NC – GSA Annual Conference, Last Day

Leave a comment

November 7, 2012 by Dr. G

Today was the last day of the 2012 Geological Society of America annual meeting.  I always have mixed feelings at the end of conferences.  I’m typically exhausted (mentally and physically), overwhelmed thinking about all the emails and meetings back on campus to catch up on, and actually sad that I will be leaving the place that allowed me to immerse myself in all things geology with wonderful geology colleagues.  But, I’m leaving this conference inspired by some amazing presentations, energized to get back to my classroom and share what I’ve learned with my students, and motivated to continue to publish some of my geoscience education work.

I spent the entire morning (8AM to 12:30PM) in one session, titled “Teaching Teachers: Examples of Successful Geoscience Content Courses and Workshops for Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers.”  As I’m a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant that works with in-service teachers, it was interesting to hear what other universities are doing for programming to help K-12 teachers learn and teach geology.

During the lunch hour, myself and a number of conference attendees packed into one of the convention center ballrooms to hear a panel discussion called GSA Lunchtime Lecture #4: “What do the Election Results Mean for Science?”  The session had a Republican lawyer and a George Washington University professor (I’m sure representing the Democratic side) that were going over what the re-election of President Obama means for the future of science funding and climate discussions.  Overall, both sides agreed that the future does not look good.  Although the President is very passionate and honest about his beliefs in building up the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teachers, students, and career fields, science just isn’t a priority for the country right now – as we are recovering from Hurricane Sandy, about to go off a fiscal cliff, etc.  This all makes me nervous for the future support of scientific research and the advancement of all science disciplines.

After lunch, I headed to the session where I had my final presentation, a session called “Undergraduate Research as Teaching Practice.”  Mentoring undergraduate research projects, whether classroom-based or as an independent study, is the part of being a faculty member I am most passionate about.  And hearing about what my colleagues are doing at other institutions was really exciting.  I left this session with some great ideas about doing research with first-semester freshmen, the importance of field-based geoscience work, etc.  I was a co-author on Meagen Pollock’s presentation on Enhancing Undergraduate Research with Social Media, and then I followed her with my presentation on Community-Based Research Projects with Podcasting in Introductory-Level Geoscience Courses.

Amazingly, the nor’easter that moved in after Hurricane Sandy did not keep me away from flying home – that’s twice I have been very lucky with travel!  Will I be just as lucky for my next conference, the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco in December???

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Follow me on Instagram

I'm thrilled to be exhibiting my quilts and crocheted pieces at @jagardens, starting this weekend! It will be the first time my Drawing Down Towards Climate Solutions mini-quilts, plus my Stitching Hope for the Louisiana quilts, PLUS my crocheted temperature data will all be on display at once. For those in southeastern PA, I hope you are able to come out sometime before January 8 to stroll the beautiful arboretum and stop by the art gallery to view these pieces. Admission to the arboretum and gallery is free!
Finished this fun data visualization/quilt top that shares the daily Sky Cover measurements from @joides_resolution #EXP390. As sky cover is recorded in units zero to eight, I chose eight different batik fabrics to represent the scale (the deepest blue batik for the blue sky, and the darkest/black batik for when the sky was completely clouded over, and all shades of blue/grey in-between). As the expedition officially was April 7 thru June 7, 2022, there are 62 pieces of data/batik strips. The background fabric is filled with golden stars for the sky, and the bright gold border is my nod to our port city, where the fabric was purchased.
Thank you @SciHistoryOrg for hosting Start Talking Science 2022 - so great to be able to present alongside other Philly scientists about the work we do to a non-STEM audience of all ages! And a great opportunity to share the mission and how we do science at sea on @theJR #EXP390 #EXP393
Back at @pennlivearts this evening to hear the @blindboysofalabama - so incredible, so inspirational! The new songs were great, but my all-time favorite will always be Amazing Grace sung to The House of the Rising Sun (check it out if you have never heard this innovative mashup).
🎼 I love live New Orleans jazz - and tonight, I didn’t have to go to New Orleans, as the jazz came to me! 🎶 Such a fun concert by @newbreed_brassband. 🎵 The best part - the sousaphone player’s high school band teacher was there & brought his trumpet on stage and joined them for a few songs. 🎺 After the first song, he said he was getting emotional, as he was so proud of the group. I get it, teacher, I’m there with you.
%d bloggers like this: