2004 AGU Fall Meeting, San Fransico, 13 through 17 December, 2004
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On the Cutting Edge Workshop: Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations
0800h - 1700h Sunday, 12 December
San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Golden Gate A1

Conveners: Cathryn Manduca, Carleton College, and Michelle Hall, Science Education Solutions

Designed for faculty interested in improving their use of visualizations in teaching, this all day workshop will feature research from cognitive science addressing how students learn from visualizations and examples of teaching with visualizations from leading geoscience faculty. This workshop is sponsored by NAGT, with funding from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education. Full information and registration materials can be found at http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/visagu04/index.html (opens in new window).

Pre-registration is required. Participation is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $30.

Space Science and Astronomy Teaching Excellence Workshop for College Faculty
0900h - 1600h Saturday and Sunday, 11 - 12 December
San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Pacific J

Conveners: Ed Prather and Tim Slater, both at the University of Arizona

This two-day, interactive teaching excellence workshop will focus on dilemmas space science astronomy teachers face and develop practical solutions for the troubling issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Particular emphasis will be given to the problems associated with teaching college-level, non-science majors, many of whom are apprehensive of science and mathematics courses in general. Participants will review the latest research about how students learn, define and set measurable student learning goals and objectives for astronomy course students, and explore how to create productive learning environments by using interactive lectures, peer instruction, engaging demonstrations, collaborative groups, and tutorials. Learning to write more effective multiple-choice tests and implement authentic assessment strategies, including portfolio assessment, performance tasks, and concept maps with the goal of constructing a syllabus and assignments that improve student achievement, will also be discussed. This workshop is being sponsored by the NASA JPL Navigator and Spitzer SIRTF EPO Programs, the AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section Education and Public Outreach Committee, and the National Science Foundation.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Participation is limited to 60. Registration in the workshop is free, but participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. It is strongly recommended that participants attend BOTH days of the workshop. For additional information, please contact Tim Slater; Phone: +1-520-621-7096; E-mail: tslater@as.arizona.edu.

Grant Proposal Writing in the Earth and Space Sciences for Minority and Minority-Serving Scientists
1000h - 1600h Sunday, 12 December
San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Yerba Buena Salon 2

We're sorry, but the registration deadline for this workshop has passed.

Conveners: Claudia Alexander, JPL, and Jill Karsten, AGU

Minority scientists employed full-time at four-year U.S. academic institutions and full-time faculty employed by federally-recognized, four-year Minority Serving Institutions are eligible to attend this pilot workshop. Program managers from several federal funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NASA) will provide overviews of their agency's proposal submission and review process. Through mock panels and peer-to-peer reviews, effective strategies for successful proposal writing will be explored.

Pre-registration for this complimentary workshop is required and must be received by December 1, 2004. Attendance will be limited to 20 participants and all participants are responsible for any costs associated with their extended stay in San Francisco. Some NSF travel support may be available for minority scientists participating in the workshop who also volunteer to serve as Science Mentors for the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD'S) program.

For more information, or to pre-register by phone or E-mail, contact: Outreach, AGU; Tel: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 515; Email: outreach@agu.org.

How to Get a Research Program Started at a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution)
1500h - 1800h Tuesday, 14 December
San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Sierra K

Conveners: Lydia Fox, University of the Pacific, and Karen Grove, San Francisco State University

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. This workshop is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Geosciences Division.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Participation is limited to 25; cost is $30. For more information, or to pre-register, contact: Lydia Fox, Phone: +1-209-946-2481; E-mail: lkfox@pacific.edu, or Karen Grove Phone: +1-415-338-2617; E-mail: kgrove@sfsu.edu.

Scientific Inquiry in the K-12 Classroom
0800h - 1200h Thursday, 16 December
San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Nob Hill C

Conveners: Sandra Laursen and Lesley K. Smith, both at CIRES, University of Colorado-Boulder, Karen Hyde Edgerly and Carol McLaren, both at Science Discovery, University of Colorado-Boulder.

Attention RIDGE 2000 and InterRIDGE scientists: A special version of this workshop will be held on Wednesday, 15 December, San Francisco Marriott Hotel, 0830h to 1200h.

For science educators, inquiry is both a way of teaching and a process for learning science. For scientists, inquiry is how you do your work. How can these two visions of science as inquiry come together in K-12 classrooms? This half-day workshop has been developed especially for scientists interested in contributing to K-12 science education. Workshop activities will provide participants with an overview of the research base behind inquiry teaching and learning, an introduction to national standards for inquiry-based science education, and some hands-on examples of how inquiry might look in the classroom.

Every scientist, independent of discipline, has a profound personal knowledge of the scientific process. It is this knowledge that we encourage you to consider contributing to K-12 science education. The workshop goal is to provide a framework that will help scientists think how they can bring their own experience of scientific inquiry to K-12 students and teachers -- whether through a classroom presentation to children, a workshop for teachers, a professional development program or curriculum, or a partnership with students or teachers in a research lab or field setting.

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