Jinny Sisson

Earth and Atmospheric Science

University of Houston-University Park

I am co-director of the University of Houston Geoscience Learning Center (http://www.uh.edu/nsm/earth-atmospheric/undergraduate/learning-center/).  This is a tutoring center manned by teaching assistants.   IN 2018, there were 71 TAs that worked here.  In addition to tutoring, we offer interactive learning activities for any visitor including a virtual reality sandbox to explore topography, a river simulator, a ultrasonic velocity meter to measure seismic velocity, a PC platform with a suite of geophysical processing software, a GPU cluster for large data analysis and machine learning, a set of personal ozone monitors in addition to rocks, minerals, microscopes, computers and study space.

In addition, I am also co-director of the UH/YBRA (Yellowsotne Bighorn Research Association) field camp (http://www.uh.edu/nsm/earth-atmospheric/undergraduate/ybra-field-camp/).  We run two sessions every summer open to any student.

I also teach Physical Geology every year to a diverse population of urban students who only take the course to fulfill a science requirement.  Its a challenge to get them to love rocks as much as I do.

My research focuses on metamorphic petrology, tectonics and fluids specifically in the Caribbean and Alaska.

Workshop Participant, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor