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Geologic causes vs geologic triggers

There’s a great, new online news article by Science’s Richard Kerr about the role of the Zipingpu Dam in last year’s Wenchuan earthquake. A new article in Geophysical Research Letters (which I haven’t read – my library doesn’t have access to GRL) tests the plausibility of water as a trigger for the Wenchuan quake, and…

Go to Dave’s Landslide Blog for full details about this. I don’t have access to the paper. According to Dave Petley, there’s a new paper in Nature Geoscience about the Slumgullion landslide. Slumgullion is in my greater neighborhood – it’s in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, between Lake City (former home of Alferd Packer) and Creede…

I should have finished designing the new version of my disasters class. I’ve been thinking about it forever. But then I was trying to get a paper written, and then I went to a conference, and then there were senior thesis presentations and end-of-semester grading and a six-year-old’s birthday, and, well… Yes, I am frantically…

Course redesign 4: time for a plan

I’ve been blogging my way throug the redesign of my upper-level general education course, “The Control of Nature,” using a course design tutorial from SERC. I’ve talked about what’s gone wrong in the past, about who my students are and what they need from the class, and about my tentative goals for the class. I’ve…

I’m rethinking one of my courses, an upper level general education course called “The Control of Nature.” I’ve been blogging my way through the course redesign process, starting with past problems with the course and with my various practical constraints (class schedule, physical space, student background). I’m using an online tutorial to guide me through…

Redesigning a broken course

I’ve got a course that (IMO) is broken, and I’m working on fixing it. I’ve been teaching a course called “The Control of Nature” (after John McPhee’s book) for 16 years, after thinking of the idea on my way home from my first academic job interview. (Yes, that was a bad time to come up…