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November 18, 2022

Home runs at the World Series causing earthquakes? A lesson in information literacy.

Although the Philadelphia Phillies ended up losing the World Series in Game 6, the 2022 season ended with excitement beyond baseball. It also ended with a valuable lesson in information literacy, and why you should always check your sources.

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November 4, 2022

AWG’s Outstanding Educators – elevate and celebrate

person standing on red carpet holding award

Please allow me to use this blog post to share a little more about the award and give a shout-out to all of these amazing honorees from previous years. I hope you recognize several of these names and their contributions to our discipline, and perhaps take a few moments to learn more about this group and their accomplishments. I hope that this post can help groups/institutions outside of AWG elevate and celebrate these individuals and share their stories.

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October 20, 2022

Navigating the challenge of COVID and cruises

photo of person in front of ship wearing mask

All of our personal and professional lives were impacted from the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in early 2020. The schedule of ocean expeditions was hit especially hard, and field-based ocean research continues to work through the ongoing challenges of coronavirus.

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September 30, 2022

Slow looking for visual literacy

On left, bald eagle on top of a light post. On right, a snow-covered mountain with wind turbines on top.

Look at an image. Resist the temptation of immediately jumping to the caption for an explanation of what is being shown. Practice slow looking to unlock more discoveries.

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September 19, 2022

Slow Water movement, from “Water Always Wins”

standing at ocean's edge, looking towards shore, on Fossil Beach, Alaska

Slow Water solutions are place-specific and community oriented. They center on water’s relationships with rocks, microbes, plants, and animals, including humans. Practitioners aim to collaborate with water rather than try to control it. — Erica Gies website

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September 3, 2022

Getting Earth Science Students to Learn by Letting them Speak [guest post]

microphone with pop shield and audio track on computer screen in background

Everybody has stories to tell. Using of student-produced audio narratives in the classroom allows students to tell the stores behind the subject matter. This can then enhance learning and student engagement, while letting them have a little bit of fun along the way.

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August 29, 2022

Take 5… Earth science information, by state

Preparations for teaching involve pulling together datasets, visualizations, and information that is geographically centered. For those looking for information relating to the geographic location (or U.S. state) for your campus, students may be interested in exploring these resources.

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August 17, 2022

Giving students a survey on the first day? Think about what you are asking, and why

image of a computer screen with the word Survey across the top

First-day survey responses can yield stepping stones to conversations and modifications with regards to our students and our courses. As instructors, we need to be mindful and thoughtful about the questions we ask, how we ask these questions, and what (if anything) we will do with those responses. 

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July 28, 2022

What Inclusive Instructors Do – a book from Stylus Publishing

cover of book photo and quote

The themes of “equity and belonging” are present throughout the book, emphasizing that instructors can design learning environments for all students to reach their potential within a welcoming space that fosters a sense of belonging.

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July 15, 2022

Catalyzing Change: STEM Faculty as Change Agents

cover photo of journal issue

The issue describes how faculty can be change agents, supporting student success, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and supporting career and academic pathways.

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