National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Southeastern Section Newsletter

Summer/Fall 2002

 



Inside:

The President's Thoughts
Membership / Treasurer’s Report
Editor's comments

OEST Award winners!

Regional News

Calendar

Oct 10-12, 2002

Alabama Science Teachers Association conference, Midfield High School, Midfield, AL (which is near Birmingham).

Oct. 13-20, 2002

Earth Science Week

Oct 24-26, 2002

Eastern Section, National Science Teachers Association in Louisville, KY

Oct. 27-30, 2002

Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting, Denver

November 8-10, 2002

“Interacting with Earth Systems,” 1st Annual Earth and Environmental Science Regional Educators’ Conference, Boone, NC.

November 21-23, 2002

Tennessee Science Teachers Association annual conference, Cool Springs Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Franklin, TN

March 12-14, 2003

South-Central & Southeastern GSA regional meeting in Memphis, TN

Nov. 2-5, 2003

Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting, Seattle

Dec. 1-3, 2005

National Science Teachers Association meeting in Nashville, TN

 

 

Winter/Spring 2003 Newsletter Deadline:  January 31, 2003.  Please send news, items, questions, & answers to Stan at sdunagan@utm.edu.

Southeastern Section Officers

 

President:  Michael A. Gibson

Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics

215 Joseph E. Johnson EPS Building

The University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN  38238

731.587.7435

mgibson@utm.edu 

 

Past-President:  Pamela Gore

Department of Geology

Georgia Perimeter College

555 North Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA 30021

404.299.4099

pgore@gpc.peachnet.edu

 

Vice-President:  David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Geological Survey of Alabama

P.O. Box 869999

Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-6999

205.349.2852

davidkm@gsa.state.al.us

 

Secretary/Treasurer:  Pamela Gore

Department of Geology

Georgia Perimeter College

555 North Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA 30021

404.299.4099

pgore@gpc.peachnet.edu

 

Liaison to NAGT Executive Council: Steve Good

Department of Geology and Astronomy

West Chester University

West Chester, PA 19383

610.436.2203

sgood@wcups.edu

 

Newsletter Editor:  Stan P. Dunagan

Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics

215 Joseph E. Johnson EPS Building

The University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN  38238

731.587.7589

sdunagan@utm.edu


The President’s thoughts…       

As we progress through our Fall semester, and having just completed summer duties, I would like to focus on an issue of concern to me and to others in the section, namely greater participation in identifying outstanding teachers at the K-12 level.  I am prompted to make comments because out of 8 states and 11 listed state representatives, we only had 3 state OESTs and only 2 of those submitted complete packets for consideration as regional OEST winners.

            I have noticed that this is a trend that has been taking place in our region for several years now and I am concerned.  I recognize that we are all very busy and have plates overflowing with work; I have the same problems.  What truly concerns me, and hopefully you will see this as well, is that we may be missing perhaps one of the best recruiting opportunities we have for the geosciences.  At a time when college enrollments are shifting and new venues for higher education are developing (e.g., non-traditional degrees, on-line curricula and programs), the geosciences are still not increasing numbers like our sister sciences are.  The primary reason for this is that lack of exposure to geology and geology related courses at the middle and high school levels.  Most students get to college without an idea of what we have to offer and get little exposure to our science until later in the college careers, often after committing to other majors, and only as “last minute science requirements for a degree”.  How often have you heard “…if only I had known about geology earlier, I might have majored….”? 

To echo this lament I refer you to two well-written summaries of this problem:

Holbrook, J. 1997. Career potential in the Sciences, Geology in the High Schools, and Why Would Anyone Major in Geology Anyway: Palaios, 12(6):503-504.

Van Norden, W. 2002. Problems in Geology Education: Our High Schools are the Weakest Link: Palaios, 17(1):1-2.

Read them, use them, share them with teachers wanting to increase geoscience in their schools.  They make strong justification for teacher development courses, in-service programs, grant writing, etc.

Cultivating Middle and High School teachers, through encouragement and rewards in the geosciences, is vital to identifying potential geoscientists of the future, at a time early enough in their educational careers that will allow them to enter our field.  Because the “educational system” has evolved such that geology is not a part of secondary school curricula directly, except in some exceptions, we need to identify, encourage, publicize, and recruit teachers to be our advocates. 

