NAGT Activities at 2019 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Phoenix, Arizona from September 22-25. Plan to attend the following sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels. You can also come by the NAGT booth to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about how you can be involved in your organization. More information about NAGT activities at GSA will be added to this page as it becomes available.

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NAGT-Sponsored Field Trip

413. An Educator's Look at Phoenix-Area Geology.

Sat., 21 Sept. Cost USD $204. CEU: 0.8.

Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); NAGT Geo2YC Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).

Leaders: Callan Bentley, North Virginia Community College; Merry Wilson, Scottsdale Community College; Carla McAuliffe; Aida Awad.

Trip Description

This field trip will examine four sites in the Phoenix area of potential interest to geoscience educators. The emphasis will be on teaching geological concepts through in-person field trips, virtual field experiences, and on-site geological models. We will visit the South Mountains metamorphic core complex (including mylonites, pseudotachylytes, and a detachment fault), red beds and primary sedimentary structures in Neogene strata at "A" Mountain on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, landslide breccias at Papago Park, and the GeoScene, a unique rock wall designed to teach geological concepts at Scottsdale Community College. When the temperatures get scorching in the afternoon, we will include a "how to" session on designing virtual field experiences, held in an air-conditioned classroom at SCC. A top notch Mexican lunch at Los Sombreros is also on the menu!

Primary Leader Email Address: cbentley@nvcc.edu

NAGT-Sponsored Short Courses

505. Geoheritage: Concepts and Methods for Sharing Earth's Legacy for Economic, Societal, and Scientific Advancement.

Fri., 20 Sept., 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sat. 21 Sept., 6:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. US$150. Limit: 23. CEU: 1.7
Instructors: José Brilha, University of Braga, Portugal; Thomas Casadevall, U.S. Advisory Group for Geoheritage and Geoparks; Terri Cook, Down to Earth Writing and U.S. Advisory Group for Geoheritage and Geoparks
Cosponsors: U.S. Geoheritage and Geoparks Advisory Group; Association of American State Geologists; Arizona Geological Survey; Geological Society of America; American Geosciences Institute; U.S. Geological Survey; National Park Service; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

519. Preparing Undergraduates: Data-Rich Introductory Teaching Modules and Connecting Content to Geoscience Careers.

Sat., 21 Sept., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. US$20. Limit: 40. CEU: 0.8.
Instructors: Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO; Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College; Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation; Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Cosponsors: GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project; Geo-Launchpad Project; GAGE Facility; UNAVCO; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

526. Teaching Quantitative Structural Geology

Sat., 21 Sept., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. US$20, bookstore voucher. Limit: 30. CEU: 0.7.
Instructors: David Pollard, Stanford University; Stephen Martel, University of Hawaii
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

524. Inclusive and Effective College Science Classrooms: Engaging Students, Designing Lessons, and Integrating Diversity into Curriculum.

Sat., 21 Sept., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m US$45. Limit: 50. CEU: 0.7.
Instructors: Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University; Jeff Schinske, Foothill College; Heather Macdonald, College of William & Mary
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Geo2YC Division of NAGT, GSA Geoscience Education Division, SAGE 2YC

NAGT-Sponsored Pardee Keynote Symposia

P1. Digital Learning Innovation in the Geosciences

Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Geophysical Union; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association

Disciplines: Geoscience Education

Advocates: Ariel D. Anbar; Carla McAuliffe; Brooks Hanson

New technologies for data visualization and discovery, and new education technologies, are transforming geoscience education, enabling active modes of discovery-based learning at scale. Interactive simulations, immersive and extended-reality environments, adaptive and personalized learning platforms, and digital tutoring are examples of technologies that enable rich, active learning experiences in and out of traditional classrooms. This symposium includes presentations, panel discussion, and a hands-on showcase to explore the state of the art and future frontier.

