Sure. I would be happy to post the information. What a wonderful way to teach geology!
The honors geology is a new course that I have developed with UCLA with the help of an NSF grant. My students get credit at UCLA (an attempt to compete with AP science courses). I am now in the process of giving teacher workshops at GSA, NSTA, etc. to promote the course. If you know any local high school teachers that would like to work with your university to initiate a similar course, give them my name.
Wendy Van Norden
3700 Coldwater Canyon
No. Hollywood, CA 91604
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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. Thanks.......Rob
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.
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I am writing to inform interested teachers about the Lab Link: EARTHTIME
Please pass this email on to teachers and colleagues you think might be
Lab Link: EARTHTIME is a major initiative funded by the NSF to push the
of geochronology forward and the PI is Sam Bowring of MIT. There is
educational outreach component of the program that is being largely run
Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We at the MIT museum in
Bowring and his colleagues at the Denver Musuem of Nature and science
plan to expand these outreach activities, especially in the northeast.
component will be to connect high school students from the Boston area
nationally) with researchers in the Bowring Lab via the MIT Museum's
space for live audience video programs about the topic earth time/age of
Ultimately this will be expanded to other labs as well.
A selected audience of local high school earth science students will
live conversation among researchers at the MIT Museum while an online
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
and interactive glimpse of a working laboratory for geochronology, and
for moderated conversation among all parties: students watching the
students in the live audience, researchers at the MIT Museum, and
in the Bowring Lab.
Student engagement will continue after the event via online archived
follow-up lesson plans developed by the MIT Museum and the Bowring Lab.
Evaluation will be conducted through feedback collected from teachers in
Further information about the EARTHTIME project can be found on the
If you are interested in joining us (no matter if attending live or not)
you have any questions, please contact me at [log in to unmask]
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
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