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Friday Forum: Reading from the Primary Literature part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
All students in the course read the same paper from the primary literature and write three questions about the paper. These questions are compiled by the instructor and distributed to the class before the paper is ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology

Using the Autocorrelation Function in NIH-Image to Determine Shape-Preferred Orientations part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Students learn how to use the autocorrelation function in NIH-Image to quantify shape-preferred orientations. Students develop understanding of what the autocorrelation function does by using synthetic images and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics, Structural Visualizations

Geothermal Gradients part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this problem set the students use two different equations to calculate a conductive geothermal gradient using a spreadsheet program like Excel. Once they have the geothermal gradient plotted, they are asked to ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, PTt Relationships

Intro to Environmental Geology Writing Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities with Rubrics
Students in an introductory environmental geology class research the Dust Bowl, analyze information and data and develop a written argument.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Evolution of climate and atmosphere, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Air Quality:Dust and Particulates, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality:Dust and Particulates, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records

Post-Settlement Erosion and Deposition part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Use valley and slope deposits to reconstruct recent landscape erosion and sedimentation history. -

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Techniques of Sedimentary Geology, Sediment Transport and Deposition

The Changing Geographic Distribution of Malaria with Global Climate Warming part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
In this exercise, students analyze climate data to find areas in the southern United States that are now close to having conditions in which the malaria parasite and its mosquito hosts thrive and then attempt to forecast when areas might become climatically suitable.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology

Quantifying gustatory sensitivity using signal detection theory part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
In this lab, students explore the complex relationship between sensory stimulus and perceptual experience. This lab demonstrates how "noise" in the perceptual system, individual variability, and sensory adaptation influence perceptual judgments.

Petrology in the Gravel Pit part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Gravel pits exposing glacial deposits provide a wonderful variety of gravel to boulder sized igneous and metamorphic rocks, helpful to instructors in hard-rock-challenged regions. -

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Mineralogy

Cultural Reading of movies in an advanced culture class in French part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students analyze the cultural relevance of various French films with the help of statistical data.

Subject: Languages:French

Explaining Seismic Hazard Probabilities part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This activity asks students to explain earthquake hazard probabilities to a lay audience of citizens, government officials and others.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes