Sunday, September 2, 2007

CUR-NAGT workshop at the GSA Annual Meeting!

Please consider participating in the following workshop, sponsored by CUR-Geosciences and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO:

508. Starting out in Undergraduate Research and Education: A Professional Development Workshop for Young Faculty
Sat., 27 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jeffrey G. Ryan, University of South Florida; Lydia K. Fox, University of the Pacific; Jill Singer, Buffalo State College. Cosponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; and GSA Geoscience Education Division.
This workshop is focused on developing a successful research program involving undergraduate participants and on inquiry-based courses and teaching practices that are effective in preparing students to pursue research. The course is designed to serve the needs of early-career faculty and others considering academic careers. The workshop facilitators are all current or former officers in the Council on Undergraduate Research and/or the National Association of Geoscience Teachers who have extensive experience in working successfully with undergraduate students in their research enterprises.
Limit: 30. Fee: US$50; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.8.
One can enroll for the workshop through the GSA Annual Meeting site at

CUR co-sponsored session at the AGU Fall Meeting

I want to bring your attention to the following CUR co-sponsored session at AGU Fall Meeting in San Fransisco, CA, Dec 10-14:

ED14: Transforming Research Science to Create Inquiry-Based Undergraduate Classroom Experiences: Examples from the NSF-MARGINS Program and Other Initiatives

This session will highlight efforts being made to transform undergraduate education through the repurposing of the datasets and scientific results of major research initiatives for use in classroom settings. Presentations will highlight efforts that take advantage of the fruits of major Federally-funded research initiatives, including but not limited to the NSF-MARGINS Program, Ridge 2000 and IODP, to invigorate coursework and classroom activities and facilitate focused research and research-like experiences for undergraduate students. This session is co-sponsored by NSF-MARGINS and Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Don Reed, San Jose State Univ. (
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College (
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida (

Please consider submitting an abstract to this special session. AGU permits the submission of one first-authored abstract to BOTH an Education (ED) and scientific session at this meeting.

Alert! Special Session at Fall AGU Meeting!

Please consider submitting an abstract to this CUR-sponsored Special Session at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 10-14:

ED10: International Field-Based Research Efforts with Undergraduate Students: Best Practices and Strategies for Success

International field-based research efforts present a unique opportunity to engage undergraduate students in faculty-mentored investigations while immersed in a foreign culture and environment. This session will explore and highlight best practices for developing, managing and directing successful international land- and sea-based undergraduate-driven research efforts.

Conveners: Jeff Marshall, Cal Poly Pomona,
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida,

Please note that AGU permits submissions of one first author abstract to an ED session + any other session at the meeting.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

For the Education-Interested: NSF-MARGINS Workshop on the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Subduction System - seeking Educator participants!

The upcoming Joint NSF-MARGINS and IFREE Workshop:

Subduction Factory Studies in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc System:
Results and Future Plans

To be held in Honolulu, HI, November 7-10, will include sessions on repurposing MARGINS science results from this Focus Site for use in undergraduate courses and research activities. Funding is available to partially offset the costs of attending this workshop if you apply early.

If you have an interest in MARGINS science and would like to participate in this aspect of the MARGINS program, please contact Dr. Jeff Ryan, workshop co-convener:

and/or apply for Travel Support to the workshop at: ,
(follow the link to the application page)

The deadline for requesting financial support to attend the workshop is July 22nd, so please apply if you are interested!

Monday, July 2, 2007

CUR Session at the GSA Annual Meeting!

Hi all! Here is the info regarding the CUR-Geosciences sponsored Topical Session at the GSA Annual Meeting - please submit abstracts and join us in Denver!

CUR Session at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting


Don’t miss the opportunity to present your research at the Geological Society of America’s 2007 Annual Meeting in Denver! If you haven’t yet submitted your abstract, please consider submitting to our CUR-sponsored session:

T135. Early Undergraduate Research Experiences (Posters)

Research experiences in the first two years of college provide students skill sets needed to succeed in upper-level research. This session highlights classroom to independent research projects in community colleges to research institutions.