P2. Grand Ideas, Grand Events: Geoscience Research, Geoscience Education, and Human Connections to Grand Canyon at its Six Millionth, 150th, and 100th Anniversaries

Cosponsors: GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division

Disciplines: History and Philosophy of Geology, Geoscience Education, Geoscience Information/Communication

Advocates: Steven Semken; Eleanour Snow; Karl E. Karlstrom; Laura J. Crossey

In commemoration of the concurrent 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell's first expedition and the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park this year, this symposium presents historical and modern perspectives on understanding and sustaining the iconic geological landscapes of Grand Canyon that encode nearly two billion years of earth history. Presenters will highlight the importance of Grand Canyon to the indigenous people who have long inhabited it, the generations of geoscientists who explore and study it, the expert interpreters and educators who teach from it, and the millions who visit to experience and learn from this singular place.

P3. Geoscience Communication in the Modern Age

Cosponsors: GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA History of Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division

Disciplines: Geoscience Information/Communication, Geoscience Education, Geoscience and Public Policy

Advocates: Iain Stewart; Callan Bentley; Mika McKinnon

Geoscience communication takes many forms, sharing information critical to society from scientist practitioners to decision makers and the public, as well as more creative interpretations by communicators seeking connection. This symposium celebrates excellence in several important domains of modern geoscience communication: popular writing (both fiction and nonfiction), visual art, photography, music, film, mainstream media, and social media, as well as research into effective science communication. We examine inspiring examples from accomplished communicators and gain insight how best to help society enjoy a sustainable future on planet Earth (and beyond!).

NAGT-Sponsored Topical Sessions

T111. Broadening Participation in Paleontology: Approaches for Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Christy C. Visaggi, Robyn Mieko Dahl
Paleontological Society; National Association for Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
This session addresses approaches to broadening participation of underrepresented groups in paleontology, including demonstrations and discussion of inclusive teaching practices and student-centered pedagogy as well as innovative outreach projects, mentoring models, and other approaches.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Geoscience Education | Geomicrobiology

T180. Contentious Communication from the Classroom to the Chat Room: How to Have Productive Conversations about Emotionally Charged Topics

Wendy Bohon, Beth Bartel, Justin Samuel
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Committee on Geology and Public Policy; National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
This session will examine the dynamics of communicating contentious topics in the geosciences, with implications for more scientifically based policy decisions, better learning outcomes in classrooms, more productive online conversations, and greater appeal to diverse audiences.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience Education | Geoscience and Public Policy

T184. Geoheritage: Sharing Earth's Legacy for Scientific, Societal, and Economic Advancement

Terri L. Cook, Tom Casadevall, Suzette Kimball
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; Association of American State Geologists; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; American Geosciences Institute; National Park Service; U.S. Geological Survey; U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences; National Academy of Sciences; GSA Geoscience Education Division
This session will highlight the relevance of geoheritage; explore the history, current status, and future of the geoheritage movement; and explore geoheritage's potential for boosting rural economic development and increasing public interest in the geosciences.
Geoscience and Public Policy | Geoscience Information/Communication | History and Philosophy of Geology

T185. Time to Explore: Actively Engaging with Rigorous Three-Dimensional Learning Materials

Aida Awad, Carla McAuliffe, Ed Robeck
GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Geosciences Institute; American Geophysical Union; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association
This active learning, hands-on approach session will allow participants to engage with curriculum materials and sample activities from several organizations that are unified by their attention to next-generation science standards–aligned, three-dimensional instruction that takes a phenomenon-based approach.
Geoscience Education

T187. The Evolution and Diversity of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences

Don Haas, Wendy L. Taylor, Frank Granshaw
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Changing technologies are making capturing and sharing aspects of field experiences easier and richer. How has virtual fieldwork changed and diversified over time? Do we know what students are learning from using and making Virtual Fieldwork Experiences?
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

T190. Making Sense of Methodologies and Theoretical Frameworks in Geoscience Education Research

