August 17, 2016

The first day of class – what will you do?

The first day of class - what will you do?

There is no right or wrong way to conduct your first class meeting of the semester – but are you using your time wisely? Explore these ideas for how to kick off the first day and every class day in the academic year.

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August 8, 2016

A #SeriousAcademic on social media? Yes, you can…

A #SeriousAcademic on social media? Yes, you can...

Being a #SeriousAcademic on social media is a choice – a choice that can be incredibly successful and rewarding. Community-building and communication are all possible – with the right attitude.

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August 3, 2016

DC #SciArt – Icebergs and Washed Ashore

DC #SciArt - Icebergs and Washed Ashore

Two recent exhibits in Washington DC showcase how science can be portrayed through art – ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, and Washed Ashore at the National Zoo

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July 26, 2016

2016 CUR Fellows Award – Dr. Jill Singer

2016 CUR Fellows Award - Dr. Jill Singer

Congratulations to Dr. Jill Singer, named a 2016 CUR Fellow by the Council on Undergraduate Research for influencing undergraduate research through her own research, through scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, and through demonstrated leadership activities

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July 18, 2016

Take home final exam – why Earth science/the ocean matters

Take home final exam - why Earth science/the ocean matters

Here’s an idea for a take-home final exam – ask students why Earth science matters. Ask them to frame their response in the format of a script/video of a TED talk, and be prepared for some inspiring student submissions.

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June 22, 2016

June 2016 AGU Meetings Committee

June 2016 AGU Meetings Committee

This post details my journey as a member of the AGU Meetings Committee, capturing highlights of what we accomplished during our June 2016 meeting about meetings!

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June 8, 2016

StoryCorps – missing the stories of Earth & space scientists

From Katie Spence on flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If scientists want to make a broader impact and let a larger audience know who we are and hear our stories, I suggest we start sharing our stories outside of science-focused outlets. Why not add our voices to the “largest single collection of human voices” that is then archived at the Library of Congress? People from diverse backgrounds, ages and locations can then hear our Earth and space science voices when exploring the StoryCorps collection.

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June 1, 2016

Khan Academy – effective science video instruction?

Khan Academy - effective science video instruction?

Khan Academy may help students learn about lots of different subjects. But is it really adequate for learning those subjects on a level that really makes a difference in the world? And what are these videos teaching about Earth science?

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May 25, 2016

TED – an “idea worth spreading” in the classroom

TED - an "idea worth spreading" in the classroom

TED talks showcase “ideas worth spreading” through talks that are 18 minutes or less. What can they provide to the Earth science classroom? – an introduction to scientists and a spark for classroom conversation, for starters…

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May 18, 2016

What was your #sparkofscience? Nautilus magazine wants to know

What was your #sparkofscience? Nautilus magazine wants to know

“How do people get interested in science? Whether it’s professional scientists, sci-fi enthusiasts or the general public — everyone has their own story. The “Spark of Science” series is all about how the story starts. Come here to read the personal narratives of some of today’s best scientists, and add your own!”

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