For us to accomplish this, each state needs to be consistently and relentlessly proactive in this regard.  On a similar note, most of you received an invitation for a “meeting of the minds” to take place in November in Boone, NC, hosted by Appalachian State.  Don Byerly is working on a similar initiative for our section to bring together each state in an effort to find ways to reach down to the secondary level and make a presence.  You will be hearing more about that from him soon.  I strongly encourage you to place priority on NAGT activities as a way to “get the word out” and consider participating in these upcoming venues.

Strong presence in K-12 is a recruiting venture.  It behooves each of us to find those good teachers who can then serve as our advocates in K-12.  One very good way of doing this, visibly and effectively, is by nominating teachers for OEST awards in your state.  While this year’s cycle has essentially ended, it is not too late to begin the process for next year.  June will be here all too soon!

Michael

 

Membership / Treasurer Report:  We have 164 members, as of May 2002, and $3754.25 on deposit as of August 30, 2002.   Submitted by Pamela Gore.

 


 

Musings from the new newsletter editor – Stan P. Dunagan

If you’re reading this on a piece of paper, then you didn’t get the email version of the newsletter.  I wasn’t easy and it took a little longer than expected, but I eventually got it done.  And it was worth it.  Luckily, it is easy to sign up for the next electronic version of the newsletter - just email me at sdunagan@utm.edu and put SENAGT newsletter in the subject line.  You can also check out the newsletter at www.utm.edu/~sdunagan/SENAGT/. 

My hope is that the e-newsletter will catch on and that after the switch you will grow to enjoy it. It will save SE NAGT money (by reduced postage and paper usage). There will be less time between printing and members receiving it in the mail.  The e-newsletter will also serve as an digital archive of sorts for SE NAGT, because if you're like me a week after receiving your paper SE NAGT newsletter it's either been lost, recycled, or tossed in the trash. Now you can get to SE NAGT's newsletter website (URL above) and what was lost, has been found!

I would strongly suggest you check out the web version and please let me know if you have any complaints, gripes, suggestions, or comments. I promise not cry or hold a grudge. I do not believe that this particular version of the digital newsletter represents the pinnacle of electronic publishing. I am sure it will continue to evolve and you are welcome to assist in the evolutionary process.

And speaking of evolution, what is going on down in Georgia? (Don't know. Haven't heard. See the Regional News.)  Every time I read about the local Board of Education in some other state trying to whitewash evolution and associated concepts (such as geologic time) out of Biology or Geoscience textbooks, a big shiver just runs down my spine because I know there will be a day when my home county or state will have to deal with this issue.

Luckily, SE NAGT can help members stay informed about relevant or controversial issues in our region that might affect them. Could what happened in Cobb County, Georgia, occur where I live? Oh, it is definitely possible in our region. My question is at what point are we – as geoscientists – failing to convince the public that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. I'm not going to address that here.

Lastly, how do we stay current with potentially important or controversial geoscience issues occurring across eight states? Report items you think are newsworthy to your State Representative or to me directly.

Thanks, Stan

 

Meeting News                                                         Planning ahead for the future . . .

 

SE Geological Society of America (GSA) meetings

2003 - Memphis, TN (joint meeting with SC NAGT)

2004 - Washington, DC (joint meeting with NE NAGT)

2005 - Biloxi, MS

GSA annual meetings

2002 - Oct. 27-30, Denver

2003 - Nov. 2-5, Seattle

NSTA meeting

2002 - March 27-30, national meeting, San Diego, CA

2002 - Oct 24-26, Eastern Section is in Louisville, KY

2005 - Dec. 1-3, NSTA meeting in Nashville

           

 

 

 

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) Awards

 

State OEST Winners

Alabama

- No OEST application submitted.

Florida

- No OEST application submitted.

Georgia

- Brenton A. Stenson (8th grade, Austin Road Middle School, Stockbridge, GA)

Louisiana

- No OEST application submitted.

Mississippi

- No OEST application submitted.

North Carolina

- No OEST application submitted.

