2001 Fall Meeting Education Programs

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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 (jsinger@nsf.gov), Patricia Manley, Middlebury College (patmanley@middlebury.edu), Lydia Fox, University of the Pacific (lkfox@uop.edu), and Karen Grove, San Francisco State University (kgrove@sfsu.edu).


Improving Introductory Science Teaching for Non-Science Majors

         Funded in part by the NSF-Sponsored National Institute for Science Education
Tuesday, 11 December
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: tslater@as.arizona.edu) 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: jkarsten@agu.org.


Union Tutorials

         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.


     Solar Variability
         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.

Related Sessions:

Shocks and Shock Manifestations over the Solar Cycle (SH21B, SH12C, SH41B)
Interaction CMEs and their Relationships to Interacting Ejecta (SH11D, SH02B) 
     Comparative Planetology
         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.

Related Sessions:

Origin and Early Evolution of the Earth (U51A, U52A)
Plate Tectonics and Self Organization (U21A, U22A )
Mars Global Surveyor: Guiding the Future of Mars Exploration(P41A, P42A)
Galileo's Polar Io Flybys: Magnetospheric and Geologic Observations (P11A, P12A)
NEAR and Beyond (P32B)
Structure and Evolution of Earth's Deep Mantle (T12E, T21A, T11G)
     Carbon Cycle
         Eric Sundquist, USGS-Woods Hole

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.

Related Sessions:

The North American Carbon Sink: When and Where? (B52A, B52B)
Water, Energy, and Carbon Cycles in Terrestrial Systems: Local-Scale Observations Through Fluxnet and Other Micrometeorological Tower Sites (B41A, B42D, B51A)
Water, Energy, and Carbon Cycles in Terrestrial Systems: Measuring and Modeling From Site to Region (B42A, B51C)
Carbon, Climate Change, and Disturbance in Northern Forest Ecosystems (B12F, B22C) 

     Climate Modeling
         Ed Sarachik, University of Washington

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.

Related Sessions:

The Science of Abrupt Climate Change and the Implications for Public Policy (U41B, U42A)
Diagnosing Systemic Errors in Numerical Models of Climate Systems (A51G, A52A)
Mid-Century Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources in the West (H12E, H21G)


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)


Education Lounge

         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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