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How to Get a Research Program Started at a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution)
|Sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Geosciences Division|
|Sunday, 9 December
1300h to 1700h
Marriott Hotel , Golden Gate A1
|This workshop will present
strategies and approaches for developing and sustaining research programs
at the undergraduate level. It is designed for new geoscience faculty,
including graduate students preparing to enter academic positions, who are
interested in developing an undergraduate research program, as well as
faculty interested in expanding their research programs to include
undergraduates. The workshop will cover and participants will receive
materials on funding opportunities (including NSF), project selection and
mentoring of undergraduates, and institutional support for undergraduate
research. Facilitators will work with the participants to develop their
own strategy for developing a research program involving undergraduates.
Limit: 25. Cost: $20.
Presenters/facilitators (CUR councilors): Jill Singer, NSF Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education (firstname.lastname@example.org), Patricia Manley, Middlebury College (email@example.com), Lydia Fox, University of the Pacific (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Karen Grove, San Francisco State University (email@example.com).
Improving Introductory Science Teaching for Non-Science Majors
|Funded in part by the NSF-Sponsored National Institute for Science Education|
1900h to 2200h
Moscone, Room 232/234
|The introductory survey course for
non-science majors presents a unique challenge for many college and
university faculty. Sponsored by NSF-funded National Institute for Science
Education, this three-hour teaching excellence workshop provides
participants with successful teaching strategies and effective assessment
procedures. Participants will review recent results of educational
research on teaching and learning and explore how course goals can be used
to significantly improve the introductory course. With a focus on active
learning strategies, participants will receive a materials package of
classroom-tested, collaborative group learning activities that engage
students in their own learning. Participants will also investigate how
contemporary assessment procedures, including portfolio assessment,
performance assessment, and concept mapping, are successfully implemented
in courses for non-science majors in concert with conventional testing and
grading approaches. New and senior faculty, as well as graduate students
and post-docs, are encouraged to attend.
Workshop leaders: Tim Slater, University of Arizona; Mike Zeilik, University of New Mexico. Additional information is available by contacting Tim Slater (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) at the University of Arizona.
Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT)
|Monday, 10 December, 0830h
to 1515h, California Academy of Sciences
Tuesday, 11 December, 0800h to 1530h, Moscone, Room 232/234
|A two-day workshop will be offered
for teachers of precollege students, giving teachers a chance to meet the
scientists doing the research that is defining our physical world and its
environment in space. This year's program will focus on teaching evolution
and will include updates on recent progress in evolution research and
effective strategies for presenting this subject in the classroom.
For further information, please contact Jill Karsten at AGU, Tel: 800-966-2481 or +1-202-777-7508, Fax: +1-202-328-0566, E-mail: email@example.com.
|Monday, 10 December
0830h to 1030h
Moscone, Room 131
Tutorials on comparative planetology, climate modeling, the carbon cycle, and solar variability will be presented on the first morning of the meeting. These presentations will provide student members and regular members from other fields with introductory background on the fundamental scientific concepts that underlie these four topics, and aid members in understanding more technically-detailed papers on the subject presented elsewhere at the meeting. Each talk will be approximately 30 minutes, including time for questions. The tutorials are new to the Fall AGU Meeting this year.
|Barbara Thompson, Goddard
Space Flight Center
Our sun is a highly variable star. For example, violent explosions occur in the sun's atmosphere, and the sun's magnetic field and activity level may vary of a 22-year cycle. The consequences of the sun's variability are felt in many different ways on Earth and throughout interplanetary space. This presentation will survey the broad range of variability that the sun exhibits and the effects that we measure on Earth and beyond.
|James W. Head, Brown University
Come find out at this tutorial why all of the planetary bodies in the solar system are different? Earth has plate tectonics, water and supports life; Mars once had liquid water but has no plates; and Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system. This tutorial will provide fundamental background and focus on the important questions and processes that concern development of planetary bodies.
|Eric Sundquist, USGS-Woods
One of the biggest questions in global carbon cycle science today is resolving where, why, and how big the 'missing CO2 sink' is in the Northern Hemisphere. We know that global atmospheric CO2 is increasing and we are reasonably confident in our estimates of CO2 sources. We also know that source and sink estimates do not balance with the known atmospheric concentrations. This tutorial will clarify the concepts of sources and sinks and provide background information regarding the observations and models that are used to address these issues.
|Ed Sarachik, University of
This background lecture will review current climate models, including the ways processes are represented, the general forms of numerical simulation, the sources of uncertainties, and the evaluation of simulation results. The lecture will provide background information for current issues such as modeling abrupt climate change, diagnosing errors and uncertainties, and simulating hydrologic variability.
Sessions of Interest
ED11A / ED12A: Strategies Which Foster Broad Use and Deployment of Earth and Space Science Informal and Formal Education Resources (Monday 8:30 AM, MC121; Monday 1:30 PM, Hall D)
ED12B: Earth System Science Education Alliance: Inquiry-Based, On-Line Learning Communities (Monday 1:30 PM, Hall D)
ED22A: Evolution in the Classroom: Resources, Strategies, and Issues (Tuesday 1:30 PM, MC308)
ED32A / ED42B: Informal Education: A Powerful Tool in Science Literacy (Wednesday 1:30 PM, MC122; Thursday 1:30 PM, Hall D)
ED41A / ED51A: AGU Scientists' Roles and Partnerships in Support of K-14 Education and Public Outreach: Part Two (Thursday 8:30 AM, MC303; Friday 8:30 AM, Hall D)
ED42A: Showcase on Undergraduate Research in the Geophysical Sciences (Thursday 1:30 PM, Hall D)
ED51B: Approaches to Undergraduate Education in the Geophysical Sciences (Friday 8:30 AM, Hall D)
|A special lounge for sharing ideas regarding geoscience education programs and a "Students Only" lounge will be available near the Academic Forum and Career Center in Hall D. Open all week during Career Center hours.|
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