New for 2007! You may present two volunteered abstracts during the Annual Meeting, as long as one of these abstracts is a poster presentation (which our CUR session satisfies this requirement!). The limitation does not apply to, nor does it include, invited contributions to keynote symposia or topical sessions. In submitting a second abstract, the author recognizes that a scheduling conflict may result and that the Technical Program Committee will not re-schedule a talk or a poster to resolve such a conflict. The author is responsible for insuring that both presentations are given.

Please find the abstract submission form at The deadline for submittal is 10 July, 11:59 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time. Please direct any questions regarding this CUR poster session to Laura Guertin

Friday, June 29, 2007

Minutes of the Geoscience Division at the 2007 CUR Annual Business Meeting, Hamilton College

[Below are the minutes of our Divisional Councilor meets during the 2007 CUR Business meeting, which was held at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. The weather was great, and a good time was had by all! Some of the Geo-Councilors (and past CUR Presidents) hung on after the meeting to do a whirlwind field trip through the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York - keep your eyes peeled here for the link to the virtual field trip report!]

Minutes of Geosciences Division Meetings
Council on Undergraduate Research Business Meeting 2007

22 June 2007
Present: Jeff Ryan (Geosciences Chair), Brannon Andersen, Dave Bailey, Patrick Burkhart, Lori Bettison-Varga, John Creasy, Steve Dunn, Lydia Fox, Karen Fryer, Laura Guertin, Edward Hansen, Terry Lahm, Pat Manley, Bill Miller, Chris Oze, Jeannette Pope, Bob Shuster, Kathy Surpless, Deanna van Dijk

The first meeting commenced at 2:40 P.M.

As Division Chair Jeff Ryan began the meeting, Karen Fryer inquired as to who would serve as Division Secretary. Jeff Ryan noted that, thanks to being immersed in Constitution and Bylaws issues for two days as the Executive Board Liaison to this committee, the Division was, in fact, supposed to elect a Division Secretary, but that the Constitution does not define the term of service for the Division Secretary nor any protocols for their election. He then opened the floor to “nominations” for Division Secretary, to serve for the term of this Business Meeting (indicating that a similar “election” will occur at our Fall meeting at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver). Lydia Fox nominated Bill Miller, and he was elected Division Secretary by acclamation.

1) Fall business meeting at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA)

• CUR-Geosciences will sponsor its usual commercial booth at this meeting, a perk of its position as an Associated Society of the GSA.
• Jeff Ryan noted that the Existing poster for the back of the booth is getting somewhat threadbare, so Lydia Fox solicited pictures of students in the field/lab that she would print on a new poster.

• Workshops to be offered:
A GSA Short Course targeting early career faculty will be cosponsored by CUR-Geosciences and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), with facilitators Lydia Fox, Jeff Ryan, and Jill Singer (CUR) (NAGT) - Jeff Ryan will contact Karen Havholm, President of NAGT, to identify NAGT facilitators. The audience for this workshop will be faculty in their first year or two of their career, as well as postdoctoral students and graduate students seeking academic careers. To promote this and other workshops, Jeff will explore low/no cost advertising options, such as an ad in Geotimes, where the Division is a Member Society.

A Theme Session on Early Undergraduate Research Experiences will also be offered at GSA, with Laura Guertin, Linda Reinen and Jill Singer as Session Chairs.

2) American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting workshops and sessions to be offered:

The CUR-Geosciences workshop for early career faculty will be offered again at AGU, facilitated by Lydia Fox and Pat Manley. Tentative title: “How to Get Started in Undergraduate Research.” Workshops are proposed informally to the AGU Education Manager in late Summer/early Fall.

Two CUR-Geosciences sponsored sessions have been proposed for the AGU Fall Meeting:

1) International Field Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (proposed by Jeff Marshall and Jeff Ryan
2) Bringing MARGINS Science to the Classroom (proposed by Cathy Manduca, Don Reed, and Jeff Ryan; CUR-Geosciences and the NSF-MARGINS program are co-sponsors) The focus is efforts that turn scientific research results into effective classroom learning materials and practices.

3) The Division discussed the proposed organizational models for CUR presented by E-Board. Several ideas were expressed, including the need for continuity of experience for successive incarnations of CUR committees and the need for action items to be clearly and concisely written before being brought before the Council for consideration. The Geoscience Councilors as a whole concurred with many of the with E-Board recommendations. Some discussion ensued concerning the number of Councilors per division, pointing out that the CUR Constitution provides for 12 to 24 Councilors and that 24 Councilors were necessary for CUR-Geoscience Division to continue its programming activities at the current level.

