Earlier this week, while looking at Vanderbilt U's excellent Bloom's Taxonomy page, I came across this highly useful link: a PDF of Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross (1993). It's a bit lecture-heavy for me, but I really like the "Asking Questions" section.
Since returning from sabbatical in 2017, I've taught pretty much just physics (with one or two geo courses here and there), so my physics teaching game has been on my mind a lot. The main breakthrough I've made in my teaching over the past few years has been to adopt standards-based grading, which has allowed … Continue reading Slow Down and Think
For the past couple of years, I've been looking into ways to get my students to think about responsible conduct in science. I've been looking for short readings, but haven't come up with much (though I'd appreciate any you may want to share in the comments!). But today, in catching up on old episodes of … Continue reading Responsible Conduct
This coming academic year, I'm going to be teaching our intro to research course to the Environmental Science major. I asked a few students what they wanted to see in that course, and was surprised to learn that they wanted more instruction in graphic design and field sketching techniques! It just so happens that I … Continue reading Drawing for Science
In yesterday's lab meeting, students asked how I find out about new papers. This is the first installment of a series of posts with some ideas. These were inspired in part by Lateef Nasser's Radiolab episode and Transom article about how he gets ideas for his stories (check those out for more inspiration!). Alerts There … Continue reading Papers and Ideas
Hey UW students: Are you looking for an undergrad research project, either for capstone credit (for UW Tacoma Environmental Science or Studies students) or for experience? We're looking for new lab members! Here are a few ways you can get involved: We're finishing up some work using magnetic properties to look at sediment transport in … Continue reading Looking for students
I noticed this article in EOS recently (thanks to Jon Mound and Nick Swanson-Hysell on Twitter for the heads up), and thought I'd comment. Although I'm framing these as caveats, please don't take the comments to be an attack on anyone, either the article's author or the authors of the study it describes. I'm just … Continue reading A New Way to Look at Changes in Earth’s Magnetic Field Intensity?
Sometimes you make the darndest connections on Twitter. Like a few weeks ago, when Nadine Gabriel tweeted this: Sweet dreams: a quilt based on a thin section of gabbro. By Ann Johnston #ThinSectionThursday #EarthSciArt #SciArthttps://t.co/7R9TkXXvfZ pic.twitter.com/RSMvDsbwYS — Nadine Gabriel (@NadWGab) June 1, 2017 Here is a tweet from a geologist halfway around the world about … Continue reading Geology as Quilts
Are you curious about how volcanoes work, what's inside a mountain belt, and what would happen if the oceans dried up? Earth Materials (T GEOS 347, SLN 22043) explores the rocks and minerals that make up our planet: how they form, what they mean, where they're found, and how we analyze them. We will investigate … Continue reading Coming Autumn 2017: Earth Materials!
Suppose you've been mulling over graduate school, and you've decided that it's for you. You have a good reason - maybe you like research, or maybe you want to teach, or maybe your plan to save the world (or maybe just a secure career with some hope of advancement) involves having an MS or a PhD - and you are OK with the commitment. Now: how do you actually do it?