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  • Two Carleton Geology People Awarded NSF Fellowships

    April 20, 2010

    We are proud to report that two Carleton geology majors have been awarded National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships!  The fellowships provide graduate students with three years of support worth a total of over $100,000.  The fellowships carry annual stipends of $30,000 plus a one-time allowance of $11,500 for education-related expenses.
    Among the ten winners of fellowships this year from Carleton were two Carleton geology majors:  Kristin Bergmann ’04, who is attending the California Institute of Technology and Sam Kanner ’10, who will be attending the University of California-Berkeley.

    Also, the eight honorable mentions in the competition from Carleton included geology alums Tyler Mackey and Lydia Staisch, both '08.

  • Bryn Benford Returns To Teach Intro

    April 1, 2010

    We’re very happy to announce that Bryn Benford, who taught Introductory Geology for us last year, is back again for another round of teaching Introductory Geology this spring term. 

    Bryn is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Her thesis, advised by Dr. Basil Tikoff, is entitled, “An integrated tectonic study of the Jamaica strike-slip restraining bend.”  Bryn’s masters thesis, also done under Dr. Tikoff’s supervision, was entitled, “Continuation of the Western Idaho shear zone: South Mountain, Idaho.”

    Bryn was a geology major and honors student at her alma mater, Franklin and Marshall College. 

    To keep her sanity and get out of Mudd once in a while, Bryn is also helping coach the Carleton track team in the triple jump and hammer throw events.

    Welcome back Bryn!

  • Science Edcuation Resource Center Honored By The American Association For The Advancement Of Science

    February 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.”

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    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.

    SERC website

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