NAGT Activities at 2008 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting held in Houston, TX, from 5-9 October, 2008. Please submit an abstract and 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 (#156) to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about you can be involved in your organization.

Receptions and Events | Pardee Keynote Symposia | Topical Sessions | Organizational Business

Receptions and Events

  • Geoscience Social Educators' Reception Saturday 4 October, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. George R. Bush, Grand Ballroom
  • NAGT/GSA Geoscience Education Division Luncheon (Ticketed Event) Sunday 5 October, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Geoscience Education Research Interest Group Gathering Tuesday 7 October, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Pardee Keynote Symposia Abstract Deadline - June 3, 2008

P5. Perspectives on an Emerging Workforce Crisis in Geology: Assessing a Looming Irony

John Holbrook, Kevin Bohacs

The recent and rapid increase in demand for geologists has yet to foster a comparable surge in enrollment. Industries served by geology are scrambling for available graduates. Academia's response is hampered by competing priorities and limited resources. This session assembles diverse perspectives to assess the existence, intensity, and best response to this perceived "workforce crisis" in geology.


Topical Sessions Abstract Deadline - June 3, 2008

These educational sessions are sponsored in part by NAGT. For a full listing of the educational sessions at the meeting click here or see below.

T11. Global Warming Science: Implications for Geoscientists, Educators, and Policy Makers I
T11. Global Warming Science: Implications for Geoscientists, Educators, and Policy Makers II

GSA Geoscience Education Division; The American Quaternary Association (AMQUA); GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
George T. Stone, Andrew M. Buddington

The principal goal of the session is to provide geoscientists and geoscience educators reviews of current hard science on global warming, its current and projected impacts, and policy implications for mitigation and adaptation.

T175. What Should Students be Learning in Our Geology Classrooms?
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Dexter Perkins, Karl Wirth

Should we focus our classes and curricula on essential/threshold concepts or on developing thinking, metacognition, and other skills for lifelong learning? Given overcrowded curricula and professional demands, what approach should we use to achieve the right balance?

T176. The Human Connection with Planet Earth: What is it and Why is it Important?
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Suzanne M. Smaglik, Edward Nuhfer

Is there a link between our curiosity about how Earth works and our desire to be connected to it? Explore ways for geoscience educators to nurture a deeper understanding of earth materials and processes.

T182. Teaching Petrology and Structural Geology in the 21st Century
T182. Teaching Petrology and Structural Geology in the 21st Century (Posters)

GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; On the Cutting Edge; Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Barbara J. Tewksbury, Jeffrey Ryan

This session will showcase innovative and effective classroom, lab, field, and GIS activities for teaching undergraduate petrology and structural geology and for integrating concepts into courses taught in other areas of the undergraduate curriculum.

T185. Teaching with New Tools: Visualizations, Models, Online Data, Games, and More (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Cathryn A. Manduca, Karin B. Kirk, Susan Buhr, R. Mark Leckie

Technology offers new opportunities for teaching geoscience through data access, data visualization and manipulation, and virtual environments. This session will showcase our use of these new tools in geoscience education at all levels.

T187. Research on Geoscience Teaching and Learning in Experiential Environments
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Eric M. Riggs, Joe T. Elkins

Experiential learning environments (field and laboratory) occupy an important position in geoscience education. This session highlights research advances in data-driven assessment of learning, problem solving, and curriculum design in field, laboratory, immersive or virtual settings.


Organizational Business

  • Executive Committee Meetings: 10/4/08, 8:30am - 9:30am & 10/5/08, 9:00am - 11:00am, GRBrown Conference Center (GRB) Room 352C
  • Executive Committee, Council, and Section Reps Meeting: 10/4/08, 9:45am - 12:30pm, GRB Room 352C
  • Executive Committee & Council: 10/4/08, 1:30pm - 4:30pm, GRB Room 352C
  • Reception: Earth Science Education (GSA, GSA Div. Geo. Ed., NAGT, DLESE, Cutting Edge, IRIS, JOI, EARTHSCOPE), 10/4/08, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, GRB George Bush Grand Ballroom
  • GSA Presidential Address and Awards, 10/4/08, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, GRB General Assembly Theater Hall A
  • NAGT/GSA Geo. Ed. Div. Luncheon (ticketed event), 10/5/08, 11:30am - 1:00pm, GRB Room 352C
  • Past Presidents' Breakfast: 10/6/08, 7:15am - 9:00am, Hilton Americas Room 333
  • AGI/NAGT Leadership Meeting: 10/7/08, 1:00 - 3:00pm (Tentative), Hilton Americas Room 331
  • NAGT/USGS Summer Internship Meeting: 10/7/08, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Hilton Americas Room 230
  • Geoscience Education Research Interest Group, 10/7/07, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Hilton Americas Room 329
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