AGU Education Workshops at Fall Meeting December 2014

AGU Education Workshops at Fall Meeting December 2014

Postby salsinawi » Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:12 pm

Dear ESIG Members,
We’re gearing up for Fall Meeting here at AGU, and we’re excited to share a complete list of our education events below. We are looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco! This update also includes the usual list of this month’s education news and events.


Kara Gadeken


AGU and Other Education News Items

1. AGU Education Workshops at Fall Meeting
Through our work with a variety of partners, we are offering a very full schedule of education-and outreach-related workshops at this year's Fall Meeting. Topics include:

•Creating Your Social Media Action Plan for Education and Public Outreach
•Preparing for Global Change: An Education, Collaboration and Community Engagement Workshop to Enable a Science Savvy Society
•Integrating Serious Gaming Into Climate Change Education
•Getting the Most Out of Your Introductory Courses
•Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR): Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop for New, Future, and Current Faculty
•The Earth Science Women's Network presents "Navigating the NSF System" Workshop
•The Earth Science Women's Network presents "Getting on the Tenure Track and Succeeding" Workshop
•The Earth Science Women's Network presents "Opportunities Beyond Academia" Workshop
•Measuring Impact of Education and Public Outreach: A Systematic Method for Planning and Evaluating Programs
Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences
•Facilitating Classroom Innovation in the Geosciences: Taking Advantage of NSF Education Programs in the Division of Undergraduate Education
•How to Run an Effective and Inclusive REU Program
•Professional Skills Development Workshop for Women and Minorities
•Undergraduate Research with Students at Two-Year Colleges
•The World Climate Game: What would a global climate change deal look like if you were a negotiator?
•Scientists and Engineers as Educators Workshop

While the workshops are open to everyone, they will be especially useful for graduate students and early career faculty.

2. AGU Public Events at Fall Meeting

AGU Public Lecture, Sunday 14 December 12-1 PM: A panel of experts will discuss the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Mission to Mars. The MAVEN spacecraft was launched in November 2013 and has just arrived at Mars. It will orbit the planet, and study the top of its atmosphere and how it interacts with sunlight and with the solar wind; the goal is to understand where the water and CO2 from an earlier atmosphere went. The panel will discuss the mission science concept, science observations made during the cruise to get there, observations of Comet Siding Spring, and early observations of the Mars upper atmosphere. This event is free and open to all.
Exploration Station, Sunday 14 December 1-5 PM: This is an interactive family science event featuring hands-on exhibits designed to showcase AGU science and allow the public to interact directly with scientists and education specialists. Topics include: the electromagnetic spectrum, Mars, oceans, the polar regions, and more.

3. Registration for Geophysical Information For Teachers (GIFT) Workshop Now Open
Educators, you may now register to attend GIFT 2014! In this two-day workshop at the AGU Fall Meeting, you will hear from scientists about the latest research and learn new ways to incorporate science into your classroom. Attendees will be given classroom materials and teaching guides, and be shown hands-on activities to engage students in learning about a variety of geoscience topics. Visit the GIFT Workshop page to learn how to register.

4. Game Night at Fall Meeting

Come mingle with and challenge your fellow AGU goers during a hands-on, geo-games extravaganza! As you play, you’ll also find out about the innovative ways that scientists are using games to communicate Earth’s processes. We’ll have a variety of games to choose from, including Challenge and Persuade, EcoChains: Arctic Crisis, and FutureCoast, ranging in style from traditional card games to digital activities. Have a game you’d like to recommend? Let us know! Contact Jessica Brunacini at

5. Sharing Science Events at Fall Meeting

Fall Meeting offers many opportunities to learn how to communicate to others what you know about science, and why it matters. Explore the many ways you can learn from, contribute to, and be inspired by Sharing Science events at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting.

For Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty

1. Call for Abstracts for Undergraduate Research Programs Conference
The University of Oklahoma-Norman will be hosting a conference on “Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining” from 23-25 June, 2015. This conference is aimed at faculty and academic professionals interested in the improvement, management, and promotion of undergraduate research and creative activities. If you have some exciting or interesting aspect of your undergraduate research program you’d like to present at the conference, find out how to submit an abstract here by the 14 November deadline.

2. Resources for Computational Geophysics Courses
Are you teaching a computational geophysics class this semester? A great article outlining resources for computational geophysics courses was published in a September issue of Eos. View the article here.

