AGU   2000 Fall Meeting Workshops

Digital Library for Earth System Education Workshop

The goal of this workshop is to engage participants in the design and construction of DLESE. Participants will be briefed fully on the latest developments in the construction of the library, and will engage in small group activities to assist in setting priorities for library collections and services, in designing searching strategies for locating materials in the library, and providing input for library business plans and other library policies. The program will include demonstrations of the prototype interface, mechanisms for contributing to the library collection, and preliminary searching capabilities. Participants will leave with a plan for continued participation in the library effort.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 14th, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

For more information and to register for the workshop contact: Cathryn A. Manduca, DLESE Outreach Coordinator, Research Associate, Carleton College, PO Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, Tel: +1-507-252-8658, FAX: +1-507 252-0472, E-mail:, web site:

Preparing Graduate Students for Teaching: What Departments Can Do

This workshop will focus on strategies that a department or program can use to better prepare its teaching assistants and to enhance the preparation of future faculty. The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about different ways to prepare graduate students for teaching and to share successes and challenges. We particularly welcome applications from institutional teams (faculty, graduate students, and/or staff).

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 13, from 7:00–9:00 pm and Thursday, December 14, from 8:00am – 5:00pm (with an optional dinner) prior to the beginning of the Fall Meeting.

On-site workshop expenses will be covered through a grant from the National Science Foundation. For additional information and/or an application for registration contact: Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary, Tel: +1-757-221-2443, Email:

How To Get a Research Program Started at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

Sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, Geosciences Division

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, 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.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 14, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

For information and to register for the workshop contact: Karen Grove, San Francisco State University, E-mail: or Jill Singer, Buffalo State University, E-mail:

Put Your Science To Work: Practical Career Strategies for Scientists and Engineers

The job market for scientists is more complex than ever. Traditional career paths are changing and new opportunities are opening in a variety of professions. The AGU Committee on Education and Human Resources is sponsoring a lecture and discussion with Dr. Peter S. Fiske, author of Put your Science To Work (AGU, 2000). Topics for discussion include: identifying your skills and career goals, strengthening your network, new technologies for job hunting, and strategies for maximizing your options.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, December 16, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

For more details and to register for the workshop contact: Jennifer Giesler, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: +1-202-777-7512, E-mail:

Measuring Success: Evaluating Geoscience Education Programs

How do you know if your geoscience education program is meeting your objectives? How can you benefit from your evaluation efforts? This workshop takes a “nuts and bolts” approach to evaluating geoscience education programs. During this workshop you will understand the essential components of an evaluation plan, learn about different evaluation strategies, and develop a plan for your program. Special attention will be paid to conducting robust program evaluation when time and money are in short supply.

The workshop will be held on Monday, December 18, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

For information and to register for the workshop contact: Susan Buhr, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, E-mail:, or Alexandra Weaver, CIRES, E-mail:

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