Councilors also asserted that obtaining a professional staff for the National Office (NO) is more important than reorganization of the CUR National Office and that the National Office should continue working in a supportive role and not move to an overtly managerial one.

4) Nominations Committee liaison Laura Guertin presented the Nominations Committee recommendations for changing the electoral process for CUR national officers, as detailed in “Revised Action Items” handout. Most debate centered on whether multiple candidates needed to be offered for elected positions for CUR officers. Ed Hansen indicated his willingness to serve on the “vetting” group of the Nominations Committee that receives and screens names submitted as candidates for CUR officer elections.

Some Councilors wondered why the Nominations Committee itself could not perform this vetting task; and others were uncomfortable with the idea that all Divisions will not be represented on the proposed candidate-vetting group. Others suggested that the vote be taken before the CUR business meeting so that newly elected officers could attend the upcoming E-Board meeting.

5) Lydia requested Councilors review Themes and Subthemes in the CUR 2007 Meeting Book and propose workshop topics based on those themes. Proposers would be limited to a maximum of two workshops per person and proposal forms should be sent out by September 1.

6) CUR facilitators for upcoming regional GSA meetings:
NE section – Patrick Burkhart; Undergraduate Research posters now are dispersed among professional poster sessions with no decrease in participated noted, in comparison with those years that had a session devoted to Undergraduate Research.
SE section Brannon Andersen and Jeff Ryan will continue to serve as official facilitator for CUR at the next GSA Southeastern Section meeting, in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Ryan noted that the following meeting, in 2009, will be in Tampa, FL, hosted by the University of South Florida Department of Geology, and that he is the Chair of the meeting committee.
N-Central – Bob Shuster and Ed Hansen volunteered to co-coordinate the Undergraduate Research poster sessions at this meeting.
S-Central – No Councilors currently attend this meeting – Jeff Ryan will seek Member volunteers to manage the poster session. Diane Smith at Trinity University was mentioned as a possibility.
Cordilleran – Kathy Surpless offered to help with the poster session, as Bill Dinklage and Jeff Marshall, who had handled it in the past, were not in attendance. Jeff Ryan noted that the Sectional meetings can be revisited at our Fall Business Meeting in Denver.

Meeting adjourned at 3:57 P.M.

23 June 2007
Jeff Ryan (Geosciences Chair), Brannon Andersen, Lori Bettison-Varga, Patrick Burkhart, John Creasy, Steve Dunn, Lydia Fox, Karen Fryer, Laura Guertin, Edward Hansen, Terry Lahm, Pat Manley, Bill Miller, Chris Oze, Jeannette Pope, Bob Shuster, Kathy Surpless, Deanna van Dijk

Meeting commenced at 8:04 AM

CUR committee reports:

Consulting Stephen Van Horn, the Geosciences representative, was absent from this meeting; nothing to report.
Finance (Karen Fryer) CUR is in positive fiscal shape, operating with a surplus of funds. Institutional membership has increased, and the funds allocated to Divisions have been doubled, to $2,000. The Finance committee recommended that funds for Divisions now will be allowed to carry over from year to year, and the National Office is looking at how to implement this financially.
CUR fellows (Patrick Burkhart) Usually the applicant pool numbers 10-20 with approximately half of the candidates being strong contenders. The candidate pool this year is eight but most with strong credentials. Due to a large number of deserving candidates over time, Councilors discussed the notion of increasing the number of CUR-Fellows awardees, perhaps with different tiers of awards. Patrick and Brannon Andersen (a past Chair of the CUR Fellows Task Force) discussed the logistics of doing this and other issues related to CUR Fellows, with some input from other Councilors
Publications and CUR-Q (Deanna van Dijk) Committees met together for this meeting and discussed the issue on Models for Undergraduate Research in 2008; and the Committee is soliciting themes for upcoming issues. A suggestion was made by Ed Hansen for a future issue on writing research journal articles with undergraduates. Deanna also reiterated the call for nominations for CUR-Quarterly Editor which was made at the first Council Plenary.
Constitution and Bylaws (Ed Hansen) Councilors were given copies of the proposed changes to the CUR Constitution and Bylaws to reflect the new roles for the CUR Executive Board and General Council. An election with electronic voting will be held after 30 days to vote on the suggested changes. An affirmative vote requires 2/3 affirmative votes of all Councilors, not simply 2/3 of those Councilors voting in the election.
Government and External Relations (Steve Dunn; Jeff Ryan) Because he is rotating off the Council, Steve Dunn solicited a new Geoscience member for this committee and strongly promoted its objectives and effectiveness. The Committee has generated a list of suggested talking points for CUR representatives to use when discussing CUR with government officials. Three subcommittees exist to deal with the following: (1) policy and “rapid response” statements, (2) information gathering, (3) “in-reach,” focused on soliciting participation from Councilors and the general CUR membership. This Committee requested help from CUR-Geoscience Councilors in finding contacts in government helpful for the CUR mission.
Meetings (Lydia Fox, Brannon Andersen) Bids for CUR 2008-2009 would be presented to the General Council today, June 23.
Membership (Jeannette Pope/Pat Manley) - Results of the membership survey were presented. Neither assistant professors nor people of color are being retained by CUR, and strategies were being devised to address the issue, as well as improving general retention of CUR members. One idea included a reduced membership fee for retired CUR members.

