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Science Edcuation Resource Center Honored By The American Association For The Advancement Of ScienceFebruary 26, 2010
A Web site created at Carleton College to make earth science come alive in the classroom has been awarded the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education.
In an era in which knowledge of geoscience is fundamental to handling such pressing issues as climate change and environmental degradation, the Web site, known as On the Cutting Edge, fosters the sharing of ideas about teaching with the aim of improving education throughout the field.
“In the United States, many students get earth science in seventh or eighth grade—and never have another geoscience class,” says Cathryn Manduca, director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College and a co-founder of On the Cutting Edge. “Yet now it is especially important for students in general to understand what is facing us environmentally, and for the workforce to have more and better-trained geoscientists.”
The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) works to improve education through projects that support educators. Although their work has a particular emphasis on undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, they work with educators across a broad range of disciplines and at all educational levels. An office of Carleton College, their work is funded primarily through National Science Foundation grants. The office has special expertise in effective pedagogies, geoscience education, community organization, workshop leadership, digital libraries, website development and program and website evaluation.
- February 25, 2010
Julia Schwarz, Laura Bazzetta and Nate Ryan, all class of 2010, horsing around in the epic snow pile behind Mudd. We had more snow this year, and better skiing in the arb, than we can remember in many years.
- February 16, 2010
We'd like to welcome, and thank, Paul Riley, a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who stepped in this term to teach Tectonics while Sarah Titus is on sabbatical.
Paul is a 2004 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College's Geoscience program. His senior thesis was entitled "Shear sense indicators in the Snake Range Decollement, NV," and he was awarded the Geology Award as an outstanding geology major. Paul's advisor for his senior thesis was Zeshan Ismat. His masters thesis at the University of Wisconsin, under the supervision of Laurel Goodwin, was entitled "Spatial distribution of deformation bands and fractures in the Pajarito fault zone and implications for vadose zone fluid flow through the Bandelier Tuff, NM." His PhD thesis, being done under the supervision of Basil Tikoff, is entitled "Characterization and organization of fracture systems in the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite, Sierra Nevada Batholith, CA."
Along the way, Paul has gained wide-ranging experience including numerous teaching and research positions, grants, awards, and industry experience interning with ExxonMobil last summer.
Paul is also an accomplished marathoner, who for fun ran in a Carleton track meet last weekend and beat all the students in the 5K heat! But being a relatively short race, it called for more of a burst of speed than the long, consistent pace of a marathon, and he says his legs are still sore.
It's great to have you here Paul!