Workshop on Geochemical Analytical Techniques: Goals, Schedule and Participants

Montana State University - March 1 - 4, 2007

This working group for this workshop have been invited because of their expertise in using specific analysis techniques. They have the best perspective on the type of information that is needed to help the larger geoscience community use these techniques. So, the scheduling and topics that are suggested in the following agenda can be modified to meet their needs. This page includes:

Workshop Goals

  • Create a series of on-line "tutorials" to introduce each of the analytical techniques, the instrumentation, procedures (sample preparation to data acquisition), data representation and interpretation, and advice on how to critically evaluate these data
  • Create related tutorials on applications (e.g. U-Pb zircon dating; whole-rock analysis), comparing the strengths and limitations of numerous analytical techniques, with "pointers" on how to critically evaluate the data and interpret results
  • Create a collection of recommended teaching activities and related resources that address these techniques and applications
  • Opportunity to interact and network with colleagues with similar interests in analytical geochemistry

Workshop Schedule

Thursday March 1

8:00am - 7:00pm - Travel to Bozeman (pick up or shuttle from airport)

7:00pm - Pickup at Holiday Inn for dinner at The Mint Restaurant

Friday March 2: Focus on Analytical Techniques

7:00am - 8:00am - Breakfast at Holiday Inn (charge to room)

8:00am - Van pickup at Holiday Inn

8:15am - 8:30am - Meet at Bozeman Public Library; Coffee

8:30am - 9:00am - Welcome and Introduction
  • Examples of web-based tutorials as a guide to what we can create; upload from forms, create new pages, step-by-step tutorials
  • Group discussion, questions, clarification
9:00am - 10:00am - Demonstration CMS
MSU staff will demonstrate some basic operations in using the Content Management System (from Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College); uploading forms; creating new text; uploading images; single-page editing functions.

10:00am - 10:30am - Break

10:30am - 12:00pm - Work Session I
  • Write text to submit to form
  • Upload form information
  • Amend, append, and edit existing Technique Sheets
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch (walk to a local restaurant)

1:30pm - 3:30pm - Work Session II
  • Continue to work on Technique Sheets
  • Cross-talk between colleagues with similar interests
  • Editing and reviewing
  • Start work on applications for following day
3:30pm - 4:00pm - Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Live "Walk-Through" of Technique Sheets
  • Whole group review of pages developed
  • Suggestions for additional coverage
  • Create "to-do" lists to finish these pages
  • Report outs and demonstrations from work groups
5:00pm - Dinner at Montana AleWorks (walk across the street; dinner is on us; our NSF grant won't let us purchase alcohol - you're on your own)

Saturday March 3: Focus on Applications

7:00am - 8:00am - Breakfast at Holiday Inn (charge to room)

8:00am - Van pickup at Holiday Inn

8:15am - Meet at MSU in Traphagen Hall; Coffee

8:30am—9:00pm—Charge for the Day, Examples, Outcomes

9:00am - 11:30pm - Work Session III (Work in computer classrooms in TRAP Hall)
  • Work in small groups to create Application Pages
  • Self-organize by application (age dating, whole-rock, e-beam, etc.)
  • MSU staff will help post materials in the CMS
11:30am—12:00pm - Morning Road Check (brief progress reports, requests, etc.)

12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch (walk to a local restaurant)

1:30pm - 3:30pm - Work Session IV
  • Continue work on application pages
3:30pm - 4:00pm - Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Final Report Outs
  • Brief demonstrations
  • Create "to-do" list, next steps
  • Further development of current pages
  • Additional development of new pages; by whom...?
  • Workshop Assessment
5:00pm - 6:45pm - Return to hotel to relax

7:00pm - Dinner at Johnny Carino's

Sunday March 4

Shuttle to airport for departures
Recreational activity (To Be Determined - downhill or Nordic skiing, field trip to Yellowstone, other)

List of Participants

  • Christine Clark
    Eastern Michigan University
    christine.clark at
  • Barb Dutrow
    Louisiana State University
    dutrow at
  • John Goodge
    University of Minnesota, Duluth
    jgoodge at
  • Darrell Henry
    Louisiana State University
    dhenry at
  • Rich Ketcham
    University of Texas, Austin
    ketcham at
  • Dave Mogk - Workshop Convener
    Montana State University
    mogk at
  • Paul Mueller
    University of Florida
    mueller at
  • Susan Swapp
    University of Wyoming
    swapp at
  • Jeff Vervoort
    Washington State University
    vervoort at
  • Karl Wirth
    Macalester College
    wirth at

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