by Jennifer Wiggen and David McConnell, Geoscience Learning Process Research Group, North Carolina State University A couple of years ago, we began noodling around with the idea of adding short videos as pre-class assignments for our introductory physical geology course. We wanted to use the videos to support a flipped class teaching model that requires students to review… Read More GeoScience Videos: A Quarter of a Million Views Later
By: EarthCube Engagement Team When setting out to create fundamental change, you need a robust outreach strategy. Outreach and broader impacts across a broad spectrum of media has become an intrinsic part of any scientific endeavor. Early career researchers are showcasing their field work on Instagram, tweeting about social issues in academia, organizing events on… Read More Welcome to EarthCube!
by Kasey White, GSA Director for Geoscience Policy One of the many celebrations and recognitions of Earth Science Week 2016 is a Senate Resolution, S.Res.562, “expressing support for designation of the week of October 9, 2016, through October 15, 2016, as ‘Earth Science Week.’” Led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski… Read More Senate Resolution Highlights Earth Science Week
By Jay Merrill, GSA 2016 Student Organizing Committee Firstly, a big thanks to all for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of GSA 2016. This year’s Annual Meeting and Exposition has quite a bit to offer, and I am excited to be involved in what should be a spectacular string of events. My name… Read More Welcome Students to GSA 2016!
by Sarah Andrews, 2016 Geological Society of America President’s Medalist Lee Allison promoted scientific understanding. That may sound like an overly simplified statement, but helping all people understand the geological systems and resources that are essential to life on this planet is not a simple task. Neither is it easy. It requires a lot of… Read More In appreciation: M. Lee Allison, 1948 – 2016
Mentorship is one of the most critical yet under-compensated aspects of the physical sciences. I came from the world of small oil and gas companies where the transfer of institutional knowledge and norms will be critical for continued safety and success through the “Great Shift Change,” but often becomes secondary to the pressing needs of… Read More Be a Mentor at GSA 2016: Supporting Future Leaders in the Geosciences
After years of gridlock, the President signed a strongly bipartisan bill to update a 40-year-old act monitoring toxic chemicals, including lead-based paint and asbestos, into law. The bill revitalizes the “Toxic Substances Control Act,” (TSCA) originally passed in 1976, under President Gerald Ford. The “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” (H.R.2576)… Read More Law Monitoring Toxic Chemicals Gets First Facelift in 40 Years