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Pre-service teachers use 3D printer to look for faults



To help them look for faults, pre-service teacher-researchers use a 3D printer to make models of geologic formations.

Summer 2013 Alumnus Visits Moab Fault in Utah



Structural geology participants in the Geoenvironmental Challenges Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) read about Utah’s Moab fault because minor normal faults and folds associated with the fault provide a model for minor faults and folds associated with central Tennessee’s subsurface normal faults.  Yesterday, Summer 2013 participant Joe Camacho visited the Moab fault as part of a Hispanic Access Foundation tour promoting America’s National Parks.

Pre-service teachers prepare middle school Earth science materials


As part of the Geoenvironmental Challenges Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), pre-service teachers are preparing middle school Earth science materials.  Students learn about plate tectonics, faults, earthquakes, and fossils by completing the week-long series of hands-on activities.  The activities are responsive to the Tennessee Science Standards, but the activities will be modified for national use with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.

DRAFT videos


Plate Tectonics flip book


Summer 2013 Alumna in Governor’s Scholars Program at Bellarmine University

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I am currently participating in a program called GSP (Governor’s Scholars Program) in Louisville, KY at Bellarmine University. I am a teaching fellow for a faculty member here, and I am helping teach an astronomy course.  (I just built my first telescope!)   I am also assisting a class on how to teach.  (We are building microscopes this week!)  It is a lot of fun, and I am thrilled for the opportunity. I will be student teaching in the fall, and I am planning to do the last four weeks in Germany.

Kathryn Briggs, biology pre-service teacher, Geoenvironmental Challenges Summer 2013 Alumna


Summer 2013 Alumnus Selected for National Honor


Joe Camacho

Joe Camacho searches for faults in Tennessee during the Summer 2013 REU.

Summer 2013 Geoenvironmental Challenges alumnus and recent Humboldt State University graduate Joe Camacho will soon begin a Hispanic Access Foundation tour promoting Latino engagement in the National Parks.

This July — following up on last year’s trip —
the 2014 Four Stops, One Destination tour
will take seven Latino college students to four
(okay, it’s actually six this year) national parks
to engage Latinos with our nation’s parks and
raise awareness about the need to protect
these treasures from oil and gas development
for future generations.

The students will travel 1,400 miles beginning
at Rocky Mountain National Park, then to
Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado,
continuing to Arches National Park in Utah,
then to Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park,
to Chaco Culture National Historical Park in
New Mexico and ending at Great Sand Dunes
National Park in Colorado.

The students will be sharing their experiences
through social media (#4stops1destination),
videos and photos. They’ll be virtual tour
guides showing the beauty and grandeur of
each of these parks and educating us all about
what they learned firsthand about the energy
development threats.

To discuss how you can be involved or support
the tour, please contact:
Maite Arce, President & CEO
Hispanic Access Foundation
P: (571) 335-3645
Follow the journey at @HispanicAccess or
hashtag #4Stops1Destination.



Yet another reason for pre-service teachers to participate in science research

I’m at the Council on Undergraduate Research National Conference in Washington, D.C.  Among many other things, I learned about the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Course yesterday.  This course includes two high school courses: AP Research and AP Seminar.  As part of the AP Research course, high school students complete a year-long research project culminating in a thesis.

Learn more about AP Capstone:

Learn more about Council on Undergraduate Research:

-Mark Abolins, Geoenvironmental Challenges Coordinator

Monday Deadline for Student Travel Grants to Attend National Minority STEM Conference in September

I only received this today.  Sorry!
Monday Deadline for Student Travel Grants to Attend National Minority STEM Conference in September
Presenting opportunities, networking, mentoring, a national career fair (featuring Fortune 500  companies, major universities and government agencies)….all this and more is available to students of color in STEM fields at the National NOBCChE Conference to be held in New Orleans September 23-26. Students have until Monday to apply for  a travel grant to cover registration, hotel and in some cases travel from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.  
The deadline for applying for student travel grants is June 30.    Student travel awards include free registration and hotel accommodations for the conference.  Abstracts to make an oral or poster presentation can also be submitted at that time or by July 25
The planning team is developing a top-notch technical program that will include a mix of invited professional and student speakers and submitted abstracts covering the latest developments in:
o   Microfluidics and MEMS Based Chemistry  
o   Organic Chemistry
o   Engineering – Process and Chemical                       
o   Natural Products Chemistry                          
o   Pharmaceutical Chemistry                            
o   Medicinal Chemistry                                      
o   Computational Chemistry                              
o   Analytical Chemistry
o   Spectroscopic Analysis                                             
o   Educational Outreach and Mentoring:                       
o   Inorganic Synthesis                                       
o   Physical Chemistry
Visit today for all of the details. 

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