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The 2021 Earth Educators' Rendezvous to be Held Online

The 2021 Rendezvous Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 2021 EER will be held completely online from July 12-16, 2021. Moving Rendezvous fully online creates the opportunity to engage a broader and more diverse audience than ever before. Between the knowledge gained from the 2020 EER virtual format and the enthusiastic community participation in the future planning process, the 2021 gathering may very well be the largest and most engaging Rendezvous to date! Be sure to sign up to receive updates as the Rendezvous program and registration details develop and become available.

Online EER 2021 Ideas Welcome: Share Programming Suggestions, Submit a Workshop or Roundtable Proposal

We welcome your input and invite you to share your suggestions for the Rendezvous program or submit a proposal for a workshop or roundtable you want to lead. The committee will review all suggestions and work to create a balanced program that serves diverse audiences. The deadline for all suggestions and proposals is October 15, 2020.

Check out NAGT Sponsored Sessions and Activities at GSA and AGU

NAGT-sponsored activities, sessions, and short courses at GSA and AGU highlight key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels:

Take a Look at the NAGT Webinar Series Fall Lineup

Webinars in the free NAGT Webinar Series provide opportunities to learn more about pedagogy, share classroom and professional experiences and teaching materials, and discuss what works and what's needed in geoscience education. This comprehensive series supports educators of all types including K-12, informal education, and higher education, who are interested in learning from experts and their peers to improve Earth education. Consider inviting your colleagues to attend. View the schedule for upcoming webinars.

AGI/NAGT Lab Manual Tiny Videos are the Perfect Complement to Remote/Online, Hybrid, Flipped, and Face-to-Face Lab Instruction

Geoscience educators face unique challenges teaching remote/online lab courses involving rock and mineral specimens. That's why AGI/NAGT Lab Manual editor Vince Cronin created "tiny videos" in an effort to make the Lab Manual more useable for remote/online, hybrid courses, flipped, and face-to-face lab courses, useable with both the 12th and 13th editions. Check out the "tiny videos" on the YouTube channel Cronin Geoscience Ed. All videos have an end page referring users to the current edition of the Lab Manual. All videos can be viewed usefully on a smartphone screen.

NSF Request for Information on Federal STEM Education

On behalf of the Committee on STEM Education, NSF has released a Request for Information on STEM education policy. This is an opportunity to provide input to the Committee on elements of the Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan, including future opportunities in STEM education, engaging students where disciplines converge, and building computational literacy. Submit formal comments by October 19, 2020.

This Year's Earth Science Week Theme Celebrates Earth Materials in Our Lives

Earth Science Week will be held October 11-17, 2020 and will focus on the ways that Earth materials impact humans, and the ways human activity impacts these materials in the 21st century. The week will explore a host of related topics such as how do we adopt policies and practices that allow us to take advantage of the unique properties of raw materials efficiently, generating value while minimizing negative impacts both locally and globally. Visit their website for more information.

Register for the November Symposium on Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education

Join a diverse group of innovators on November 12, 13, and 19, 2020 at the Symposium on Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education, hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and funded by the NSF. This virtual event will bring together faculty and administrators from the full spectrum of higher education institutions, employers of STEM graduates, policy makers, funders, companies focused on higher education innovation, and associations serving higher education and individual STEM disciplines. Advance registration is required but there is no cost to participate. To join the Symposium email list, write to

Participate in America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series

The U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences (IUGS) presents the America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series throughout Fall 2020, many Tuesdays at 11:00 am EDT. To view a complete list of webinar dates, topics, and speakers in the series and to register for each individual webinar, please visit the America's Geoheritage II website for more information.

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September 17: Teaching undergrads about floods: frequency, modeling, and mitigation will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET. This webinar introduces instructors to Modeling Flood Hazards teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In this module students learn to do determine flood frequency from gauging data and make flood hazard maps using HEC-RAS. They then apply their findings to identifying vulnerable societal infrastructure making mitigation recommendations to reduce risk. Register by September 15, 2020.

October 7: Navigating life as a GER Student (or interested in becoming one): Getting involved and networking in the community will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00pm PT | 5:00pm MT | 6:00pm CT | 7:00pm ET. This webinar discusses opportunities for students to become involved in both GSA and NAGT, including the path to leadership positions. Attendees will have time to participate in small groups to meet each other and learn about each other's interests/research. This webinar is for students who are conducting geoscience education research and those who are interested in this discipline. You do not have to be an NAGT-GER Division member to attend. Register by October 5, 2020.

October 15: NGSS-ESS Mini-series: MORE! Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, part 2 will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET. Join us for this second webinar in the mini-series where you will learn about more freely available classroom resources from organizations that you'll want to explore for use in your "classroom." The resources focus on providing opportunities for high levels of student engagement and rigor for virtual, face-to-face or hybrid teaching. Each resource provider will have 2-3 minutes to share their resource with the webinar participants. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during the webinar as well. Register by October 13, 2020.

