Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Evolving Earth Foundation Student Research Grants

From the Evolving Earth Foundation...

The Evolving Earth Foundation has launched its 2010 student research grant program in the earth sciences. A total of ten grants are available annually, for amounts of up to $3000 per grant. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers at accredited U.S. colleges and universities or research institutions are eligible and encouraged to apply for grants. The deadline for application is March 1st, 2010.

The Evolving Earth Foundation is dedicated to research, education, and understanding in the earth sciences. Award emphasis will be on research topics that relate to the mission and priorities of the foundation. Please visit the Evolving Earth Foundation web site at for full grant program details.

Friday, January 22, 2010

On the Cutting Edge Opportunities!

From Cathryn Manduca, Executive Director of NAGT:

A full list of this years offerings is given below and on the Cutting Edge website:


Developing Student Understanding of Complex Systems in the Geosciences
Application deadline: February 1, 2010
Carleton College, Northfield, MN April 18-20, 2010
Conveners: Cathy Manduca, Dave Mogk, Jim Slotta, David Bice, Eric Pyle

Workshop for Early Career Faculty: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career
Application deadline: March 3, 2010
College of William and Mary June 6-10, 2010 (NSF visit June 11)
Conveners: Heather Macdonald and Richelle Allen-King

Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences (a workshop for graduate students and post-docs)
Application deadline: March 10, 2010
Stanford University July 29-August 1, 2010
Conveners: Heather Macdonald and Robyn Wright Dunbar

Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century
Application deadline: March 20, 2010
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT August 8-11, 2010 (Optional day, GIS in the Field, August 12, 2010)
Conveners: Barbara Tewksbury, Mohamed Abdelsalam, Brian Hynek, Mark Manone, David Mogk

Teaching Geoscience in the Field in the 21st Century
Application deadline: March 20, 2010
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT August 13-16, 2010 (Optional day, GIS in the Field August 12; Optional Regional Field Trip: August 17-19, 2010) Conveners: David Mogk, Steve Whitmeyer, Sarah Kruse, Bob Bauer

Teaching Geoscience with Service Learning
* First session: February 3-5, 2010
* Second session: February 8-9, 2010
Convenvers: Dave Mogk, Ed Laine, Suzanne O'Connell, and Cathy Manduca
Application deadline extended; new applications are still being accepted

Designing Effective and Innovative Courses in the Geosciences
Application deadline: April 1, 2010
* First Session: May 26-27, 2010
* Second Session: June 3-4, 2010
Conveners: Barb Tewksbury, Charlotte Mehrtens

Teaching Geoscience Online
Application deadline: May 7, 2010
* First session: June 23-25, 2010
* Second session: June 27-28, 2010
Conveners: Cathy Manduca, Bill Hirt, and Karin Kirk

PARTNERSHIP WORKSHOPS - Associated with other meetings or organizations

Teaching Geodesy in the 21st Century (part of the Cutting Edge - Follow-on Workshop Program)
UNAVCO Science Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, March 8, 2010
Leaders: Susan Eriksson and Shimon Wdowinski

Pursuing an Academic Career: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-Dcos (part of the Cutting Edge Follow-on Workshop Program)
In association with the GSA Northeastern/Southeastern Section Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 13, 2010
Leaders: Rachel Beane and Jon Lewis

Geology and Human Health (part of the Cutting Edge Follow-on Workshop Program)
In association with the North Central and South Central sectional GSA, Branson, MO, April 11, 2010 8:00 -12:00
Leader: Syed Hasan

Teaching Geochemistry
In association with the Goldschmidt 2010 Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, June 11-12, 2010
Convener: David Mogk

Teaching Climate Change from the Geologic Record
In association with the AMQUA Biennial Meeting
University of Wyoming - Laramie
August 10-11, 2010 (with optional field trip on August 12)
Conveners: Cathy Manduca, Cathy Whitlock, Alison Smith, Greg Wiles, Rolfe D. Mandel, Karin Kirk

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

From CSTA: Deadline looming for Sacramento Conference

From CSTA:

Only 10 days remain to submit a proposal to present a workshop at the 2010 California Science Education Conference.

CSTA is actively seeking science teachers to present one-hour workshops at the 2010 California Science Education Conference, October 22-24 in Sacramento, CA.

Visit for more information about workshop proposals. There you will find submission guidelines, links to the standards, and a downloadable proposal form. Presenting at the conference can be fun and earn you a complimentary registration to the conference (please see the website for details regarding complimentary registration).

Deadline for Workshop Proposals: February 1, 2010.


California Science Teachers Association
3800 Watt Ave., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 979-7004
Fax: (916) 979-7023

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Student Opportunity in Redwoods National Park

Students currently enrolled in college degree programs have an opportunity to work in Redwood National Park in Northern California this summer as full-time interpretive rangers, earning $13-$15/hour. Information can be found here on the USAJobs site. The application deadline for applications is February 1.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Deadline Approaching: Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award

The Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award, the only Geological Society of America (GSA) award specifically for women at the post-doc level, recognizes the accomplishments of successful female geoscientists early in their careers.

The Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award will be awarded to a female whose Ph.D. research has had a significant impact on the geosciences. Women are eligible for the first three years following receipt of their degree. The US $2500 cash award will be presented at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver in October 2010.

We ask that you take advantage of this opportunity to recognize a stellar female colleague by submitting a nomination.

Nominations are due by 1 February 2010. Materials required are a nomination form, nominating letter, short summary of the research, brief resume with a list of publications, and a copy of the dissertation abstract, published abstracts and/or reprints, as available.

For complete nomination guidelines and nomination forms, please visit:

Geological Society of America
Grants, Awards, and Recognition

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Meet the Far Western Section Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year!

Laura Hollister teaches the earth sciences at Pitman High School in Turlock, California. She attended Modesto Junior College and California State University, Stanislaus, where she earned a BS in Geology. She worked several years in the geological consulting business before deciding to pursue a teaching career.

Laura is a very engaging teacher and strives to bring her philosophies to fruition by designing lessons with applicable, real-world experiences. She has created many multimedia presentations that include personal trip photos that demonstrate concepts in a vivid, virtual-type setting. She assures that the information presented within them is understood by all students with the creation of scaffolded notes. The notes allow students to fill-in important information to the pre-made lecture outline so that the kids can spend more time concentrating on the visuals, while at the same time teaching the students how to outline useful notes when they get into college. Laura also incorporates labs that encourage a hands-on approach to exploring and discovering the intricacies of the geosciences. At the completion of the day's exercises, students are required to write a song or poem, draw a picture, or create some other form of art to help them process and thoroughly remember what they learned in class.

Laura participates in Wildlink, which is run through the Yosemite Institute, whose goal is to provide access to and education about the greater Yosemite National Park Region. Students who are chosen for the program spend a week in Yosemite learning about wilderness ethics and the ecology and geology of the park. Laura is a co-advisor for the Pitman High Science Bowl and Science Olympiad teams. She also volunteers in the geology field studies program at the local community college, and has led trips for conferences of the Far West Section of NAGT.

See other current information in the NAGT Newsletter