Note - this workshop has already taken place.
Tuesday, August 10
5:30 - 6:00 PM Opening reception, Wyoming Union
6:00 - 7:15 Buffet dinner
7:15 - 7:30 Welcoming remarks
7:30 - 8:30 Opening Plenary: Humans in the Late Glacial Landscape - Professor David Meltzer, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
8:30 - 9:30 Questions and discussion
Wednesday, August 11
8:00 - 8:30 AM Goals for Workshop: Ours and Yours, Classroom Building room 219
8:30 - 9:00 Telling Time: The use of radiocarbon (14C) in dating (PowerPoint 1.7MB Sep9 10) - Dr. Eric Grimm, Illinois State Museum
With demonstration of the CALIB Radiocarbon Calibration Tool
9:00 - 10:00 Mammals and Climate (PowerPoint 8.5MB Sep9 10) - Professor Russell Graham, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Director, Pennsylvania State University
With demonstration of the MioMap Miocene Mammal Mapping Project
10:30 - 11:30 Fossil pollen, vegetation, no-analogue plant communities, and species niches (PowerPoint 6.5MB Sep9 10) - Professor John Williams, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin
With demonstration of the NOAA Pollen Viewer
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch, share fair/poster session and Cutting Edge website tour, classroom building room 219
SERC Directory of teaching materials for climate change: Climate Change Site Guide
1:00 - 2:00 Using Soils to Reconstruct Climate (PowerPoint 8.9MB Sep9 10) - Professor Rolfe Mandel, Kansas Geological Survey and the Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas
2:00 - 2:20 Soil Core demonstration
2:20 - 2:40 Techniques to Teach Tricky Topics (PowerPoint 1.2MB Sep9 10)- Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center
2:45 - 5:00 Small group work time - Groups of 3-4 work together to create teaching activities. Activities posted on the Cutting Edge website, Ideas for Teaching about Paleoclimate.
5:00 - 5:45 Report out - Small groups share results of brainstorming session
5:45 - 6:00 Closing thoughts
6:00 End of workshop survey
Thursday, August 12 - Optional Field Trip
Laramie Basin and Snowy Range - field trip fee $50
The Snowy Range Scenic By-Way over the Medicine Bow Mountains west of Laramie, Wyoming, provides an opportunity to travel from short-grass prairie in the Laramie Basin to subalpine forests and parklands below spectacular peaks at elevations above 11,000 feet. Our field trip will travel across this modern environmental gradient, and stop to visit para-glacial geomorphic features in the basin, terminal moraines at the base of the mountains, an outcrop of laminated proglacial lake sediments at mid-elevation, and a series of high- elevation lakes and glacial features at the dramatic crest of the mountains. Stops will include short hikes; geomorphic, paleoecological, and paleohydrologic study sites; areas dramatically affected by recent climate change; and if time allows, evidence of Precambrian glaciations.
5:00 - 7:00 Reception at the Anthropology Museum, cash bar
August 12 - 16 - 21st Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association
This is a separate but related event with its own registration process. Participants are encouraged to attend both the Cutting Edge workshop as well as the following AMQUA meeting. However, participants can also attend either one of these events individually.