All workshops will be held at the Branson Convention Center.
Note: Participants must register for the meeting in order to attend a workshop.

1. Core Workshop: Surface to Subsurface High-Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy and Reservoir Analysis of Mississippian Strata in the Four-State Area (Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma).
Sat., 10 April, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; lunch & refreshments provided.
Fee: US$75. Max.: 50; min.: 20.
Darwin R. Boardman II, Oklahoma State University; Salvatore J. Mazzullo, Wichita State University; Brian Wilhite, Woolsey Operating Co.; W. Lynn Watney, Kansas Geological Survey; Jim Puckette, Oklahoma State University
This Core Workshop will focus on subsurface Mississippian limestone and chert reservoirs in Kansas and Northeastern Oklahoma. A unifying stratigraphic nomenclature will be presented based on correlation to Mississippian outcrops of the quad-state region of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
2. Geology and Human Health: On the Cutting Edge.
Sun., 11 April, 8 a.m.-noon.
Fee: US$25 (regular); students: US$10 (first 10 registrants). Max.: 24; min.: 15.
Syed Hasan, University of Missouri-Kansas City
This workshop will focus on the importance of geological materials and processes in human health. Case histories linking geology to the occurrence of certain diseases and geoscience's relationship to human well-being will be discussed. A complete set of online educational resources, developed by SERC (Science Education Resource Center), along with books and additional materials from other sources, will be made available at no additional cost to workshop participants for use in their teaching and/or research. Participants are urged to visit the SERC Web site at to complete a questionnaire and provide the requested information to maximize the benefits of the workshop.
3. From Passive to Active: Classroom Makeovers that Improve Teaching and Learning.
Sun., 11 April, 8 a.m.-noon.
Fee: US$25. Max.: 24; min.: 15.
David Steer, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, University of Akron
This workshop capitalizes on the growing trend to introduce active learning into predominately lecture classes in the geosciences. Many faculty are interested in such methods, but do not know how or where to begin. This half-day workshop will introduce faculty to a schema for developing their own materials and will provide an opportunity to develop and review such activities, which will be collected for inclusion on the Cutting Edge Web site. Participants will leave the workshop with the pedagogical foundation and in-class learning resources they need to better engage their students.
4. Online Teaching of Introductory Geoscience Courses.
Sun., 11 April, 1-4 p.m.
Fee: US$15. Max.: 24; min.: 15.
Vicki Harder, Western New Mexico University; Mary Dowse, Western New Mexico University.
This interactive workshop is for instructors who have been teaching online and those who are just getting started. Best practices and ideas from participants will be presented and shared. Online teaching used to be mainly a small school and community college endeavor, but it now has a potential to reach other target audiences.
5. Exploring the Wonders of Geoscience through Use of GSA CD-ROM Teaching Resources.
Tues., 13 April, noon-1:30 p.m.; lunch provided.
Fee: US$35. Max.: 24; min.: 15.
Mélida Gutierrez, Missouri State University; Kenneth Thompson, Emporia State University; Clark K. Giboney, Missouri State University & Willard High School.
Three CD-ROMs available from GSA (Silicate Minerals, Explore Volcanoes and Explore Deep Time) will be introduced; some of the examples will be worked out, and specific applications of these materials will be discussed.
6. Geoscience Education: Introducing Students to Subsurface Characterization Using Fictional Small County. Cosponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Sunday, 11 April, 1-4 p.m.
Fee: US$25. Max.: 24; min.: 15.
Geoffrey C. Bohling, Kansas Geological Survey; John H. Doveton, Kansas Geological Survey; Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University.
Two virtual subsurface exercises reflecting the geological characteristics of the U.S. mid-continent, in the fictional setting of Small County, Kansas, will be presented. In the introductory-level version, students drill a sequence of wells in an attempt to locate the peak of a single anticlinal structure, receiving immediate feedback on the elevation of the formation top of interest after each well is drilled. In the advanced version, students interpret a set of logs obtained in each well, picking the top elevations of a sequence of formations, along with interpreting lithologies and fluid saturations versus depth in the well. Small County has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


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