Theme: Curriculum Design

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Curriculum Design.

Teaching Introductory Geoscience with Data and Math in a Societal Context Using GETSI Modules WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 327

Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Jessica Smay, San Jose City College
Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico

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Integrating cutting edge data and quantitative skills into introductory courses can be challenging. The GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project has developed a suite of undergraduate teaching modules to ...
Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 222

Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University
Jessica Oster, Vanderbilt University

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This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences. Workshop leaders from a variety of institution ...
Designing Effective Lessons for your First Geoscience Course WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 221

Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Reginald Archer, Tennessee State University
Brendan Hanger, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

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Participants will begin with the big picture of establishing course goals for introductory science courses and then narrow the focus to determine learning outcomes for select individual lessons. Participants will ...
Teaching & Perpetuating Earth Stewardship Education AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 320

John Warford, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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Earth Stewardship - our deliberate and continuous effort to fulfill our sacred obligations and duties to the realm that makes Life itself possible - Mother Earth. The teaching of Earth Stewardship is needed now ...
Using Community Science to Advance Earth Science Learning AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 13

Rajul Pandya, AGU
Sarah Wilkins, American Geophysical Union

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This workshop is for anyone interested in leveraging their Earth science teaching to produce meaningful local impact. We will introduce the practice of community science, in which projects are designed in ...
Beyond the 3 Dimensions: Integrating Identity and Interest in NGSS Geoscience Investigations ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm

Susan Meabh Kelly, University of Connecticut

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A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) outlines research-informed ways to support more equitable engagement in science learning. This research suggests students should have ...
Model-Based Teaching and Learning about Earth's Climate: Two Secondary Teachers' Implementation of a Curriculum Unit ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm

Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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The Next Generation Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards Lead States, 2013) and the Essential Principles for Climate Literacy (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2009) have helped ...
High Water Rising: Science, Literature, and the Environment ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm

Benjamin Atkinson, Flagler College
Hadley Mozer, Flagler College

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Flagler College is located on the Atlantic coast of the Florida peninsula, in the heart of historic St. Augustine, "America's Oldest City." Campus is just a five-minute walk from the Matanzas River ...
School of Ice: A Model for Advanced Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions with Applications to Other 2 and 4 Year Colleges ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Louise Huffman, Dartmouth College

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The School of Ice (SOI) program from the US Ice Drilling Program (IDP) is designed for college faculty who teach at minority-serving institutions or historically black colleges and universities, but lessons learned ...
Lessons learned from OnRamps Earth Wind and Fire, a dual-enrollment geoscience course ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Joel Johnson, The University of Texas at Austin
Alison Mote, The University of Texas at Austin
Bryce Henderson, Rider High School / University of Texas at Austin
Enrique Reyes, Akins High School
Jennifer Porter, The University of Texas at Austin

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The proportion of Hispanic U.S. geoscientists lags far behind the proportion of Hispanic U.S. citizens. Students from underrepresented minority (URM) groups may not be attracted to geosciences for many reasons, ...
Near to Us or Seemingly Far from You: South Padre Island as an Important Global Setting SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Ahyde Martinez, Texas A & M University
Alexia N. Frayre, South Texas College

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Our curriculum team of community college students and myself will share activities developed to bring a better understanding of "sense of place" related to South Padre Island geo-ecosystems. One of the ...
Data Labs: Using Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) Data to Engage Students in Oceanography AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 103

Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Sage Lichtenwalner, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Christine Bean, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Catherine Halversen, University of California-Berkeley

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Additional peer leaders/collaborators on this project include: Dr. Dax Soule, Queens College Dr. Anna Pfeiffer- Herbert, Stockton University Dr. Brooke Love, Western Washington University Dr. Denise Bristol, ...
We're All In This Together: Community science for learning and action PLENARY TALK
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Barn: 117-119

