October 15
  11. Register now for the AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop
  12. AGU Launches 100 Facts Initiative to celebrate the organization's centennial
  13. NSF Program Solicitation: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

Section and Division Highlights

  • Award opportunities

NAGT Community Kudos

  • Karen Havholm
  • Paul Keslo

NAGT Career Hub

  • USGS/NAGT Cooperative Field Training Program
  • Education and Community Outreach Specialist (Boulder, CO), UNAVCO

Rock and Mineral Exchange


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1. NAGT Elections Open Until July 1

Vote The annual NAGT Elections are now open! Voting in the election will close on Sunday, July 1, and the results will be released ahead of the Annual Business Meeting at GSA this fall.

Members are encouraged to go to the Elections page on the NAGT website, where you can read the bios for all the candidates for office and cast your vote. This election covers National and Division Officers, so if you're a member of a division be sure to check out those candidates as well.

2. Participate in the InTeGrate Reach Survery

Integrate_sticker.png From now until Friday, June 22, InTeGrate is running a reach survey to learn more about which InTeGrate materials are currently in use, and the extent of their influence, so that we can maximize the effect of the InTeGrate project.

If you've ever used any of the 32 InTeGrate modules or courses in your classroom, please consider contributing to this survey.

Completing the survey will take approximately 7 minutes of your time. Please be assured that your privacy is important to us; individual survey responses will remain confidential and we will not identify you in any subsequent publications of the results. Thank you in advance for completing the survey before June 22 to help us better understand the value, reach, and impact of six years of programming from the InTeGrate project.

3. Meet Four Rendezvous Workshop Leaders

EER 2018 NAGT reached out to four individuals who will be leading workshops at the Earth Educators' Rendezvous to learn more about their teaching philosophies, interests, and motivation for their work. Inspired by their responses? Remember, it's not too late to sign up to learn from these education experts: registration for the Earth Educators' Rendezvous remains open, and seats are available in all of these workshops. Click both the leader's name and the title of each workshop below to learn more about each.

Name: Tara Jo Holmberg
Workshop Title: Introduction to Course Design Using InTeGrate Materials

NAGT: Why are you excited to lead this particular workshop?
TJH: InTeGrate's materials have really changed how I approach a number of my courses and I'm looking forward to sharing them with other educators! I think having that dedicated workshop time, as I did when I used them for the first time, was really helpful in focusing my goals and outcomes for my course overall.

NAGT: What goal(s) remain at the forefront of your focus when designing your own courses?
TJH:
The first question I ask myself is, "What are my real short and long-term goals for my students?" Science is an iterative process, so helping students understand the process of science and how to practice inquiry is always at the top of my goals. In addition, guiding students through a systems-thinking approach and focusing on the interconnections of concepts is crucial as we live in a world where knowledge is growing exponentially.

Name: Ivan Carajabal
Workshop Title: Universal Design in Earth Education: Approaches to access and accommodation for a more inclusive STEM experience (co-led with Wendi Williams)

NAGT: Why are you excited to lead this particular workshop?
IC: I fell in love with geology over a decade ago. Since then, I have made it my personal mission to expose more and more people to the wonders of Earth science. This workshop will hopefully aid educators from across the United States in implementing accessible field-based practices in their own classrooms and inspire a diverse group of learners to pursue a degree in the geosciences. I believe that the geosciences should be for everyone.

NAGT: What is one example of how you incorporate universal design into your own courses?
IC: One important tenet of universal design is multiple modes of representation. Much of the data encountered in the geosciences are displayed visually (topographic maps, geologic maps, etc.), which can complicate rendering multiple modes of representation. The local library in downtown Cincinnati has a 3D printer that I can use to create models of topographic landscapes that all students can enjoy!

Names: Bridget James and Adrianne Leinbach
Workshop Title: Teaching Online

NAGT: Why are you excited to lead this particular workshop?
BJ: I'm very excited about this workshop! I find that I'm one of only a few faculty in the San Francisco Bay Area who teaches Earth Sciences online. I know a lot of online faculty, but mainly in other disciplines. I feel there are likely others who may be even more isolated than I am in regards to online teaching and learning, particularly in the Earth Sciences, so I am excited to help offer this workshop as a way to get many of us with similar expertise in one room to share ideas and best practices with one another.

