Friday, November 13, 2009

On the Cutting Edge Opportunities

From Cathy Manduca, Executive Director of NAGT

We would like to draw your attention to two upcoming opportunities for Virtual Workshops offered by On the Cutting Edge:

--Teaching Geoscience with Service Learning will take place Feb 3-9 and has an application deadline of December 1. Conveners: Dave Mogk, Ed Laine, Suzanne O'Connell, and Cathy Manduca. For more info and application forms visit:

--Understanding the Deep Earth will take place Feb 17-24 and has an application deadline of Dec 20. Conveners: Dave Mogk, Cathy Manduca, and Mike Williams. For more info and application forms visit:

In both cases the workshops are planned to require 2.5 days of effort spread across the scheduled time. This will include synchronous and asynchronous sessions, with presentations and discussions, supporting development of new materials for your teaching.

Application deadlines are fast approaching, so please visit the workshop websites and submit your application on-line. The full schedule of On the Cutting Edge workshops can be viewed at:

Thanks in advance for your consideration, and we'll hope to "see" you at these events.

Dave Mogk and Cathy Manduca, on behalf of the co-conveners

Friday, November 6, 2009

Building Strong Geoscience Departments Visiting Workshop Program

From our executive director, Cathryn Manduca:

Building Strong Geoscience Departments Visiting Workshop Program
Application Deadline, November 16

Greetings colleagues--

It is not too late to bring the Building Strong Geoscience Departments program to your campus. Would you like to know more about how other departments are facing today's challenges by building a stronger profile for their department, addressing assessment, redesigning curricula, or recruiting students? The Building Strong Geoscience Department visiting workshop program can bring this information to you. Visiting workshops involve one or two days of programming led by a team of two geoscientists drawn from our national program . The workshop program will feature concrete examples drawn from the leaders' experience and from the collective experiences of the geoscience community, and will provide online resources for further information.

Funds are available for five institutions to take advantage of this program -- the application deadline is November 16. The project pays for leader travel and stipends, the local host is responsible for local accommodations.

For more information about the workshops, see

To have a Visiting Workshop come to your department, apply online by Monday, November 16:

We hope this looks like an exciting opportunity to you!

Cathy Manduca, Heather Macdonald, Geoff Feiss, Randy Richardson, Carol Ormand

Cathryn A Manduca
Director, Science Education Resource Center
Executive Director, National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Carleton College
1 N College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
507 222 7096