Satellite Meteorology Education DUE 9752722
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June 1-12, 1998
SITE(S): Cooperative Program for Operational
Meteorology Education and Training Facility
Boulder, CO
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will enhance undergraduate education in satellite meteorology by means of a comprehensive, two-week faculty course for university faculty, to be held at the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) classroom facilities in Boulder, Colorado. This will help fulfill the need to upgrade satellite meteorology education, which at present receives very limited treatment in undergraduate programs, despite recent advances in meteorological satellite capabilities. As a result of the program, participants will be able to exploit new technologies to improve their knowledge of satellite meteorology through enhanced understanding of remote sensing principles and applications to weather forecasting and research. Participants will engage in a follow-up project to develop online instructional materials which, along with the faculty course materials, will be made widely available via the World-Wide Web.
CONTACT: Dr. Gregory Byrd
Department of Geosciences
University Corporation for Atmospheric
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303-497-8357
Fax: 303-497-8491

Atmospheric Measurements and Instrumentation DUE 9602351
April 15, 1998
July 19-25
July 26-August 1, 1998
SITE(S): Colorado Mountain College
Steamboat Springs, CO

This course will provide hands-on instruction in the selection, installation and use of meteorological instruments, with special focus on applications to environmental monitoring. The course will also include a computer-based training module on atmospheric technology, which participants can take back to their classroom. Course fee for this Advanced Technological Education Workshop is $150 and includes food and lodging at Colorado Mountain College and the mountaintop Storm Peak Laboratory. Graduate credit is available.

CONTACT: Dr. Melanie Wetzel Desert Research Institute
P.O. Box 60220
Reno, NV 89506
Phone: 702-677-3137
Fax: 702-677-3157

Improving Delivery in Geoscience: Techniques and Strategies
in Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching for all Students
DUE 9653435
March 15, 1998
July 18-24, 1998
SITE(S): University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
The American Geological Institute will offer three one-week workshops for teams of undergraduate faculty and K12 teachers in the geosciences and related academic fields. Undergraduate institutions, including two- and four-year colleges, are invited to assemble teams of three to five members who would like to design or revise an introductory geoscience course. For each conference, participants will be composed of eight to ten teams of three to five faculty. Participants will learn a variety of ways to use alternative teaching strategies, incorporate state-of-the-art instructional technology, and employ a selection of assessment tools. Each participant will revise or design a geoscience course that meets a specific need in their institution and could serve as a model for the design of courses. Some of the teaching strategies to be discussed are the use of enhanced lectures, group collaboration, jig-sawing, think-pair-sharing, and other techniques. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers will sponsor a symposium at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, at which the workshops will be discussed and each team will analyze the development, organization, and evaluation of its course. The first workshop was held in July 1997 at the Colorado School of Mines. The second workshop will be held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina in July 1998, with the third workshop at Cypress College in Southern California in 1999.
CONTACT: Philip Astwood
Center for Science Education

Marilyn Suiter
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-777-6920
Fax: 803-777-8267

American Geological Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302-1502
Phone: 703-379-2480
Fax: 703-379-7563

Great Lakes Consortium Summer Practicum in Applied Environmental Problem-Solving DUE 9752783
March 16, 1998
June 7-22, 1998
SITE(S): Lake Ontario at
SUNY Oswego

The goals of the Great Lakes Consortium Summer Practicum in Applied Environmental Problem-Solving are to encourage participants to revise or create new multidisciplinary environmental science courses based on applied environmental problem solving; to expose participants to innovative new theoretical and practical techniques being used in the Great Lakes basin; and to introduce faculty to involved scientists. The project theme (environmental impact analysis) ties together the methods necessary for analyzing and solving environmental problems. The project also addresses the gap existing between the availability of up-to-date information about a major national resource (the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence ecosystem) and what is currently taught at the undergraduate level. The practicum will familiarize participants with related developments in environmental analysis; cascading trophic dynamics, particle-size spectrum theory, and endocrine system-disrupting pollutants; and environmental sampling, analytical methods, and mass balance/bioenergetics modeling of toxic chemical dynamics in aquatic ecosystems. Scientists with the Great Lakes Research Consortium who have made significant contributions in these fields are leading each of the practicum's modules. Although the Great Lakes are used as an example, the theories, methods and models learned are applicable anywhere. The three-week practicum in June 1998 combines field and lab experience, classroom instruction and skills development exercises in four course modules: (1) Great Lakes Ecosystem Science/Issues and Lake Ontario Environments; (2) Techniques for Analyzing Toxic Chemicals Commonly Found in the Great Lakes; (3) Ecosystem Modeling with Spreadsheets: Mass Balance/Bioenergetics, and (4) Writing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Developing Problem-solving Curricula for Undergraduates.

CONTACT: Jack Manno SUNY College of Environmental
Science and Forestry
1 Forest Drive, 331 Marshall Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-470-6816
Fax: 315-470-6970

The Earth and Space Science Technological Education Project (ESSTEP) DUE 9602408
March 1, 1998
July 6-18, 1998

July 27-August 8, 1998

Cypress, CA

Boulder, CO

ESSTEP workshops promote and disseminate exemplary educational applications of technologies such as geographical information systems, image processing, global positioning systems, multimedia, and the Internet for classroom use in grades 8-14. This program is intended for earth, physical, and life science faculty as well as mathematics, technology, and geography. ESSTEP increases faculty knowledge and use of these new technologies while providing support for classroom infusion. ESSTEP's approach to teaching and learning is inquiry-based and modeled after the recommendations of the National Science Education Standards.

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CONTACT: Dr. Edward E. Geary
Dr. Dorothy Stout
Dr. Paul Dusenbery

Holly Devaul
Geological Society of America
P.O. Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303-447-2020 ext. 150
Fax: 303-447-1133

National Association of Geoscience Teachers Workshops for Early Career Faculty
in the Geosciences: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career
DUE 9752794
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to be determined
SITE(S): to be determined
A four-to-five day workshop will include plenary sessions, mini-workshops, and break-out groups on the following topics: the basics of teaching, active learning strategies, integrating research and research-like experiences into all geoscience classes, supervision of undergraduate research, grading and assessment, and life as a new faculty member. Examples of syllabi, assignments, and activities for introductory and upper-level geoscience courses will be distributed, and participants and presenters will meet to share ideas and strategies for teaching those courses. Workshop is open to an intended audience of faculty members in their first four years of full-time teaching. Instructors include Heather Macdonald (College of William and Mary), Barbara J. Tewksbury (Hamilton College), and Randall M. Richardson (University of Arizona).
CONTACT: R. Heather Macdonald
Geology Department
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Phone: 757-221-2443
Fax: 757-221-2093