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I’m not quite done with this semester, but I’m also starting to think about the courses that I’m teaching in the winter. In particular, I’m thinking about our department writing course. The course is in transition right now – in the past, it’s been a writing-in-the-discipline course, but because of state-mandated changes to our general…

DN Lee of Urban Science Adventures is hosting this month’s Diversity in Science carnival, on the topic of pipeline programs that can increase the diversity of science. Two years ago, there was a special issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education devoted to that very topic. JGE is now open-access, so you can browse the…

Jess is looking for posts about outreach that we’ve done. I’d like to talk about outreach that other people have done. This month, many of the bloggers here at Sb have been participating in Donors Choose, a campaign to raise money for schools. October is a crazy month for anyone who goes to the Geological…

I’m back from the Geological Society of America annual meeting, and I promised to blog about my session. So… here it is. Techniques and tools for effective recruitment, retention, and promotion of women and minorities in the geosciences. It’s a mouthful, and included a lot of different perspectives, from information on the state of diversity…

I’m heading home tomorrow, and I’ve finally got a little time to blog. Here’s quick summary of the sessions I went to on Sunday (the first day of the meeting). Detachment Dynamics: heat, deformation, and fluids in extensional systems: Where continental crust stretches apart, steep normal faults join at depth into detachment systems: shear zones…

It’s Earth Science Week

I almost missed the lastest Accretionary Wedge! In my defense, I was doing work related to the Wedge’s theme – I was frantically getting ready for classes to start today, and I swore not to go through the accumulation in my RSS reader until I was ready to go. So, 13 hours after my first…

I’ve recently taken to using the magic of the internet to give my students access to readings, assignments, and images outside of class. It’s great – if my sophomores lose their map, they can print another one. If a student misses class, there’s no excuse not to do the homework anyway. If students can’t draw…

Jim Lehane‘s comment on my last post just reminded me that it’s Accretionary Wedge time again. Jim’s hosting the geology carnival, and he’s got a back-to-school theme: 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…

I’m the department Luddite. I use Powerpoint less often than any of my colleagues, and I’m the person who argues that rooms in a new building need to be designed to allow natural light and views when desired (as well as be able to be darkened adequately). But I’m also the person in my department…