Geological and Environmental Sciences
University of the Pacific
Dr. Rademacher is a Professor at the University of the Pacific (UOP), a small comprehensive university in California's Central Valley. Before arriving at UOP in 2005, she was a professor at California State University in Los Angels (CSULA), which is an Hispanic serving institution. She was Department Chair of the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department for six years, with experience in interdisciplinary programs. Dr. Rademacher long history of participation and facilitation of NAGT workshops and activities, including the InTeGrate project, the Cutting Edge Early Career Workshop, the Traveling Workshop Program, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is active in curriculum design and reform at UOP, and in addition to teaching in geology, she teaches in multiple interdisciplinary programs. Dr. Rademacher's undergraduate-based research program is also increasingly interdisciplinary, and she has a long record of research mentorship with diverse undergraduates at UOP. She is passionate about building strong departments, interdisciplinary teaching and research, supporting all students, and integrating themes of societal importance into Earth and Environmental Sciences throughout her work.
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Course Module (1)
Laura Rademacher: Environmental Science for Informed Citizens at University of the Pacific part of Integrate:Teaching for Sustainability:How the Community is Using InTeGrate Materials:Instructor Stories
My course is an introductory environmental science course. Over time, I've incorporated more opportunities for active learning in the classroom and students respond favorably to spending additional time on the topics they find most compelling. The incorporation of integrate modules has provided new opportunities for active learning in the classroom. Most of the modules lead students through case studies, many of which are focused on regions outside of California and those could broaden my students' perspectives on these issues.
Non-traditional and under-represented students in hydrogeology: Learning by discovery in an urban environment part of Hydrogeology:Activities
An example of student-driven, instructor-guided field experiments on a budget. Schools that cater to under-represented students are often those with limited resources, however, student-driven discovery in the field ...
Back of the Envelope Calculations: Renewable Energy part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
This is an example of a back of the envelope calculation of the payback period for a renewable energy installation.
Its Not Easy Being Green part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
This course will address the real-life challenges of environmental sustainability through examination of the scientific, socio-economic, and political factors that govern sustainability in complex systems. ...
Making Connections between Geoscience and Sustainability part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Laura Rademacher, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of the Pacific My approach to teaching sustainability in an interdisciplinary context has evolved out of years of teaching about the Earth and the ...
Conference Presentations (2)
Report on Unlearning Racism in Geoscience from the NAGT Traveling Workshop Program Pod part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday:Poster Session III
In Spring 2021, twelve facilitators from the NAGT Traveling Workshop Program (TWP; https://nagt.org/nagt/profdev/twp) organized a discussion pod as part of the Unlearning Racism in Geoscience program (URGE; ...
Do InTeGrate materials increase scientific understanding among women? part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
InTeGrate geoscience teaching materials were developed to link societal challenges to geologic concepts in order to improve Earth literacy in undergraduate students. These curricular products span topics from ...
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Community Conversation: NAGT Initiatives in Diversity Equity and Inclusion part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Round Table Discussions
Skip to Main ContentSkip to Navigation Your Account Earth Educators' RendezvousTwin Cities, MN, July 11-15, 2022 View the Program | Search the ...
Featured Stories in Diversity: Personal narratives of overcoming obstacles to inclusion and implications for the Geosciences part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program
Join your fellow Geoscientists as we debut the NAGT Diversity Stories. This is a collection of lived experiences and lessons learned from within our community relating to the broad themes of diversity, equity, and ...