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Workshop Program

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Educational Quotes Powerpoint (PowerPoint 176kB Jun8 13)

Tuesday, June 4 - Activities review team only

8:00 Instructions OSET B-24 Campus Map (Acrobat (PDF) 1.8MB May28 13)

8:30-4:00 Review team meeting OSET B-24

6:00 Review team dinner TBA

Wednesday, June 5 - Day 1

7:30 Departure for field trip to the Jemez Mountains area Departing from Laguna Hall (where most people will be staying) Campus Map (Acrobat (PDF) 1.8MB May28 13)

We will depart promptly at 7:30. Please be sure to eat breakfast before hand. We will have box lunches for everyone. Be sure to wear field clothes, boots or sneakers, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and rain gear.

6:00 Pre-dinner reception Sadie's Restaurant: 6230 Fourth Street, Albuquerque

Opening mixer with cash bar.

6:30 Dinner Sadie's Restaurant

7:15 Welcome and workshop overview Sadie's Restaurant

7:30-9:00 Kickoff Sadie's Restaurant

  • Keynote address (PowerPoint 28.4MB Jun6 13) by Tom Meixner on the Critical Zone and the concepts that most important to integrate into undergraduate courses.
  • Following Tom's talk, we will have a discussion to brainstorm ideas for integrating Critical Zone concepts into a variety of courses.
9:00 Wrap-up

Thursday, June 6, Day 2

8:15-8:30 Preview of the day OSET B-24 Campus Map (Acrobat (PDF) 1.8MB May28 13)

8:30-10:00 Plenary session: integrating across the HSG disciplines OSET B-24

Part of the focus of this workshop is to address how to better integrate hydrogeology, soils, biogeochemistry, and low-T geohem into undergraduate courses in order to enrich both required and elective courses, to help students de-compartmentalize their thinking about geoscience, and to help instructors design better courses.
  • Part I: What innovative strategies can we use to integrate hydrogeology, soils, low-T geochemistry, and biogeochemistry into the courses that we teach for majors? What are some strategies for addressing aspects of all of these disciplines if a department has only one required course, e.g., only hydrogeology or only geochemistry?
  • Part II: What case studies could be used effectively to give students experience at the intersections among these disciplines?

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Great strategies for teaching hydrogeology, soils, biogechemistry, low-T geochemistry, and upper level environmental geology. This time block is divided into three sets of concurrent presentations by workshop participants. You may go to any one in each time block. Each presentation will be repeated once later in the workshop.

10:30-10:55 Set 1

1a Introduction to USDA soil taxonomy, soil characterization data, and NRCS websites (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.4MB Jun6 13) (participants need laptops) (Steve Driese, Baylor University) OSET B-24

1b Estimating flow through an earthen dam (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.3MB Jun6 13) (Kaye Savage, Wofford College) OSET B-20

1c Co-evolution of Life and Minerals: Overcoming Disciplinary Boundaries (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.2MB Jun6 13) (Penelope Boston, New Mexico Tech) OSET B-91

1d Addressing cultural diversity in the classroom: small changes you can make to help our diverse student population (Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico) OSET B-92

  • handout (Acrobat (PDF) 119kB Jun13 13)

11:00-11:25 Set 2

2a River of the dammed (PowerPoint 2.9MB Jun6 13) (Kalina Dunkle, Austin Peay State University) OSET B-24

2b Soil biogeochemical cycles (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.2MB Jun6 13) (Colin Robins, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges) OSET B-20

2c Constructing student knowledge of mass transport through interpretation of field data (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 246kB Jun6 13) (Jodi Ryder, Central Michigan University) OSET B-91

2d Using soil survey information for geomorphic analysis (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 8.5MB Jun6 13) (Holly Dolliver, University of Wisconsin, River Falls) OSET B-92

11:30-12:10 Set 3 - Please note! The two sessions below will NOT be repeated.

3a Designing effective research project OSET B-20

  • Spaceship Earth research course: freshmen, fear, and fortune! (Penelope Boston, New Mexico Tech)
  • Environmental research project (Colin Robins, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges)
  • Final project (soils) (Daniel Hirmas, University of Kansas)

3b Effective field data collection in a soils course OSET B-91

12:15-1:30 Lunch OSET B20/24

1:30-3:00 Mini-workshops Set 1. These workshops are designed to provide participants with some background in a topic with which they are not familiar and with time for discussion on how to integrate that topic into a course. Each workshop will have a content block followed by discussion and work time for participants to get started developing an activity for their own classrooms. Workshops will run concurrently, and participants will choose one mini-workshop to attend. 1a and 1b will be repeated on Saturday.