November 5: CUAHSI Services for the Water-Education Community will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 9:00am PT | 10:00am MT | 11:00am CT | 12:00pm ET. This webinar will provide an overview of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) to the NAGT community. Topics will include CUAHSI's Data and Compute Services for discovering, sharing, archiving, and publishing water-related data and other resources such as geologic information. In addition CUAHSI's services for enabling reproducible workflows and code sharing through Jupyter notebooks will be reviewed, as well as computational services. Finally, CUAHSI's services for supporting education and outreach to the community will be discussed. A representative for a CUAHSI member institution will discuss ways in which her Geology department has benefited from CUAHSI's educational and data services. Register by November 3, 2020.


September 15: Teaching undergrads about floods: frequency, modeling, and mitigation webinar will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020. Register by September 15, 2020.

October 5: Navigating life as a GER Student (or interested in becoming one): Getting involved and networking in the community will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Register by October 5, 2020.

October 13: NGSS-ESS Mini-series: MORE! Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, part 2 will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Register by October 13, 2020.

October 15: Share your suggestions for the Online Rendezvous 2021 program or submit a proposal for a workshop or roundtable you want to lead by October 15, 2020.

October 15: NAGT's Traveling Workshops Program application deadline is coming up this October. Apply by October 15, 2020.

November 3: CUAHSI Services for the Water-Education Community will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Register by November 3, 2020.

Ongoing - NAGT Career Hub: NAGT Career Hub allows institutions and organizations to advertise geoscience education related job openings, postdoctoral positions, internships, assistantships, and undergraduate research opportunities. All Career Hub postings are also featured in the NAGTNews e-newsletter and on NAGT's social media. Learn more about posting your opportunity to Career Hub.

Section and Division Highlights

GER Division

TED Division

  • The TED Division's annual business meeting will be Thursday, October 22 at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET. Web link and call-in info will be provided closer to the date. At this meeting, TED priorities for 2020-2021 will be set, new officers will begin work, and your participation is more valuable than ever; tell us what you want this Division to do for you and with you!
  • Feel free to post time-critical info on the TED Division Facebook page.

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Call for Presenters for the IHPST Conference

Submissions are invited for individual, poster, and panel presentations for the 16th Biennial IHPST (Institute for the History, Philosophy of Science and Technology) conference to be held July 4- 8, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This conference will explore emerging paradigms, approaches, and methods for integrating history, philosophy, and sociology of science with science education in the 21st century. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and science education professionals are encouraged to apply. For more information on submitting a proposal please visit the IHPST site. Submit proposals by October 15, 2020. If you have additional questions, contact Glenn Dolphin at

New Undergraduate Textbook: Structural Geology A Quantitative Introduction

Structural Geology A Quantitative Introduction helps students tackle structural problems using a quantitative understanding of the underlying physical principles, and the ability to apply mathematical models to deformation processes within the Earth. An extensive online package of coordinated laboratory exercises enable students to consolidate their learning and put it into practice by analyzing structural data and building insightful models. Resources for instructors include all the textbook figures in full color and sample MATLAB scripts for the laboratory exercises.

To help instructors integrate this quantitative approach into their teaching, a short course will be offered on October 22, 2020 at GSA, Virtual Short Course on Teaching Quantitative Structural Geology (#522). Course registration is US $20; participants will receive a GSA Store voucher for US $20 upon completion. GSA meeting registration is required to attend the course. If you have additional questions, contact Dave Pollard at

Festschrift to Honor the Life of Dr. Lamont (Monty) Hempel

On December 4, 2019, Dr. Monty Hempel, Hedco Chair in Environmental Studies and the Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands, passed away following a brief illness. Dr. Hempel was an innovative interdisciplinary scholar, educator, mentor, and talented documentary filmmaker. He served as the first president of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and as a member of the executive committee of the national Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). His pragmatic idealism and personal modesty belied his significant achievements over more than four decades.

A festschrift to honor the life of Dr. Hempel will be published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences in Summer/Fall 2021. Contributions on subjects related to Dr. Hempel's personal and professional interests are welcomed. Please submit for consideration Abstracts (required) of at least 250 words to Dr. Peter Saundry, Johns Hopkins University, by September 15, 2020. Articles should consist of approximately 4,000-9,000 words (before references) and conform to guidelines in the journal's "Submission Guidelines" found on the journal's website. Completed first drafts of articles must be received by November 19, 2020 to begin the peer review process. Visit this page for more information.

NAGT Career Hub

Do you need to advertise a position opening, event, or field trip? Submit your posting to the NAGT Career Hub!

Rock and Mineral Exchange

Available Samples

Petrology Samples

Ophiolite, Tertiary sedimentary, misc metamorphic

Desired Specimens

Precambrian chert. Stromatolites


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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