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January 13, 2020

Start planning for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

“Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.”


January 2, 2020

Top Science Stories of 2019 – what would our students say?

If you ask your students what were the major scientific accomplishments in 2019, what would they say? Are they aware of what happened in the previous year, as well as the major concerns and challenges in the sciences?


January 1, 2020

A New Year’s resolution: answer Dr. Lubchenco’s call for a renewed social contract

The new Contract should extend well beyond research and training activities. Some of the most pressing needs include communicating the certainties and uncertainties and seriousness of different environmental or social problems, providing alternatives to address them, and educating citizens about the issues. In parallel to initiating new research, strong efforts should be launched to better communicate scientific information already in hand. — Lubchenco (1998), Science


December 31, 2019

Dr. G’s #AGU19 Spotlight – The Future of Lunar and Mars Exploration

NASA Chief Scientist Dr. James Green spoke on the Inspire Stage in Centennial Central on The Future of Lunar and Mars Exploration. Sessions like this, where one doesn’t have to be a space scientist at an Earth and space conference to understand, are an excellent example of science communication at its best.


December 10, 2019

Dr. G’s #AGU19 Spotlight – Invisible Rules in the Classroom

Enter the idea of “invisible rules”. We all thought we knew the boundaries of the task at hand, of the assignment in front of us… yet we were mistaken. If this is what we as experienced instructors think, imagine what our students think.


December 9, 2019

Dr. G’s #AGU19 Spotlight – Scientist Spotlights and Profiles Online

As Scientist Spotlights require very little class time and complement existing curricula, they represent a promising tool for enhancing science identity, shifting stereotypes, and connecting content to issues of equity and diversity in a broad range of STEM classrooms.


December 8, 2019

Want to be more inclusive? Stop making geology conferences about the beer.

What are we to do? I don’t know the answer to this. But I wonder how many people are being excluded from our community (at least conference settings) because of alcohol at posters and receptions, which is then decreasing our diversity and impacting our inclusion efforts. It’s a conversation that needs to move beyond Twitter and into our departments and professional organizations.


November 23, 2019

Day 3 – Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit 2019

The final day of the Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit was a half-day for wrapping up all that we had just uncovered, and figuring out the pathway forward.


November 22, 2019

Day 2 – Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit 2019

One lively discussion from the day was about using tthe acronyms URE versus a REU. The acronym REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) puts the “research” first and the “student” last, where as URE (Undergraduate Research Experience) puts the “student” first. REU implies that students are plug-ins to the process, whereas a URE is where research is plugged in.


November 21, 2019

Day 1 – Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit 2019

The summit is focused on the role of community colleges in building, implementing, and sustaining undergraduate research experiences (URE) in STEM education and workforce preparation. The event is designed to highlight community college leadership in STEM by raising awareness of the innovative use of UREs as an effective and proven strategy for career skills development, student retention, and academic success.