NAGT, GSA, and CUR Education Division Awards for 2015
We are very happy to congratulate the winners of a number of awards being given by NAGT, the GSA Education Division, and the Council on Undergraduate Research Geoscience Division. These awards will be officially presented at the 2015 Awards Luncheon taking place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 during the GSA Annual Meeting. Read about all the award winners below.
NAGT James Shea Award
2015 Awardee - Nick Zentner, Central Washington University
NAGT Neil Miner Award
2015 Awardee - Bob Butler, Portland State University
NAGT Bob Christman Award
2015 Awardee - Andrew Buddington, Spokane Community College
NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teach Awards
Read about the Sectional and State Winners for 2015
NAGT Dorothy LaLonde Stout Professional Development Awards
2015 Awardees - Melissa Hage, University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, Baraboo, WI; Angela Shankle, Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces, NM; Robin Wilson, Emmett High School, Emmett, ID
NAGT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
NAGT also recognizes outstanding teaching assistants in geoscience education with up to 30 awards annually. Undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants are eligible for the award. Learn about the 2015 Awards
Journal of Geoscience Education Outstanding Paper Award
The JGE Outstanding Paper Award celebrates outstanding scholarly contributions made to the Journal of Geoscience Education. These are characterized by innovative enhancement of student learning, advancement of the discipline of geoscience education, and/or broad societal impact of vital and significant high quality geoscience education.
2015 Outstanding Paper: Carol J. Ormand, Cathryn Manduca, Thomas F. Shipley, Basil Tikoff, Cara L. Harwood, Kinnari Atit, and Alexander P. Boone, "Evaluating Geoscience Students' Spatial Thinking Skills in a Multi-Institutional Classroom Study"
Journal of Geoscience Education Outstanding Reviewer Award
The JGE Outstanding Reviewer Award celebrates outstanding contributions by peer reviewers of the Journal of Geoscience Education. It recognizes those who provided reviews of exceptional quality, completed reviews more quickly than average, and/or completed more reviews than average.
2015 Outstanding Reviewer: Katrien van der Hoeven Kraft (Whatcom Community College) and Roger Levine (Independent Consultant)
GSA Education Division Biggs Award
Kyle Gray has taught Earth science and science education courses at the University of Northern Iowa since 2009. His teaching style is studentcentered and constructivist. Students in his Inquiry into Earth and Space Science class, a course with no formal lectures, engage in inquiry-based activities and projects in the three disciplinary areas of geology, meteorology, and astronomy. Elementary education majors receive extensive hands-on experience that provides them with not only content but also examples of activities and curricular material that will be useful in their future careers. He makes extensive use of engagement activities such as "clickers" as well as lecture tutorials, physical models, and in-class activities. In 2013, he received the UNI Liberal Arts Core Excellence in Teaching Award.
Council on Undergraduate Research - Geoscience Division (GeoCUR) Undergraduate Mentoring Award
Mark is noted for the amount of time he devotes to each of his students, not just communicating knowledge, principles, and methods of research but also conveying the life of a scientist. Former students praise him as an exemplar in mentoring student researchers, going beyond the research process by listening to the ideas of students, giving career advice on career pathways and graduate school, and for being accessible, approachable, and patient. He continues to connect with alumni as well and to stay in touch regarding further research. One former student assesses him this way: "Dr. Wilson is quite simply the best teacher and mentor that I have been exposed to throughout my academic career."