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Workshop Overview

The magnitude 9.2 Indian Ocean earthquake of December 26, 2004, produced broad regions of uplift and subsidence. These pre-Sumatra earthquake (a) and post-Sumatra earthquake (b) ASTER images of North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean show emergence of the coral reef surrounding the island following the earthquake. In figures (c) and (d), pre-earthquake and post-earthquake ASTER images of a small island off the northwest coast of Rutland Island, 38 kilometers east of North Sentinel Island, show submergence of the coral reef surrounding the island. Image credit:NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

What are the grand challenges, leading edge ideas, and frontiers in structural geology, geophysics, and tectonics? How can we teach these ideas effectively in undergraduate courses? What innovative strategies can we use to integrate structural geology, geophysics, and tectonics in the courses that we teach for majors? What role can GIS and GPS analysis play in teaching these disciplines? This workshop will be an exciting collaborative effort that will address these issues and more in order to help faculty teach undergraduate structural geology, geophysics and tectonics more effectively.

Workshop goals and format


Landsat 7 view of the Zagros Mountains near Konari, Iran. Image credit:NASA/USGS.

The first workshop event took place at 7 pm on Sunday, July 15, and the last at dinner on Thursday, July 19. An optional field trip took place on Sunday, July 15 before the workshops began.Expectations

Workshop participants must:

Connections with the 2012 Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum

Williams College will host the second Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum from June 14-16, 2012. While the Forum and the Cutting Edge workshop will have different emphases, the two workshops will be connected in a number of ways. First, participants in the Forum, which will have a primary focus on research, will establish the list of frontiers, grand challenges, and leading edge ideas that will underpin some of the discussions in our workshop, which will have a primary focus on teaching. Second, our workshop activities review committee (see Additional opportunities below) will meet at Williams just before the Forum begins.

Costs and logistics

Our National Science Foundation grant provides funding for some of the operational costs of this workshop. To be supported by these funds, a participant must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a US institution. If you don't meet these requirements and are interested in participating in this workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners.

Workshop registration fee: The registration fee is $150 and will include most meals but not lodging. The optional field trip on July 15 will cost $50, which will cover transportation and meals.

Location and facilities: The workshop will be held at University of Tennessee, which is located in Knoxville.

Travel, lodging. Participants or their home institutions must cover lodging plus travel to and from the workshop. We will offer a low-cost option to stay in the dorms at UTenn. Alternatively, participants may make their own lodging arrangements at a local hotel, where we will hold a block of rooms.

Participants must arrive in Knoxville in time for the first workshop event at 7 pm on Sunday, July 15. The workshop will be over on Thursday evening, July 19, and participants will return home on Friday, July 20. If you wish to take part in the optional field trip on Sunday, July 15, you must arrive in Knoxville on Saturday, July 14.

The deadline to apply for travel stipends has passed.

Application and selection criteria

Applicants for this workshop must have a faculty position at a two- or four-year college or university and either teach a course in structural geology, geophysics, or tectonics or have expertise in one of these three disciplines plus experience in integrating the discipline in a significant way into courses in the curriculum above the introductory level. We welcome applications from all academic ranks. The workshop is limited to 80 participants, and the final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a group representing a wide range of experiences, educational environments, and specialties. The application deadline has passed for this event.

Additional opportunities

For more information

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