NAGT > Professional Development > GSA Sessions and Activities > Past Sessions and Activities > 2009 GSA

NAGT Activities at 2009 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting held in Portland, OR, October 18-21, 2009. Please submit an abstract and plan to attend the following sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels. You can also come by the NAGT booth (#770) to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about you can be involved in your organization.

Receptions and Events | Pardee Keynote Symposia | Topical Sessions | Organizational Business

Receptions and Events


Pardee Keynote Symposia Abstract Deadline - August 11, 2009

Click here to see all the Pardee Symposia.

P1. Crisis in the Cryosphere: Impacts of Planetary Meltdown
American Quaternary Association (AMQUA); GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA); National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geology and Society Division
George T. Stone, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wis.; Andrew M. Buddington, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Wash.; Michael E. Mann, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn.
Wed., 21 Oct, 1:30–5:30 p.m.
All components of the cryosphere are in decline: ice sheets and outlet glaciers, ice caps and valley glaciers, ice shelves and sea ice, permafrost. This worldwide meltdown presages catastrophic impacts on water supplies, sea level, and coastlines.
Submit an abstract to this session
P6. Google Earth to Geoblogs: Digital Innovations in the Geosciences
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Google, Inc.; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
P. Kyle House, University of Nevada, Reno, Nev.; John Bailey, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska; Ronald C. Schott, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kans.; Mano Marks, Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif.; Glenn A. Richard, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.; Peter A. Selkin, University of Washington, Tacoma, Wash.
Sun., 18 Oct., 1:30–5 p.m.
Digital technologies such as Web 2.0 services, virtual globes, and new applications of digital photography can enhance understanding of geology at all levels and across all disciplines. This session will highlight particularly novel and innovative applications of these technologies.
Submit an Abstract to this session


Topical Sessions Abstract Deadline - August 11, 2009

These educational sessions are sponsored in part by NAGT. For a full listing of the educational sessions at the meeting click here or see below.

