In the Trenches - October 2020
Celebrating Outstanding Earth Educators
Volume 10, Number 4
In This Issue
- FROM THE EDITORS: ZOOMING ALONG - Editor in Chief Redina Finch, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
- Increasing URM Confidence Through Mentored Applications to Co-Curricular Experiences - Amanda E. Wong and Michael Guidry, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
- "Here Be Dragons"-and Innovative Ways of Teaching about Antarctic Ice and Scientific Process - Dan Dickerson, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Peter Sedwick, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Shawn Moore, East Carolina University, Greenville NC, Amber Meeks, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and Petros Katsioloudis, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
- NAGT, GSA, GER, GEO2YC, Stout, and JGE Education Division Awards for 2020
- Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards and Outstanding Teaching Assistants Awards for 2020
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FROM THE EDITOR: ZOOMING ALONG...
Redina Finch Editor-in-Chief, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
Increasing URM Confidence Through Mentored Applications to Co-Curricular Experiences
AMANDA E. WONG (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an education research and learning assistant and MICHAEL GUIDRY (email@example.com) is the undergraduate chair of the Global Environmental Science Program in the Department of Oceanography, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI.
Co-curricular research and internship opportunities, like undergraduate research experiences, are enriching opportunities that strengthen the overall education experience for all undergraduate students in STEM (Lopatto, 2007). Research experiences provide students with higher clarity in their interests in research and STEM careers, increased understanding of a research project, and increased confidence in their research skills (Russel et al., 2007). These kinds of experiences are especially important for URM students, who gain and learn more from these opportunities compared to nonminority students (Lopatto, 2007). Read more...
"Here Be Dragons" - and Innovative Ways of Teaching about Antarctic Ice and Scientific Process
DAN DICKERSON (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. PETER SEDWICK (email@example.com) is a professor in the Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. SHAWN MOORE (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the director of the Center for STEM Education at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. AMBER MEEKS (email@example.com) is a science education graduate student at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. PETROS KATSIOLOUDIS (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a professor and chair of STEM Education and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
NAGT, GSA, GER, GEO2YC, STOUT, & JGE, EDUCATION DIVISION AWARDS FOR 2020
The Neil Miner Award, given for outstanding contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences, was awarded to Lori Ziolkowski of the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
The James Shea Award, given to honor individuals for exceptional writing or editing of Earth science materials of interest to the general public and/or teachers of Earth science, was awarded to A. Hope Jaren of University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
The Robert Christman Award, given in recognition of those who have provided distinguished service to NAGT at the national and/or section level, was awarded to Cathryn Manduca the SERC Director at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.
The Stout Professional Development Grants were awarded to the following:
Dan Alcorn of Phoenix High School, Lincoln, CA, to fund field trips to expose students to the geologic wonder of the Devil's Postpile and Pinnacle National Monuments.
Ana Garcia-Garcia of the Physical Sciences Division, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey CA, to fund tidal channel field at Elkhorn Slough Reserve with her students acquire Virtual Reality equipment for her classes.
Matthew Scott of Douglas Freeman High School, Richmond, VA, to fund travel to the commonwealth of Virginia and take samples, photos, and immersive panoramic videos at 23 sites of geologic importance in Virginia to create an interactive and immersive "Real Virginia" map and webpage for student and teacher use with permanent and printable installations in schools across the state to fund field study in Hawaii
Geological Society of America Awards for 2020:
The Biggs Award, GSA's award for excellence in Earth science teaching by undergraduate faculty who have been teaching full-time for 10 years of fewer, was awarded to Sue Ebanks of Savannah State University, Savannah, GA.
NAGT/GER Transformation Award, recognizing outstanding undergraduate research mentoring, was awarded to David McConnell of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
GEO2YC Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, given to Sadie Kingsbury of Mt. San Antonio College, Pomona, CA.
The JGE Award for Outstanding Paper was awarded to Chris Mead, Sanlyn Buxner, Geoffrey Bruce, Wendy Taylor, Steven Semken & Ariel D. Anbar for their paper "Immersive, Interactive Virtual Field Trips Promote Science Learning," JGE: Vol. 67, No. 2, pp. 131-142, DOI:10.1080/10899995.2019.1565285
The JGE Award for Outstanding Reviewer was awarded to Laura Guertin of Penn State Brandywine Media, PA.
Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards for 2020
Read all about the 2020 award recipients on the 2020 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award Winners web page
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