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Archives for June, 2009

The American Geological Institute’s latest Geoscience Workforce Currents says that undergrad enrollments are up 8% this year: Eight per cent actually isn’t that much – one or two students, in most of the geology departments that I know. We’ve got nearly twice as many students registered for my sophomore mapping class this year as we…

Two summers ago, the extent of Arctic sea ice reached a historic low. What’s it going to do this year? Chuck at Lounge of the Lab Lemming has opened a betting pool. No money involved; winner gets to make him blog on a topic of the winner’s choice. (This is a good prize; Chuck is…

The call for posts for the July Accretionary Wedge, hosted by volcanista’s Magmalicious Blog, is up! So July’s topic is about your inspiration to enter geoscience. Was it a fantastic mentor? Watching your geologist parents growing up? A great teacher, or an exciting intro field trip? How did it happen? The deadline for posts is…

Science’s online education prize

Science has an award for online education resources (cutely named “SPORE”), and they want nominations by June 30. Here are their criteria: Rules of Eligibility for SPORE-2009: * The project must focus on science education. * The resources described must be freely available on the Internet. * The project can be targeted to students or…

When I was designing my summer session class, I ran into a problem. If I really wanted my students to achieve the course goals, they would need to spend a lot of time on a computer. In a 3-times-a-week lecture course, I might expect them to do that work outside of class, but we were…

The June Accretionary Wedge is up

The June Accretionary Wedge, “Let’s Do a Time Warp,” is up at Outside the Interzone. It’s a crazy time-machine ride from before the Big Bang all the way into the tectonic future. Come along with the geology bloggers to a few of our favorite times. (And, no, the Cretaceous-Tertiary Paleogene boundary didn’t make anyone’s list.…

I’ve got a question for women readers, especially those in the geosciences, environmental sciences, or field sciences: what do you get out of reading blogs? And if you have a blog yourself, what do you get out of writing it? I’m asking because there’s a session at this year’s Geological Society of America meeting on…

There’s a meme going around about plans for summer reading. While I was reading Sciencewoman’s list, I realized that I was avoiding the meme. See, I didn’t even manage to finish my spring reading list, so I’m not ready to talk about big plans for the summer. I had good intentions. I read Dirt: the…

The deadline for the reactived geology blog carnival, The Accretionary Wedge, is coming on Saturday, June 13. The theme is Let’s Do a Time Warp: if you could travel in space and time, to see the geologic past or the geologic future, on this planet or somewhere else, where would you go and what would…

Teaching: in praise of rubrics

I spent last Friday grading for my five-week summer class. It took about nine hours*, which wasn’t that bad, considering that the main graded work consisted of papers. I like making students write. It lets me see their thought processes, and helps me differentiate between the students who can repeat what they’ve heard and the…