Many suggestions were offered for increasing CUR-Geoscience Division membership.
• Perhaps send a periodic newsletter to CUR-G members to keep them informed of Geoscience activities and to keep open lines of communication.
• Invite CUR members to come to Geosciences Business Meeting at GSA; suggest adding something other than business at the GSA meeting (perhaps a social activity).
• Obtain commercial booth at GSA section meetings; section meetings might be the best venue (versus national GSA) to put effort ($) because more members will likely come from those meetings. Jeff said he would like to make an effort to recruit CUR members from GSA section meetings next year.
• One suggestion was to send a mailing to Geoscience departments that (1) invites faculty to join CUR, (2) lays out benefits of CUR, and (3) invites faculty to a booth/reception at GSA section meetings.
• Another suggestion was to first invite current Geoscience Members (who are not Councilors) to facilitate communication and retention in the Geoscience Division. Maybe not all section meetings would be covered this year, but to do this for a few would allow us to determine the efficacy of the effort. An activity to attract potential CUR members might include a topic for a casual discussion followed by a reception.
• One idea to aid with retention of CUR-G members and Councilors was to have a division-focused session (e.g. an afternoon) at CUR National meetings.
• Another idea included a mentoring effort of the Geoscience division for less experienced professors. This is an activity that the Division has done historically, so doing more of it may simply be a matter of getting the word out about it.

Nominations (Laura Guertin) Nominations is always looking for additional names. Currently, the Geoscience Division will need at least two or three new Councilors in the next electoral cycle. Last year some nominees were presented to the Committee who were not CUR members, and several of these did not want to join CUR but were willing to serve as a CUR Councilor.
Outreach (Kathy Surpless) The current charge is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Institutes. The Institutes have shown positive results and feedback but no formal follow-up has been conducted.

Other Items:
After her perusal of Division websites, Jeannette Pope said the quality/info on our website was “middle of the road” as regards what other Divisions are doing but could easily be improved. She recommended that we add links to our e-mail addresses, biographic sketches, and Web home pages. Another helpful piece of information would be CUR-Geoscience schedule of events, GSA/AGI affiliation information, and schedules of CUR-Geosciences activities at GSA and AGU professional meetings. Another possibility, suggested by Laura Guertin, would be to link to a CUR-Geoscience blog that would be easier to change and get information out in a timely manner. Listing of research interests for each Councilor with their e-mail addresses and an invitation to contact would be more welcoming to prospective CUR members if they have questions or an interest in their subjects.

As per the Bylaws, Division Chair Jeff Ryan opened the floor for nominations for Division Chair-Elect. Laura Guertin and Ed Hansen were nominated, and Ed Hansen declined the nomination. Laura Guertin was chosen unanimously as Geosciences Division Chair-Elect, and will succeed to Division Chair at the end of the 2008 Business Meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 9:17 A.M.

