Satellite image of temp and vegetation of NYC

March 8-10, 2008; optional field trip March 8
Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment and the American Museum of Natural History

This workshop has already taken place.

The appeal of wilderness and the great outdoors that drew so many current geoscience faculty to the discipline is just not relevant to many students who have grown up in an urban environment. How do we make geoscience relevant to students in an urban setting? How do we engage urban students in geoscience? How can we better integrate into all geoscience courses the very real geoscience issues that disproportionately face the populations of our cities? Successfully addressing these issues is crucial not only to increasing diversity in the geosciences but also to building a geo-literate urban population.

Join us for an exciting collaborative workshop focused on reaching urban students and teaching urban issues in geoscience at the undergraduate level.


  • Barbara Tewksbury (Hamilton College)
  • Wayne Powell (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Go to workshop overview.

The workshop corner graphic shows an ASTER image of Baltimore, MD. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS,and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge, professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation-Division of Undergraduate Education .

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