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NAGTNews - Vol 16 - No 9 - September 2017

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Welcome to the 2017-18 Program Year!

1. NAGT Activities and Workshops at GSA

GSA is right around the corner. Be sure to check out all of the NAGT and education activities (workshops, field trips, topical sessions, meetings and events) going on at GSA. NAGT is cosponsoring a number of events on a wide array of important education topics. You can see all the NAGT sponsored events on NAGT's GSA webpage.

Don't forget to stop by our booth (#641) in the exhibit hall to learn about recent NAGT activities, sponsored projects, connect with other NAGT members and staff working the booth.

Seeking Volunteers for the NAGT Booth at GSA - We are actively soliciting NAGT members to help staff the booth during the GSA meeting in Seattle. The vendors area will open at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 22 and there are opportunities to volunteer each day until the showcase closes at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 25.This is a great way to meet other NAGT members from around the country and share your excitement about geoscience education. Your commitment and enthusiasm is really critical to helping bring new members on board. If you've never volunteered at the booth before, it's so easy! And there will be experienced NAGT officers and staff on hand so newbies won't be thrown in the deep end. If you have even a little time you can give to representing NAGT, please contact Krista Herbstrith (kherbstr at in the Executive Director's Office and she can get you on the schedule.

2. 2017 NAGT Officer Election Results

The fall 2017 officer election has concluded and we have a new slate of officers for the national association as well as the divisions. You can read all about your new officers here:

We will officially welcome our new officers at the upcoming 2017 GSA Annual Meeting, October 22-25, in Seattle, WA. Congratulations to all the newly elected officers and thank you for your time and commitment to NAGT.

3. Section Call for Midcontinent

Are you a member from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas or Oklahoma? NAGT has received notice of interested members looking to revitalize this section but we need some additional people to step up. It isn't a lot of work and the potential rewards are great. Please email Aida Farough ( if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.

4. Traveling Workshops Program Deadline - October 15

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 themes 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:

  • October 15 (for Spring 2018 Workshops)
  • March 15 (for Fall 2018 Workshops)

5. JGE Volume 65 Number 3 is Now Available

The August 2017 (v 65, n 3) of the Journal of Geoscience Education is now available. Members can access all the articles via the JGE website. The article titles and authors included in this issue are listed below.

  • Towards the STEM DBER Alliance: Why We Need a Discipline-Based, STEM-Education Research Community - Charles Henderson, Mark Connolly, Erin L. Dolan, Noah Finkelstein, Scott Franklin, Shirley Malcom, Chris Rasmussen, Kacy Redd, and Kristen St. John
  • Using Systems Thinking in the Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Complex Educational Innovations, With Examples From the InTeGrate Project - Kim A. Kastens and Cathryn A. Manduca
  • Integrating Scientific Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Writing and Learning in a Global Environmental Change Course - Bess G. Koffman, Karl J. Kreutz, and Kim Trenbath
  • Engaging Engineering Students in Geoscience Through Case Studies and Active Learning - Elizabeth A. Holley
  • A Capstone Course in Ecuador: The Andes/Gal├ípagos Volcanology Field Camp Program - Daniel F. Kelley, Nuri Uzunlar, Alvis Lisenbee, Bernardo Beate, and Hope E. Turner
  • Teaching Complex Concepts in the Geosciences by Integrating Analytical Reasoning With GIS - Chris Houser, Michael P. Bishop, and Kelly Lemmons
  • Assessing the Influence of an Educational Presentation on Climate Change Beliefs at an Evangelical Christian College - Brian S. Webb and Doug Hayhoe
  • Instructor-Led Approach to Integrating an Augmented Reality Sandbox into a Large-Enrollment Introductory Geoscience Course for Nonmajors Produces No Gains - Scott Giorgis, Nancy Mahlen, and Kirk Anne
  • Exploring the Item Order Effect in a Geoscience Concept Inventory - Molly A. Undersander, Richard M. Kettler, and Marilyne Stains
  • A Case of Fragmented High School Earth and Space Science Education in the Great Plains: Tracing Teacher Certification Policy to Students' Access - Elizabeth Lewis and Jia Lu
  • Students' Conceptions of Glaciers and Ice Ages: Applying the Model of Educational Reconstruction to Improve Learning - Dirk Felzmann
  • Influence of Geographic Affiliation on Student Performance in Online Geology and Meteorology Courses - Jeanne L. Sumrall, Renee M. Clary, and Erik B. Larson

6. Workshop: Putting Sustainability into Action - New Strategies for Courses and Programs

October 26-28, 2017
Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL

Sustainability has emerged as a central theme for teaching about the environment. Whether it is from the perspective of science, economics, or society, sustainability is of high interest to students, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences. This workshop is open to multi-disciplinary teams of faculty, administrators, and sustainability officers who work with community members and have opportunities to incorporate and strengthen sustainability in courses and programs. Building on the InTeGrate HBCU Geosciences Working Group experiences and expertise, teams will develop culturally responsive methods and practices for putting environmental and social sustainability into action in courses and programs at their institutions. We encourage applicants from all disciplines, especially, education; natural and social sciences; geosciences; engineering; and humanities.