Rajul Pandya, AGU

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Science is awesome, especially Earth Science. We've figured out how moving continents create our highest mountain ranges and form our deepest ocean trenches. We know how thunderstorms form, and why some of ...
Teaching Computation in the Geosciences Using MATLAB AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Barn: 114

Phil Resor, Wesleyan University

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This mini-workshop is for anyone interested in teaching computation: data analysis, algorithm development, or numerical modeling, using the MATLAB programming platform. The workshop will include hands-on ...
Telling a New Climate Story — Giving Students a Positive Voice in the Age of Science Denialism AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 222

Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School

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Forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and famine are challenging problems. It doesn't help that the "grown-ups" running our country can't seem to agree on anything. For young people who can't ...
Mystery Marine Organisms: Teaching Marine Ecology with Charismatic Megafauna...and Overlooked Microorganisms POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Rebecca Freeman, University of Kentucky

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In introductory oceanography, as in all introductory courses, learning a new discipline necessarily requires familiarity with associated terminology. Yet while most students will enthusiastically construct ...
High Precision Positioning in Field Courses: Applying GNSS to geologic questions POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Benjamin Crosby, Idaho State University
Ian Lauer, Idaho State University
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

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GPS/GNSS enabled consumer grade positioning devices are now super accessible to both geologic field research and education. These devices geotag images, digital field book entries or measurements but the positions ...
A Pilot Study to Assess Chemistry Education in the Geosciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Erika Zocher, Northern Illinois University
Nicole LaDue, Northern Illinois University

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It is well established that chemistry is an integral discipline underlying many scientific concepts. However, chemistry also presents challenges and misconceptions that act as barriers for many students (Birk & ...
The Earth Geological Timescale: New Approaches POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Alan Capelle, Madison Area Technical College

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Conveying the essence of deep geologic time has always presented challenges to K-12, and college earth science instructors alike. In this session, Alan will illustrate a variety of media that can be used to cement ...
Context matters: Designing data-rich geodesy teaching materials that get used POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Kristin O'Connell, Carleton College
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Bruce Douglas, Indiana University-Bloomington
Benjamin Crosby, Idaho State University
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO

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GETSI (Geodesy Tools for Societal Issues) project is developing modules that allow undergraduate students to engage in geodetic data analysis relevant to societally important topics of natural hazards, water ...
An on-line "Rare Earth Elements and Sustainability" module for introductory university geoscience courses POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com

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The on-line "Rare Earth Elements and Sustainability" module is designed for use in introductory university environmental science, sustainability, earth science, and physical geography courses. The module ...
Outcome of a Seven-Year Journey: Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth and the Environment for a Sustainable Future POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
John Taber, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

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Future", presents some of the outcomes from the seven-year journey of the NSF-funded InTeGrate project, whose mission was to improve Earth literacy across the undergraduate curriculum and build a workforce ...
Geoscience Literacy and Career Interest Improve Among Two-Year College Students Learning with InTeGrate Materials POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Pasadena City College
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College

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InTeGrate classroom materials are designed to strengthen earth science literacy of undergraduate students as well as increase the number of earth science majors who can address critical environmental and resource ...
LibreTexts: A Community Platform for Adopting and Creating Geoscience OER POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Joshua Halpern, LibreTexts

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LibreTexts is a growing community of faculty at over 100 institutions ranging from research centered to community colleges developing teaching materials across the curriculum including the geosciences. LibreTexts ...
A Narrative Approach to Building Computational Capacity in Professional Masters Students POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Karen Smith, University of Toronto Scarborough
Conor Anderson, University of Toronto

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The goal of a professional Masters program is to help students rapidly transition from undergraduate learners to work-ready professionals. This presents a unique challenge for instructors to balance conceptual ...
A phenomenon based climate science curriculum for middle-school classrooms: Harmful Algal Blooms, Society, and Climate Change POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Angela Boysen, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Christine Baker, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Isaiah Bolden, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Robin McLachlan, University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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Climate change and its many repercussions are complex yet important topics where early exposure would clearly benefit students' education. Evidence suggests that using curriculum grounded in real world ...
Making geodesy accessible and relevant: Educator and student resources for enhancing learning about geosciences and geodesy POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Andria (Andi) Ellis, UNAVCO
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