Minutes respectfully submitted by

Bill Miller
28 June 2007

2006-2007Annual Report, Geosciences Division

[Hey, all! Below is the Annual Report of the Geosciences Division to CUR, along with annual activities and other items of interest from some of your Geoscience Councilors. If anything piques your interest here, don't hesitate to zip me an email about it! JR]

The Geosciences Division has had a typically active year conducting outreach and facilitating the presentation of undergraduate research results in national professional venues in the geosciences.

--At the 2006 National Conference, Geoscience Councilors served as facilitators or co-facilitators in seventeen different workshop and interactive sessions, ranging in topics from doing research on a shoestring, conducting field research with undergraduates, innovative classroom-based research activities, leadership development opportunities for female faculty, and examinations of research funding opportunities.

For 2006-2007, the Geoscience Division proposed and chaired two special sessions at national geoscience meetings:
1) “Collegiate Watershed Research Projects: Opportunities for Student Learning and Community Involvement,” at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. Conveners and session chairs were Councilor Brannon Andersen and former Councilor Kirsten Menking.
2) “Facilitating Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences: Classroom Innovations That Encourage and Support Student Investigations” at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Conveners and session chairs were Councilors Jeff Ryan and Lydia Fox.
3) Undergraduate Research posters and poster sessions were sponsored at all the Sectional Meetings of the Geological Society of America:
--Northeastern: As arranged with the Section leadership because of its scale, undergraduate research posters are integrated into all sessions at this meeting, and the student presentations are managed and co-sponsored by the Geosciences Division. This year, over 100 student posters were presented at this meeting, an effort coordinated by Councilor Dave Bailey.
--Southeastern: The Undergraduate Research poster session included 36 student presentations, and was chaired by Brannon Andersen and Jeff Ryan.
--Joint South-Central/North Central Section meeting: The Undergraduate Research poster session included 36 student presentations, and was chaired by Councilor Bob Shuster.
--Rocky Mountain: The Undergraduate Research poster session included 14 student presentations, and was chaired by Councilor Bill Dinklage.
--Cordilleran: The Undergraduate Research poster session included 16 student presentations, and was chaired by Councilor Jeff Marshall.

Outreach efforts by the Division include both faculty development workshops and informational booths at professional meetings:
1) At the 2006 GSA Annual Meeting, the Division manned an informational booth about CUR that is provided to us as a benefit of being an Associated Society of the Geological Society of America. Division Chair Jeff Ryan represents the Division and CUR at biannual meetings of the GSA Associated Societies Forum, one at the Annual Meeting, and one at the GSA offices in Boulder, CO in early March. At the Boulder meeting, Ryan and NAGT president Karen Havholm led a half-day discussion session on issues and opportunities in geoscience education.
2) At the AGU Fall Meeting, Councilors Lydia Fox, Pat Manley, and Jeff Ryan convened and facilitated a faculty development workshop “Starting Out in Undergraduate Research.” Geoscience Councilor emeritus Don Woodrow joined in for part of the event.
3) Changes in policies at the Geological Society of America precluded us offering a faculty development workshop at the 2006 Annual Meeting. However, the Division did submit a workshop proposal in cooperation with NAGT for 2007 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver (conveners: Lydia Fox, Jeff Ryan and Jill Singer). This proposal was accepted, and the workshop is currently being scheduled.
4) At the 2007 GSA Southeastern Section meeting, the Division secured commercial booth space as an experiment in (hopefully) more direct outreach to potential Geoscience members. Overall, the booth (which cost us only $100 of our Divisional allotment) was quite successful at promoting CUR and the Division, even though it couldn’t be manned full-time, and essentially all of the promotional materials we brought were taken by meeting attendees. One interesting issue that appeared was a large number of Geoscience faculty discovering AT OUR BOOTH that their universities were CUR institutional members. Clearly this information needs to be better disseminated within our institutional members, and as an organization we need to better delineate the benefits and roles of individual versus institutional memberships.

