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GSA Short Courses

GSA-sponsored professional development short courses will be held immediately before and during the annual meeting and are open to members and nonmembers. If you register only for a short course, you must pay a US$40 nonregistrant fee in addition to the course fee. This fee may be applied toward meeting registration if you decide to attend the meeting. Excepted from this requirement are GSA K-12 Teacher Members, who need only pay the short course fee if not attending the entire meeting.

Early registration is recommended; standard registration (after 18 Sept.) is an additional US$30. For additional information on short courses, contact Jennifer Nocerino, .

501. Estimating Rates of Groundwater Recharge
Sat., 27 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Canceled
502. Laser Ablation ICP-MS: Fundamentals and Applications to Geological, Environmental, and Biological Problems
Sun., 28 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alan Koenig, U.S. Geological Survey; Ian Ridley, U.S. Geological Survey.
This course will cover the basics of laser ablation ICP-MS as applied to a wide range of geological, environmental, and biological samples. Both fundamentals of the technique and applications to minerals, fluid inclusions, teeth, bones, corals, tree rings, rock and ore powders, and others will be presented. Instructors will cover these topics by including practical information about how these applications are tackled and what future directions are possible. New directions for LA-ICP-MS, such as isotopic analyses by multi-collector ICP-MS and bulk analysis by large spot capable LA systems will also be covered. The course is intended for those already using laser ablation and those just interested in learning more about the technique.
Limit: 30. Fee: US$292; includes course materials and lunch. CEU: 0.8.


503. Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping for Groundwater Applications
Sat., 27 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division. — FULL
Richard C. Berg, Illinois State Geological Survey; Harvey Thorleifson, Minnesota Geological Survey; Hazen Russell, Geological Survey of Canada.
There is an increasingly pressing need for high quality 3-D geological information about shallow deposits as attention to environmental and land-use issues, as well as evaluation of regional groundwater systems and their long-term sustainability, continue to grow. Demands for this information are becoming increasingly compelling, but there is a continuing lack of high-quality data, maps, and models. This workshop focuses on experimenting with new ways to deal with large data sets, integrating data of variable quality with high-quality data, and developing methods to construct 3-D geologic models that can be used for hydrogeologic modeling.
Limit: 55. Fee: US$91; includes course materials and lunch. CEU: 0.8.
504. Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students
Fri.-Sat., 26-27 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by ExxonMobil; BP.
Kirt Campion, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company; Art Donovan, BP Upstream Technology Directorate.
This free short course is designed to teach graduate students the principles, concepts, and methods of sequence stratigraphy. Sequence stratigraphy is a methodology that uses stratal surfaces to subdivide the stratigraphic record. This methodology allows the identification of coeval facies, documents the time-transgressive nature of classic lithostratigraphic units, and provides geoscientists with an additional way to analyze and subdivide the stratigraphic record. Using exercises that utilize outcrop, core, well-log, and seismic data, the course provides a hands-on experience for learning sequence stratigraphy. The exercises include classic case studies from which many sequence stratigraphic concepts were originally developed.
Limit: 55. No fee. Preregistration required. For information or to register, please contact . CEU: 0.8.
505. Introduction to the "Learning with Data Workshop"
Sun., 28 Oct., 8 a.m.-noon.
William A. Prothero, Jr., University of California at Santa Barbara; Sabina Thomas, Baldwin Wallace College.
The "Learning with Data Workshop" (LWD) is a comprehensive resource intended to support learning about Earth using real data. It allows learners to access Earth data, create and annotate data display images, and incorporate them into writing activities, which are also included in the package. It supports the study of plate tectonics and oceanography. Workshop participants will gain familiarity with the software content and its use, learn how to use it to support effective inquiry/writing activities, and learn how to customize the assignments that are included with LWD. For more information, see:
Limit: 25. Fee: US$60; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.4.
506. New Tools for Quantitative Geomorphology: Extraction and Interpretation of Stream Profiles from Digital Topographic Data
Sun., 28 Oct., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — FULL
Sponsored by NSF Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division.
Kelin Whipple, Arizona State University; Cameron Wobus, University of Colorado; Eric Kirby, Pennsylvania State University; Benjamin Crosby, Idaho Sate University; Daniel Sheehan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Empirical data from rivers around the world demonstrate a positive correlation between steepness (gradient normalized to drainage area) and the rate of rock uplift. This short course will teach graduate student, professional, and faculty participants how to utilize a set of integrated GIS and numerical analysis tools to exploit this relationship and extract semi-quantitative estimates of rock uplift rates from digital elevation models (DEMs). We will discuss how to obtain and preprocess raw DEM data; how to use our software to create GIS-based maps of river steepness, concavity, and knickpoint locations; and how to interpret these data for tectonic analysis.
Limit: 20. Fee: US$60; includes course materials and lunch. CEU: 0.7.
507. Processing and Analysis of GeoEarthscope and Other Community LiDAR Topography Datasets
Sat., 27 Oct., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — FULL
Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State University; Chris Crosby, Arizona State University; David Phillips, UNAVCO.
LiDAR—Light, Distance, and Ranging (also Airborne Laser Swath Mapping-ALSM) topographic data are of broad interest to earth scientists. Many datasets are or will be available freely to the scientific community, especially for fault systems in the western United States via the GeoEarthscope project. These data have exciting and powerful applications in geomorphology, active tectonics, and geoscience education. Participants in this course will learn about LiDAR technology, access to publicly available datasets, software and hardware considerations for working with the data, data processing (raw or classified point clouds, digital elevation models, other derived products), and approaches for analyzing the data to answer their research questions.
Limit: 20. Fee: US$210; includes course materials and lunch. CEU: 0.7.
508. Starting out in Undergraduate Research and Education: A Professional Development Workshop for Young Faculty
Sat., 27 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jeffrey G. Ryan, University of South Florida; Lydia K. Fox, University of the Pacific; Jill Singer, Buffalo State College. Cosponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; and GSA Geoscience Education Division.
This workshop is focused on developing a successful research program involving undergraduate participants and on inquiry-based courses and teaching practices that are effective in preparing students to pursue research. The course is designed to serve the needs of early-career faculty and others considering academic careers. The workshop facilitators are all current or former officers in the Council on Undergraduate Research and/or the National Association of Geoscience Teachers who have extensive experience in working successfully with undergraduate students in their research enterprises.
Limit: 30. Fee: US$80; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.8.
509. Seismic Data Usage for Undergraduates: Options for both majors and non-majors
Sat., 27 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Canceled
510. Teaching Field Methods in Hydrogeology
Sat.; 27 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division.
Todd Halihan, Oklahoma State University; Shemin Ge, University of Colorado; Ed Harvey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Natural Resources.
Understanding the use and limits of field equipment is a significant component of hydrogeological science. This short course provides the material and exposure to better train faculty to teach hydrogeology field methods. The course is focused on university or high school faculty who are teaching hydrogeology but may not have training in hydrogeological field techniques. The course will cover field safety and liability, phreatic and vadose equipment, geophysical methods, direct push techniques, and inexpensive methods that cost less than $100. The course will be held at a field site near Denver, and equipment will be supplied by GSA vendors.
Limit: 80. Fee: US$177; includes course materials and lunch. CEU: 0.8.
511. Education Research: An In-Depth Look at Qualitative Methods
Sat., 27 Oct., 1-5 p.m.
Julie Sexton, Colorado State University.
Participants will learn about qualitative data collection and analysis methods used in geoscience education research. Qualitative research involves the collection and analysis of data from sources such as interviews, classroom observations, and student writings and drawings. It is the building block of and a complement to quantitative education research. Case studies, demonstrations, and hands-on activities will introduce participants to qualitative education research. This workshop is geared for college and K-12 educators, researchers, and students who are conducting or planning education research. Faculty: Julie Sexton, Geoscience Education Doctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Learning and Teaching in the West, Colorado State University; Project Coordinator, NSF Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center; .
Limit: 55. Fee: US$130; includes course materials. CEU: 0.4.
512. Strategies for Successful Recruitment of Geoscience Majors: Conceptual Framework and Practical Suggestions
Sat., 27 Oct., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Randall M. Richardson, University of Arizona; Carolyn Eyles, McMaster University.
Participants in this workshop will identify and discuss successful recruitment strategies for geoscience programs and will have the opportunity to develop an "action plan" to enhance recruitment initiatives in their own department or institution. There will be panel and other presentations outlining successful recruitment strategies in a variety of contexts (e.g., national-local, internal-external to the department, in different types of institutions), as well as ample time for discussion groups and "brainstorming" sessions.
Limit: 35. Fee: US$80; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.7.