South Carolina

- Virginia Fralick (8th grade, Oakbrook Middle School, SC)

Tennessee

- Jane Luhn (2-5th grade, Rocky Hill Elementary School, Knoxville, TN)

Congratulations to our State OEST Winners! SE NAGT finds it hard to believe that states who did not report an OEST winner do not have outstanding earth science teachers.  Do you know of someone who should be recognized for their efforts?  Should you be recognized?  The time for OEST identification for 2003 is now, so we encourage you to contact your state representative and make a nomination.  Applications for OEST can be copied from the Journal, downloaded from the NAGT website, by contacting any member of NAGT listed on the officers’ page of this newsletter, or taken from this newsletter.  It’s easy!

Websites

NAGT

www.nagt.org

SE-NAGT

www.gpc.peachnet/~pgore/nagt/se-home.html

SE NAGT newsletter

www.utm.edu/~sdunagan/senagt/

Geological Society of America

www.geosociety.org

US Geological Survey

www.usgs.gov

Earth Science Week

www.agiweb.org
www.earthscienceworld.org
www.earthsciweek.org

 

OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER AWARD

Nomination / Application Form

Name _________________________________________________________ Years Teaching __________

Street Address ___________________________________________ Telephone _____________________

City, State & Zip __________________________________e-mail  _______________________________

College/University attended__________________________ Degree(s)________ Major_______________

Annual percentage class time devoted to teaching earth science ____________ Grade level(s) __________

Name of School ________________________________ Telephone____________ Fax _______________

School Address _________________________________________________________________________

Name and Address of School District Superintendent ___________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

Name and Address of Local Newspaper______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

Respond to the following, using no more than one typewritten page per item. Include

supporting documentation in the form of letters, products, or publications as appropriate.

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1.   Teaching ability: What techniques does the nominee/applicant employ? What is his/her teaching philosophy? Are his/her courses challenging and comprehensive? Do students enjoy his/her classes?

2.   Inventiveness: What new ideas, materials, software, instructional strategies, or techniques has the nominee/applicant developed?

3.   Initiative: How does the nominee/applicant handle new situations and accommodate students of various abilities? Be specific.

4.   Cooperativeness: How does the nominee/applicant cooperate in the total school program and in other academic areas?

5.   Strengths: What are the principal strengths of the nominee/applicant?

6.   Community involvement: How is the nominee/applicant involved in community and/or youth activities?

7. Other activities: List other professional activities and noteworthy accomplishments.

 

Name of Nominator ____________________________________________Telephone ___________________

 

Address __________________________________________ E-mail _________________________________

 

___________________________ Signature of Nominator (or Applicant) ______________________________

 

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Send all forms, materials, and supporting documentation in one package to:

 

Executive Director

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

P.O. Box 5443

Bellingham, WA 98227-5443

 

or

 

The OEST Chair of your local

NAGT Section

 

Please feel free to copy this form for nomination purposes.


Get the next newsletter via email, it’s easy – just email sdunagan@utm.edu

 

REGIONAL NEWS

Alabama (submitted by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Douglas W. Haywick)
We came closer this year to getting some nominations for OEST, but in the end all we received were promises. This year we e-mailed teachers we knew and begged. We even told one teacher we’d nominate her ourselves if she sent us the information we needed for the form. And, we got the Education Committee of the Geological Survey of Alabama to pony up $100 cash. What do these teachers want? We’ll figure it out one day, but it won’t be this year.

We know of a couple of high schools in Alabama that have added earth-science electives this year. That brings the state’s total to a handful (we think) but we are at least headed in the right direction. The Geological Survey and geology departments in several universities have received more requests for assistance from teachers and from other kinds of educational institutions. Does this reflect desperation, vigor, or simply better P.R. for educational programs? We don’t know, but, once again, we are headed in the right direction.

Several Alabama based K-16 education presentations will be delivered at the upcoming national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver (October 27-30). The meeting is an excellent opportunity for science teachers to learn about geological education and interested parties should contact the Society for more information about theme sessions and workshops designed for teachers. Details about the meeting are posted on the Geological Society’s homepage (www.geosociety.com)

The state’s science curriculum, new last year, more or less follows the national standards and therefore mandates earth science at every level. Ignorance and budget constraints have limited implementation of the new standards, but at least some school systems are moving to increase earth-science instruction. Tuscaloosa City schools, for example, have embraced inquiry-based instruction, and have purchased modern science models for use in the middle schools. There is federal money to support this, and we foresee a slow improvement in our public schools over the next few years.