1a: Geomicrobiology (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 54.1MB Jun6 13) (Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas) OSET B-24

1b: Soil under the microscope (Steve Driese, Baylor University) Northrup 105

1c: Teaching effectively with "ant farm" hydrologic models (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 22kB Jun9 13) (Maddy Schreiber, Virginia Tech, and Gary Weissmann, UNM) Northrup 147

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:55 Great strategies for teaching hydrogeology, soils, biogechemistry, low-T geochemistry, and upper level environmental geology. This time block is divided into two sets of concurrent presentations by workshop participants. You may go to any one in each time block. Each presentation will be repeated once later in the workshop.

3:30-3:55 Set 4

4a Integrated Critical Zone project (Nick Bader, Whitman College) OSET B-20

4b How to build hydrology teaching resources from alumni, consultancies, and state donations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.7MB Jun6 13) (Devin Castendyk, SUNY Oneonta) OSET B-24

4c Soils as construction materials (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.8MB Jun8 13) (Douglas Kowalewski, Worcester State University) OSET B-91

4d Investigating a real-life groundwater contamination event (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 12MB Jun6 13) (Peter Riemersma, Grand Valley State University) OSET B-92

4:00-4:25 Set 5

5a Using Antarctic data sets to engage students in geochemistry and hydrogeology (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 21MB Jun6 13) (Devin Castendyk, SUNY Oneonta) OSET B-24

5b How to read elemental soil profiles to investigate the biogeochemical processes in the Critical Zone (PowerPoint 265kB Jun6 13) (Lixin Jin, University of Texas, El Paso) OSET B-91

5c Integrating hydrogeologic and geochemical data to examine As in groundwater in south/southeast Asia (PowerPoint 483kB Jun8 13) (Maddy Schreiber, Virginia Tech) OSET B-20

5d Exploring cation exchange capacity through the use of the Soil Survey (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB Jun6 13) (Scott Werts, Winthrop University) OSET B-92

4:30-4:55 Set 6

6a Integrating biogeophysics into a hydrogeology course (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7MB Jun6 13) (Todd Halihan, Oklahoma State University) OSET B-24

6b Using soils data to inform forestry management (PowerPoint 21.1MB Jun6 13) (Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University) OSET B-20

6c Using experiments to introduce the process of scientific inquiry (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 51.7MB Jun6 13) (Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas) OSET B-91

6d Learning of Environmental Geology in Teams in an Active Learning Classroom (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 11.4MB Jun6 13) (Gary Smith, University of New Mexico) OSET B-92

5:00-5:15 End-of-day wrap-up and roadcheck OSET B-24

6:00-7:00 Dinner La Posada Dining Hall

7:30-9:00 Posters OSET B-24

  • Participants who are not giving an oral presentation must bring a poster that describes an HSG assignment or activity. All participants are welcome to bring more than one poster.
  • We will also have tables available for those who wish to do demos.
See the Participant List for links to the posters.


Friday, June 7, Day 3

8:15-8:30 Preview of the day OSET B-24

8:30-10:00 Mini-workshop Set 2: These workshops are designed to provide participants with some background in a topic with which they are not familiar and with time for discussion on how to integrate that topic into a course. Each workshop will have a content block followed by discussion and work time for participants to get started developing an activity for their own classrooms. Workshops will run concurrently, and participants will choose one mini-workshop to attend. 2c will be repeated on Saturday.

2a: Cores and geophysical well logs of aquifer materials (Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico) Northrup 105

2b: Using free geochemical software from the USGS (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 361kB Jun8 13) (Devin Castendyk, SUNY Oneonta) OSET B-24

2c: Using LiDAR data in ArcGIS 10.1 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 8.2MB Jun9 13) (Dave Tewksbury, Hamilton College) Northrup 209

Tutorial for using the new LiDAR tools (LAS dataset and LAS toolbar) in ArcGIS 10.1 (Acrobat (PDF) 13.8MB Nov6 13)

LiDAR dataset for tutorial (Zip Archive 536.5MB Jun9 13): this is a large zipped folder that will take awhile to download.

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Great strategies for teaching hydrogeology, soils, biogechemistry, low-T geochemistry, and upper level environmental geology. This time block is divided into two sets of concurrent presentations by workshop participants. You may go to any one in each time block. These presentations are repeated from earlier sessions.

