NAGTNews March 2021

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News and Announcements

Announcing the NAGT Excellence in JEDI Award

NAGT is pleased to announce the brand new Excellence in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Award. The NAGT DEI committee recognizes an individual or group for their outstanding contribution(s) that may include, but are not limited to, developing both formal and informal activities that promote JEDI in the geosciences, exemplary mentorship of the next generation of diverse geoscientists and geoscience educators, influential communications that promote discussion and actions in support of JEDI, or relevant scholarly contributions.

The JEDI awardee will receive a complimentary one-year membership to NAGT, a ticket to the NAGT luncheon at the GSA Annual Meeting, and an invitation to present their relevant work to the membership at a DEI committee sponsored event. Nominations are due April 15.

Learn more and nominate

Nominate yourself or your colleagues for other NAGT awards!

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award. Nominations due March 31. Learn more and nominate

James Shea Award for contributions to Earth science writing and editing

The NAGT presents the James H. Shea Award annually to an individual for exceptional contributions in the form of writing and/or editing of Earth science materials (broadly construed) that are of interest to the general public and/or teachers of Earth science. This award was established in 1991 in honor of James H. Shea, long-time editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education, and commemorates his long-standing commitment to promoting high quality geoscience education by publishing the best ideas for effective and innovative teaching. Nominations due April 15. Learn more and nominate

Neil Miner Award for stimulating interest in Earth sciences

Each year, the NAGT presents the Neil Miner Award to an individual for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences. The Award, presented each year since 1953, commemorates Neil Miner's concern for personal excellence and effective teaching. Nominations due April 15. Learn more and nominate

Robert Christman Award for service to NAGT

The Robert Christman Distinguished Service Award was established by the Executive Committee in April, 2008, to recognize individuals who have provided long, distinguished service to the Association at the national and/or section level. Learn more and nominate

Dorothy LaLonde Stout Professional Development Award

Dottie Stout was the first female president of NAGT and was active as a strong supporter of Earth science education at all levels. In honor of Dottie's outstanding work and lifelong dedication to Earth science education, NAGT gives these awards to faculty and students at two-year colleges and K-12 teachers. Nominations due May 15. Learn more and nominate

Support K-12 Teachers Attending the 2021 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

Bring a teacher to the Rendezvous! Donations to the NAGT Professional Development Fund received between March 1-June 30 will go toward supporting K-12 educators who attend the 2021 Earth Educators' Rendezvous.

Our goal is to provide 3 days of registration for 20 K-12 teachers. Help us meet our goal with a contribution of any amount to the NAGT Professional Development Fund today!

Donate today!

Are you a K-12 Teacher interested in attending the Rendezvous? Apply for a K-12 Stipend!

A limited number of stipends will be available in the form of registration discount codes for successful applicants who intend to participate in least two days of events at the Rendezvous. Application deadline April 1, 2021 (late applications will be considered, as funds permit).

Learn more and apply

Check out some of the sessions that may be of interest to K12 educators!

Registration for the 7th Annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous July 12-16, 2021, Online

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the seventh annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place online from July 12-16, 2021! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.

Apply for a Traveling Workshop to help with strategic planning

The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event to help you and your colleagues with strategic planning. Designed for departments, institutions, or groups of institutions with shared interests, TWP offers workshops on strengthening geoscience departments, fostering collaboration in the development of cross-campus environmental and sustainability programs, developing strategies for supporting the success of all students, and more. Apply to bring facilitators to you for a Fall 2021 workshop by March 15, 2021.

Earth Science Week 2021 Image Contest: "Water Today and for the Future"

NAGT is a sponsor for AGI's Earth Science Week in October 2021. In an effort to raise awareness of NAGT with teachers across the country, we are producing print and digital materials to be distributed during Earth Science Week. We hope to showcase imagery from our members that fits the 2021 theme of "Water Today and for the Future." Submit your photos, maps, graphs, or any other kind of "images!"