The Alabama Science Teachers Association meeting is October 10-12 in
Midfield High School (the Birmingham area). For information please call Kay Atchison-Warfield at 334-353-5440. This is a pretty good meeting, at which all of the highly motivated science teachers come out of the woodwork. Presenters are preaching to the choir, but they do sing well.

The Alabama Geological Society runs a 2-3 day field trip in the fall of each year and these are always top-notch affairs. Please contact Jack Pashin at jpashin@gsa.state.al.us for more information. The society also has published more than 30 field-trip guidebooks; contact Lewis Dean (ldean@gsa.state.al.us) for information.

The Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) Education Committee and the University of West Alabama are once again sponsoring a 1-day paleontological field workshop for teachers (October 22, 2002). If you are interested, please contact David at davidkm@gsa.state.al.us.

The GSA has released a couple of new brochures on the subjects of ground water and springs in Alabama. These brochures are available in Tuscaloosa for no cost. You might have to pay shipping if you order them from elsewhere; please contact pubsales@gsa.state.al.us if you are interested. Water in Alabama, formerly an annual print publication, is now available online as a free download at www.gsa.state.al.us (go to publications, and then online publications, and follow directions). This report is semi-technical in nature and is a good resource for high-school environmental-science teachers. Jim Lacefield (lacefiel@hiwaay.net), author of the stunning book Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, has begun publishing a series of educational earth-science posters. These are accurate, colorful, and durable. Please contact Jim for information.

Florida (no information submitted)

Georgia (submitted by Pamela Gore)
EVOLUTION CONTROVERSY HEATS UP: The teaching of evolution is once again in the news in Georgia. Cobb County, an affluent conservative suburb northwest of Atlanta, is having a controversy over evolution in the science textbooks. The Cobb County school board has ordered that a disclaimer sticker be placed into the new biology textbooks reading "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studies carefully, and critically considered." The Atlanta newspaper says that Cobb is following the lead of Alabama, which has placed stickers on biology texts for six years, telling students that evolution is a "controversial theory". The newspapers have exploded in controversy over evolution, with several front page articles illustrated with science teachers in the classroom, and citizens in hot debate at the school board meeting. The school board has been told by its attorney that they are not allowed to teach creationism, but they want free and open discussion in the classroom. The latest development is that the school board will spend 30 days reviewing a proposed policy stating that the school district believes the "discussion of disputed views of academic subjects is a necessary element of providing a balanced education". A vote on the policy will be held at the Sept 26, 2002 school board meeting. The school board has just been sued in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union, to remove the stickers from the textbooks.

DINOSAURS AT THE FERNBANK MUSEUM: At the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, the permanent exhibit, "Giants of the Mesozoic", is celebrating its one year anniversary. The exhibit features the world's largest dinosaurs, the meat-eating Giganotosaurus and the plant-eating Argentinosaurus, along with other Mesozoic vertebrate fossils. Fernbank is the only place in the world to see a fully mounted Argentinosaurus, which measures nearly 127 feet long. The museum opened 10 years ago, in 1992. Fernbank Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the opening of a new special exhibition on October 5, "The Tiniest Giants: Discovering Dinosaur Eggs", a fascinating look at embryos, eggs and baby dinosaurs.

MIDDLE GRADES MATH AND SCIENCE INITIATIVE: The Middle Grades Math & Science Initiative is part of a Title II Work Plan for the Georgia Teacher Quality Plan. This Initiative provides content courses in mathematics and science for middle grade teachers who are currently teaching out-of-field and need college-level courses to meet new re-certification standards. Funded by a United States Department of Education Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant, the project is designed to help Georgia's middle grade teachers increase their content knowledge to meet certification requirements in math or science. In the past, Georgia middle grades teachers were certified simply to teach "middle grades", which means that they were able to teach any middle grades subject, regardless of their background preparation. The rules have tightened recently, requiring teachers to have college coursework in the field in which they teach. To meet certification requirements, teachers need a total of four content courses in the area (math or science) they are teaching. Information on the initiative may be found online at this address: http://www.mgmsi.usg.edu/.