Katherine Ryker, Karen McNeal, Leilani Arthurs, Emily M. Geraghty Ward
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geoscience Education Research Division: GSA Geoscience Education Division
Methods and theoretical frameworks can come from within and outside of GER to shape our field. Presenters are encouraged to highlight their decision-making process in research studies that advance the field. New approaches and applications of established methods/frameworks are welcomed.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

T191. International Geoscience Education

Mary E. Dowse, Steven W. Anderson, Sharon Locke
GSA Geoscience Education Division; International Geoscience Education Organization; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association; International Association for Geoscience Diversity
Geoscience educators working in international settings at all levels, formal and informal are encouraged to present their experience in this session. The programs of the International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO) will be highlighted.
Geoscience Education

T193. Importance of Involving Undergraduate and High School Students in Geoscience- and Environmental Science–Based Research (Posters)

Nazrul I. Khandaker, Arif M. Sikder, Stanley Schleifer
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Energy Geology Division
This session welcomes submissions from geoscience, environmental science, and other field- and laboratory-based programs that provide experiences for undergraduate and high school students.
Geoscience Education | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Information/Communication

T194. Highlighting Research by 2YC and 4YCU Undergraduate Geoscience Students (Posters)

Adrianne A. Leinbach, Gretchen L. Miller, Stephanie M. Rollins
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers 2YC Division; International Association for Geoscience Diversity
This session is designed for two-year college (2YC) and four-year college and university (4YCU) students presenting research posters in any subdiscipline of geoscience.
Geoscience Education

T195. Hands-On Teaching Demonstrations that Combine Geoscience and Societal Issues: Audience Participation Requested!

Elizabeth A. Nagy-Shadman, Tiffany A. Rivera
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
This is a geoscience education session that practices what it preaches. Authors present micro-demonstrations of effective teaching activities that integrate geoscience content with societal concerns. Presentations include audience participation, assessment results, and reflections on effectiveness.
Geoscience Education

T201. Celebrating the Role of Heather Macdonald in Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges

David H. Voorhees, Callan Bentley, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Geo2YC Division of National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
This is a celebration of the long-term, significant contributions of Heather Macdonald to geoscience education at two-year colleges (2YCs), including SAGE2YC. Presentations should describe outcomes of workshops and programs inspired or organized for 2YCs by Heather.
Geoscience Education

Meetings and Receptions

(NOTE: The Sheraton Grand Phoenix underwent a name change, and is now called the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.)

Sunday, September 22

  • NAGT Executive Committee Meeting - 8:30-9:30am - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown - ROOM: South Mountain (invite only)
  • NAGT Annual & Council Meeting - 9:45-11:45am - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown - ROOM: Encanto A
  • NAGT Journal of Geoscience Education Editorial Board Meeting - 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown - ROOM: Camelback B (invite only)
  • NAGT/USGS Field Camp Business Meeting - 1:30-2:30pm - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown - ROOM: South Mountain (invite only)
  • NAGT/USGS Field Education Forum - 2:45-3:45pm - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown - ROOM: South Mountain
  • NAGT 2YC Geoscience Div. Business Meeting -4:00 – 4:45pm - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown - ROOM: Encanto B
  • NAGT Teacher Education Div. (TED) Business Meeting -5:00-5:45pm - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown- ROOM: Encanto B
  • NAGT Geoscience Education Research Div. Business Meeting -6:00 – 6:45pm, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown- ROOM: Encanto B
  • Geoscience Educator's Reception -7:00-8:30pm, Copper Blues Restaurant, 50 W. Jefferson St, Phoenix

Monday, September 23

  • Joint AGI/GSA Member Societies Meeting - 8:00am - 11:30am - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown (invite only)
  • AGI/NAGT - 11:30-12:45pm - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown (invite only)

Tuesday, September 24

  • NAGT Past President's Breakfast - 7:15-8:30am - Hyatt Regency Hotel Restaurant - Compass Lounge (invite only)
  • NAGT/GSA Geo. Ed. Div/CUR Awards luncheon - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Sheraton Phoenix Downtown - ROOM: Valley of the Sun A/B (ticketed event)
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