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Archives for July, 2009

Earth Science Week 2009 will be October 11-17 (ending on the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake!). This year’s theme is “Understanding Climate.” There are photo, visual arts, and essay contests, and Thursday is going to be the first “Women in Geosciences” day. (And then Friday will be “frantically put posters together for GSA”…

Last month, another structural geologist came to town to check out possible sites for a future field class. While we were out looking at one of my favorite teaching sites, he commented that geologists seem unusually willing to share their secrets with one another. (We had met at one of the Cutting Edge workshops, where…

Ah… vacation

I’m going to take a vacation tomorrow. I’m going to get up early in the morning, ride my bike to my office, and hunker down in front of my computer, putting some of my collaborators’ contributions into a grant proposal. What? That doesn’t sound like your idea of a vacation? What about last week, when…

Jim Lehane at Dino Jim’s Musings has posted the call for the August Accretionary Wedge: Time to think OUT of the box: So your mission is this: “What out of the box ideas do you use to teach people about geology or geological concepts?” No need to limit yourself on ideas you have actively used.…

The July Accretionary Wedge is up

Volcanista is hosting the July Accretionary Wedge at her Magmalicious Blog. It’s all about how people became interested in geology. There are some great stories – check it out! The next Accretionary Wedge will be in August, hosted at Dino Jim’s Musings, about unusual teaching methods, tools, or ideas. We’re looking for hosts for September…

While I was teaching my reworked upper division gen ed class earlier this summer, I decided to use a discussion technique that I hadn’t used before: the gallery walk. It worked so well that I’m trying to figure out where else it might be useful. The idea behind the gallery walk is pretty simple: students…

Bad habits in the field

Chuck at the Lounge of the Lab Lemming has a good Monday-morning meme: bad geologic habits. What things do you forget to do – or do when you know you shouldn’t? I am probably an embarrassment to everyone who ever taught me*. Here’s an incomplete list of my bad habits: – Leaving gear at outcrops.…

Geophysicist Marcia McNutt, currently President and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, is going to be the next director of the US Geological Survey. She will join this group of people, who (as Andrew Alden pointed out), are all men. (Cian Dawson points out on Twitter that the current acting director is also…

Five students (three from the US, two from Brazil) were arrested last month while doing paleoclimate research in Brazil. They were collecting sediment cores from lakes and wetlands, in order to understand past climate change in western Brazil. The charges were based on Brazilian laws dealing with unauthorized extraction of mineral resources. (The group had…

One of the tricky things to convey about rocks, especially in a lecture or in a textbook, is the way geologists can see such different things at different scales – from thousands of kilometers to a few micrometers – and the way that all those observations fit together to understanding the processes that shape the…