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Water expertise on Sb, now official

Anne Jefferson, a hydro-geomorpho-climate geologist at UNC-Charlotte, has officially joined Highly Allochthonous as Chris Rowan’s co-blogger. Anne’s been unofficially co-blogging there for a while, but it’s great to see her role made more official. And it’s especially great to see someone with expertise in water and surface processes on Sb. (Anne and I are also…

The August edition of Geological Society of America’s monthly online news, GSA Connection, has just been posted. There’s lots of useful news, but this one might be crucial: Sign up now if you need childcare during the Annual Meeting! If minimum attendance is not met, the program may be canceled, so please don’t delay. KiddieCorp…

Geobloggers (and tweeters) are very social, but we often exist in our own world apart from the rest of the science bloggers. Here are some opportunities to remind the rest of the science-blogging world how cool we are: 1st: ScienceOnline 2010 is a conference devoted to science on Web 2.0 and to open-access science. This…

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…

I’ve recently submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation, and it’s got me thinking about how I find ideas for research. The proposal was for an instrument to enable research*, and that meant that, for the first time in years**, I had to write something that could convince other people that my research is…

Geoscientists: we (Anne Jefferson, Pat Campbell, Suzanne Franks, and me) are looking for participants in a survey about the ways in which women geoscientists use blogs (both as readers and as writers). Here’s the official request: Over the past several years, the geoscience blogosphere has blossomed so much that this fall, the Geological Society of…

There was a mountain lion in the courtyard of a local elementary school playground today. A mountain lion. At the elementary school. A neighbor called the police, who called the Department of Wildlife, who shot the mountain lion. A young male, about 75 pounds, probably recently headed out on its own. Apparently that’s the age…

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”…