A course in Earth and Space Science for Middle Grades Teachers has been developed at Georgia Perimeter College, under sponsorship from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to assist teachers with background preparation. Qualifying teachers completing the course before June will receive a $300 stipend. Information is available at http://gpc.edu/~pgore/gpcmgmsi.html. The course is taught online using WebCT to assist teachers in remote areas of the state. Course materials are available online at http://www.gpc.edu/~pgore/Earth&Space/contents.html for teachers to use as a resource.

Upcoming Georgia fieldtrip:  Atlanta Geological Society Fall Field Trip is November 23, 2002 to the Pottsville Formation and it will consist of a visit to Cloudland Canyon State Park in northwestern Georgia and other localities in northwestern Georgia and northeastern Alabama. For more information contact Carl Froede, 404-562-8550.

Minigrants ($) - The Georgia Mineral Society offers the Norman Sandford Pottinger Earth Science Education Minigrants. More information at http://www.gamineral.org.

Louisiana (no information submitted)

Mississippi (no information submitted)

North Carolina (submitted by Cindy Copolo [copoloc@prodigy.net])
The 1st Annual Earth and Environmental Science Regional Educators’ Conference entitled, “Interacting with Earth Systems,” is inviting earth and environmental science teachers and educators of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to participate in a weekend conference in the mountains of North Carolina to learn classroom activities, gain valuable field experiences and network with fellow educators!

The conference is November 8-10, 2002, at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Itinerary:

Friday, November 8 (registration from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
2:00 – 5:00 pm Field Study (optional)
5:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
7:00 – 10:00 pm Poster Session / Reception & Astronomy Observations

Saturday, November 9
8:00 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions & Field Studies
11:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch; Speaker: Rick Wooten, NCGS
2:00 – 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions & Field Studies
6:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
8:00 pm Astronomy Obs.

Sunday, November 10
Optional daylong field trip
Certificate Renewal Credit: 1.0 renewal credits, pending approval

Lunch will be provided on Saturday but Friday and Saturday dinners are on your own. Registration Fee: $50 payable to NCCSM

Accommodations:  Rooms are reserved at the Broyhill Inn in Boone for the evening of Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9. All rooms are $76 per night for either double or single occupancy (there is no additional charge for the second person in the double occupancy room). To get this rate, mention that you are with the Earth and Environmental Educators’ Conference. All reservations must be made by October 8, 2002 by calling (800) 951-6048 or (828) 262-220.

Directions:
From the East on I-40 W. Take Exit #188 onto Highway 421N and continue to downtown Boone. Turn left at Depot Street and go through 1 traffic light, where the street name changes to Bodenheimer Drive. Proceed up the hill ¾ mile.

From the South on I-85 N. Drive north to Gastonia and take Exit #17 onto Highway 321N through Hickory into Boone. At the 8th traffic light, turn left onto Rivers Street. At the 5th traffic light, turn left onto Bodenheimer Drive and proceed ¾ mile up the hill.

From the Southwest on I-40 E. At Marion, take Exit #83 onto Highway 221N and drive to Linville (about 50 miles). Turn onto Highway 105N at Linville and proceed into Boone. At 321N, turn left onto Blowing Rock Road. At the 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Rivers Street. At 5th traffic light, turn left onto Bodenheimer Drive and proceed ¾ mile up the hill.

From the Northwest on 421S. Travel on 421S into downtown Boone. Turn right onto Depot Street and go through 1 traffic light where the street name changes to Bodenheimer Drive. Proceed up the hill ¾ mile.

Sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), NC Department of Public Instruction and Appalachian State University Geology Dept.


