James Myers

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Geology & Geophysics
University of Wyoming

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Activities (2)

Copper Production in the High Peruvian Andes: Geology, Economics and Politics part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Activities
This is a multiweek lab case study that focuses on the production of copper in Peru. During week 1, students construct a hydrologic model for the region of a proposed open copper pit mine and consider the impact of the mine's proposed dewatering plan on regional water sources. In week 2, students consider the impact of the water demands for copper processing on other stakeholders. The third week of the case students simulate the planning process for CONAM, Peru's environmental protection agency, to develop environmental regulations for SO2 emissions from copper smelters. In the final week of the case study, students will form political parties and craft a position on how the copper resources of the country should be developed. They will craft a stump speach for the preseidental candidate and the class will conduct a secret ballot to see who wins the election.

Prospecting for Gold part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students design, implement and evaluate a prospecting program for potential gold deposits. The students have a exploration budget and a table listing the costs of each type of prospecting activity. They use this to design a program. In the next lab period, they give an oral presentation and hand in a written report on the geology of the region and their recommendations for the next step in development cycle.

Courses (2)

Earth & Mineral Resources part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Courses
An interdisciplinary lecture-lab course for upper division focusing on the Earth and mineral resources that are critical to maintaining a modern, industrialized society. The course follows a resource, e.g. copper, from geologic formation, discovery, production and ultimate disposal. Topics covered include: metals, building materials, chemical minerals and more. Non-STEM perspectives are also covered with respect to each resource. Labs consist of multi-week case studies progressing from geology, economics and social perspectives. Student groups do oral presentations and written reports.

GEOL3650: Energy: A Geological Perspective part of Quantitative Skills:Courses
Examines the energy needs of a modern industrialized society. Looks at the typesof energy, the natural laws that govern its use, transformation, and conservation. The different sources of energy available to modern societies are examined. Examination includes fossil fuels, nuclear power as well as alternative energy sources. The formation of the resource is dicussed, how it is extracted, and any environmental consequences assoicated with its extraction and use.


James Myers part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Workshop 08:Participant Essays
Preparing Citizens: Examining the Role of Metacognition in Promoting Life-long Learning James D. Myers, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming As members of a modern industrialized and ...

Other Contributions (3)

Coal: China, Energy and Kyoto - I. Evaluating Coal Leases for Possible Mining part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Students evaluate coal leases to determine their potential for coal mining. Each company, student group, creates subsurface geologic models for each lease. Using these models, they recommend to the company board of directors which lease should be pursed further.

Literacy Assessment part of Cutting Edge:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities
These activities are pre- and post-course surveys to assess improvement in the fundamental, technical and citizenship literacies necessary to turn scientific content into scientific knowledge and understanding. They collect background information, test quantitatively literacy proficiency and assess the student's confidence level.

James Myers part of Cutting Edge:Online Games:Workshop 08
James Myers Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming What is your experience with on-line games or environments? Create number of multimedia materials for class, construction of many Web resources for ...

Events and Communities

Visualization Workshop 2004 Participants

Student Learning: Observing and Assessing 2005 Participants

Infusing Quantitative Literacy into Introductory Geoscience Courses Workshop Participants

New Geoscience Tools 2008 Participants

Online Games 2008 Participants

The Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience Participants

NSF Projects Supporting QL Education Participants

Developing Student Understanding of Complex Systems in the Geosciences Participants

Teaching Petrology Participants

Web-based Resources 2003 Participants

Teaching About Energy in Geoscience Courses: Current Research and Pedagogy: Leader

Energy Workshop 2009 Participants: Leader

Course Design Workshop 2003 Participants

Climate and Energy Webinar Participants Nov, 2010

Climate and Energy Webinar Participants, March 2011: Leader

Teaching Environmental Geology 2012

InTeGrate Environmental Justice Workshop