CANCELLED - Short Course @ GSA Cordilleran: Increase the Use of Data, Math, and Societal Relevance in your Undergraduate Earth Science Courses

Monday May 11, 2020 (day before GSA Cordilleran starts)
8 am - 3 pm
Mt San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting
Note: the short course will be held on the Mt San Antonio College campus, about 20 miles from the main conference hotel. Conveners will help to coordinate transport/carpools.

COVID19 Notice - March 18, 2020 - the GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting is cancelled for 2020. We will attempted to run this short course in the future when conferences resume.

Looking for ways to include real data and compelling societal hooks into your Earth science courses?

This short course gives you hands-on experience working with teaching modules from the free online NSF-funded GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues project (GETSI; All presented resources are situated in the context of societal importance and include cutting edge geodetic data sets (ex. GPS, lidar, InSAR) and quantitative skill development. Featured modules are expected to be Surface Process Hazards: Living With Landslides and Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risk. Other resources will also be overviewed.

Intended for undergraduate instructors. Community college instructors, including adjunct faculty, are particularly encouraged to apply. Later stage graduate students with teaching responsibilities are also eligible. Stipends available -- $170 for local residents; $320 for those from elsewhere.

In addition to registering for the short course with GSA ($20), APPLY for the stipend. Space limited! Stipend application deadline April 20, 2020.



Participants will:

  • Be able to teach more effectively about geodetic data and methods, including having students apply math skills to earth science situations
  • Be able to integrate societal challenges and interdisciplinary solutions into earth science courses
  • Make implementation plans for adopting elements of the modules and/or teaching strategies into their courses


  • Becca Walker (Mt San Antonio College)
  • Rachel Teasdale (California State University Chico)



Contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula (prattsitaula AT