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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…

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…

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 question-and-answer in The Scientist online [free registration required] entitled “Is Tenure Worth Saving?” The interviewee, Dan Clawson (a tenured sociologist at the University of Massachusetts) goes through some of the history that’s all-too-familiar to people who want jobs in academia: to cut money*, universities have been quietly shifting their work, more and more,…

Scientiae: deadwood, or not?

When I saw there was going to be a discussion of issues facing mid-career faculty at last year’s Geological Society of America meeting, my first thought was: “Call the waaaaaaahmbulance!” I mean, pre-tenure faculty have issues. Job-hunting post-docs have issues. ABD grad students have issues. Mid-career faculty, on the other hand, have stable jobs –…

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…

It’s that time of year again. The plotter is out of paper and the students have new haircuts and clothes I’ve never seen. It must be time for senior thesis presentations. In about an hour and a half, the senior geology students will be giving 15-minute talks (the same length as at professional geology meetings)…

Advising and registration for summer and fall semesters has just finished, so I’ve been spending a lot of time talking and thinking about general education requirements. In particular, I’ve been thinking about one question: why? What’s the point of general education requirements? What are they good for? What should students get out of them? In…

This month’s Scientiae is about overcoming challenges: our worst moments, and how we survived them. I’ve had trouble deciding which story to tell. Field camp? Running out of food while dropped off by helicopter? Not finding the rocks that were supposed to be in my dissertation field area? Bad dates (geologic, that is)? I had…

From the Association for Women Geoscientists’ e-news: The deadline for applications for the 2009 AWG Chrysalis Scholarship has been extended to March 31st. The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for women geoscience graduate students whose education has been interrupted for at least one year. The awards are intended to cover thesis/dissertation costs such as typing…