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On the Cutting Edge Review Camp at AGU
Posted: Sep 29 2014
The On the Cutting Edge program is in the process of reviewing the full collection of teaching activities developed through our long-running professional development program. This is an open invitation to Cutting Edge alumni/NAGT members to contribute to this review. We plan to assemble a "review camp" on Sunday, December 14, prior to the annual AGU Fall Meeting. We can offer a $600 stipend to offset travel to the meeting and to cover an extra day of lodging and meals for your participation.
Free NSF IUSE Webinar for Geoscieces Community - October 2, 2014
Posted: Sep 29 2014
Two former geoscience rotators (Jeff Ryan and Jill Singer) in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) are collaborating with the Virtual Faculty Collaborative (VFC), a partnership between AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services, to offer a Webinar to discuss the newly released IUSE Program. The Webinar is intended to provide information to the geosciences community.
2014 GSA Events
Posted: Sep 23 2014
The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting is being held in Vancouver, BC October 19-22, 2014. The GSA program is full of workshops and sessions on topics of high interest to the InTeGrate community. Read on for further details.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Application Period Now Open
Posted: Sep 11 2014
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) applicationperiod is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds.
Seeking Volunteers for the NAGT Booth at GSA
Posted: Sep 11 2014
We are actively soliciting NAGT members to help staff the booth during the GSA meeting in Vancouver. The vendors area will open at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 19 and there are opportunities to volunteer each day until the showcase closes at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 22.

This is a great way to meet other NAGT members from around the country and sharing your excitement about geoscience education is really critical to helping bring new members on board. If you've never volunteered at the booth before, it's so easy! And there will be experienced NAGT officers and staff on hand so newbies won't be thrown in the deep end.

If you have even a little time you can give to representing NAGT, please contact Krista Herbstrith (kherbstr at in the Executive Director's Office and she can get you on the schedule.

And be sure to check out all of the NAGT and education activities going on at GSA -
Experience NEON's Citizen Science Academy Online
Posted: Sep 11 2014
Are you looking for a way to include citizen science in your teaching? NEON's Citizen Science Academy (CSA) is a professional development resource designed to help educators successfully engage learners in key aspects of citizen science, from making observations and measurements to visualization and more. NEON's CSA offers facilitated, self-paced, online courses for formal, informal, and non-formal educators wishing to incorporate citizen science into their educational programs. Registration is now open for the Fall 2014 term. We look forward to meeting you in one of our courses!
Apply to Test Mini-Lessons in Your Classroom
Posted: Sep 11 2014
The MARGINS Mini-Lesson Project (a.k.a., "Bringing NSF MARGINS Continental Margins Research Into the Undergraduate Curriculum") has developed a suite of mini-lessons designed to integrate the successful decade of NSF MARGINS research into the undergraduate geoscience curricula. As with the MARGINS Program, the mini-lessons are organized around four initiatives, focused on the following science topics: chemical cycling in subduction zones (SubFac), seismogenic zone processes at subduction zones (SEIZE), rupturing continental lithosphere (RCL), and source to sink sediment cycling at continental margins (S2S). MARGINS research provided critical new observations and insights into the fundamental geologic processes along continental margins, enabling data rich learning opportunities for upper-level undergraduate students.

We invite you to apply to test one or more of the MARGINS mini-lessons in your classroom - this semester or next. For more information about the project and in-class field testing, to browse the collection of mini-lessons, and to express your interest in joining the effort, please visit the following site:

Further questions and inquiries should be directed to Juli Morgan, MARGINS Mini-Lesson Project Lead (
Executive Director Position at GSA
Posted: Aug 20 2014
The Geological Society of America (GSA), a scientific and professional organization with more than 26,000 members worldwide, seeks an individual to assume the duties of Executive Director as early as January 1, 2015.
Direct Measurement Video project launches expanded video collection
Posted: Jul 25 2014
Direct Measurement Videos are short, high-quality videos of real events that students can use to explore and apply physics concepts. What sets these videos apart from others is that students can measure distances, time, angles, and other variables right off the videos, allowing for a wide variety of quantitative and theoretical exploration.
Michael Wysession Receives a 2014 American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award
Posted: Jul 10 2014
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers and On The Cutting Edge is proud to congratulate Michael Wysession on receiving a 2014 American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award.