Initial Publication Date: July 17, 2018


Good evening participants,

As you begin the final day in your M-W morning workshop, take a moment to think about your goals at the beginning of the workshop and the goals presented by workshop leaders. Day three is a great time to work together synthesizing efforts while taking away tangible resources, tools, and ideas to improve teaching and learning.

Join us for our group photo!
Meet us under the Mosasoaur and Sea Turtle on the stairs of Slawson at 4:15 p.m. for a group photo. Our friends at KU will also be flying a drone to capture some great photos of our group. Don't miss it!

Morning coffee meet up for K-12 teachers and former K-12 teachers. You are invited to get together tomorrow morning for coffee at McClain's Market (located north right across the street from the Geography & Atmospheric Science building and the Earth, Energy, and Environment Center on KU's campus) at 7:30 a.m. Share ideas and make new friends! Sponsored by NESTA

Lunch meet up for teaching faculty/lecturers to network/develop resources and connect geoscience faculty in these positions and discuss issues at McClain's Market at noon.

Calling all Alumni of the Preparing for an Academic Career Workshop
We invite any alumni of the Preparing for an Academic Career workshop to lunch with our current workshop participants on Wednesday. We hope to have informal discussions about how careers have evolved 1 or more years after the workshop. Meet us around 11:30 at Burge Union Forum C/D; we will walk to the DeBruce Center from there. If you have questions, email Catherine Riihimaki at

Tomorrow afternoon you will have the opportunity to chose from mini-workshops followed by our first poster session at 4:30 p.m. in Beren Auditorium.

Afternoon Choices

Wednesday Evening Events

EarthConnections Alliance Open Meeting-Wednesday 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Ritchie Hall: 366
The EarthConnections Alliance seeks to catalyze a new approach to geoscience education in communities across our country, creating a world in which all students can travel along geo-educational pathways that begin in their early education and continue through college and end in meaningful careers while linking geoscience learning with opportunities to serve their local community. Much work is currently taking place in individual communities and projects to move toward this vision. Participants in this open meeting will discuss how they can work together to support and expand this work. We invite participation by those who have already begun to link geoscience learning to community service at any level, as well as those who are just developing interest.

GER and Geo2YC Division and Friends Social: The Geo2YC and the GER divisions will be co-sponsoring a happy hour event at McClain's Market (located north right across the street from the Geography & Atmospheric Science building and the Earth, Energy, and Environment Center on KU's campus) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appetizers will be provided.

LGBTQ+Allies Meetup: We invite any LGBTQ participants and allies to meet up for an informal time of food, drinks, and socializing on Wednesday evening. We'll start the meet-up at 7:00 PM at McClain's Market (located north right across the street from the Geography & Atmospheric Science building and the Earth, Energy, and Environment Center on KU's campus) and go until people lose interest or 9:00 PM when they close. We won't be making a dinner reservation so folks are welcome to drop in for just a few minutes or stay as long as they like. That way, you can attend the joint Geo2YC and GER division happy hour (at the same location!) and then stay for socializing with us! Please contact John McDaris (, so we can get a rough head count or if you have any questions.

Join the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Free State Brewing Company for "Science on Tap" 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The July 18th edition of "Science on Tap" welcomes Mark Robbins for a talk titled "Exploring the Birdlife of Guyana." What birds are found in some of the world's most difficult places to access? KU ornithologist Mark Robbins will share what it was like to document birdlife on a remote tabletop mountain in Guyana that is one of the wettest places on the planet, and what discoveries he and colleagues from the Smithsonian made during the expedition. Note: This is a free public event that takes place at Free State Brewing Co. in downtown Lawrence. We recommend that people arrive by 7pm in order to get a seat and enjoy dinner.

Experience the summer Grand Finale performance of the Lawrence Summer Band Concert Series. Location: South Park, 1141 Massachusetts Street, Time: 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Murphy Hall, Room 130 on the KU campus.

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