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I don't have a specific project (as I am anticipating impending retirement), but I have done past poster sessions on Metal Mining in Montana and The Geoscape of Bozeman, Montana (modeled after the Canadian Geoscape series) as well as the flood project I posted. I will be glad to share those ideas with you all.
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My own background is as a marine geologist, oceanographer. I have been doing some type of community based learning for over 20 years, but I only became effective and consistent at it after I took a three day workshop on problem-based service-learning sponsored by the Maine Campus Compact about 10 years ago. Since then I have become a consultant for the Campus Compact and have done workshops on service learning and civic engagement for faculty all over New England. I am really excited about this since you all are geoscientists. Reading the other thread, I am very impressed how supportive many of your home institutions are.
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I like service learning and community based learning but it has to fit the class. I am not comfortable trying it with 60 intro chem students. I have been nominated 3 times for the Maine Campus Compact service learning award.
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I am new to teaching service learning so I hope to learn a lot from those more experienced and to have a finished product that I can test later this semester that will have been peer reviewed and so hopefully work more smoothly.
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We have a number of community partners with which our students have the opportunity to work. Most of the projects completed by the students involve teaching science in the community. We feel this is a great way to help prepare them for their future career and to give them confidence in their ability to teach science.
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A colleague on the human geography side of our department has run a service learning course in the past and we plan to introduce it again next year. In the past he had students commit to volunteering with a local community partner for a certain number of hours per week. I'd like to get environmental studies/science students into this course and partner with local environmental NGOs.
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Hope to communicate with everyone this afternoon.
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I'm Cathy Manduca. Renee what town is Snow in? Great name for a school in the mtns! I'm a petrologist by training, but I spend all of my time now helping faculty be better teachers, building strong geoscience departments, managing the NAGT office, and working on understanding faculty and student learning. Mostly I do that by directing SERC which is full of really wonderful people who do magnificent work. So while not what I anticipated doing with my petrology degree, I like it a lot.
My experience with Service Learning is 0 (other than reading the module :)). That said, I have some experience working with our county on geologic issues and some experience working with the local nature centers.
And I have a lot of experience helping faculty get their teaching activities described and on line- so I can help with that aspect of this workshop.
Looking forward to learning from all of you.
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I am faculty at the City College of New York and City University of New York (NY City). I have a great fascination with complex dynamic systems in my original field petrology and in on how people learn Complex Systems. One of the applications: Understanding Complex Systems in the Environment We Live in
With colleagues from economics I am working on very exciting interdisciplinary projects to 1) Understand the effect of the Green Roofs on local climate 2) Develop environmentally-conscious scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs of the future –including designing courses with a service learning component 3) engage local community residents and stakeholders by creating jobs and wealth in the sustainable production industry. The course I am teaching now is Environmental Soil Science for Urban Sustainability. Soil science will be integrated in the study of urban agriculture and green roofs. The course has a Service Learning Component
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I am Linda Ruiz McCall from Austin, Texas. I am a geologist, MBA and I have a MA in Secondary Science Education from Teachers College of Columbia. Currently, I work for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), a state agency in Texas charged with planning the future water supply looking out 50 years into the future for the people, economy and the environment of Texas. Our agency is involved in education and outreach to help build an understanding about water resources and water stewardship. We are currently working on a new web-based high school curriculum that we hope to release for field testing this summer. Dr. Katherine Ellins from the University of Texas Institute of Geophysics is our primary investigator and the contact that told us (Bridget Cameron and I) about this wonderful opportunity to further develop our service learning componets of our high school program. We hope to us service learning as a means of raising community awareness about the challenges we are facing for our future water supply.
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I am Mary Cosgrove from The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. I am a biologist who is teaching with Stephanie Maes in the Fundamentals of Science II course that we offer to pre-service teachers. We have had service learning in our course for 5 years but we still have to refine the experience and the assessment. It is exciting for me to see so many science faculty interested in service learning. I am looking forward to sharing ideas about our projects and learning about other projects.
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I am a geologist, and also serve as STEM Coordinator for the college. In addition to teaching geology, I teach Integrated Science to Early Childhood Education majors - both Life/Earth Science, and Physical Science. I have taught geology online for 12 years.
I developed my first service learning projects for the Integrated Science courses. I will soon be inducted as a Member of the GPC Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Faculty Academy.
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