Activities and Outcomes by Individual Councilors, reported for the 2007 Business Meeting:

Brannon Andersen:
• Co-Chair, “Council of Undergraduate Research Undergraduate Research Poster Session” Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section Meeting
• Co-Chair, “Ecology, Hydrology, and Water Quality in Urban and Suburban Watersheds” Geological Society of America, 2007 Southeastern Section Meeting
• Co-Chair, “Collegiate Watershed Research Projects: Opportunities for Student Learning and Community Involvement,” Geological Society of America 2006 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
• Advisory panel, Clean Water Alliance for the State of South Carolina
• Ad hoc manuscript reviewer, Geosphere
• Ad hoc proposal reviewer, NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program
• Ad hoc proposal reviewer, NSF Ecosystems Studies Program (twice)
• Member of the Teagle Foundation Undergraduate Research Task Force, Furman University
• Papers published:
Lewis, G.P., Mitchell, J., Andersen, C.B., Haney, D., and Liao, M.K., and Sargent, K.A., 2007, Urban influences on stream chemistry and biology in the Big Brushy Creek watershed, South Carolina: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, DOI 10.1007/s11270-007-9340-1.
Muthukrishnan, S., Lewis, G.P., and Andersen, C.B., 2007, Chapter 24. Relationships between land cover, vegetation density, and nitrate concentrations in streams of the Enoree River basin, piedmont region of South Carolina, USA, in, D. Sarkar, R. Datta, and R. Hannigan (eds.), Concepts and Applications in Environmental Geochemistry, Elsevier Press, New York, p. 517-542.
• Abstracts (*undergraduate author):
Lewis, G.P., Andersen, C.B., Liao, M.-K., Muthukrishnan, S., Dripps, W., and Haney, D., 2007, Urbanization and water quality in the South Carolina piedmont: Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society, 55th Annual Meeting.
Andersen, C.B., and Lewis, G.P., 2007, Ponds in the urban landscape: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39.
Lewis, G.P., *Rodriguez, J., Andersen, C.B., and Liao, M.-K., 2007, Relationships between land cover and water quality parameters in streams of northwestern South Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39.
*O’Neill, B., *Abrams, K., *McCary, S., Lewis, G.P., Andersen, C.B., and Dripps, W., 2007, Temporal variation in physical and chemical parameters in streams draining commercial, residential, and rural watersheds, Enoree River Basin, South Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39.
*Slater, L., *Williams, A., Andersen, C.B., and Lewis, G.P., 2007, Spatial variation of carbon species in an urbanized watershed in the piedmont of South Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39.
*Strikas, O., *Lopez, J., Andersen, C.B., and Haney, D., 2007, Factors controlling grain size distribution of sediments in South Carolina piedmont streams near Greenville, SC.: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39.
*Trierweiler, A., *Pang, S., Andersen, C.B., and Lewis, G.P., 2007, Spatial variation of dissolved nitrogen in the headwaters of the highly urbanized Brushy Creek watershed, South Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39.
*Williams, A., Andersen, C.B., and Lewis, G.P., 2007, An evaluation of the effect of sample processing treatments on alkalinity measurements of groundwater from a piedmont region, South Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39.
Andersen, C.B., Lewis, G.P., Muthukrishnan, S., and Dripps, W.R., 2006, Nitrogen in urban streams: Possible sources, sinks, and transformations: Annual Meeting of the Geological America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38.
*Williams, A., Andersen, C.B., and Lewis, G.P., 2006, An evaluation of the effect of sample processing treatments on alkalinity measurements of river waters in a karstic region: Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38.

Lori Bettison-Varga:
• Serving as CUR National President for 2006-2007.
• Serving as Director of the Keck Research Consortium. Helped to host the 20th Annual Keck Undergraduate Research Symposium at the College of Wooster in April of 2007.
• Appointed Provost and Dean of Faculty at Whitman College, Walla Walla Washington, as of July 1, 2007.
• Served as the moderator of a plenary session at the AAC&U “Student As Scholar” conference in April, on institutionalizing undergraduate research.

Bill Dinklage
• Co-led a field trip along the Wasatch Front for a National Science Teacher Association conference in Salt Lake City
• Mentored a student who presented at the April, 2007, NCUR on Ti-in-biotite thermometry
• Continued to receive institutional funding for undergraduate research in the Pequop Mts., Nevada
• Serving a the committee which administers research funding in the UVSC School of Science and Health
• Continued to give talks on global climate change to University and local audiences.

Steve Dunn:
• Serving as Chair of the Geology Department, Mt. Holyoke College
• Received a $158K National Science Foundation grant to study graphitization processes, work that will be conducted with undergraduate researchers.

