July 23, 2014

Updating how we teach the process of science

Updating how we teach the process of science

This week, I’m with a group of in-service middle school teachers for a week-long workshop on climate science.  It is always inspiring to connect with K-12 teachers to see and hear about their passion for their classrooms and for teaching – and always frustrating to hear that they have to do so with so few resources that include outdated textbooks.  And in those outdated textbooks we will find the “scientific …

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July 16, 2014

Summer reading on teaching – and Teaching Naked

Summer reading on teaching - and Teaching Naked

“I firmly believe that if every teaching faculty member could carve out the time to read one or two great books on teaching and learning every year, we would collectively serve our students much better than we do already.”  –  James Lang (Top 10 Books on Teaching, June 11, 2014) I think it is safe to say that each of us are challenged to find time to read a book …

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July 10, 2014

Promoting our Discipline with Geology Selfies – from Mauna Loa to Mars

Promoting our Discipline with Geology Selfies - from Mauna Loa to Mars

We like posting photos online, especially if we have a happy moment to share.  A recent study shows that photo posts on Twitter and Instagram are four times more likely to convey positive sentiment compared with text-only tweets (see The Wall Street Journal article by Wells, 2014).  And what could make us more happy than taking photos of ourselves and immediately sharing what we are up to? Welcome to the …

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July 1, 2014

Kickstarter – the future of funding geoscience research and education?

Kickstarter - the future of funding geoscience research and education?

Crowdsourcing, the process of seeking assistance for work or funds from a large group of people (typically online), seems to be quite popular these days (note that this blog post will focus specifically on crowdsourcing funds).  From getting funds to film the documentary Bridegroom to translating Moby Dick into Japanese emoji icons (now in the Library of Congress), it is amazing to see the range of ideas and innovations that …

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June 25, 2014

Backtrack to… Geology Terminology

Backtrack to... Geology Terminology

Every once in awhile, I come across something (a tweet, an email, etc.) that reminds me of an article I read or conference presentation I heard that I want to go back and revisit.  Recently, my memory was triggered by this tweet: Americans hear & use the term #globalwarming more than #climatehange More differences in here: http://t.co/8HaeDsnR7x pic.twitter.com/pDBPeGJUqj — Yale Climate Project (@YaleClimateComm) May 28, 2014 Our findings strongly suggest …

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June 18, 2014

Career resources for incoming freshmen

Career resources for incoming freshmen

It is amazing how fast the time flies between the end of the semester and beginning of summer orientation – in fact, just two days after graduation, we had faculty orientation for our summer new student orientation sessions.  Across campuses, summer orientation has common program features – students hear about what it means to be a student at that institution, learn about academic integrity and general education requirements, receive their …

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June 11, 2014

Are geoscience journals ready for video abstracts?

Are geoscience journals ready for video abstracts?

How do we “get the word out” about a new paper we have published, whether the focus is scientific or pedagogical?  We list the citation on our CV’s and perhaps on our faculty page of a department website.  We might send copies to collaborators and colleagues at other institutions.  And some of us will use social media to share the news of having a new manuscript released. Social science researchers …

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June 4, 2014

Finding that dream space for summer innovation & productivity

Finding that dream space for summer innovation & productivity

“… if one wishes to tap into the unknown, it helps to work in a place where the imagination can soar.”  –  John Kao, Innovation Nation, p. 134 The semester is winding down or has ended for faculty, and now we shift in to “summer mode” – which, if you are like me, is a time to make wish lists of all of the research I want to accomplish and …

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May 29, 2014

Instagram – a possible edtech/outreach tool?

Instagram - a possible edtech/outreach tool?

Instagram – “… a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever” (Instagram FAQ page).  Do you have an Instagram account?  Odds are, you don’t.  Instagram still struggles to grow significantly as a social media tool among online adults, as documented …

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May 23, 2014

Backtrack to… Dinosaur Posture

Backtrack to... Dinosaur Posture

Every once in awhile, I come across something (a tweet, an email, etc.) that reminds me of an article I read or conference presentation I heard that I want to go back and revisit.  Recently, my memory was triggered by this tweet:   Me on the left and my son on the right. Standing in front of the famous @AMNH T. Rex at the same age. #dinosaur #NYC pic.twitter.com/PLJ3zrxxh0 — …

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