P1. Digital Learning Innovation in the Geosciences
Sunday, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Phoenix Convention Center, Hall A, Special Presentation Area
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Geophysical Union; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association
Disciplines: Geoscience Education
Advocates: Ariel D. Anbar; Carla McAuliffe; Brooks Hanson
New technologies for data visualization and discovery, and new education technologies, are transforming geoscience education, enabling active modes of discovery-based learning at scale. Interactive simulations, immersive and extended-reality environments, adaptive and personalized learning platforms, and digital tutoring are examples of technologies that enable rich, active learning experiences in and out of traditional classrooms. This symposium includes presentations, panel discussion, and a hands-on showcase to explore the state of the art and future frontier.
P2. Grand Ideas, Grand Events: Geoscience Research, Geoscience Education, and Human Connections to Grand Canyon at its Six Millionth, 150th, and 100th Anniversaries
Monday, 8 a.m.–noon, Phoenix Convention Center, North Ballroom 120D
Cosponsors: GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Disciplines: History and Philosophy of Geology, Geoscience Education, Geoscience Information/Communication
Advocates: Steven Semken; Eleanour Snow; Karl E. Karlstrom; Laura J. Crossey
In commemoration of the concurrent 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s first expedition and the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park this year, this symposium presents historical and modern perspectives on understanding and sustaining the iconic geological landscapes of Grand Canyon that encode nearly two billion years of earth history. Presenters will highlight the importance of Grand Canyon to the indigenous people who have long inhabited it, the generations of geoscientists who explore and study it, the expert interpreters and educators who teach from it, and the millions who visit to experience and learn from this singular place.
P3. Geoscience Communication in the Modern Age
Monday, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Phoenix Convention Center, North Ballroom 120D
Cosponsors: GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA History of Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Disciplines: Geoscience Information/Communication, Geoscience Education, Geoscience and Public Policy
Advocates: Iain Stewart; Callan Bentley
Geoscience communication takes many forms, sharing information critical to society from scientist practitioners to decision makers and the public, as well as more creative interpretations by communicators seeking connection. This symposium celebrates excellence in several important domains of modern geoscience communication: popular writing (both fiction and nonfiction), visual art, photography, music, film, mainstream media, and social media, as well as research into effective science communication. We examine inspiring examples from accomplished communicators and gain insight how best to help society enjoy a sustainable future on planet Earth (and beyond!).
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P4. Fostering an Inclusive Academic Culture for the 21st Century: Advancing Policies, Departments, and Supporting Faculty to Address the Needs and Challenges for Building a Healthy Geoscience Enterprise
Tuesday, 8 a.m.–noon, Phoenix Convention Center, North Ballroom 120D
Cosponsors: GSA Geology and Society Division; American Geophysical Union American Geosciences Institute
Disciplines: Geoscience and Public Policy, Geoscience Education
Advocates: Pranoti M. Asher; Christopher Keane; Lexi Shultz
As society increasingly relies on geoscientists for resources and hazards mitigation, the profession must remain on the leading edge of innovation to solve complex challenges. Geoscience departments and academic leaders play a critical role in recruiting and training these future innovative geoscientists, as well as promoting an inclusive culture to support the academic enterprise that extends beyond our departments. Panelists who have championed non-traditional policies for faculty advancement, bolstered inclusive departmental cultures, and initiated practices that highlight the successes of their departments will discuss their strategies and how to overcome common challenges.
P5. Extreme Impacts of Global Climate Change: Effective Communication for Geoscientists, Educators, Policy Makers, and the Press
Tuesday, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Phoenix Convention Center, North Ballroom 120D
Cosponsors: GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Energy Geology Division; GSA Environmental Geology and Engineering Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)
Disciplines: Geoscience Education, Geoscience Information/Communication, Geoscience and Public Policy
Advocates: Jennifer L. Pierce; George T. Stone
Fires, floods, and melting ice—can’t we talk about something nice? Scientific data overwhelmingly demonstrate recent global temperature increases– due largely to combustion of fossil fuels– disrupt Earth’s hydrologic, biologic, atmospheric, and geologic systems, thereby driving extreme impact events resulting in destruction of life and property. Despite this, effectively communicating the causes and risks of climate change and changing how people think about climate change remains a challenge. Why? In this interactive session, we combine up-to-date science on extreme events such as wildfires, hurricanes, sea-level rise, and arctic warming with compelling presentations on climate communication and education.
Speakers in this session include:
Kathryn Boyd/Anne Gold
P6. Understanding the Neoproterozoic Earth-Life System
Wednesday, 8 a.m.–noon, Phoenix Convention Center, North Ballroom 120D
Cosponsor: GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Disciplines: Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy, Geochemistry, Precambrian Geology
Advocates: Qing Tang; Huan Cui; Feifei Zhang
This session aims to boost discussion and interdisciplinary collaboration by bringing together a trans-disciplinary group of innovative thinkers to present advances on biological, geochemical, sedimentologic, and climatic evolution in the Neoproterozoic in order to better understand the Neoproterozoic Earth-life system.
Speakers in this session include:
Alan Jay Kaufman