It is great to hear that a high school has an honors geology class! I  
am in Montana, and geology (earth science) is relegated to a "bone- 
head" science course for freshmen. In any case, I was wondering if you  
might be willing to post some information on our program at Montana  
Western for your students to see. I have a very nice poster and some  
fliers. Montana Western is the first and only public university in the  
U.S. to offer classes one at a time (block scheduling). We use it to  
teach students in the field (almost 100%), and given our setting in  
southwest Montana, the students work in places like Yellowstone  
National Park. The campus boasts about 1200 students who are eager and  
hard working.

In any case, it is good to hear about the honors geology program.  

On Jan 8, 2008, at 10:33 AM, Van Norden, Wendy wrote:

> When is this happening? My high school honors geology class is  
> studying
> geologic time right now.
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Britta Bookhagen
> Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 8:32 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Geo-educators for Lab Link:EARTHTIME
> I am writing to inform interested teachers about the Lab Link:  
> Project.
> Please pass this email on to teachers and colleagues you think might  
> be
> interested.
> Lab Link: EARTHTIME is a major initiative funded by the NSF to push  
> the
> science
> of geochronology forward and the PI is Sam Bowring of MIT.  There is
> also an
> educational outreach component of the program that  is being largely  
> run
> by the
> Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  We at the MIT museum in
> conjunction with
> Bowring and his colleagues at the Denver Musuem of Nature and science
> (DMNS)
> plan to expand these outreach activities, especially in the northeast.
> Our
> component will be to connect high school students from the Boston area
> (and
> nationally) with researchers in the Bowring Lab via the MIT Museum's
> MIT360
> space for live audience video programs about the topic earth time/ 
> age of
> rocks.
> Ultimately this will be expanded to other labs as well.
> A selected audience of local high school earth science students will
> attend a
> live conversation among researchers at the MIT Museum while an online
> audience
> of schools from across the US will watch a live webcast and contribute
> questions through teleconferencing.
> A live video setup at the Bowring Lab will provide students with an
> immediate
> and interactive glimpse of a working laboratory for geochronology, and
> allow
> for moderated conversation among all parties: students watching the
> webcast,
> students in the live audience, researchers at the MIT Museum, and
> researchers
> in the Bowring Lab.
> Student engagement will continue after the event via online archived
> video and
> follow-up lesson plans developed by the MIT Museum and the Bowring  
> Lab.
> Evaluation will be conducted through feedback collected from  
> teachers in
> participating schools.
> Further information about the EARTHTIME project can be found on the
> webpage
> If you are interested in joining us (no matter if attending live or  
> not)
> or if
> you have any questions, please contact me at [log in to unmask]
> sincerely
> Britta Bookhagen


Robert C. Thomas, Ph.D.
Professor of Geology
Department of Environmental Sciences
The University of Montana Western
Dillon, MT 59725
Phone: (406) 683-7615
Cell: (406) 925-3946
FAX: (406) 683-7493
"I'll know my song well before I start singing".....Dylan