NAGT: How do you incorporate collaborative learning and transdiciplinary linkages when designing your own courses?
AL: Initially my goal with teaching online was to get the same information across to the students as they would get if they were taking the class in a seated environment. There are so many exciting technologies that can be used in online classes now that my seated students often use what I prepare for my online classes. These new technologies allow students to field trip via video, to feel like they are part of a group even though they may never meet other students in the class face to face, and to actually do hands-on laboratory work as well as some exciting labs that are available online. Including ideas used in a seated classroom like note tacking strategies, active learning, and metacognition strategies have been a focus over the past several years in my online classroom and I am excited to share these ideas and get feedback from others on possible new ideas.

4. New Events Added to the Rendezvous Program

Lawrence The 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous is now just over one month away! In addition to a full program of plenary talks, speakers, and poster sessions, the Rendezvous will feature field trips, evening events, and an opportunity to enjoy K-State's famous ice cream. New events were also recently added to the Rendezvous program, including an NAGT Meet the Editors event during the Wednesday poster session, where you can learn more about NAGT publications, the people behind them, and how to contribute. If you're interested in establishing and strengthening students' interest in the geosciences from early education through college and into their careers, you should also be sure to check out the EarthConnections events at the Rendezvous, which link geoscience learning to community service. EarthConnections events at the Rendezvous include a Monday oral session, Monday evening Forum, a Wednesday afternoon mini-workshop, and a Wednesday evening open meeting. Also check out EarthConnections-related events offered as part of the Wednesday poster session, roundtables, afternoon workshops, and more.

5. Remembering Five Leaders in Geoscience Education

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The geoscience education community recently lost five leaders in the field: Milo Backus, Declan De Paor, Bob (Luigi) Folk, Sherry Oaks, and Ron Schott. In an article for AGU's Mountain Beltway Blog, Callan Bentley, President of NAGT's Geo2YC Division, remembers Declan and Ron and highlights their roles and larger influence in geo-society. Declan taught and directed the planetarium at Old Dominion University, and he was known for his innovation and promotion of digital geology teaching tools. Ron was likewise an innovator highly-involved in technology, including his publicly-accessible "Geology Office Hours" on Google hangouts, his geo-ed hashtags, his omnipresence on geology Twitter, and his enduring presence on the "Where on Google Earth?" game.

Suzanne Metlay, President of NAGT's TED Division, worked with Sherry Oaks' family to compose a memorial for the NAGT Geo2YC and TED Division newsletters to celebrate Sherry's impact as an educator, her service as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, and her valuable work on earthquakes, risk assessment, and natural hazard mitigation. Sherry's family invites donations to the Sherry Oaks Memorial Fund. Funds will be directed to travel grants for qualified candidates to participate in the 2019 Earth Educators' Rendezvous. If you choose to donate, please visit this page, select "Professional Development Fund", enter the desired amount, and write in the comments box Sherry Oaks Memorial Fund.

Bob (Lugigi) Folk continued to work at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin in the field of sedimentology up until his death at the age of 92. His legacy includes his formulation of the first carbonate-rock classification in the world; his authorship of the cherished "orange book", Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks; and his receipt of awards such as the 2000 Penrose Medal from the Geological Society of America, the Twenhofel Medal from the Society for Sedimentary Geology, the Sorby Medal from the International Association of Sedimentologists, the Geology Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award form UT-Austin, and the Neil Miner Award from NAGT, among others. In 2008, he was inducted into the Jackson School of Geosciences Hall of Distinction. You can read a further celebration of his life and work here.