The application deadline is September 15, 2017.

7. Two Webinar Series for the New Program Year

Implementing the NGSS Webinar Series

The collaboration between NAGT and AGI continues to present monthly webinars on issues surrounding implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in the 2017-18 program year. Webinars will be held on the second Thursday of each month. The first webinar of the year is:

Achieve Resources and Tools for NGSS Implementation
September 14, 2017
1:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Mountain | 3:00 PM Central | 4:00 PM Eastern
Presenter: Matt Krehbiel (Achieve, Inc.)
Registration Deadline: September 12, 2017

InTeGrate Webinar Series

InTeGrate is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 InTeGrate professional development webinar series. Free and open to the public, this series will incorporate InTeGrate pedagogies into teaching practices, provide resources available for adoption, and create a forum for participants to learn and share teaching strategies.

Join us for our second webinar of the series:

Using Model-Based Reasoning and Experiential Learning to Understand and Improve Sustainability in a Campus Food System
Tuesday, September 12
10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
Presenters: Geoff Habron (Furman University) and David Gosselin (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Registration Deadline: September 10

8. InTeGrate Announces New Teaching Modules

  1. Major Storms and Community Resilience is a 3-week teaching module that provides a framework for students to learn how people and communities measure risk assessment, management, and resilience. Major Storms and Community Resilience is a great fit for courses in natural hazards, environmental studies, Earth science, environmental science, public policy and disaster management.
  2. Lead in the Environment is a 3-5 week teaching module that addresses the systems dynamics of lead within the human body, in individual households, and in communities and regions over time. Lead in the Environment is a great fit for courses in Earth and environmental science, environmental health, environmental justice, public health, regional planning, science and society, and urban studies.

9. Earth Educators Rendezvous 2017 Report and Opportunity to Submit Ideas for EER 2018 - Deadline October 1

NAGT organized a very successful 3rd annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous in Albuquerque, NM in July. Approximately 350 educators from across the country and a variety of institution types came together to capitalize on the experience of colleagues in a wide range of fields and to network with others engaged in improving undergraduate Earth education. Events included workshops, two field trips, teaching demonstrations, round table discussions, oral and poster sessions, plenary talks, working groups, and a concluding Town Hall forum.

To learn more about the Rendezvous, visit the program website which also includes a slideshow of the event.

Have a great idea for an event/workshop at next year's Rendezvous? Please submit your suggestions by October 1. The committee will review all suggestions and work to create a balanced program for the 2018 Rendezvous, July 16-20 in Lawrence, KS.

10. Virtual Presentation Opportunity for Your Students

Online abstract submissions are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) for undergraduate and graduate students.

Encourage your students to submit abstracts at To learn more about the benefits of participating in VPS, watch this video where a student and a faculty member share their experiences about the program and visit the VPS faculty page for further information.

Online abstract submissions close: September 30, 2017

Presentation of results is an essential career skill to practice and develop, in or out of Earth and space sciences, and VPS is a cost-effective way to accomplish this for students who cannot attend a scientific conference. By participating in this program, students can achieve international recognition for their research.


Don't have students ready to take part now? Make plans to incorporate the Virtual Poster Showcase into a course, research, or capstone experience. Learn more about available accommodations for students with hearing disabilities. For more information, please contact Pranoti Asher (

11. OER (Open Educational Resources) and STEM Teaching Research

You are cordially invited to participate in a research survey, 'International Post-Secondary STEM Faculty's Beliefs in Teaching, Use of Teaching Methods, and Perception of Adopting OER''.

This study is interested in 1) studying the correlation between STEM faculty attitudes toward teaching with technologies and the perception of adopting OER; 2) investigating the correlation between STEM faculty perception of using active learning strategies and the perception of adopting/using OER; and 3) surveying the correlations between gender, cultural backgrounds, educational backgrounds, and history of teaching STEM courses with the perception of adopting and adopting/using OER.

Visit the website to participate.

Research Team - Baiyun Chen, University of Central Florida; Jin Joy Mao, Wilkes University; Elizabeth Johnson and Juhong Christie Liu, James Madison University

12. Project Dragonfly Earth Expeditions--Now Accepting Applications for 2018

Miami University's Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2018 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle.

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

13. Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) 2018

Call for Abstracts - SAGEEP 2018 Abstract Submission Site Open

Geoscientists from all over the world are invited to submit abstracts to [link 2018/Abstracts & Sessions 'SAGEEP 2018']. The 31st SAGEEP will be held March 25-29, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee United States, a region of North America with numerous attributes of interest to near surface geophysicists. These features, along with topics of national and international interest (infrastructure, renewable and unconventional energy, water, geohazards,unexploded ordnance, etc.) will form the core of a timely and relevant technical program.

Abstracts Due October 20, 2017

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