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USGS EDMAP Program - Training the Next Generation of Geoscientists

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

EDMAP is an interactive and meaningful matching-funds grant program with universities for students to gain experience and knowledge in geologic mapping as well as contribute to the national effort to geologically map all of the United States. This program trains the next generation of geologic mappers and is one of the three components of the congressionally-mandated U.S. Geological Survey National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP). Geology faculty, skilled in geologic mapping, request EDMAP funding to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their institution in a one-year mentored geologic mapping project that focuses on a specific geographic area. Also, each EDMAP proposal must be closely coordinated with a State Geologist or a USGS geologic mapping project. Every federal dollar awarded is matched with university funds. EDMAP has supported 144 universities and over 850 students from geoscience departments across the Nation. Following the presentations, you can listen to the open discussion period in which audience members from around the world to ask questions of the speakers.

Our speakers include:

  • Randall C. Orndorff pdf download icon Download presentation slides
    Director, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey
    previously: Associate Program Coordinator, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, U.S. Geological Survey
     
  • Dr. John T. Haynes pdf download icon Download presentation slides
    Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Environmental Science, James Madison University
     
  • Alan F. Halfen pdf download icon Download presentation slides
    Ph.D. Student, Department of Geography, University of Kansas

Webinar Co-sponsors: U.S. Geological Survey

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USGS EDMAP Program - Training the Next Generation of Geoscientists

Geosciences: Towards a Smarter Economy

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Our speakers include:

  • Dr. Peadar McArdle, Director, Geological Survey of Ireland
  • Mr. Garth Earls, Director, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
  • Prof. Pat Shannon, Professor of Geology, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Deirdre Lewis, Technical Director for Mining & Minerals, SLR Consulting Ireland; Vice President, Institute of Geologists of Ireland

Webinar Co-sponsors: Geological Survey of IrelandGeological Survey of Northern IrelandRoyal Irish Academy, Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the University College Dublin.

There is an open discussion period after the presentations in which audience members from around the world to ask questions of the panelists.

To download the report, visit: www.gsi.ie/Geoscience+Initiatives/Geoscience+and+a+Smarter+Economy.htm

Geosciences: Towards a Smarter Economy

Student Perceptions of Geology and Implications for Choosing Among Different Science Majors

Friday, June 18, 2010

In this webinar, Dr. Thomas D. Hoisch from Northern Arizona University examines the results from a survey of 783 students in introductory geology classes that were surveyed at Northern Arizona University during the fall 2008 and spring 2009 semesters. The survey evaluated the perceptions and attitudes toward the sciences that are offered as undergraduate degree programs: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, and Physics. The survey results indicate that misperceptions exist regarding the field of geology. Geology was perceived to be low in prestige, low in difficulty and low-paying relative to biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition, geology occupations were perceived to pay less than students’ minimum salary expectations. Student perceptions of prestige, difficulty and pay are significantly correlated, with students tending to associate higher pay with greater prestige and difficulty (Hoisch and Bowie, 2010). Read more in Currents #36.

References:
Hoisch, T.D., and Bowie, J.I., 2010, Assessing factors that influence the recruitment of majors from introductory geology classes at Northern Arizona University. J. Geoscience Education, v. 58, p. 166-176. http://nagt-jge.org/doi/pdf/10.5408/1.3544297

 

Student Perceptions of Geology and Implications for Choosing Among Different Science Majors

Geoscience Careers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Following the presentations, there is a question and answer session with the speakers and webinar participants.

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Geoscience Careers at NOAA

Geoscientists in the Media

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The presentations are followed by an question and answer session with the speakers and webinar participants.

Our panelists include:

  • Carolyn Gramling, from EARTH Magazine, who discusses her career in science writing.
  • Doug Prose, from the Earth Images Foundation, who explores the experience of becoming a film maker with a focus on earth science themes.
  • John Copeland from Evergreen Films, a producer with extensive history in broadcast and cable TV productions, who looks at the role of geoscientists in consulting on projects.

Geoscientists in the Media

Future Trends in Mining

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Our speakers include:

  • Leigh Freeman from Downing Teal, a leading recruiter of talent for the global minerals industry, who will look at the supply and demand trends for geoscientists in the minerals sector.
  • James Steel from HSBC Securities (USA), who will explore both the metals trading sector and the numerous employment opportunities in the financial sector. (Note: this content was redacted due to the employer's requirements.)
  • Gavin Mudd from Monash University, who will discuss workforce issues and developments in sustainable mining practices.

The presentations are followed by an question and answer session with the speakers and webinar participants.

Webinar Co-sponsors: Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG)

Future Trends in Mining

Mega-Trends in the Australian Mining Industry

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Collectively, the mega-trends in the Australian mining industry point to significant environmental challenges for the future of mining and mineral processing, such as potentially increased unit energy, pollutant, waste and water costs, and subsequently higher production costs. This will impact not only the demand for minerals and metals, but also drive the search for alternative technologies across exploration, mining, milling, smelting and refining. In the long term, it will increase the need for greater material efficiency and recycling.  Read more in Geoscience Currents #29.

Webinar Co-sponsors: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).
 

 

Mega-Trends in Australian Mining Industry

K-12 Teachers and Geoscience Degrees

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Examination of these trends indicates a low representation of teachers with geoscience degrees. Considering that earth science education requirements are met by the majority of students in grades 6-8, the low representation of elementary school teachers with geoscience degrees is cause for concern in regards to the preparation of elementary students for mandatory earth science curriculum in the middle grades, and for priming their interest to take earth science courses in the higher grades. Furthermore, K-12 education provides an important formative stage in a student’s education, and the coursework to which students are exposed during this period (especially during high school) influences choices they make in regards to college majors.

Read more in Geoscience Currents #28.

K-12 Teachers and Geoscience Degrees

Linking AP Courses and Earth Science Literacy with Departmental Sustainability

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

There is a question and answer session with the webinar speakers and participants after the presentations.

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Linking AP Courses and Earth Science Literacy with Departmental Sustainability

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