2001 - 2002

Mary Tobin

Earth to Class Saturday Workshops for Teachers

Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Seismology Seminar Room
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

"Earth2Class" is a unique professional development program that enhances knowledge and skills for Earth Science teacher through "live" presentations by research scientists and educators, Internet-based resources, teleconferencing, and other resources.

Each Saturday morning "E2C" workshop at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades NY, includes:

Background information on the Workshops theme presented by Dr. Michael J. Passow, an award-winning Earth Science educator and Adjunct Professor of Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
LDEO research scientists describing their cutting-edge investigations into a variety of geoscience problems
Classroom-oriented activities and educational applications provided by Dr. Passow and Cristiana Assumpcao, a T.C. doctoral candidate in Educational Technology.
Sessions run from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. The 2001 - 2002 series of "E2C" Workshops feature:
Sep. 22 Introduction to the Program.
Guest scientist Benno Blumenthal: "Imaging the Earth"
Oct. 20 "Minerals and Rocks"
Guest scientist David Walker: "Soluble salts of the Earth: Nuclear waste disposal, caves, and the evolution of the core."
Nov. 17 "Seismology"
Guest scientist Arthur Lerner-Lam: "How Predictable Are Natural Disasters?"
Dec. 8 "Mysteries on the Ocean Floor"
Guest scientist Gerald Itturrino: "Hydrothermal Vents"
Jan. 26 "Air-Sea Interactions"
Guest scientist Martin Visbeck: "Why is Europe Warmer than Canada? The Gulf Stream versus Winds in the Atmosphere."
Feb. 9 "Understanding Climate Change"
Guest scientist Alexey Kaplan: "Our Knowledge of Climate in the Last 150 years"
Guest scientist Rusty Lotti Bond: "Microfossils, Ice Rafting and Climate Change"
Mar. 9 "Hudson River Studies"
Guest scientist Robin Bell: "Revealing the Hudson's Secrets"
Apr. 13 "Marine Geology and Geophysics"
Guest scientists Christopher Small and Gregory Mountain: "Exploring What Lies Under the Ocean Floors"
May 11 "Water Resources"
Upmanu Lall: "Investigating Precious Water Resources"
"Earth2Class" Workshops are available for graduate credit through the T. C. Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation (212-678-3987.)

Participants may also be eligible for N. J. Professional Development credit (Dr. Passow, N. J. P. D. Provider #444) and for New York City and State staff development programs.

For more information,
contact Dr. Michael J. Passow, 201-871-0846.


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