Submit an image

Awards and Recognition

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

GETSI Mini Short Course: Teaching about Modeling Flood Hazards (Majors-level module) - March 25, 2021

12-2 pm PT | 1-3 pm MT | 2-4 pm CT | 3-5 pm ET | 8-10 pm UTC
Register by March 23, 2021

NAGT Webinar: Graduate student onboarding courses: Exposing the hidden curriculum to help your students succeed - March 30, 2021

12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET
Register by March 28, 2021

NAGT Webinar: ShakeAlert: Educational resources for teaching about earthquakes and early warning in the US - March 31, 2021

11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET
Register by March 29, 2021

NAGT Webinar: Social Media, from the chat room to the classroom - April 8, 2021

1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET
Register by April 6, 2021

Nanotechnology in STEM Workshop: NNCI Nanoscience Earth and Environmental Science Research Community Virtual Workshop - May 24-25, with optional 'Office Hours with Experts' on May 26, 2021

Days begin at: 11am ET/ 10am CT/ 9am MT/ 8am PT (Duration: 4 hours each day)
Register by May 17, 2021

The 7th Annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous - Online July 12-16, 2021

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the seventh annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place online from July 12-16, 2021! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop - July 25-29, 2021 (Online)

The Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career will be held online July 25-29, 2021, (with an optional visit to NSF - date TBA). This annual workshop is designed for those in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position. The workshop is part the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, and is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by NAGT, and a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education and other contributing sponsors. Apply to attend the Early Career Workshop by March 26, 2021.

Section and Division Highlights

Geoscience Education Research (GER) Division

Nominate a colleague for the GER Transformation and Collaborations Award

Nominations for the GER Transformation and Collaborations Awards are now open! These awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to the development of and capacity for geoscience education research, including non-GER colleagues (e.g. geophysicists, educational psychologists, education researchers, etc.) who have infused the GER community with new ideas. Find out more about both awards and make your nominations by June 15, 2021!

Teacher Education (TED) Division

Upcoming TED ExComm meeting

NAGT members are invited to participate in the next meeting of the TED Executive Committee on April 6 at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET. Plan on a 75-minute meeting. For meeting details, please contact Suzanne Metlay.

Post to the TED Division Facebook Page

Members are invited to post time-critical information on the TED Division Facebook page.

Eastern Section

Annual Eastern Section meeting

The Eastern Section will be holding its annual meeting on Friday, June 4, via Zoom. Read the winter 2021 NAGT-ES Bulletin for more information. (Acrobat (PDF) 4MB Mar9 21)

Pacific Northwest Section

Read the PNW Section Winter 2021 Newsletter

In case you missed it, the PNW Section shared their winter 2021 newsletter recently. You can read it here. (Acrobat (PDF) 1.3MB Mar9 21)

For Students

Earth Educators' Rendezvous Academic Career Prep Award for graduate students

Thanks to generous donations from NAGT members and donors, graduate students attending the Mon-Wed Academic Career Preparation workshop at the Earth Educators Rendezvous are eligible to apply for a limited number of stipends. Applications due April 1, 2021.

Volunteer at the Earth Educators' Rendezvous and save on registration!

The Rendezvous Student Support Stipend is intended to reduce the costs of attending the conference for current undergraduate and graduate students in exchange for assistance in supporting Rendezvous programming. Stipends will be provided in the form of a discount code that you can use when registering for the Rendezvous. Learn more and apply.

Prospective graduate students invited to apply for AGU's Bridge Program

The AGU Bridge Program, part of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network, is an effort to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting, and advancing women and historically underrepresented students in geoscience graduate programs. The AGU Bridge program provides students, who have not previously applied, or have applied but were unsuccessful, an alternative pathway to graduate school admission by giving them access to a common application system.

Submitted applications will be circulated to AGU Bridge Partners, who have committed to increasing diversity in their departments. For questions about the program or the student application process, contact: The student application can be accessed by visiting the Interested Students section of the AGU Bridge Program website. Apply by March 31, 2021.

From Our Members

Engage your students with lake research with a virtual art exhibit

If you are looking for something different for your classes, The Canary in the Lake, an art exhibition that includes data from lake research incorporated into the artwork is open virtually March 4 through May 16. The project is a collaboration between artist Alice Hargrave and aquatic ecologist, NAGT member, and Project EDDIE PI, Catherine O'Reilly, showcasing the individuality of lakes as well as the broad range of issues that they face. You can take advantage of the virtual tours and/or have a class visit by Alice or Catherine. Reading lists are available, with a scientific paper for each lake, often the one from which the data were taken. Learn more:

Call for nominations for the 2021 AWG Outstanding Educator Award

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Established in 1988, the premier professional award of the Association for Women Geoscientists acknowledges the role of teachers and mentors in every woman geoscientist's life story. The Outstanding Educator Award honors well-established women college or university teachers who have played a significant role in the education and support of geoscientists within and beyond the classroom, in advancing the persistence of females and underrepresented minorities in geoscience careers, and in raising the profile of the geosciences by teaching to and for the broadest audience of students. Learn more about the nomination process. Nominations due April 1, 2021.

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