National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Southeastern Section Newsletter
Email Edition - Winter / Spring 2003
|Regional News: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee|
(submitted by David
C. Kopaska-Merkel and Douglas
Our chief Supreme Court justice Roy Moore continues to defy law, reason, and good taste with his multiton 10-commandments monument in the Supreme Court Building in Montgomery. This is part of a multifaceted creationist attack on science in Alabama. Fortunately, it is also the most tangible effect so far of creationist efforts to roll back Alabama’s science education to the 16th century.
Legacy, Alabama’s environmental education organization, lists teacher workshops and other activities of interest on the web: http://www.legacyenved.org.
The Geological Survey of Alabama and the University of West Alabama will sponsor a 1-day paleontological field workshop for teachers in the fall of 2003 (as we have done before). If you are interested, please contact David at email@example.com.
We came closer last year to getting some nominations for OEST, but in the end all we received were promises. This year we are trying even harder to get some teachers nominated, and we’ll keep you posted about any success we might have.
The Alabama Paleontological
Society continues efforts to legally preserve the Union Chapel mine trace
fossil site. This site is now considered to be the best Carboniferous
trackway site in the world, and is also a stellar example of amateur/professional
cooperation in paleontology. Now, the APS is attempting to get Congress
to designate the site for protection. This would permit the development
of an on-site educational facility as well as preservation of the site
for future research. The land owner has agreed to donate the land, and
current efforts focus on convincing the state geological survey to agree
to become responsible for the site.
by Nancy Huebner)
My gut feeling
is that a stand alone Geology or Earth Science class at the high school
level will be very uncommon for quite a while in
We have many tremendously gifted and dedicated earth science teachers, and there will be many earth science related presentations at the GSTA conference this February. Our new Governor and new State School Superintendent have said they will support education and teachers, but not too many details have been spelled out yet.
Here is the web site for the GA Geologic Society: http://www.westga.edu/~ggsweb/ggs.html.
Our Annual Meeting is in October, and always includes interesting fieldtrips.
Louisiana (no information submitted)
Mississippi (no information submitted)
(submitted by Cindy
Earth Science is designed to provide relevant and accurate earth science
information for the state's high school students and earth/environmental
science teachers. Project Earth Science consists of curriculum and professional
development programs that meet the Department of Public Instruction's
competency-based curriculum objectives. ††Students
and teachers need to know that: natural systems are interconnected; a
large part of our state's economy is linked to earth materials; and that
sustainable development in a healthy environment depends on a basic knowledge
of the earth's processes and resources, and Project Earth Science is forging
the way in
by Stan Dunagan and Michael
March 14-15 (Saturday
& Sunday) overnight Field Trip to Coon Creek Science Center. The National
Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Southeastern Section of the
Paleontological Society, and Coon Creek Science Center will be hosting
a teacher workshop/development opportunity in conjunction with the joint
meeting of the Southeast and South Central sections of the Geological
Society of America (GSA) meeting, being held in Memphis this year. For
information about the meeting visit: http://www.geosociety.org/sectdiv/southc/03sc-semtg.htm.
Teachers will be given instruction and have the opportunity to work side-by-side
with leading paleontologists at the Coon Creek fossil site. You will be
encouraged to collect for your classrooms (now is your opportunity to
get your own State Fossil specimens) and receive curricular materials
using the fossils. TEST teachers, who have been instrumental in developing
fossil activities using this region.
UT Martin will be
running a trip to Belize, Central America, June 9-20, 2003. This date
was chosen at the request of many of you to accommodate your school calenders
(we normally run out university version in March). You can earn 6 hours
of graduate credit (3 geology, 3 geography) or you may choose to go on
the field trip without receiving credit, depending upon your needs. The
expected cost is $1750 which pays for all expenses except meals and SCUBA
(for certified divers). We will fly into Belize City and then travel to
western Belize (San Ignacio) where we will study Mayan sites (Carocol,
Xunantunich, etc.), visit Chechem Ha cave, tour a rain forest and rain
forest medicine research facility, study geology of mountain building
processes, and visit some other local sites. We then move to northern
Belize to study the impact ejecta from the asteroid impact that resulted
in the K/T demise of the dinosaurs, study living stromatolites in southern
Mexico, additional Mayan archaeological sites, and a Rum factory. Finally
we will spend 3-4 days on a tropical island studying modern carbonate
environments, mangroves, manatees, sharks, reef ecology, hurricane effects,
etc. Snorkeling will be available for all; SCUBA for those certified by
the trip date. For those interested, send Michael an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and he will mail you a more informative brochure with additional details
or call him at 731-587-7435 and he can explain more. Seats are limited,
so contact us soon! This course does qualify for local Title II money.
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