Theme: Developing Geocompetencies

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

Teaching Introductory Geoscience with Data and Math in a Societal Context Using GETSI Modules WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Lawson: 110

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 ...
Integrated Environmental Systems at TSU Farm WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Farm: 31

William Sutton, Tennessee State University
Tom Byl, US Geological Survey
Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University

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This workshop presents educators at all levels with activities and lessons to help incorporate nature into their classes. The TSU campus farm and wetlands provide important ecosystem services and avail magnificent ...
Heads and Chairs: Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 13

Sharon Mosher, The University of Texas at Austin
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
Ginny Peterson, Grand Valley State University
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia

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This workshop is intended to help department heads, chairs, and undergraduate program directors with addressing challenges in their curricula and/or degree programs aimed at better preparing their students for ...
How to Create your Own Open Educational Resources: Examples from Analytical Methods in Geosciences (AMiGEO) AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 222

Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University
Juhong Liu, James Madison University

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This workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to develop and publish open educational resources. Analytical Methods in Geosciences (AMiGEO) is an NSF-funded project to develop undergraduate-level, online, ...
Teaching & Perpetuating Earth Stewardship Education AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 112

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 ...
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 ...
Enhancing Weather, Ocean, and Climate Science Literacy by Leveraging the American Meteorological Society-Cal U DataStreme Partnership ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Chad Kauffman, California University of Pennsylvania
Wendy Abshire, American Meteorological Society
Elizabeth Baugher, American Meteorological Society
Abigail Stimach, American Meteorological Society
Elizabeth Mills, American Meteorological Society
Elizabeth Day-Miller, BridgeWater Education Consulting

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For more than 25 years, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Education Program has been enhancing K-12 Geoscience teacher preparation and practice, and ultimately student learning through the DataStreme ...
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 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 ...
Mineralogy Field Trip to the TN-NC Blue Ridge Mountains SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Kent Ratajeski, University of Kentucky

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The topics of Earth history and mineral resources form the two main themes for this three-day field trip to the Blue Ridge geologic province of southeastern TN and southwestern NC. The route includes stops at 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, ...
Designing and Implementing a Multi-institution Field Program for 2YC and 4YC Students ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm 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 ...
Teaching Geoscience in Laboratory Settings ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Vanderbilt University

Mark Schmitz, Boise State University

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The geosciences utilize a wide array of instrumental and analytical tools and technology to identify, quantify and explore Earth materials, and test hypotheses using their physical and chemical properties. The ...
Developing Spatial Thinking Skills ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Tennessee State University

Reginald Archer, Tennessee State University
Solomon Haile, Tennessee State University
Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com
Clement Akumu, Tennessee State University

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This roundtable will explore ways to improve teaching and learning spatial thinking skills. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and discuss innovative ways to incorporate spatial thinking in the ...
Where in the World is Vladimir Koppen? TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 3:50pm-4:10pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Wendy Robertson, Central Michigan University
Daria Kluver, Central Michigan University

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Where in the World is Vladimir Koppen? is a board game designed for college-level introduction to the Koppen Climate Classification System. The activity is designed to work in groups of 4-12, with students ...
We're All In This Together: Community science for learning and action PLENARY TALK
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Barn Auditorium

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 ...
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 & ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The EarthConnections Alliance: Engaging Communities through Education POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Kevin Bonine, The University of Arizona
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Rajul Pandya, AGU
Margie Turrin, Columbia University in the City of New York

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From flooding to resource issues, many of the challenges and opportunities faced by communities around the world can be addressed more successfully if the community can make full use of geoscience. Community scale ...
A Model for Workforce Development: PGS Student Drilling Workshop POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Harris, California University of Pennsylvania
Tamra Schiappa, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

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For over 10 years, the Pittsburgh Geological Society (PGS) has been sponsoring a field workshop for university geology students in southwestern Pennsylvania. The event centers around an exhibition by a local ...
Assessing Student Learning with E-Portfolios in the Department of Geosciences at Middle Tennessee State University POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Melissa Lobegeier, Middle Tennessee State University
Jeremy Aber, Middle Tennessee State University
Warner Cribb, Middle Tennessee State University

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The use of e-portfolios has been growing in popularity in recent years. E-portfolios are digital portfolios used to display an online collection of digital artifacts such as documents, images, and videos. They are ...
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 Lawson 012

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. ...
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: 103

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) We will use anchoring ...
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 ...
Earth Observatory for Kids: Communicating Earth Science in a hands-on approach to Our Young Earthlings AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 111

Tassia Owen, NASA Goddard

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NASA's Earth Observatory, launched a free online publication aimed at communicating real Earth science data to diverse young adults. Publications showcase global issues, increasing young adult's awareness ...
Building Better Graphs for Climate Change Communication: Perceptions of Credibility ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Stephanie Courtney, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Climate change mitigation will require public support and participation, and scientists often communicate to the public about climate change with visualizations such as graphs. However, there is limited existing ...
Science and You assignment- using the search for evidence behind personal decisions as a parallel to the scientific method ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Laura Rosales Lagarde, Nevada State College at Henderson
Bre Tavernini, Nevada State College at Henderson

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Self-reflection and Science are not commonly associated. Neuroscience and psychology studies have found that self-reflection is a hard task for the brain to do naturally (Herwig et al., 2012). Because the ...
Impact of InTeGrate Teaching Materials on Student Geoscience Interests, Literacy and Learning Outcomes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Richard D. Schulterbrandt Gragg III, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Helen Brethauer-Gay, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
John Warford, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
Kathryn Sheriff, Carleton College
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

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An interdisciplinary research team from Carleton College and Florida A&M University is investigating the impact of geoscience materials on faculty teaching practices and student learning outcomes at ...
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 ...
Strategies for Using Community Developed Big Data Sets in Teaching ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm TSU - Lawson: 112

Mark Uhen, George Mason University

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Big data has become ubiquitous in our society and easy to access via the Internet. Many government and non-governmental organizations regularly collect, process, and serve up vast quantities of scientific data to ...
Paleo-Peterson Grabs of Ancient Sea Floors as a Tool to Understand Longer Term Sea Level Change TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 1:30pm-1:50pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Michael Gibson, The University of Tennessee-Martin

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The fossiliferous sediment record contains the necessary comparative information for us to evaluate modern sea level change consequences. How does one bring the modern ocean experience into a land-locked classroom ...
Teaching about geologic structures with craft foam models and hands-on guided exploration activities TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 2:10pm-2:30pm TSU - Humphries: 221

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, ...
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 ...
Developing Field Experiences at a 2YC: Field Studies Courses at Orange Coast College POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Christopher Berg, Orange Coast College
Erik Bender, Orange Coast College
Michael Van Ry, Orange Coast College

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Orange Coast College is a 2YC in Orange County, California. Within a six hour's drive from campus, one can experience diverse geologic settings, including multiple iconic national park landscapes. As part of ...
Assessing Geoscience Career Awareness Among Undergraduates POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Claire Harrigan, Boise State University
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University

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One measure of the success of an undergraduate geoscience program is how well its students are prepared for careers in the geosciences. As departments work to prepare undergraduates for the workforce, a method for ...
The Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and Opportunities for a Consortium Towards Equity and Justice POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Aradhna Tripati, University of California-Los Angeles

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To cultivate increased diversity in the geosciences and environmental sciences, we are developing a program to recruit and support more diverse students, and connect them with better-trained faculty. Our goals are ...