10:30-10:55 Set 7

7a Using soil survey information for geomorphic analysis (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 8.5MB Jun6 13) (Holly Dolliver, University of Wisconsin, River Falls) OSET B-24

7b Integrated Critical Zone project (Nick Bader, Whitman College) OSET B-20

7c Estimating flow through an earthen dam (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.3MB Jun6 13) (Kaye Savage, Wofford College) OSET B-91

7d Learning of Environmental Geology in Teams in an Active Learning Classroom (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 11.4MB Jun6 13) (Gary Smith, University of New Mexico) OSET B-92

11:00-11:25 Set 8

8a Integrating biogeophysics into a hydrogeology course (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7MB Jun6 13) (Todd Halihan, Oklahoma State University) OSET B-24

8b Co-evolution of Life and Minerals: Overcoming Disciplinary Boundaries (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.2MB Jun6 13) (Penelope Boston, New Mexico Tech) OSET B-20

8c How to read elemental soil profiles to investigate the biogeochemical processes in the Critical Zone (PowerPoint 265kB Jun6 13) (Lixin Jin, University of Texas, El Paso) OSET B-91

8d Soils as construction materials (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.8MB Jun8 13) (Douglas Kowalewski, Worcester State University)OSET B-92

11:30-11:55 Set 9

9a Integrating hydrogeologic and geochemical data to examine As in groundwater in south/southeast Asia (PowerPoint 483kB Jun8 13) (Maddy Schreiber, Virginia Tech) OSET B-20

9b Introduction to USDA soil taxonomy, soil characterization data, and NRCS websites (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.4MB Jun6 13) (participants need laptops) (Steve Driese, Baylor University) OSET B-24

9c Constructing student knowledge of mass transport through interpretation of field data (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 246kB Jun6 13) (Jodi Ryder, Central Michigan University) OSET B-91

9d Using experiments to introduce the process of scientific inquiry (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 51.7MB Jun6 13) (Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas) OSET B-92

12:00-12:45 Lunch OSET B20/24

12:45-2:15 Discussion topics: We will have three concurrent sessions to discuss topics suggested by workshop participants. You will choose one session to participate in for discussion, but you will hear a summary of the discussions of other groups when we re-convene for the end-of-day wrap-up.

Topic 1: Environmental topics and skills - what should we be teaching in courses related to the environment? (Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico, moderating) OSET B-91

Topic 2: Integrating effective research experiences into courses (or analysis of hydrochemical data) (Jen Roberts moderating) OSET B-20

Topic 3: Teachable moments: when an event happens, how do we make the most of the teachable moment without resorting to show and tell? (Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College, moderating) OSET B-24

Ideas and results of "Teachable Moments" discussion (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 152kB Jun8 13)

2:15-6:00 Field mini-workshop: We will head out by bus to a site along the Rio Grande to give participants an opportunity to learn about field data and sample collection techniques that are outside their areas of expertise and to discuss implementation strategies for courses. We'll have a number of different options in soils, hydrogeology, and geochemistry. Be sure to wear field clothes and bring a hat, suncreen, and sunglasses. We will provide water.

6:00-7:00 Dinner Everyone is on their own to eat dinner in Nob Hill after the field workshop.


Saturday, June 8, Day 4

8:15-8:30 Preview of the day OSET B-24

8:30-10:00 Designing effective assignments and activities (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4MB Jun8 13) OSET B-24

Barb will introduce a rubric (Acrobat (PDF) 18kB Jul16 08) for evaluating the quality of an assignment or activity, and we will ruthlessly evaluate a poorly designed activity (Microsoft Word 1.4MB Jun8 13). We'll then explore a number of effective teaching strategies for redesigning the activity to more actively and effectively engage students in learning. Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College

Jigsaw version (Microsoft Word 2.7MB Jun8 13)

Gallery Walk version (Microsoft Word 38kB Jun8 13)

Pre-class prep assignment (Microsoft Word 2.1MB Jun8 13)

Follow-up assignment (Microsoft Word 36kB Jun8 13)

Resource pages on the jigsaw technique

On the Cutting Edge webinar on jigsaws

On the Cutting Edge webinar on concept sketches

More resources on Concept Sketches (scroll down toward the bottom of the page)

On the Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial

Resource pages on the Gallery Walk technique

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Review of new submissions to the collection (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.9MB Jun8 13) OSET B-24

Each participant will review three of the new submissions to the HSG assignment/activity collection. Your assignment can be accessed through the HSG Activity Review Process page.

12:00-1:15 Lunch OSET B20/24

1:15-3:00 Great strategies for teaching hydrogeology, soils, biogechemistry, low-T geochemistry, and upper level environmental geology. This time block is divided into two sets of concurrent presentations by workshop participants. You may go to any one in each time block. These presentations are repeated from earlier sessions.