Milo Bakkus, Foundation Distinguished Chair Emeritus in Geophysics and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, was inducted into the Jackson School of Geosciences Hall of Distinction in 2011. Across his career, Milo was also awarded the Maurice Ewing Gold Medal from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Conrad Schlumberger Award from the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE). As a faculty member Milo initiated a consortium, Project SEER (Solid Earth Exploration Research), and nurtured the next generation of geophysicists. You can read more about Milo's contributions to the field of geophysics here.


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1. Recordings of Complete InTeGrate 2018 Spring Webinar Series Now Available

The InTeGrate 2018 Spring Webinar Series is now complete, and recordings of all eleven webinars are available online. The webinars range in subject from taking a transdisciplinary approach to teaching environmental science; integrating GPS, SfM, and TLS into geoscience field courses; addressing landslide hazards in introductory graduate courses; and more. If you missed these webinars, now is a great time to catch up on the shared expertise and insight available in these resources. And keep an eye out this coming fall, when the InTeGrate webinar series will continue!


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1. For High school and middle school science teachers: Announcing an August workshop on teaching about Earth, sustainability, and the NGSS--Workshop Applications due June 8

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 4.38.52 PM.png High school and middle school science teachers who are interested in sustainability and want to be on the leading edge of developing and adopting instructional materials that support implementation of sustainability concepts and the NGSS are invited to submit an application to attend a workshop entitled Connecting Earth Science and Sustainability to Teach the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). The workshop will take place at IslandWood, a beautiful environmental learning center located in Bainbridge Island, WA. There is no fee to attend, and lodging, meals and supplies are provided. Participants will also receive a $500 stipend. The workshop will be led by teacher educators and curriculum developers Kathyrn Baldwin (Eastern Washington University) and Anne Egger (Central Washington University).

Applications for the workshop are due Friday, June 8.

As part of this workshop, participants will:

  • Discuss the role of sustainability in the NGSS and in their science teaching
  • Learn about the InTeGrate instructional resources and their alignment with the NGSS
  • Develop scaffolds and supporting resources to support implementation of the InTeGrate materials in the middle and high school science classroom
  • Develop action plans for their own classroom, school, and/or district to implement three-dimensional learning opportunities that address sustainability

To learn more about the format, expectations, application process, and selection criteria of this workshop, please visit this webpage.

2. Approaching Deadlines for the 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

Rendezvous logo_Swirl copy.png The 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous will take place July 16-20 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The deadline to pre-order a Rendezvous t-Shirt (ensures you will receive a t-shirt in your desired size) is June 15. Also be sure to book your Rendezvous housing soon! Check out the housing options on the conference Travel and Lodging webpage. Most blocks are available to take reservations until mid-June.

3. Have Your Teaching Activity Peer-Reviewed Through the MATLAB Workshop-Apply by June 15

MathWorks Logo You are invited to attend an NAGT-sponsored workshop taking place October 14-16, 2018 at Carleton College: Teaching Computation in Science with MATLAB.

It is free to attend this workshop, with travel stipends available based on financial need.

For the past 3 years, MathWorks has hosted a faculty-led, 3-day workshop on teaching computation with MATLAB. Each year, participants gain new tips for transforming and refocusing their courses and even department curriculum; colleague contacts; and MATLAB tools they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.

In addition to professional development and the acquisition of new teaching tools and materials, attending this workshop will provide the opportunity to have your own teaching activity peer-reviewed. Teaching activities submitted as part of the workshop will undergo peer-review by members of the Teaching Computation in the Sciences community.

Why have your teaching activity peer-reviewed?

  • Educators put significant effort into their teaching. Peer-reviewing a teaching activity via "seats of approval" gives credit for this hard work and also helps fellow faculty identify high-quality teaching tools.
  • Peer-reviewed teaching materials are valued and recognized by school administrators such as Deans, Chairs, and those who grant funding and tenure.
  • Having a peer-reviewed teaching activity is an endorsement that you can include on your CV to legitimize your teaching efforts.
  • Well-reviewed teaching activities from this workshop will be highlighted in the online collections of teaching materials

To learn more about the review process, visit this webpage.

Why else should you attend the Teaching Science in Computation With MATLAB Workshop?

