In the Trenches - October 2019
Celebrating Earth Science Teachers Who Inspire
Volume 9, Number 4
In This Issue
- Teaching Geologic Labs with 3-D Printed Media: An Experience with Fossil Horse Teeth - Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
- Extreme Event: Using Games to Teach Disaster Resilience - Keri Stoever, National Academy of Sciences, LabX, Washington, D.C.
- Using the United Nations to Teach Systems Science and the Anthropocene - Rebecca Owens, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
- NAGT, GSA, GEO-CUR, Totten, Stout, & JGE Education Division Awards for 2019
- Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards and Outstanding Teaching Assistants Awards for 2019
- ONLINE EXTRA: A Review of A Hero on Mount St. Helens - Lily Hamm, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
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ELISABETH ERVIN-BLANKENHEIM is a geology instructor at Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO, and a doctoral student at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
KERI STOEVER is a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences, LabX, Washington, D.C.
REBECCA OWENS is a professor of geology in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Department at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.
The Miner Award, given for outstanding contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences, was awarded to J. Bret Bennington of Hofstra University, New York.
The 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 Marcia Bjornerud of Lawrence University, Wisconsin.
The Stout Professional Development Grants were awarded to the following:
Sharon Karackattu of Oak Hall School, Gainesville, FL, to fund development of cobalt-electroplated phosphate sensors used to investigate contamination of local water sources
Hannah Miller of Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA, to fund a specialized college course and do field study in the Bahamas to study biogeography and reef ecology
Marissa Isaak Wald of Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM, to create a virtual field trip of the Rio Grande riparian area
The JGE Award for Outstanding Paper was awarded to Benjamin A. Wolfe for his paper "Introductory Geosciences at the Two-year College: Factors that Influence Student Transfer Intent with Geoscience Aspirations," JGE: November 2018, Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 36-54.
The JGE Award for Outstanding Reviewer was awarded to Peggy McNeal of Towson University, Towson, MD.
Geological Society of America Awards for 2019:
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 Sarah L. Sheffield of University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL.
The Totten Geoscience Education Research Award, given in recognition of outstanding research emerging from the geoscience education, geocognition, or related fields, was awarded to Cissy Ballen of Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
GEO-CUR Award for 2019:
The Geo-CUR Award, given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate research mentoring, was awarded to David Gibson of the University of Maine, Farmington, ME.
GED Division Distinguished Service Award:
The GED Division Distinguished Service Award, given in recognition of outstanding service to the Geoscience Education Division, was awarded to Chris Atchison of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards (OEST) are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of Earth science content with his or her students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. The OEST Awards program is designed to identify excellence in teaching, recognize and reward excellence in teaching, stimulate higher levels of teaching performance, establish NAGT as a strong support organization for pre-college education, and, via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of pre-college Earth science education.
Read all about the 2019 winners on the NAGT OEST Awards webpage.
By Lily Hamm, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
In A Hero on Mount St. Helens Melanie Holmes eloquently brings to the forefront the life and legacy of David A. Johnston, a prominent figure in the field of geology. Johnston was an avid runner and loved the outdoors, but he originally took interest in photojournalism rather than earth sciences. It was not until he took an introductory geology course that Johnston realized that geology was the path for him. His college experience led him across the country where Johnston would discover his interest in volcanoes, particularly active ones. Eventually, his research would lead him to work for the United States Geological Survey and place him on Mount St. Helens on the day of its fateful eruption. Read More...
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