1:15-1:40 Set 10

10a How to build hydrology teaching resources from alumni, consultancies, and state donations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.7MB Jun6 13) (Devin Castendyk, SUNY Oneonta) OSET B-24

10b River of the dammed (PowerPoint 2.9MB Jun6 13) (Kalina Dunkle, Austin Peay State University) OSET B-20

10c Using soils data to inform forestry management (PowerPoint 21.1MB Jun6 13) (Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University) OSET B-91

10d Soil biogeochemical cycles (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.2MB Jun6 13) (Colin Robins, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges) OSET B-92

1:45-2:10 Set 11

11a Using Antarctic data sets to engage students in geochemistry and hydrogeology (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 21MB Jun6 13) (Devin Castendyk, SUNY Oneonta) OSET B-24

11b Addressing cultural diversity in the classroom: small changes you can make to help our diverse student population (Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico) OSET B-91

11c Investigating a real-life groundwater contamination event (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 12MB Jun6 13) (Peter Riemersma, Grand Valley State University) OSET B-92

11d Exploring cation exchange capacity through the use of the Soil Survey (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB Jun6 13) (Scott Werts, Winthrop University) OSET B-20

2:15-2:55 Set 12 - Please note! The two sessions below are NOT repeated from an earlier set.

12a Teaching good field and laboratory methods OSET B-24

12b Teaching students how to access and use USGS watershed data (PowerPoint 4.5MB Jun8 13) OSET B-92

  • Watershed area and discharge relationships (Steve Petsch, UMass, Amherst)
  • Accessing and analyzing free real-time USGS discharge data (Nick Bader, Whitman College)

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Mini-workshops Set 3 : These workshops are designed to provide participants with some background in a topic with which they are not familiar and with time for discussion on how to integrate that topic into a course. Each workshop will have a content block followed by discussion and work time for participants to get started developing an activity for their own classrooms. Workshops will run concurrently, and participants will choose one mini-workshop to attend. These workshops are repeated from earlier mini-workshops sessions

3a: Geomicrobiology (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 54.1MB Jun6 13) (Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas) OSET B-24

3b: Using LiDAR data in ArcGIS 10.1 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 8.2MB Jun9 13) (Dave Tewksbury, Hamilton College) Northrup 209

Tutorial for using the new LiDAR tools (LAS dataset and LAS toolbar) in ArcGIS 10.1 (Acrobat (PDF) 13.8MB Nov6 13)

LiDAR dataset for tutorial (Zip Archive 536.5MB Jun9 13): this is a large zipped folder that will take awhile to download.

3c: Soil under the microscope (Steve Driese, Baylor University) Northrup 105

5:00-5:15 End-of-day wrap-up and roadcheck OSET B-24

6:00-7:00 Dinner La Posada Dining Hall

7:00-9:00 Optional discussion OSET B-24

How does our understanding of modern Critical Zone processes and Earth systems help us understand the geologic record? (PowerPoint 6.2MB Jun8 13) Does the geologic record help us predict the future? How can we help students to have "ah ha" insights into these topics that integrate their entire geologic experience? Discussion led by Steve Driese and Jen Roberts.

Sunday, June 9, Day 5

8:15-8:30 Preview of the day OSET B-24

8:30-10:00 Improving students' abilities in applied decision-making: service learning and other strategies (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 12.7MB Jul3 13)
OSET B-24

Devin Castendyk (SUNY Oneonta) and Kaye Savage (Wofford College) will give catalyst presentations, and the group will then divide into smaller groups to brainstorm ideas for giving students effective practice in applied decision-making in service-learning contexts and in case study contexts. A third group will discuss the appropriate balance in courses between basic and applied aspects.

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Feedback from activity reviews and/or time to work OSET B-24

Please have your activities reviewed by 11:00.Between 11 and 12, you can ask for feedback from the people who reviewed your activity, or you can work on your posters for the informal poster session, or you can revise your activity submission.

12:00-1:30 Lunch OSET B20/24

1:30-2:45 Work and poster preparation time OSET B-24

Participants will prepare informal posters with outlines for three new assignments/activities for a particular course that use effective teaching strategies for actively engaging students. Poster must be up by 3:00.

  1. One idea must engage students in aspects of the Critical Zone.
  2. One idea must integrate an approach from one of the disciplines that is not the main focus of the course.
  3. The third idea can be for any assignment/activity that uses a strategy or idea presented at this workshop.

Please put the following at the top of each of your posters:

Your name, course title, # of students, other relevant course info (e.g., required course in hydrogeology, senior capstone course, etc,)

3:00-4:30 Informal poster session OSET B-24

We will have three 20-minute sessions where 1/3 of the participants will be at their posters for 20 minutes and the remaining 2/3 of participants will circulate during each of the three sessions.

4:30-5:00 Workshop wrap-up and evaluation OSET B-24

Don't miss this touching poem (Acrobat (PDF) 9kB Jul8 13) created by several workshop participants as a tribute to our time together.


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