Science involves accessing and analyzing data, creating models and simulations, and sharing reusable research. Success in these activities requires students to have quantitative thinking and computational skills that they can apply to their science pursuits.

To address the need to advance computational skills, this workshop will bring together faculty from the sciences who teach computation and are interested in strengthening their skills and developing MATLAB-based teaching resources. Working interactively with faculty peers and MathWorks representatives, participants will develop teaching activities and contribute to a collection of sharable teaching activities. By including educators from multiple disciplines--including Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Math, and allied fields--the workshop will encourage sharing of ideas and best practices and integration of themes and tools across areas.

These new activities and resources will empower participants and enable other faculty to teach computation and quantitative thinking using MATLAB more effectively. This transfer of knowledge between educators will, in turn, provide students with a foundation from which to thrive in their scientific disciplines.

To learn more about the workshop format and to complete the application by June 15, visit the workshop website.

4. InTeGrate Workshops at the Goldschmidt Conference: Register by June 13

Goldschmidt The 2018 Goldschmidt Conference takes place August 12-17 in Boston, during which time InTeGrate will host two associated workshops on the subject of Engaging Students in Understanding the Earth System as it Intertwines with Key Societal Issues. The first workshop, taking place Tuesday, August 14, is designed for K-8 teachers. More information about the workshop, including the program and instructions for completing registration by the deadline of June 13, can be found here. The second workshop, taking place Thursday, August 16, is designed for high school teachers. The workshop program and information about completing the registration by the deadline of June 13 can be found here. Space is limited for both workshops, so please do not delay in registering if you are interested in participating.

5. Nanoscience in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: A Workshop in Association with the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference--Apply by June 15

Nano From August 11-12, conveners David Mogk, Michael Hochella, and Jim Ranville will lead a workshop in association with the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference on the subject of Nanoscience in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: From Theory to Practice.

Nanoscience is a frontier area of research that provides abundant opportunities in many different scientific and engineering disciplines. Currently, Earth and environmental sciences are underrepresented in their participation in this revolutionary field of study, which contributes roughly $2 trillion to nano-enabled products annually. There's an amazing arsenal of analytical methods available to characterize the identity, morphology, composition (bulk and surface), chemical state, atomic structure and related chemical and physical properties of nanoparticles, nanosheets and nanorods. This workshop will focus on practical aspects of using this instrumentation (e.g., AFM and Electron microscopy, surface analysis, fractionation methods, ICP-MS, light-scattering, among many others) in doing nanogeoscience. Topics to be covered include sample collection in the field, sample preparation/preservation, and instrumental data acquisition, reduction, and representation. The workshop will include invited presentations, group discussions, and hands-on demonstrations of modern software packages applied to authentic datasets. Instrument vendors will be invited to demonstrate their latest instruments directly, remotely, or in principal via detailed descriptions and demonstration of representative images and datasets. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their own procedures and protocols to demonstrate to the group and receive feedback. Outcomes of this workshop will be an online "toolkit" of methods and procedures that will be available for use by the entire community in research and instruction. Opportunities to participate in the US National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program will also be described.

To learn more about the workshop goals and program format, and to register by June 15, please visit this website.

6. Next Deadline for the Traveling Workshops Program is June 15

twp_program.png The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event. Designed for departments, institutions, or groups of institutions with shared interests, TWP offers workshops on strengthening cross-campus environmental and sustainability programs as well as supporting the success of all students. The TWP is a part of NAGT's integrated Workshop Program.

Application deadlines for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • June 15, 2018 (for Fall 2018/Winter 2018 Workshops)
  • October 15, 2018 (for Spring 2019 Workshops)
  • January 15, 2019 (for Summer 2019 Workshops)

7. Nominations for Outstanding TA Awards due June 15

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For more information about the award and how to nominate your teaching assistant, see the program page.

The deadline for nominations is June 15.

8. NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program--Apply by June 15

NPS The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for students and professionals in the geosciences and other natural resource fields who want to use their natural resource science expertise to help the NPS better understand and manage its natural resources.

The Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match college students and recent graduates age 18 - 35 years old with short-term, paid internships with the National Park Service. Participants may assist with research, synthesis of scientific literature, geologic mapping, GIS analysis, site evaluations, resource inventorying and monitoring, impact mitigation, developing brochures and informative media presentations, and educating park staff and park visitors. GIP positions can last from 3 months to one-year.

Learn more and submit an application by the June 15 deadline here.

9. Submit Abstracts to NAGT-Sponsored Events at GSA by August 14

GSA Annual Meeting NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 4-7. We hope you'll consider submitting abstracts to these sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels. You can view the list of sponsored sessions here. Abstracts are due August 14.

10. Register for the Paleontological Society Short Course 'Pedagogy and Technology in the Modern Paleontology Classroom' by October 15

cropped-Paleontological-Society-Logo-512x512-300x300.jpg The Paleontological Society is pleased to offer a short course titled 'Pedagogy and Technology in the Modern Paleontology Classroom on Saturday, November 3 from 9am-5pm at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Organized by Phoebe Cohen, Lisa Boush, and Rowan Lockwook, this free workshop is open to all paleontologists and educators. Those interested in participating should register in advance by October 15 by submitting your name and sample syllabus here.

The goal of this workshop is to get the entire paleontological community excited about education and to help participants brainstorm effective strategies for teaching paleontology and Earth history. The program includes a combination of lectures and breakout sessions with a focus on general teaching topics in the morning, and teaching with online databases (including PBDB, Macrostrat, and Neotoma) in the afternoon. Topics to be presented include active learning strategies, flipped classrooms, incorporating research into teaching, kinesthetic learning, how students learn, diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and confronting prior conceptions. The workshop will cater to both early career participants (including students and post-docs) and later career participants. The target audience includes two and four year college faculty who teach (or are interested in teaching) introductory geology, historical geology, and/or paleontology courses.

11. Register now for the AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

AGU workshop The AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop will take place on December 9, just prior to the Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. You do not have to be an AGU member to attend this workshop. The preliminary workshop program is now available. Please register now, as space is limited to the first 60 participants and is offered at no cost to the attendees.

12. AGU Launches 100 Facts Initiative to Celebrate the Organization's Centennial

AGU For their 2019 Centennial celebration, AGU is collecting relevant and meaningful facts and figures about Earth and space science. From all the facts provided, 100 will be chosen to showcase monthly on AGU's social media accounts starting in May 2018 and running through December 2019 (five facts x 20 months = 100). AGU intends for these facts to showcase the history, breadth and success of geoscience research, as well as the scientists whose work has had a real impact on peoples' lives. They also hope to identify and communicate about issues and discoveries that are important as we move into the future.

To support this effort and submit a fact for potential use, please us this form.

13. NSF Program Solicitation: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

NSF Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR program is a core NSF undergraduate STEM education program that seeks to improve the effectiveness of undergraduate STEM education for both majors and non-majors. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations seeking support for projects that have the potential to improve student learning in STEM through development of new curricular materials and methods of instruction, and development of new assessment tools to measure student learning. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replications of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings. To learn more about this opportunity, including the requirements for submitting a proposal, read the full announcement. Beginning in FY 2018, there will be no single date deadlines for Exploration and Design proposals, which may be submitted any time from October 1, 2017 and onward. Please note, however, that proposals received after May 1 will be held over to the subsequent financial year for possible award (for example, awards will be made in FY 19 for proposals received after May 1, 2018).


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See Division award opportunities below!

Pacific Northwest Section

  • The Pacific Northwest Section's Annual Conference will take place June 27 to 29 in the Portland, Oregon area.

