Initial Publication Date: August 12, 2021

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News and Announcements

Rendezvous 2021 Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 7th annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous online! We hope the event provided you with inspirational teaching ideas and creative ways to continue to build our community.

The 8th annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous will be held in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Sign up to receive updates as more information about Rendezvous 2022 unfold!

Teaching Climate Change Position Statement

NAGT members, you're invited to read through and comment on the Teaching Climate Change Position Statement. Please provide your feedback by September 19, 2021.

Register for GSA 2021

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Portland, Oregon, from October 10-13, 2021. You can also come by the NAGT booth (#311) to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about how you can be involved in the organization.

  • Register:
    • Early registration deadline: 7 Sept.
    • Cancelation deadline: 1 Oct.

Register to attend AGU Fall Meeting 2021

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of geoscience education sessions and activities planned for the Fall 2021 AGU meeting, held in New Orleans, LA, and online from December 13-17, 2021.

The AGU Fall Meeting is the most influential event in the world dedicated to the advancement of Earth and space sciences.

Every year, the AGU Fall Meeting unites >25,000 attendees from 100+ countries in the Earth and space sciences community to share their work and ideas and discuss solutions to the largest challenges facing our planet. Indeed, the meeting theme this year is "Science and Society," and many sessions and plenary talks will explore this important connection.

This year you can attend either in-person or online (or a mix of both). In either case, you can present your work as well as access all of the other sessions and content online during and after the meeting. Attendees can design their own unique experience through the meetings' many innovative sessions and events, audience participation and engagement, both online and in-person. If you choose to attend in-person, AGU expects adherence to COVID-19 Protocols.

Registration opens August 23, 2021. Learn more on the Registration Information page.

Worldbuilding from tectonic first principles: JGE free access paper

Are you working on revising a tectonics course or an undergraduate capstone course? Check out this project developed by Lindsay Schoenbohm and Mitchell McMillan, published in JGE and free to access from August 6 - August 31. NAGT members receive access to JGE as part of their membership; you can share free access papers with your colleagues who aren't members.

Become an Associate Editor for JGE

Do you enjoy reviewing manuscripts and providing constructive feedback to authors? Are you interested in engaging more deeply in the review process? Would you like to be more involved in the geoscience education community? If so, you might be interested in serving as an Associate Editor.

JGE is looking for new Associate Editors to serve a 3-year term, beginning January 1, 2022.

Awards and Recognition

Let's celebrate and congratulate NAGT members for receiving GSA awards and GSA fellows.

GSA Awards:

  • Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) - Lidya Tarhan, Yale University
  • Randolph W. "Bill" and Cecile T. Bromery Award for Minorities - Hendratta Ali, Fort Hays State University
  • GSA Distinguished Service Award - Christopher Atchison, University of Cincinnati
  • George P. Woollard Award - Cindy Ebinger, Tulane University
  • Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching - Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina
  • GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award - Eric Pyle, James Madison University

GSA Elected Fellows:

  • Natalie Bursztyn, University of Montana
  • John Chermak, Virginia Tech
  • Mark Schmitz, Boise State University
  • Lindsay McHenry, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Tim White, Penn State
  • Greg Wiles, College of Wooster

Do you have good news related to your geoscience education work that you would like to share with the NAGT community? Submit to NAGT's Community Kudos!

Workshops and Webinars

Traveling Workshop Deadline

The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in environmental, sustainability, and geoscience education to your campus, regional, or national event. The TWP focuses on opportunities to strengthen both courses and programs including attracting and supporting diverse students. It brings together expertise from numerous NSF funded projects including the On the Cutting Edge, InTeGrate, SAGE, and GeoNeeds. The TWP is a part of NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program.

Apply by October 15, 2021 for Spring/Summer workshops

Virtual Workshop: Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB - Online October 17-19, 2021

At this 3-day faculty-led workshop, educators in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geoscience, Math, Physics, and allied fields will develop curriculum while sharing strategies, tools, and challenges teaching computational courses in in-person and online settings. Participants will work alongside peers and MATLAB experts to both develop and upgrade teaching content and course materials that incorporate MATLAB for computation. Workshop discussions will include strategies, tools, and best practices for building computational thinking skills in classroom and online settings. Learn more on the workshop page.

Section and Division Highlights

Teacher Education (TED) Division

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Career Hub

Education Specialist - American Geosciences Institute