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Archives for May, 2009

California needs geology!

Ok, you’re probably thinking. Now she’s really lost it. California’s got earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, coastal erosion, oil, gold, sinking ground, a funky inland delta with levees in danger of failing, major water issues… and that’s not even getting into the really cool stuff, like serpentinites and blueschists and pillow basalts and forearc basin sediments and…

One year ago today, a M 7.9 earthquake struck the Chinese province of Sichuan. It was horrific. I don’t have anything profound or helpful to say about it myself, but I want to pass on links to other remembrances: Berkeley SeismoBlog explains the tectonics of the earthquake, and the possibility (raised in the Chinese journal…

So you’re a fairly new professor, done with classes for the summer, ready to dive into research. And then you get your course evaluations back. What do you do? If the course evaluations were excellent, yay! You can walk around feeling good about yourself for a while, and then go back to the research. (Even…

I’m neck-deep in a five-week summer class, and spending my evenings reading for class prep and thinking about how to run discussions. So I’m on a blogging semi-hiatus, at least until I’ve got an hour or two free of other commitments. In the meantime, I’ll occasionally post some of my old favorites. This one was…

I’m deep in class-by-class planning for the summer session class that I start teaching tomorrow. I’ve decided not to blog about the class once it starts, in part because I’m going to be encouraging the use of Internet sources, and I expect my students to run across the geoblogosphere and Science Blogs, and I don’t…