CO – GSA125, Wednesday

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October 30, 2013 by Dr. G

Today was a rough day – not just because of the physical and mental exhaustion I was bringing in to the final day of the conference, but because this was the final day of the conference.  As the only geologist on campus, I really welcome and embrace the time I get to spend immersed in geological conversations with my geoscience colleagues from other institutions. Listening to talks and viewing posters that are “all geology, all the time,” is something I don’t get to experience many times a year (not enough times, either!).

I spent the morning going through the Exhibit Hall one final time, picking up some more flyers and information relating to great online resources to assist with teaching.  I was specifically was looking for books and supporting materials to keep in mind for when I teach my oceanography class again, and I have certainly found plenty of excellent publications to choose from.  I was also able to have some great conversations about undergraduate research at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) booth again, focusing on the topic of doing research with students that are in their first two years of college (something I have had much experience with at Penn State Brandywine!).

I spent the afternoon in one of the technical sessions, where I listened to 9 talks on Geoscience Education and Outreach: 50 Years of Progress II.  It was great to hear about the activities of professional organizations like the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and their annual Earth Science Week, and to hear the history of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).  What I found most useful from this session was the talk by Dr. Kristen St. John, Guide to Aspiring Authors: Getting Started in Geoscience Education Scholarship and JGE Publication.  I have published in the Journal of Geoscience Education in the past, but I am looking to submit another paper to this journal, so this review of the current journal focus was extremely helpful.

Although all good things must come to an end (not quite yet for me, as I have a fieldtrip tomorrow!), some good things can begin… such as the celebration for the Red Sox winning the World Series! (It is extremely difficult being a Boston sports fan living in Philadelphia, but students, remember, I was born in Massachusetts!  Besides, you should be celebrating that the Sixers beat the Miami Heat this evening…)

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