June 2010 NAGT e-Newsletter
This month our teaching resources page features help for Designing or Redesigning Courses
Recent NAGT News
- 2010 NAGT/USGS Interns Announced
- Visualization Materials for the Gulf Oil Spill
- New Visualization Collection on the 2010 Icelandic Volcano Eruption
- Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - June 15
- Outstanding Earth Science Teacher: Southwest Section - June 15; Central Section - June 30
- North Central Section Meeting and Field Trip: Registration deadline July 15
- GeoSkill 2010: The Challenges of Training and Developing E&P Professionals in the 21st Century
Pau, France, 29 September - 1 October 2010
- New Earth Exploration Toolbook chapters: Water Availability, Are Our Cities Warming the Earth?
- Far West Section 2010 Fall Field Conference - Field Trips Announced
New Book List
To recommend a book to highlight in a future issue or to provide a review of a book, please email John McDaris.
Essentials of Oceanography 10th Ed.:
Alan P. Trujillo and Harold V. Thurman
The best-selling oceanography textbook Essentials of Oceanography by Trujillo and Thurman has been recently revised and is now available.
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by David Steer (University of Akron), Editor and Immediate Past President
This column briefly discusses course design issues when teaching large enrollment geoscience courses using a student-centered approach with the help of a teaching assistant. If the financial situation in your state is like mine, budget projections for upcoming funding cycles are dire. Many state-funded institutions have already imposed austerity measures and more are sure to come. This is occurring at a time when enrollments are increasing and many institutions have limited flexibility to raise tuition. As such, it is reasonable to expect larger classes and fewer resources. Therefore, it is prudent to analyze the potential impacts of these changes on teaching and learning in a student-centered class. For those who already operate in an environment where resources are severely limited, we encourage you to write in with your suggestions when designing and managing similar large enrollment classes. (Continue reading and comment...)
You are invited to apply to serve as a consultant to an NSF-funded climate education project. Teachers and faculty who are selected to be in the consultant network will receive $225 for their participation. (Continue reading...)
by Robert Ridky, USGS
Soon to enter its fifth decade, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)-U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Over the past forty-five years, more than 2000 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals becoming full-time employees of the USGS. (Continue reading...)
David Applegate, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 905, Reston VA 20192; firstname.lastname@example.org
I spent the summer of 1989 working for the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado, on an NAGT/USGS Summer Field Fellowship, for which I remain profoundly grateful to both NAGT and the USGS. Getting to Golden was made possible by a wonderful field camp experience the previous summer, when I was one of about a dozen rising juniors and seniors learning the ropes under the guidance of Bill Travers from Cornell. (Continue reading...)
by Carol Ormand, SERC
Over the past year, the Building Strong Geoscience Departments program has run a series of visiting workshops and has expanded its web resources in our continuing effort to share successful strategies across the geoscience community. (Continue reading...)
by Karin Kirk, SERC
There are some upcoming On the Cutting Edge workshops that you may want to explore. Follow the links to learn more details.
- Teaching Climate Change from the logic Record
August 10-11, 2010 with optional field trip on August 12
University of Wyoming – Laramie
APPLICATION DEADLINE - June 30, 2010
- Teaching about Energy in Geoscience Courses
October 30, 2010
Denver, CO in conjunction with the GSA Annual Meeting