Pre-registration form

1st Annual
Earth and Environmental Science Regional Conference
Broyhill Inn and
Conference Center
Boone, NC
November 8-10, 2002

Name: _________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________
_________________________________________________

Email address: _________________________________________________
Phone Number: _________________________________________________
FAX Number: _________________________________________________

School/College/University: ___________________________________________

Please send this form, along with $50 (payable to NCCSM) to:
Dr. Cynthia Copolo
11 Pearse Wynd Road
Bahama, NC 27503


South Carolina (no information submitted)

Tennessee (submitted by Stan Dunagan and Michael A. Gibson)
Moon Rocks and Meteorites Land in Tennessee: The University of Tennessee at Martin's Dept. of Geology, Geography, & Physics in cooperation with the
Marshal Space Center and Smithsonian Institution had a community show-n-tell with samples of lunar rock and meteorites in September. The samples included a lunar breccia collected by Moonwalker David Scott in 1971, a lucite disk with all of the primary varieties of meteorites, samples of the Canyon Diablo meteorite responsible for Meteor Crater in Arizona, two meteorites samples from falls in Tennessee, including one from Harriman and one from West Tennessee, and thin sections of meteorites from Russia, Australia, and other regions.

NEW GEOLOGY EXHIBITS AT UT KNOXVILLE'S McCLUNG MUSEUM:  The Frank H. McClung Museum at the UT Knoxville campus recently unveiled a new permanent gallery "Geology and the Fossil History of Tennessee" and a temporary exhibit featuring the Burgess Shale - on loan from the Smithsonian through December 1.  Admission to the museum is free; museum hours are 9-5, Monday-Saturday, 1-5 Sunday.

The temporary exhibit - "Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang" features a small selection of specimens from the Smithsonian's collection from this spectacular Middle Cambrian formation, plus abundant artwork showing reconstructions of many of the animals.  Other components include the historical changes in biologic interpretations of some of the Burgess animals, such as Halucigenia

The permanent gallery is a dazzling array of specimens, dioramas, and artwork designed to engage visitors of all backgrounds.  The general geology section includes a brief introduction to minerals - with excellent specimens from the Elmwood Mine, near
Carthage, Tennessee.  The rock cycle component and the geologic map of Tennessee now exist in a temporary mode.  Museum educator Debbie Woodiel is working on an interactive rock cycle exhibit, and the ultimate version of the geologic map will feature a laser-cut relief map derived from a massive computer file of elevation data, with surface geology painted on.

Above these exhibits are two large plasma screens - the first featuring the "Earth Bulletins" feed from the
American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Earth Bulletins provides information about plate tectonics, includes weekly updates of earthquakes and volcanic activity, and has rotating feature stories - the current one on the solar system.  The second screen offers two videos - the first is an animated continental reconstruction from 700 million years ago to 250 million years in the future (hint - Pangea III looks like a thick donut), based on the frequently seen work of Chris Scotese.   The second, "Becoming a Fossil," is an animation of the life, death, taphonomy, diagenesis, and collection of a dinosaur - created by artist and animator Richard Green.


The remainder - and largest part - of the gallery is devoted to the geologic periods represented by surface deposits across
Tennessee.  The Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian, and Cretaceous are each represented by important fossil specimens accompanying a life-size diorama, explanatory text, a paleocontinental reconstruction, and a map showing locations of rocks across the state.  Marine dioramas typically are based on particular rock formations - Cambrian is based on the Nolichucky Shale, Silurian is based on the Brownsport Formation, and the Cretaceous is based on the Coon Creek Formation.  The large Pennsylvanian diorama portrays a coal swamp forest setting, with lycopods, seed ferns, large insects, and an amphibian.
Silurian diorama

The center of the gallery focuses on vertebrate life of the Mesozoic, including the five hadrosaur bones, which remain the only dinosaur bones reported from Tennessee. High quality casts of a hadrosaur skull (Edmontosaurus) and a theropod skull (Albertosaurus - which has been found in the southeast) are augmented by real specimens of ornithopod and theropod eggs from China. A large, complete, hadrosaur tibia from the western US is available for visitors, who would like to touch a real dinosaur bone. Hovering overhead and leering downward toward the gallery entrance is a complete mosasaur skeleton cast.