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Geodesy is the study of Earth's shape, gravity field, and rotation. Geodetic applications and data are used to understand many societal issues such as land surface change, drought monitoring, climate change, ...
Development of Workforce Skills in Geoscience Courses for Majors POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College

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We used responses from the 2016 administration of the National Survey of Geoscience Faculty (NSGF) to investigate the extent to which courses in geoscience majors help students develop workforce skills. Respondents ...
Redesigning earth science for preservice elementary teachers: Changes (or not) in curriculum, instruction, and learners POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Danielle Ford, University of Delaware
Susan McGeary, University of Delaware
Jennifer Gallo-Fox, University of Delaware
Cheryl Ackerman, University of Delaware
Lauren Stegeman, University of Delaware

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The authors present the design, research, and evaluation of an earth science course for preservice elementary teachers that is place-based, hands-on, technologically enriched, and aligns with the Next Generation ...
Measuring and Increasing the Level of Inquiry in Science Laboratory Activities WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 13

Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Jason Jones, North Carolina State University

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Commercially available lab manuals for introductory science courses are often devoid of authentic inquiry opportunities for learners (Buck et al., 2008). Inquiry-based activities have been empirically-shown to ...
Marine Geology Using GEODE WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Barn: 114

Kristen St. John, James Madison University
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

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Marine sediments and the geology of the ocean basins are important content topics in all oceanography courses. However these can be "dry" topics to teach, and may be difficult for students to appreciate. ...
Adapting Active Learning Strategies in Your Courses WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 327

Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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Research in STEM disciplines has revealed that empirically validated instructional practices that can contribute to improvements in student learning and a reduction in attrition. We will outline a series of ...
Creating and Integrating Meaningful Virtual & Augmented Reality Content for Geoscience Classes WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 222

Ryan Hollister, Turlock Unified School District

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Learn the tips and tricks needed to create and facilitate an engaging, story-driven Immersive Virtual Field Experience (IVFE) that can be utilized by all students on nearly any device. Participants will briefly ...
Connect with Students by Leveraging Phenomena and Incorporating Modeling into the K-12 Earth Science Classroom WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 320

Kim Kotowski, Wilson County Schools

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For ALL Earth Science teachers! Participants will learn to leverage scientific phenomena and align them to appropriate standards (NGSS with connections to TN science standards and others) They will use these ...
Undergraduate Writing Assignments on the Nature of Science using the NSF-funded "The Story Behind the Science" ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Carrie Wright-Tyler, University of Southern Indiana

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Scientifically literate citizens are able to actively participate and make decisions in the discourse of science in a global society dealing with scientific issues such as climate change because they have ...
Teaching Evolution through the Scientific Method ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Jennifer Hargrave, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Geoscience educators often present topics that are considered controversial, such as the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution. However, these topics are often met with objection due to personal beliefs. As ...
Undergraduate Research in Environmental Science: Using FYRE to Ignite Student Curiosity and Discovery ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:30pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Alec Aitken, University of Saskatchewan
Krystopher Chutko, University of Saskatchewan
Xulin Guo, University of Saskatchewan
Kara Loy, University of Saskatchewan
Ryan Banow, University of Saskatchewan

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Undergraduate student engagement in scholarly and applied research is foundational to the student experience; it unleashes curiosity and through discovery students develop skills such as critical thinking and ...
Teaching Volcanology ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Tennessee State University

Paul Ashwell, University of Toronto Mississauga

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Volcanology is an exciting and engaging topic within Earth Sciences. It is rich with opportunities for students to learn about volcanoes and their processes through visual and interactive means. This discussion ...
Designing and Implementing a Multi-institution Field Program for 2YC and 4YC Students ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Tennessee State University

Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College

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Interested in offering extended field experiences for your introductory-level students? Is your institution interested in adding a greater diversity of field projects to its existing geology field camp? This ...
Using Lecture Tutorials to Make Classes More Student-centered ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Tennessee State University

Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Jessica Smay, San Jose City College

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Lecture Tutorials are a method to increase student engagement in introductory geoscience courses. They are easy-to-implement worksheets focusing on misconceptions and difficult topics that students complete in ...
Teaching about geologic structures with craft foam models and hands-on guided exploration activities TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 2:10pm-2:30pm

Andrea Bair, Delta College

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Classroom instruction on geologic structures often involves models demonstrated by the instructor, and/or student construction of paper or clay models. While these models can be useful for conceptual learning, they ...
Information Literacy Integration in an Environmental Geology Course POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Racha El Kadiri, Middle Tennessee State University
Mary Ellen Sloane, Middle Tennessee State University

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One of the recurring and persistent student deficiencies, especially in terms of research and critical thinking-based assignments include not recognizing the nuances and biases packaged in the information, which ...
Building Diverse and Integrative STEM Continua Using Socio-Environmental Systems In and Out of Neighborhoods (DISCUSSION) POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Gregory Goins, North Carolina A & T State University
Tonya Gerald-Goins, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University
Porche' Spence, North Carolina Central University
Caesar Jackson, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University

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DISCUSSION is a collaboration between two major HBCUs located 50 miles apart NC (NC A&T) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). This pilot communicates the words and needs for families who seek avenues ...
Active Engagement in Natural Disasters Related Courses POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Aida Farough, Kansas State University

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When it comes to teaching about natural disasters, the continuous occurrence of new events make course preparation challenging. I have developed a method to stay up to date with new events in large section classes ...
Enhancing Student Learning of Global Warming through Reflective Writing POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Liang Zeng, The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Guang Zeng, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi

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Students in my Introduction to Physical Science, General Physics, and Physics for Scientists and Engineering courses are required to write a reflective essay on global warming as we covered the energy topic. They ...
Teaching Geologic Time – Current Practices and Understanding POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim, Front Range Community College

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Geologic time is a fundamental concept in the geosciences, but research shows that a gap exists between what students are taught about geologic time and the actual time scale of the Earth. The literature further ...
Promoting Student Understanding of the Earth's Climate through Model-based Learning in Secondary Geo-Science Classrooms POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Learning about Earth's climate system and global climate change (GCC) is critical and has gained impetus with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013). One approach ...
Using effective education strategies to guide curriculum changes in the Environmental Sciences program at the University of Texas at El Paso: lessons learned POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Lixin Jin, University of Texas at El Paso
Vanessa L. Lougheed, University of Texas at El Paso
Elizabeth Walsh, University of Texas at El Paso
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso
Guadalupe Corral, University of Texas at El Paso

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We revised the curriculum for the Environmental Sciences undergraduate program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), with support of grants from the Department of Education MSEIP and NSF-IUSE programs, to ...
A New Climate Science Curriculum: Proposed Bachelor of Science degree in Climatology at SUNY Oneonta POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Christopher Karmosky, SUNY College at Oneonta
Melissa Godek, SUNY College at Oneonta

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In this work, we present a novel curriculum for a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Climatology that has been proposed at SUNY Oneonta. The observable effects of climate change and the debate about what ...
Implementing the STAR Legacy Cycle to Promote Student-Centered Field Learning in the GeoFORCE/STEMFORCE 12th Grade Summer Academy POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Enrique Reyes, The University of Texas at Austin
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin

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GeoFORCE and STEMFORCE are two summer enrichment programs offered by the University of Texas' Jackson School of Geoscience. These two programs aim to increase the number of high school students from diverse ...
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