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K-12 Teacher Activities

513. Teaching College-Level Earth Science to High-School Students
Sat., 27 Oct., 8 a.m.-noon. Cosponsored by National Science Foundation.
Wendy Van Norden, Harvard-Westlake School; Raymond V. Ingersoll, University of California at Los Angeles.
"College-Level Earth Science for High School Students" is a college-level geoscience course for which high-school students may earn college credit at a collaborating university. The course was designed to attract top science students who would otherwise choose advanced placement courses in other sciences. This short course will introduce high school teachers to the course as it is being taught at Harvard-Westlake School in collaboration with UCLA. Teachers will be introduced to the curriculum, try some of the labs, receive free rock and mineral samples, and discuss the challenges of introducing the course into a school.
Limit: 25. Fee: US$35; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.4.
514. Using GPS Data to Learn about Tectonic Plate Movement, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and other Applications: A Workshop for Educators in Secondary Education
Sun., 28 Oct., 1-5 p.m.
Susan C. Eriksson, UNAVCO; Shelley E. Olds, UNAVCO.
This course is geared toward educators in middle and high schools who teach earth science or a science course in which plate tectonics is a topic. Educators will be introduced to place-based, data-rich educational materials about global positioning system (GPS) and plate tectonics to use in their classrooms, receive an introduction to high-precision GPS, and have the opportunity to discuss pedagogical strategies for classroom implementation. Anticipated topics include faulting along the San Andreas fault, monitoring volcano deformation, and recent advances in researching slow earthquakes in Cascadia. Although individuals with GPS experience are welcome, knowledge of GPS is not required. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a laptop computer. Materials will be available prior to the course at
Limit: 20. Fee: US$71; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.4.


Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

All professional development courses and workshops sponsored by GSA offer CEUs. A CEU is made up of 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. A contact hour is defined as a typical 60-minute classroom instructional session or its equivalent; ten instructional hours are required for one CEU.

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