3. Two New Teaching Modules from InTeGrate
From the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT):

InTeGrate has published two new modules of teaching materials:

Natural Hazards and Risks: Hurricanes. This two week teaching module explores how hurricanes connect the ocean-atmosphere-terrestrial systems and society. It is a great fit for courses in Earth science, environmental science, oceanography, natural hazards, global change, sustainability science, and atmospheric science.

Exploring Geoscience Methods with Secondary Education Students. This one-to-four week teaching module introduces the distinctive methods of geoscience to future middle and high school science teachers, who may have little experience with the geosciences. It is a great fit for courses in Secondary science teaching methods, Earth science education, Elementary science teaching methods, Nature of science or Environmental studies.

These two new modules join the previously published Climate of Change: Interactions and Feedbacks between Water, Air and Ice module. All of the InTeGrate-developed teaching materials can be found on the InTeGrate website.

4. Geologic Interactive Tool

If your students are having trouble understanding geological history and cross-sections, show them this 3-D interactive tool by Visible Geology.

5. SAGE 2YC Webinars
SAGE 2YC (Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-year Colleges) is pleased to announce its Fall Webinar Series:

• The Spectrum of Student Research in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges: Some Examples (24 October)
• Designing Undergraduate Research Programs for Students from Two-year Colleges (14 November)
• Strategies for Supporting 2YC/4YC Student Transfer in the Geosciences (21 November)

There is no cost to attend a webinar, but registration is required. Each event has its own registration, and participants can register for as many events as they wish with a deadline one week before the webinar. Please join us!
Webinars will be held on Fridays from 3-4 PM Eastern | 2-3 PM Central | 1-2 PM Mountain | 12-1 PM Pacific. Register here.

For K-12 Faculty and Informal Educators

1. Apply for the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching
From the American Geoscience Institute:
AGI is announcing details for its upcoming award competition, the 2015 Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. Each year, this award recognizes one full-time U.S. teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade for leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in Chicago in March 2015 to accept the award. To be eligible for the 2015 competition, applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2015.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a past president of AGI, who was a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. To learn more, visit

2. Participate in Solar Week

27-31 October is Solar Week! To celebrate the study of our favorite star, your students can ask solar scientists about a range of topics from careers to solar flares to the earth's magnetic poles flipping. The Solar Week web site also has daily curricula, games, and activities, so you can bring Solar Week into your own classroom.

3. New LEARN video: Make an “Edible Aquifer”
AGU’s LEARN videos show educators fun activities to help students understand geoscience principles such as plate tectonics, sea level rise and carbon cycling. The newest LEARN video, entitled “Edible Aquifer”, explains groundwater dynamics in an engaging (and delicious) activity. A video demonstration for this LEARN exercise is available here, and classroom materials for the activity are available on the LEARN web site.

4. Teaching Guide for Mineral Education
USGS has compiled a great resource for k-12 teachers on “The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit”. The guide provides an overview of mineral science as well as several fun, edible activities for kids just learning about minerals.

For Students

1. Graduate Workshop on Current Trends in Statistical Ecology
This workshop will afford graduate students in ecology-related fields or statistics the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in statistical ecology, build skills using new statistical tools, and work on applying tools to their own research. The program also includes panel discussions on career opportunities and tips on surviving graduate school and writing your dissertation.
The workshop will be held 15-17 April, 2015 at The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The deadline to apply to attend is 1 December, 2014. To learn more about the workshop or fill out the online application form, visit the NIMBioS Workshop page.

2. Get Involved in the Community College Innovation Challenge
The National Science Foundation invites teams of students to submit proposals to their Community College Innovation Challenge, a program designed to engage community college students in finding STEM-based solutions to real-world problems. Make your team, find a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner and submit your proposal by 15 January, 2015 for the chance to win! Find out more about the challenge here.

3. AWG Now Accepting Applications for Brunton Award
This award, funded by Brunton and distributed by the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), promotes the future of field mapping and data acquisition for the next generation of women geoscientists. Applicants should be female geoscience students at the senior or early graduate level with summer internship, field camp, or field data collection experience. Visit the AWG Brunton Award web site for more information and to learn how to apply.

4. Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA’s International Space Station Program have teamed up to invite college students and early career professionals to participate in the Humans in Space Art Video Challenge. Explore the question “How will space, science, and technology benefit humanity?” in a short video and submit it before the 15 November deadline for the chance to win $5000 and see your video made visible all over the world. To learn more about the challenge or submit your video, visit this web site.

5. From Inside Higher Education: Where Storytelling Meets Science
“What do a funded fellowship application and a best-selling novel have in common?” Find out in this article from Inside Higher Education on writing a compelling grant proposal.; on behalf of;
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