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
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
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
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
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?
I've had a few students discuss grad school with me lately, so I thought I'd offer my thoughts via the blog and open it up for comments. This is the first of a series of posts where I'm going to try to address some of the concerns that our students might have, specifically when applying … Continue reading Grad School: A Primer
Presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in Seattle (the "URS") is a great opportunity to show off your work, and to get useful feedback from a broader range of perspectives than you'd get in the UW Tacoma program alone. It's a good chance to network, too, if you are interested in a job or grad … Continue reading Undergrad Research Symposium Abstracts: Coming Up!
Lest you think all we do in my lab is mess around with magnets, I'm posting a few tweets with photos of today's lab barbecue! Bonnie and I have an annual summer party for students, alums, and associates in our labs. Unfortunately, my camera is broken, so I have to rely on photos taken by Bonnie and her … Continue reading Lab Fun
My students and I are preparing to go up to Bellingham on Thursday to do some work in the paleomagnetic lab up there, so we spent today's lab meeting getting everyone acquainted with the data they are going to collect. I started explaining something in the lab meeting that I thought could use a demonstration. … Continue reading Magnetic Susceptibility