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July 12, 2012
Three of NAGT's members have been named as a part of the 2012 class of Geological Society of America Fellows.
- Robert Blodgett, Austin Community College, is recognized "for his contributions as a passionate geoscience educator, a noted textbook author, a persuasive advocate for faculty and students at two-year colleges (2YC), and a strong leaders for the Geo2YC Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers."
- Tracy Gregg, University at Buffalo, is nominated for "significant contributions to the study of volcanism throughout the solar system, mentoring numerous successful geosciences students, and support of the Planetary Geology Division of GSA."
- Carl Jacobson, Iowa State University, "has deciphered the complex history of the Pelona-Orocopia-Rand Schists, based on meticulous study of structure, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, and provenance. He and coworkers have provided compelling constraints on the history of magmatism, erosion, sedimentation, subduction, deformation, and uplift of the Mesozoic/Cenozoic continental margin of California."
Congratulations to Bob, Tracy, and Carl!
NAGT member Anne Egger, Central Washington University, has won the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction for June 2012. The prize was established "to encourage innovation and excellence in education by recognizing outstanding, inquiry-based, science and design-based engineering education modules." You can learn more about the prize, see Anne's winning entry, and read the articles by past winners on the Science website: http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/ibi/. Anne typically uses the Plate Tectonics Jigsaw activity towards the beginning of an introductory geoscience course.
May 30, 2012
Trujillo Textbook Awarded a "Texty" Award
Essentials of Oceanography 10th Edition by NAGT member Alan P. Trujillo and Harold V. Thurman was awarded a 2012 "Textbook Excellence Award" from the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), the only association devoted solely to serving textbook and academic authors since 1987. The "Textbook Excellence Award" recognizes works for their excellence in the areas of content, presentation, appeal, and teachability. The publisher, Pearson Education, nominated the book for the award and the textbook was critically reviewed by a panel of expert judges. The award will be presented in June at an award ceremony luncheon during TAA's annual conference.
April 3, 2012
Geoscience Faculty Named Among 300 Best Professors
"For this project, The Princeton Review culled an initial list using its surveys of hundreds of thousands of students that revealed the colleges at which students highly rated their professors' teaching ability and accessibility. Data from RateMyProfessors.com identified more than 42,000 professors at those schools that students had rated on its site. Combining this info, a base list of 1,000 professors was formed. After obtaining further input from school administrators and students, as well as from Princeton Review's surveys of the professors under consideration, the editors of The Princeton Review made the final choices of the professors they profile in the book."