T98. Earth Science in Place-Based Teaching (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division
Charles Ault, Steven Semken
Participants will share ideas on using geographically diverse "places" as contexts for teaching Earth science. Place-based teaching cultivates local knowledge and encourages the appreciation of landscapes. The "place" approach also incorporates important cultural and aesthetic insights.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
Submit an abstract to this session
T99. EarthScope Education and Outreach: Connecting Students, Teachers, and the Public to the Dynamic Landscape of North America
GSA Geophysics Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division
Robert J. Lillie, Susan Eriksson, John Taber
This session presents case studies of efforts to engage scientists, students, teachers, policy makers, and the public with EarthScope data and discoveries, and their bearing on a broad range of scientific and societal issues.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
Submit an abstract to this session
T100. Field Geology Education — Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
David Mogk
This session will address numerous aspects of field instruction including historical perspectives, alternative curricula, field technology, original research, and international experiences with a focus on learning goals, pedagogic value and assessment of learning in the field.
Geoscience Education; Structural Geology; Geomorphology
Submit an abstract to this session
T101. GIS in K-16 Geoscience Courses: Constructing Knowledge using GIS in Geoscience Courses
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division
Aida Awad, Michael Taber
Integrating GIS into K-16 geoscience courses provides rich opportunities for students to learn geoscience concepts while exploring relevant data and problems. Visualization, critical thinking, problem solving and computation skills are enhanced through the integration.
Geoscience Education; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
Submit an abstract to this session
T102. Geological and Environmental Sciences Research Forum: Greater Visibility and Iinteractions Between the Undergraduates and K12 Students (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
Undergraduate and K12 Students interested in current environmental/geological issues will be able to exchange their ideas and findings through their poster presentation and receive feedback from the attendees, as well; great venue for making well-informed decision on future career choices. Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Environmental Geoscience
Submit an abstract to this session
T103. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Education
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Bruce Heise, Melanie Ransmeier
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the National Parks. Presentations are encouraged on geologic research, mapping, surface/ground water studies, paleontology, coastal geology, education, and resource management on National Park Service administered lands.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
Submit an abstract to this session
T104. Geoscience Programs at Community Colleges: Models for Success and Innovation
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division
Eric M.D. Baer, Frank D. Granshaw
Community College programs are diverse and multifaceted. This session will highlight a variety of programs and how they successfully achieve their goals
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
Submit an abstract to this session
T106. Opportunities and Challenges for Geologic Hazards Education in Cascadia: In Memory of John Lahr
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geology and Health Division
Robert F. Butler, Carolyn L. Driedger, James Roddey
This session will provide an opportunity for Geoscience educators, K-12 Earth science teachers, and scientists and officials to showcase successes in and challenges to geologic hazards education in Cascadia and other regions.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
Submit an abstract to this session
T107. Promoting Literacy About Earth System Science Concepts
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Michael Wysession, Nicole LaDue
Multiple community efforts have defined the fundamental concepts of Earth System Science. These documents serve as tools that can unite the scientific community in conveying a common message about Earth science to the public.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
Submit an abstract to this session
T108. Spatial Skills in the Geosciences
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division
Cathryn A. Manduca, Basil Tikoff, Thomas F. Shipley, Carol J. Ormand
Papers in this session will describe research on the spatial skills that underpin our ability to learn about geoscience or do geoscience research, as well as educational or technical innovations that develop these skills. Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T109. Successful Models of Collaborations between High Schools and Two-year and Four-year Institutions
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division
Aida Awad, Steve Mattox
This session highlights collaborations with high schools that lead to students entering the geosciences, including duel credit, high school teachers offering courses for college credit and duel enrollment, high school students attending college classes.
Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T110. Teaching and Research Challenges and Successes for Solitary Geologists in Academia
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division; Council on Undergraduate Research
Janis D. Treworgy, Laura Guertin
Are you the only geologist at your institution? You are not alone! Come share your experiences and network with others like you. Discuss facilities, course load, research opportunities, challenges, successes, and what keeps you there.
Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T112. The Nature of Geoscience Expertise
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
David W. Mogk, Kim A. Kastens, Cathryn A. Manduca
Key aspects of geoscience expertise will be explored including spatial and temporal thinking, understanding Earth as a complex system, learning in the field, and integration of evidence across many scales of observation, methods, and sub-disciplines.
Geoscience Education; Structural Geology; Geomorphology
Submit an abstract to this session
T114. What Can We do to Help Our Students Become Better Learners? Fostering the Development of Metacognition and Self-Regulation
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Dexter Perkins, Karl R. Wirth
Metacognition, knowledge and regulation of one's thinking and learning, plays a critical role in learning, yet is often overlooked. This session explores approaches and challenges to teaching metacognition and self-regulation within the earth sciences.
Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T117. Geoscience Information Landscape: Pathways to Success (Posters)
Geoscience Information Society; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Jody Foote
The geoscience information landscape is highly varied and offers many opportunities for information discovery. These posters represent the many unique pathways to geoscience information.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoinformatics; Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T118. Navigating the Geoscience Information Landscape: Pathways to Success
Geoscience Information Society; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Jody Foote
The geoscience information landscape is constantly changing. Information comes in an array of formats from a multitude of sources. Successful navigation depends on the paths chosen to identify, gather, organize and disseminate resources. Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoinformatics; Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T120. Darwin, Geology and Evolution: Impact of Darwinian Views on Scientific Theory-Making
GSA History of Geology Division; GSA International Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Paleontological Society; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Yildirim Dilek, Michael Roberts, Léo F. Laporte
In this session, we will discuss and celebrate Darwin's thoughts and past-present impact on geosciences, and will examine implications of Darwin's theory of evolution for geology, biology, theology, and scientific philosophy.
History of Geology; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Quaternary Geology
Submit an abstract to this session
T135. Geology in the National Forests and Grasslands — Stewardship, Education, and Research
GSA Geology and Society Division; USDA Forest Service, Minerals & Geology Management and Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants Programs; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Christopher P. Carlson, Paul K. Doss, J. Courtney Cloyd, Michael A. Crump
This session will explore some of the many aspects of the geological sciences conducted on the National Forests and Grasslands. Topics include paleontology, cave and karst geology, engineering geology and natural-hazard mitigation, hydrogeology, interpretive and recreational geology, geoecology, and more.
Environmental Geoscience; Public Policy; Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T146. Ensuring Geologic Controversies are Addressed with Good Science in the Classroom, the Community, and the Capitol
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Geological Institute (AGI)
Michael A. Phillips, Linda Rowan
Geologic controversies may be real or manufactured, but they always capture the public's attention. This session will present ideas and examples of ways to ensure the scientific perspective is included and given precedence when controversies arise.
Public Policy; Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
Submit an abstract to this session
T160. From Virtual Globes to Geoblogs: Digital Innovations in Geoscience Research, Education, and Outreach
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Google, Inc.; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geology and Society Division
Peter A. Selkin, Glenn A. Richard, John E. Bailey, Kyle House, Ronald C. Schott, Mano Marks
Virtual globes, various means of online collaboration, and novel applications of digital images can significantly enhance geoscience research, education, and outreach. This session will highlight particularly innovative examples.
Geoinformatics; Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
Submit an abstract to this session


