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Connecting Geoscience Departments to the Future of Science: New Structures for Research and Curriculum

Workshop Program

This workshop has already taken place.

Cathy Manduca addresses workshop participants. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

5:00-6:30 Reception/Icebreaker/Welcoming Remarks

Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:30-9:00 Keynote Address and Discussion

Where is our research going? A perspective on the next 25 years
Eric Barron, Dean, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, April 26

8:30-8:45 Opening Remarks

8:45-11:30 The Future of Geoscience Research

8:45-9:30 Panel presentation
You can watch videos of these presentations via this page.
Simon Brassell, Indiana University: Opportunities in Global Change and Geobiology/Biogeochemistry
John Fountain, North Carolina State University: Future Research Trends in Environmental Geology and Hydrogeology
Donna Whitney, University of Minnesota: Frontiers in Solid Earth Geoscience
Poster session on curricula of the future. Joe Elkins describes his interdisciplinary course, GeoJourney. Photo by Carol Ormand.
9:30-10:15 Round table discussion, led by Geoff Feiss, Provost and Professor of Geology, College of William and Mary

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Synthesis: participants will generate a synthesis document regarding the future of geoscience research and the implications for geoscience departments, focusing on major opportunities and challenges.

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Keynote Address and Discussion

Keeping Curricula Current: How can geoscience curricula prepare students for the future?
Mary Savina, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, Carleton College

2:15-5:00 Curricula of the Future

2:15-2:30 Guidelines for poster viewing
2:15-3:15 Poster session: curriculum models
3:15-4:00 Round table discussion, led by Cathy Manduca, Director, Science Education Resource Center
4:00-5:00 Synthesis: participants will generate a synthesis document regarding curricula for the future

5:00-5:30 Individual Reflection and Writing

Poster session on programs of the future. Paul Bierman describes an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on solving environmental problems. Photo by Carol Ormand.

6:30 Group dinner at


Friday, April 27

8:00-8:30 Opening Discussion: Reflections

8:30-9:45 Keynote Address and Discussion

Beyond Earth System Science
Kip Hodges, Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University

9:45-11:00 Programs and Structures

9:45-10:30 Poster session: program and structure models
10:30-11:00 Identification of key themes, led by Tim Bralower, Department Head and Professor of Geoscience, The Pennsylvania State University
One of the working groups at work. Photo by Carol Ormand.

11:00-12:15 Working Groups

Participants broke into working groups to carry forward important themes identified during the workshop and create related materials:
  • Draft Vision of the Future of Geoscience & Departments (Microsoft Word 49kB Aug10 07)
  • Working with and Influencing Colleagues (Microsoft Word 25kB Aug10 07)
  • How to Design a Core Curriculum (PowerPoint 43kB Aug10 07)
  • Extra-departmental Programs: Challenges and Strategies (Microsoft Word 23kB Aug10 07)
  • Survey of Faculty Attitudes Toward Collaboration (Microsoft Word 23kB Aug10 07)
  • 12:15-1:30 Lunch

    1:30-2:00 Report Outs from Working Groups

    2:00-3:00 Development of Overall Workshop Synthesis and Recommendations


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