SHORT COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

1. Introduction to U-Th-Pb geochronology using a Laser-Ablation Multicollector ICP Mass Spectrometer.
Wed., 26 May, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
George Gehrels and Alex Pullen, Arizona LaserChron Center, University of Arizona.
Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of U-Th-Pb geochronology and its application to the earth sciences. This course is ideal for graduate students but inclusive to all researchers interested in familiarizing themselves with the U-Th-Pb decay system, measurement methodologies, pitfalls, data analysis, igneous and detrital geochronology, and future directions. The course focuses on the use of laser-ablation multicollector inductively-coupled-plasma-mass spectrometry in making rapid and accurate U-Th-Pb isotopic measurements. Participants will be encouraged to join in a synergistic discussion of projects and ideas.
Limit: 25.
Cost: US$100, includes lunch and workbook.
2. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using ArcGIS for Geological and Environmental Science Applications.
Cosponsored by ESRI.
Wed., 26 May, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Toni Fisher, ESRI.
Participants will be introduced to the use of GIS in geosciences and environmental-related applications through brief lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on computer exercises. Participants do not need experience with ArcGIS, but familiarity with the Windows OS would be most helpful. A brief introduction to spatial concepts and GIS using ArcGIS, ArcMap, and Spatial and 3D Analyst extensions will be followed by the creation of a project covering many analysis techniques (geoprocessing using Toolbox tools and ModelBuilder). Use of Geodatabase Model schema and resources for accessing data will be explored.
Limit: 20.
Cost: US$80, includes lunch and publications.
3. When the Classroom Shakes: Tools for Teaching K-12 Students about Earthquakes in Their Front Yard.
Sat., 29 May, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kristin Weaver Bowman, Becca Walker, Annie Scott, Robert de Groot.
Designed for middle and high school science teachers. Participants in this workshop will learn how to bring local earthquake geology and hazards into their classrooms and explore standards-based classroom activities for teaching earthquakes. All K-12 and pre-service teachers are welcome. This workshop is a companion to the "Exploring the Whittier and San Andreas Faults" being offered on Sun., 30 May; however, these are two different events covering slightly different material, and one is not a prerequisite for the other.
Limit: 30.
Cost: No costs (but must register for meeting) thanks to the generosity of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and the Department of Geological Sciences at CSUF. Includes some course materials. Does not include lunch; please bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase your lunch at (or near) the hotel..
4. Less Talk, More Action: Strategies that Improve Learning by Engaging Students.
Sat., 29 May, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
David Steer, The University of Akron.
This workshop capitalizes on the growing trend toward introducing active learning into geoscience-related classes. Many teachers and faculty are interested in such methods but do not know how or where to begin. This workshop will introduce participants to a schema for developing their own materials and provide an opportunity to develop one or more of their own activities. Participants will leave the workshop with the pedagogical foundation and in-class learning resources they need to better engage their students. Handouts will be provided that guide participants through an evaluation-level exercise for designing teaching and learning activities and for constructing their own classroom activities.
Limit: 30
Free, must register to attend.
5. Petrel Session 1-Basics and Data Visualization.
Wed., 26 May, 8 a.m.-noon.
Instructed by Schlumberger personnel.
Schlumberger's Petrel software delivers collaborative workflows with best in class technology and leading innovation that seamlessly unites the subsurface domains of geophysics, geology, geological modeling, reservoir engineering and drilling. This morning session will focus on navigating and working within a 3-D window in Petrel plus some hands-on with other windows and visualization techniques in Petrel. This session will include understanding the Petrel data structure as well as using the gridding algorithms in Petrel for mapping or 2-D surface generation. Petrel experience is not a requirement.
Max.: 24.
Cost: US$100, includes workbook and course materials.
6. Petrel Session 2-Petrel Geostatistical Overview.
Wed. 26 May, 1–5 p.m.
Instructed by Schlumberger personnel.
This afternoon session will take the users through the basics of facies and property modeling in Petrel with a focus on the geostatistical methods available in the application. The students will get an opportunity to work directly on 3-D geocellular model in this session. This session presents participants with basic understanding of variagrams and overview of geostatistical algorithms and menus for facies and property modeling. Petrel experience is not a requirement and the Session 1 course is not a prerequisite for Session 2.
Max.: 24.
Cost: US$100, , includes workbook and course materials.

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