GER Division

  • AWARD OPPORTUNITY: The GER Division is pleased to announce two new awards to honor individuals who have propelled geoscience education research forward. The Transformation Award recognizes a GER colleague that has made significant contributions to the development of and capacity for geoscience education research. The Collaboration Award recognizes a non-GER colleague who has infused the GER community with new approaches to GER. For more information please visit this webpage. Applications will be received until September 15 for this first award cycle, and awardees will be notified by October 1. For more information, please contact Past-President Nicole LaDue (nladue@niu.edu).
  • The GER division leadership would like to encourage attendance at the upcoming CIRCLE Conference at the Interface of Discipline-Based Education Research in STEM and Psychological Science, September 6-7, 2018 (Washington University, St. Louis, MO). By promoting scholarly research at the interface of psychological science and DBER, this conference will synthesize the current state of knowledge on STEM education, explore barriers to cross-disciplinary research, and generate action plans for advancing such collaborative work. Applications are due June 10.
  • Know a researcher worth spotlighting, have an article worth reading, or an opportunity worth sharing? Submit to the GER Exchange using this queue. Self nominations are welcomed. Check out the latest edition of the GER Exchange for even more division highlights.

Geo2YC Division

  • AWARD OPPORTUNITY: Do you work with an adjunct faculty member who does great work and deserves to be recognized? Are you an adjunct faculty who has done something worth recognition? Please fill out the nomination form to recognize the great work our adjunct faculty do to support student learning at two-year colleges. The form must be filled out in one session. We ask for brief descriptions of reasons for nominations and contact information at the department and school level to assure full recognition. Anyone may nominate a faculty member for the Award, including self-nominations. Winning adjuncts will be featured in the future editions of Foundations and will receive a complimentary one year membership to the Geo2YC division.


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Do you have good news related to your geoscience education work that you would like to share with your NAGT Community? Would you like to call attention to a paper, presentation, or resource you developed or helped develop to share with your fellow Earth educators? Submit to NAGT's Community Kudos!


Karen H Karen Havholm, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs, and Director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration at University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, has been serving on the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and was recently elected Treasurer. Her experience on the board of NAGT some years ago has been very helpful in these endeavors. CUR Executive Officer Elizabeth L. Ambos said in an article about the election, "Karen Havholm brings broad experience with fiscal administration, program management, and grant-based research programs to the CUR treasurer position. She will be an effective and highly responsible treasurer for the organization."

Paul Keslo Paul Keslo received the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award from Lake Superior State University last month in honor of his exceptional teaching skills. A committee of five of the most recent recipients of the award and graduating students with the highest-grade point averages in their schools chose Paul based on nominations submitted by students, co-workers, and alumni. The committee took note of Paul's development of innovative curricular models that focus learning in field locations like the Black Hills, Wisconsin Dells, Appalachian Mountains, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, and the Canadian Shield. Through these research trips, Paul's students graduate LSSU well-prepared to embark on professional geoscience careers or pursue graduate school opportunities. Paul was honored for his teaching and presented with this award at LSSU's commencement ceremony.

Congratulations, Karen and Paul!


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NAGT Career Hub

Education and Community Engagement Specialist (Boulder, CO), UNAVCO

Posted: Jun 6, 2018; screening begins July 2

UNAVCO invites applications for the staff position of Education and Community Engagement Specialist, responsible for managing the portfolio of work under the geoscience workforce (geo-workforce) initiative. The geo-workforce initiative aims to facilitate the development of a robust, well-trained and diverse geoscience workforce with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to tackle emerging scientific and societal issues. The work portfolio includes multiple internship programs, supporting UNAVCO efforts in increasing diversity in the geoscience workforce, and developing programmatic support for students, early career professionals, and researchers in the geodetic and geophysics community. The successful candidate will be a member of the Education and Community Engagement program staff.

USGS Cooperative Field Training Program

Started in 1965, the NAGT-USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Over the past fifty years, more than 2,300 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals becoming full-time employees of the USGS. The deadline for nominations is October 16, 2018.

Need help getting the word out about your position opening, event, or field trip? Submit your posting to the new NAGT Career Hub!


Rock and Mineral Exchange

Available Samples

Desired Specimens

Are you looking for new specimens for your collection? Do you have extra samples to share with colleagues?

Post in the Rock and Mineral Exchange.


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