T10. Geoheritages, Geoantiquities, and Geomorphosites
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA History of Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
John F. Shroder
The geological heritage of any nation, especially in the United States, lies in the unusual rock and landform sites that need attention and conservation preserve them for future generations and improve and promote education, scientific research, and geotourism.
Geomorphology; Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
Submit an abstract to this session
T14. Sequential and Repeat Photography as a Tool for Earth and Environmental Science Research and Education (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Paul Bierman, Christine Massey, Jamie Russell
Photographs document Earth's dynamic surface revealing climate change and human impact on the landscape. This session will involve researchers and educators using images to study how rivers, glaciers, volcanoes and other landforms change over time.
Geomorphology; Geoscience Education; Quaternary Geology
Submit an abstract to this session
T97. EARTHTIME: From Developing Tools to Teaching about Time
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; Geochemical Society; Paleontological Society; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Samuel A. Bowring, Kirk R. Johnson
High-precision geochronology is revolutionizing our understanding of Earth's history. We seek contributions related to exploring the limits of precision and accuracy of geochronometers, calibration of proxy stratigraphies, and new efforts at educational in-reach and outreach.
Geoscience Education; Geochemistry; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
Submit an abstract to this session
T105. Interactions and Interdependencies of Academic and Applied Geosciences: Advantages, Challenges, and Ways Forward
GSA Academic and Applied Geoscience Relations Committee
Emily S. Schultz-Fellenz, Benjamin C. Burke
This session is a forum for: discussing the reliance of the academic and applied geoscience communities on one another, describing the successes and shortcomings of academic/applied geoscience interfaces, and detailing effective mechanisms for positive change.
Geoscience Education; Engineering Geology; Economic Geology
Submit an abstract to this session
T111. Techniques and Tools for Effective Recruitment, Retention and Promotion of Women and Minorities in the Geosciences
GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee; GSA Academic and Applied Geoscience Relations Committee; Association for Women Geoscientists
Margaret Brewer-LaPorta, Emily S. Schultz-Fellenz
This session provides an open discussion of successful methods for attraction and professional development of women and minorities within both the academic and applied geoscience sectors.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy
Submit an abstract to this session
T113. Using Planetary Examples to Teach about Terrestrial Volcanoes
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; On the Cutting Edge Leadership Development in the Geosciences (an NSF-funded program)
Jayne C. Aubele, Barbara Tewksbury
We encourage abstracts that review and provide ways of integrating volcanoes from other planets into geosciences courses to enhance students' understanding of terrestrial geology and allow students to expand their skills to multiple planetary environments.
Geoscience Education; Planetary Geology; Volcanology
Submit an abstract to this session
T115. Women and Minority Careers in the Geosciences: Successful Strategies for overcoming Challenges
GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee; Association for Women Geoscientists
Jacquelyn Hams, Margaret Brewer-LaPorta, Amy Garbowicz
Successful minorities and women discuss the challenges involved in starting and promoting a career in the geosciences.
Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session
T119. Photographing Geology: The Roles of Imagery and Aesthetics in Geoscience Research and Communication. In Memory of Terry Toedtemeier
Ellen M. Bishop
Images at all scales enhance observation and help communicate geoscience to public and professionals. The session showcases photography and photographic techniques as an essential tool of research, communication, and creative and analytical thought.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoscience Education
Submit an abstract to this session


Organizational Business



See more Past Sessions and Activities »