Education, Outreach, & Careers
Professional Development Workshops for AGU Scientists and Educators
Fall Meeting attendees were eligible to participate in several special workshops that offer professional development activities related to education, teaching, and research in the Earth and space sciences.
To learn about a specific Professional Development Workshop, select from the list to the left, and follow the link labeled ‘See the full description.’
How to Become a Congressional or Mass Media Fellow—and Why!
Wednesday, 7 December
Marriott Hotel, Golden Gate Ballroom B1
Broaden your experience and become a more savy scientist by participating in the policy process on the national level or by reporting and writing science news for a major publication. Current and past fellows from both of these programs will share their experiences and answer your questions. Mass Media Fellows report on and write about science news for a newspaper, magazine, or radio or TV station for a 10-week period during the summer. Congressional Science Fellows deal with science issues in the office of a senator, representative, or committee for a full year. Space is limited. Lunch provided (first come, first served).
Monday through Friday
MC, Level 3, Lobby
Looking for a place to continue an engaging discussion prompted by an Education Session? Or trying to find a comfortable chair to read brochures from the Academic Showcase, or chat with fellow job-seekers about career alternatives? Are you a student or recent graduate interested in getting informal advice from program managers about how the federal funding system works? Visit this special lounge, located adjacent to the Career Center on Level 3 of the Convention Center and available to meeting attendees from 0830h–1800h daily. Look for the schedule of daily special events and bring-your-own brownbag lunch-time talks on specific topics, posted at the lounge entrance.
Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop
Tuesday and Wednesday
Marriott Hotel, Golden Gate A3
Owing to overwhelming response, registration for the GIFT Workshop is closed.
This workshop offers teachers of pre-college students an opportunity to meet the scientists doing the research that is defining our physical world and its environment in space. This Fall's workshop, Journey to the Center of the Earth, pays tribute to Jules Verne on the centennial anniversary of his death. We will explore the latest scientific knowledge of our Earth's interior composition and structure, its early formation history (including separation of the core), the origin of hot spot volcanism, the fate of subducted slabs, and the origin and behavior of Earth's magnetic field. Educators will explore useful hands-on classroom activities, including scale models of the Earth and tools for illustrating the use of isotopes in studying Earth chemistry. Participating teachers will also have an opportunity to attend technical sessions and exhibits of the AGU meeting.
AGU offers these general interest presentations by world renowned scientists for the general public:
Hurricane Katrina: How and Why Did This Calamity Happen?
Presented by Hugh E. Willoughby, Florida International University
Thursday, 8 December
Marriott Hotel, Yerba Buena, Salon 9
Katrina's landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi this fall caused destruction of more than $100B in property and ending of over 1300 lives, giving it dimensions of a catastrophe from the early 20th century, or before. In retrospect, the meteorological reasons for the disaster were straightforward. Katrina's path crossed ocean currents with elevated heat content and a surrounding wind field that favored the rapid intensification to Category 5 over the Gulf of Mexico. When Katrina made landfall east of New Orleans as a Category 3 storm, the combination of wind, 10 foot storm surge, and levee failure overwhelmed structures that had survived Camille a generation earlier. Accurate forecasts—that significantly outperformed the state of the art—enabled substantial evacuation of New Orleans before the storm struck.
Bright STaRS (Students Training as Research Scientists)
Thursday, 8 December
Marriott Hotel, Golden Gate A3
MC, Level 2
A growing number of after-school and summer programs now offer hands-on research experiences in the Earth and space sciences for high school students. This special day-long program brings nearly 50 San Francisco Bay Area students engaged in geosciences research to the Fall Meeting. In the morning, the students attend a special symposium, where they hear AGU members describe the breadth of the Earth and space sciences and some of the current outstanding problems being investigated in particular sub-fields. In the afternoon, a dedicated Education Session at the Fall Meeting features the research being conducted by the students themselves. Meeting attendees are encouraged to come and meet these future stars of the geosciences community!
AGU members interested in presenting a talk during the morning symposium should contact Jill Karsten, AGU:
Tel: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 508
Friday, 9 December
MC, Level 1, Exhibit Hall
In the Student EXPloration of Research in the Earth and Space Sciences (EXPRESS) program, middle school student groups are invited to visit the AGU Exhibit Hall with their classes to learn more about research and careers in the Earth and space science, meet scientists, view demonstrations, and take home fun activities! Volunteers are sought to help provide demonstrations for this event and to escort groups.
To request additional information, please contact:
AGU Career Services, AGU
2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tel: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 504