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What is this blog about? Why do I need yet another website that describes my professional career when I already have an ePortfolio? The audience for this site is different. More and more, I’ve noticed that the audience that matters the most to me in my job – my students – are not fully aware of the duties of a faculty member, and how there is much more to my job than teaching. Hands-down, my passion lies with providing the most effective and innovative approaches to introductory-level Earth science instruction in my classroom. But there are times I “disappear” during the semester, and I’m challenged with trying to explain to students that going to a conference is actually WORK, not a vacation!

So, to my students (and anyone else interested….), here is my electronic forum to share with you that not only am I a teacher, but I am a scientist, a researcher, a mentor, an innovator, a conference presenter, a workshop leader, a communicator, and much more. I hope this site allows you to learn more about me and my work. Please feel free to leave comments and ask questions – I welcome the opportunity to share more with you!
GeoCUR Councilor Laura Guertin

That’s me, at Cape Elizabeth in Maine.

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Day 5 of #DayOfScience @scienceathon! I started with the Penn State Water Council, connected with my undergrad student researcher, then gave a campus presentation on my sabbatical work last year, which included #SciQuilt, leading a pod w/the URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) program, & volunteering with the @americangeophysicalunion
Day 4 of #DayOfScience had more student meetings, a meeting w/the faculty Equity Pedagogy Group, & taking a break before more meetings! I took advantage of the nice weather to read more of this book, which I’m discussing weekly with the @womensaquaticnetwork book circle. @scienceathon
Day 3 of #DayOfScience and I had a television interview (via Zoom!). For those of you living in Massachusetts, look for me on Innovation Showcase with Jay Sugarman, where I discuss my journey into science quilting! @scienceathon #SciQuilt #SciComm
For my second #DayOfScience during the @scienceathon, it was seven student meetings and a Faculty Senate meeting - too much Zoom time! So I zipped out for a walk around the neighborhood before finishing up a project this evening. I volunteer with the Delaware County Institute of Science in Media (pictured here & on my walking route!), and last night I ran their first lecture of their 2021-2022 Lecture Series in Zoom. I need to finish editing the recorded video and post online to continue the education and engagement!
Excited to start the @scienceathon this week! On my first #DayOfScience, I have a meeting with a colleague, four student appointments, and I’m presenting on a faculty panel for MNSU for their Bringing Research into the Classroom Certificate program - & that’s all before lunch!
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