Theme: Developing Geocompetencies

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Developing Geocompetencies.

Heads & Chairs Workshop: Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Fiesta A and B

Sharon Mosher, The University of Texas at Austin

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This workshop is specifically designed for geoscience department heads, chairs, and other administrative leaders. The NSF sponsored initiative on the "Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education" engaged ...
Developing your Students' Career Awareness AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Acoma A and B

Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

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The undergraduate university years are a time for academic development; but also they are a time for transition from classroom education to self-driven learning in a career of one's choosing. However, the path ...
Communicating Science to the Public AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Beth Bartel, UNAVCO

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Effective communication skills enable practitioners to engage non-experts, inform public opinion and policymakers, inspire the next generation of scientists and voters, and improve our own research process. This ...
Assessment of 21st Century Professional Competencies of Undergraduate Students ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm Northrop Hall: 340

Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Alison Creeger, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Ron Bonnstetter, TTI Success Insights

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Business and political leaders are increasingly asking higher education to develop student's abilities related to "21st century skills" or "21st century competencies" because they are the ...
A Multiphase Approach to Overwhelmed Students ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Harris, California University of Pennsylvania
Billie Arnold, California University of Pennsylvania

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California University of Pennsylvania has an active geology program boasting successful graduates that have become consistently positive representatives of the University and region. Despite these successes, ...
Remote SEM Operation for in Class Observation and Identification of Mineral Specimens TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:40pm-3:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Christopher Vidito, Florida International University
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
Mary Beck, Valencia Community College

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Citizen Science along the Rio Grande: K-12 science, education, and stewardship AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Trailblazer/Spirit

Kelly Steinberg, Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program

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Participants will gather at 12:50 p.m. for transportation off-site. Meet at the loading zone in front of the parking garage near the Student Union; there will be two small yellow school buses - see map (Acrobat ...
Geocaching as a tool for experiential learning and self-guided adventures in large geology courses ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Kelly Lazar, Clemson University
Stephen Moysey, East Carolina University
John Wagner, Clemson University
Alan B. Coulson, Clemson University
scott brame, Clemson University

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It is uncommon for large service geology courses to provide engaging outdoor experiences that effectively mimic the experiences of working geologists, a critical component of recruiting students to geology. To ...
The Wicked Problem of Food Security: Modules that Promote Interdisciplinary and Systems Thinking Using AGO ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Amy Potter, Armstrong State University
Rebecca Boger, CUNY Brooklyn College
Russanne Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

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Over the next several decades, food security will continue to be one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. With this in mind, three professors from different disciplinary backgrounds, cultural geography, ...
Re-conceptualizing the Scientific Inquiry Geoscience Education Literature in Context of the K-12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Practices ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:45pm Northrop Hall: 340

Nancy Price, Portland State University

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Aspects of science practice as related to inquiry have been included in the discussions of K-12 education from the earliest stages of standards development. However, only recently with the development of the Next ...
Writing in Geology to Reduce Math Anxiety ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Victor Ricchezza, University of South Florida
Len Vacher, University of South Florida

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Students in GLY 4866: Computational Geology at the University of South Florida learn to solve mathematical problems in a geologic context. Quantitative literacy – a fundamental set of skills and habits of mind ...
Current and Future Evolution of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Vince Cronin, Baylor University

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The 11th edition of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology (LMPG) is now in print. Sales of the LMPG help support the work of NAGT and AGI. Superior graphics have always been a hallmark of the LMPG ...
Using online visualisation tools to reduce spatial thinking barriers in an introductory field methods course POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jenny Riker, University of Bristol

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Almost every course we teach in earth sciences requires spatial thinking; this is particularly true of field-based courses. Spatial skills can be especially challenging to teach at an introductory level, as ...
Utilizing sUAS (drones) to enhance geology field camp POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Greg Baker, University of Kansas Main Campus

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The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)—known to the general population as "drones"—in Earth Science is an obvious extension of remote sensing and geophysics. Geology field courses, or field ...
Addressing student readiness for data-intensive science — takeaways from other disciplines' efforts and prospects for the earth sciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Mariana Güereque, University of Texas at El Paso
Deana Pennington, University of Texas at El Paso
Suzanne Pierce, The University of Texas at Austin

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The current research landscape has seen an undeniable increase in data-intensive science, consistent with the impact of "big data" in every corner of our society. Within this arena, high volume, ...
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE:GEOPATHS)
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation
Lina Patino, National Science Foundation
Elizabeth Rom, National Science Foundation
Manda Adams, National Science Foundation

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Preparation of the geoscience workforce includes increasing numbers as well as providing adequate education, exposure and training for undergraduates once they enter geoscience pathways. It is important to consider ...
Developing Students' Computational Skills AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Frederik Simons, Princeton University

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In this mini-workshop we will explore how to bring scientific computing into the undergraduate Geosciences curriculum: as part of a course, as a stand-alone course, and across the four-year curriculum. We explore ...
A Joint 2YC-4YC Research Methods Course to Increase Transfers and Improve Success ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Dawn Cardace, University of Rhode Island
Jennifer Davis, Bryant University
Duayne Rieger, Community College of Rhode Island
Brian Savage, University of Rhode Island

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Faculty at the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island developed a geoscience research methods course targeted at students who have completed one introductory geology course. This ...
Geosciences Assignments in Writing Across the Curriculum ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Elizabeth Laliberte, University of Rhode Island

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Writing and critical thinking are essential for student success in college and beyond. "Writing Across the Curriculum" assumes that writing should be an integral part of the learning experience ...
Earthquake Education Workshops In N.C.: A Teacher-Led Model For Science Education Workshops ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Randy Bechtel, NC Geological Survey
Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, North Carolina Geological Survey

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In September 2014, the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) conducted a series of three one-day earthquake education workshops in the western part of the state. These workshops were funded by a grant from the ...
Teaching in the (critical) zone: Linking land management and Earth system processes at the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Katherine O'Neill, Roanoke College

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The Earth's critical zone (CZ) represents the upper layer of the Earth's surface (referred to by the National Science Foundation as the zone where 'rock meets life') that provides the resources ...
Curriculum Materials and Approaches to Prepare Students for an Interdisciplinary Future POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
John Taber, IRIS Consortium

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A primary goal of the InTeGrate project was to increase the incorporation of geoscience concepts into the teaching about current grand, Earth-related, societal challenges. The materials produced from this project ...
Geoscience Education in Trinidad and Tobago: Bridging the Gap from Niche Discipline to General Awareness for Sustainable Development POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Tricia Alvarez, The University of Texas at Austin

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Trinidad and Tobago is located within an active plate tectonic boundary characterized by regular seismicity, and it is also positioned at the southern margin of Atlantic Basin hurricane paths. Consequently the ...
How We Really Learn The Micro-Spiral Method (MSM) POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Dr. Edith Davis, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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Teaching and learning are the crux of every nation on Earth. The issue is how can we teach science, technology, engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the future scientists, technologists, engineers, ...