Bringing Geophysics to Introductory Science Courses: Using IGUaNA Modules in Your Classroom
Laramie, Wyoming, August 10-11, 2022
Optional field trip August 12
During field data collection activities, participants can expect to gain experience and understanding of measurement procedures sufficient to be able to collect similar datasets with students at their home institutions. Participants will contribute to measurement of ground penetrating radar (GPR), seismic refraction, and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) datasets. After learning the basics of instrument operation on day 1, participants will switch to 'instructor' mode on day 2 and practice how to teach effective data acquisition.
In the classroom, participants will gain experience with the IGUaNA teaching materials under the guidance of the module authors. We will guide discussions about how to include IGUaNA materials in participants' courses, and consider how to overcome possible roadblocks and limitations. Participants will each come away with a specific plan for how to incorporate IGUaNA materials and concepts into their courses, and an understanding of how to access equipment used in the workshop for their own teaching.
There will be no cost to participants for participating in the workshop. All expenses, including travel expenses, will be covered by the National Science Foundation's Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) Award under Cooperative Support Agreement EAR-1851048.
About the location
Participants will stay in the Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie ( This site may be offline. ) , on the University of Wyoming campus. The workshop will take place at the University of Wyoming campus and in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Tutorials and discussions will be hosted in an accessible active-learning classroom spaces and training on software related to field measurements will be done in the Geology & Geophysics Department computer labs. Field activities will take advantage of a long-term research site ~15 min drive from campus in the Laramie Mountain range.
How to apply
Applications were due Friday, May 20. Any faculty member who teaches undergraduate students is eligible to attend the workshop. Faculty members and instructors from MSIs and 2YC are encouraged to apply.
- Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming, lead author of Measuring Depth to Bedrock using Seismic Refraction
- Sarah Kruse, University of South Florida, lead author of Pipes, Tree Roots, or Unmarked Graves? Using GPR for Forensic Geophysics
- Tonian Robinson, University of South Florida, co-author of Pipes, Tree Roots, or Unmarked Graves? Using GPR for Forensic Geophysics
- Lee Slater (in absentia), Rutgers University - Newark, lead author of Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland using Electrical Resistivity
- John Taber, IRIS
- Danielle Sumy, IRIS
Workshop Support Staff
- Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College
The facilities of the IRIS Consortium are supported by the National Science Foundation's Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) Award under Cooperative Support Agreement EAR-1851048.