Cenozoic fossils are not neglected. There is an exhibit of Claiborne Formation leaves and seeds from the famous clay pits at Puryear, Tennessee. Next is an exhibit of Miocene/Pliocene vertebrate remains from the famous "Gray Site" near Johnson City, featuring bones and teeth of tapirs, rhinoceras, gomphothere elephants, turtles, alligators, and a turkey. A painted mural of the sink hole - lake, one of the interpretations of the Gray Site environment, accompanies the specimens. Finally, a case containing Pleistocene specimens includes mastodon, dire wolf, jaguar, caribou plus porcupine, bullfrog, and a land snail. Paleovegetational analysis of pollen grains by Hazel and Paul Delcourt rounds out the depiction of the last 20,000 years of Tennessee's fossil history. UT geology professor Tom Broadhead is curator for the permanent gallery exhibits.

 

Your SE NAGT State Representatives

Alabama

Douglas W. Haywick

University of South Alabama

LSCB 136

Mobile, AL 36688-0002

dhaywick@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

334.460.6381

 

David Kopaska-Merkel

Geological Survey of Alabama

P.O. Box 869999

Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-6999

davidkm@gsa.state.al.us

205.349.2852

 

Florida

Jonathan R. Bryan

Earth Sciences

Okaloosa-Walton Jr. College

100 College Blvd.

Niceville, FL 32578

bryanj@owcc.net

850.729.5246

 

Georgia

Pamela Gore

Department of Geology

Georgia Perimeter College

555 North Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA 30021

pgore@gpc.peachnet.edu

404.299.4099

 

 

Nancy Huebner

Fernbank Science Center

156 Heaton Park Drive

Atlanta, GA  30307

n.huebner@fernbank.edu

404.370.8080

 

Louisiana

Andrea Walker

801 Pontalba Street

New Orleans, LA 70124

andrealwalker@hotmail.com

504.488.5268

 

Mississippi

Gail S. Russell

Department of Geology, Box 5045

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattisburg, MS 39406

Gail.Russell@usm.edu

601.266.4077

 

North Carolina

Mary Watson

NC Geological Survey

Division of Land Resources, 1612MSC

Raleigh, NC 27699-1612

Mary.Watson@ncmail.net

919.733.2423

 

 

South Carolina

John Wagner

Department of Geological Sciences

P.O. Box 340976

Clemson University

Clemson, SC 29634-0976

jrwgnr@clemson.edu

864.656.5024

 

Tennessee

Stan P. Dunagan

Dept. of Geology, Geography, and Physics

215 Joseph E. Johnson EPS Bldg.

The University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN  38238

sdunagan@utm.edu

731.587.7589

 

Michael A. Gibson

Dept. of Geology, Geography, and Physics

215 Joseph E. Johnson EPS Bldg.

The University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN  38238

mgibson@utm.edu 

731.587.7435

 

 


 

 

 

      NAGT

For $35 a year, you get:

·        5 issues of the Journal of Geoscience Education.

 

·        membership in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers at both the national and sectional levels

 

·         discounts on registrations for national and sectional meetings of the Geological Society of America.

 

Membership Application or Renewal Form

 

Name: ___________________________________________________

Phone:__________________________

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_________________________________________________________

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Email: __________________________

City: _______________________________________ State: ________

Zip: ____________________________

 

___ College/University Professor @ ___________________

___ Precollege Teacher @ ___________________________

___ Other @ ______________________________________

 

Checks, MasterCard, or VISA (US funds only) are payable to:  National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

 

Mail to: NAGT, PO Box 5443, Bellingham, WA 98227-5443

 

 

Membership

Rates (US funds)

Regular USA

$35 _____

Outside USA

$47 _____

Student–USA

$20 _____

Student–outside USA

$32 _____

Retired NAGT member

$30 _____

Library Subscriptions

Regular USA

$55 _____

Outside USA

$67 _____

_______New _______Renewal

 

 

 

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Signature: __________________________ Exp. Date __________________________

The Journal and membership year runs from January to December. Subscriptions received after

June 1 will begin receiving the Journal in January of the following year. Back issues are

available for $15 (foreign $18) each.

 

*To qualify for student rate, indicate and obtain verification from a NAGT member:

___Undergraduate ___Graduate                          _____________________________________________

                                                                                 Signature of NAGT member                           School