Online Coursework in Geoscience Departments

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Currents #128
Online courses and programs in higher education have been a growing phenomenon for the past two decades. In recent years, geoscience programs have increasingly been adding online components to their curricula. During the survey in preparation for the 2018 Directory of Geoscience Departments, we asked departments about the state of online courses in their program.

Trends in the Immediate Career Plans of Geoscience Graduates, 2013-2017

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Currents #127
The Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2017 report examines the prior five years of data and explores a number of emerging trends. In particular, the trends of employment of recent graduates in the geosciences and of the recent graduates planning to attend graduate school are showing new emerging developments in 2017.

American Geosciences Institute Releases Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2017

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the publication of Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2017. This report details the results of AGI's Geoscience Student Exit Survey for academic year 2016-2017, documenting trends in geoscience coursework, student experiences, and the immediate career plans of the new graduates. This is the fifth consecutive year of this survey and report, and with this release, consistent trends have emerged about the experiences of postsecondary geoscience students.

Prerequisite Course Requirements for Participation in Field Camps Across the U.S.

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Monday, April 16, 2018
Currents #126
Prerequisite requirements for 67 US-based field camps were identified from syllabus and camp websites and categorized into one of ten overarching course topics. Additionally, the field camps themselves were classified as either a traditional camp (4 to 6 week summer field experience) or a non-traditional camp (any camp not classified as a 4 to 6 week summer field experience) in order to understand the potential differences in prerequisite requirements between these two types of camps. There were 45 and 22 traditional and non-traditional camps, respectively.

An Introduction to Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Our speakers are:

  • Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Bob Simmons, Chief Hydrogeologist, HRP Associates, Inc  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video

This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Meteorological Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Council on Undergraduate Research, Geological Society of America, HRP Associates, Inc., National Association of Geoscience Teachers, National Association of State Boards of Geology, SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, The Geological Society of London

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About Our Speakers

Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union

Pranoti Asher is the Member Society Scholar-in-Residence at AGI, and also is the Higher Education Manager for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She has developed an extensive portfolio during her time at AGU and is mainly focused on programs and issues related to higher education. Prior to joining AGU, Asher spent eighteen years as a geoscience faculty member. In her last faculty position she was a tenured member of the Geology and Geography department at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro for nearly thirteen years. Among her many achievements at Georgia Southern, she served as the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Science and Technology and a faculty fellow at the University's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She also played a leading role in faculty development programs both on the university campus and national levels, for which she was recognized with teaching and service awards. Asher's current activities are focused on the intersection of education, outreach, and workforce development for the geosciences and the development of earth and space science faculty and their students at two-year and four-year colleges to better prepare students to enter the workforce. Asher received her Ph.D. in the geological sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Bob Simmons, HRP Associates, Inc, Chief Hydrogeologist

Bob Simmons is the Chief Hydrogeologist at HRP Associates, Inc. He Mr. Simmons has over 30 years of experience in groundwater assessment and remediation and the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties. Mr. Simmons has specific expertise in design and testing of remedial systems, site remediation activities, groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, aquifer pumping tests, supervision of Environmental Site Assessments for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination, groundwater monitoring, well construction, sampling, conductivity testing and surveying, and supervision of underground tank investigations. Simmons earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science/Geology from Western Connecticut State University and graduate-level Hydrogeology at Ohio University and Geographic Information Systems at the University of New Haven. For his contributions to karst conservation, Bob was named a Fellow of the National Speleological Society in 2010. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in eight (8) states and a Licensed Environmental Professional in Connecticut.

Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)

Ron Wallace, PG, CPG was a Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He worked previously for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in the Underground Storage Tank Management Program for over 18 years. He has managed thousands of site investigations from initial release to no further action. Previously he worked for Exxon in production, exploration, and marketing where he managed company owned petroleum releases. He also worked for a number of years for private environmental consulting firms. Wallace is currently president of the Georgia Section of American Institute of Professional Geologists and the past national president. Wallace holds a BS in Oceanographic Technology from Lamar University and a MS in Geology from the University of Kansas. He was a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) team for Evaluating LNAPL Remedial Technologies for Achieving Project Goals.

Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers: Academic Writing and Preparation

House science subcommittee hearing explores mentoring, training, and apprenticeships for STEM

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On February 15, the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing to explore how participation in mentoring, training, and apprenticeship opportunities impact science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and workforce development. In his opening remarks, Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX-21) emphasized the increasing STEM workforce demand and importance to the nation’s economic prosperity.


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