Jennifer Wenner


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Jennifer M. Wenner is Professor of Geology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is currently second vice president of NAGT and chair of NAGT’s Teach the Earth website committee. She was collaborating PI (with Eric Baer) on The Math You Need, When You Need It, which has been used to remediate mathematical skills in introductory geoscience classrooms around the country. TMYN grew out of her work on another TTE resource – Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences. Her geological research interests include petrography and geochemistry of continental arcs, magmatic processes, magma mixing and the generation of continental crust.  She received her BA in Geology from Carleton College (1992) and her PhD in Geology from Boston University (2001).

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Project Leader

The Math You Need, When You Need It Math tutorials for students in introductory geosciences part of Math You Need
The Math You Need, When You Need It provides web modules to help students succeed with mathematics in introductory geoscience classes.

Website Content Contributions

Activities (9)

Continental Crust Mass Balance Calculation part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A quantitative skills-intensive exercise using data from the Mineral Mountains, Utah, to calculate mass balance and to address the "space problem" involved with emplacing plutons into the crust.

Magma Modification in the central Sierra Nevada Batholith part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
This exercise is centered around a suite of rocks from the Sierra Nevada batholith. The activities are designed to give petrology students a capstone experience for the igneous portion of the upper-level Petrology ...

Ordering Geologic Events and Interpreting Geologic History: The Grand Canyon part of Introductory Courses:Activities
This activity is designed to have students re-examine rocks they looked at earlier in the semester and use them to interpret some of the geologic history of the Grand Canyon.

Toilet Paper Analogy for Geologic Time part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
An in class demonstration of the vastness of geologic time using a 1000-roll sheet of toilet paper and unrolling it around the room.

Using functions in an introductory geoscience course part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A template and two exercises (CO2 and population growth) designed to increase the graphical literacy of students in introductory geoscience and mathematics courses.

Demonstration of radioactive decay using pennies part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A demonstration (with full class participation) to illustrate radioactive decay by flipping coins. Shows students visually the concepts of exponential decay, half-life and randomness. Works best in large classes -- the more people, the better.

VEPP: Will it Erupt? - Predicting Volcanic Events at Kilauea - Preparing the next generation of DISASTRONAUTs part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
This is an exercise that is in development and will not be fully tested in the classroom until Spring 2011. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Using data available from the VEPP website, students ...

Using Popcorn to Simulate Radioactive Decay part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Popping popcorn in your class is an excellent way to illustrate both the spontaneity and irreversible change associated with radioactive decay. It helps students to understand the unpredictability of decay.

M&M Model for Radioactive Decay part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A tasty in-class demonstration of radioactive decay using two colors of M&M's. Illustrates the quantitative concepts of probability and exponential decay. This activity is appropriate for small classes (<40 students).

Course (1)

Physical Geology part of Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is a large lecture course (140-200 students) with 6-8 2 hour lab sections (24-25 students each) taught by me or another faculty member. Because 75-90% of the students in this course are taking it as a ...

Conference Presentations (2)

Exploring the many ways that instructors use TMYN part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
We explore the many ways that The Math You Need, When You Need It (TMYN) is used both formally and informally to support quantitative skills use and development in the geosciences. TMYN was originally designed as a ...

Building on-ramps to more effective teaching in tectonics part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Despite significant gains over the last two decades, there remains a large percentage of geoscience faculty who have yet to move toward incorporating engaged teaching practices in their courses. Following ...

Other Contributions (2)

Teaching for Quantitative Literacy in Undergraduate Geoscience Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Morning Workshops:Teaching for Quantitative Literacy in Undergraduate Geoscience Courses
Participants will work in small groups to integrate quantitative literacy into a pre-existing geoscience course (both introductory and upper-level courses are appropriate). Groups will consider appropriate ...

Physical Geology at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh part of Math You Need:Implementations
Implementor(s): Jennifer Wenner, Christie Demosthenous, Kate Kramer Enrollment: 140-180 Challenges to using math in geoscience University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a four-year comprehensive university located in NE ...