Lydia Fox:
• Serving as the Coordinator of the 7th Annual Pacific Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference, at the University of the Pacific
• Convened and facilitated a workshop (with Kerry Karukstis in the Chemistry Division) at the Annual Meeting of the National PostDoctoral Association on "How to get a tenure-track position at a primarily undergraduate institution"
• Co-convened a workshop and co-chaired a special session at the AGU Fall Meeting (see above).
• Chaired a University of the Pacific task-force on institutionalizing undergraduate research
• Co-Chair of the CUR-2008 National Conference,
• Chair of the Meetings Committee.

Laura Guertin:
• Serving as Councilor in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (along with CUR Emeritus President Jill Singer)
• Supervised nine undergraduate independent research projects in 2006-2007. Highlighted projects include:
• Project advisor for an undergraduate honors option project on cemetery demography from Centralia, PA. This student presented her research at The Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society’s) Student Symposium held at Saint Joseph’s University, April 2007.
• Field project advisor for senior thesis of Earth science major on the comparison of anthropogenic and natural beach scallops in Ocean City, MD. This student presented his research at GSA in Philadelphia in October 2007.
Didlake, T.J., Guertin, L.A., 2006. Comparison of modern anthropogenic and natural beach scallops in Ocean City, MD. Abstracts with Programs (Geological Society of America), v. 38, n. 7, p. 352.
• Project advisor for two students conducting undergraduate research in developing hands-on hydrologic and meteorologic curriculum for elementary school girls. This project was funded through an EPA Environmental Education Grant where I served as PI.
Environmental Protection Agency: “SPHERES! (Science Programming HERE, Scouts!) at Penn State Delaware County.” PI on proposal. One year (2005-2006).
• Project advisor for undergraduate independent research project involving the development of environmental science instruction and an environmental science essay contest for middle and high school girls. This project was funded through a Society of Women Environmental Professionals Grant.
Society of Women Environmental Professionals: “Concern and Care for the Earth: An Essay Writing Contest for Girls.” PI on proposal. One year (2006).
• Two additional science-related projects, two projects relating to civic engagement
• Organized two undergraduate research fairs for the honors program on campus, titled The Socratic Symposium. Instructed students on how to give oral presentations, how to make PowerPoint presentations, and how to make posters.
• Publications:
Guertin, L.A., 2006. Integrating handheld technology with field investigations in introductory-level geoscience courses. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 54, n. 2, p. 143-146.

Pat Manley
• Serving as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research at Middlebury College
• Set up Undergraduate Research Office, organized the first Spring Student Symposium, and developed a web database of Middlebury research funds available for undergraduate research
• Took 4 undergraduates in 2006 to Antarctica on the research SHALDRIL cruises
• Oversaw 6 undergraduate student theses in 2006-2007
• With the Geology department, took 5 senior undergraduates to present their undergraduate student thesis results at the Vermont State Geological Society Spring meeting.

Jeanette Pope:
• Coordinator of the Women in Science Program at DePauw (2006 – present)
• Funded undergraduate research project: “Investigating the Hydrogeochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage along West Little Sugar Creek, IN” (May – August 2006). Supported by DePauw University.
• Meeting Presentations:
Pope, Jeanette K (2006) “Integrating Research into Geochemistry Using Local Resources” Council of Undergraduate Research Bi-annual Meeting, Greencastle, IN
Pogue, John*, Vetz, Nicholas*, Pope, Jeanette K (2006) “Ground water – Surface Water Exchange in an Acid Mine Drainage Setting” in Abstracts with Programs 2006 Annual Meetings, Geological Society of America.
Pope, Jeanette K, Mooney, Philip*, Pogue, John* (2006) “Integrating Research into an Undergraduate Geochemistry Course” in Abstracts with Programs 2006 Annual Meetings, Geological Society of America.
• Other presentations
“Global Warming: Cause, Consequences, and Corrective Action” for spouses and guests of the Board of Trustees, October 2006
“When Good Rocks Go Bad – Geochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage” for Faculty Colloquium Series, April 2007

Jeff Ryan
• Serving as Assistant Chair and Undergraduate and Graduate Program Director, Department of Geology, University of South Florida
• Serving as a Member of the NSF MARGINS Program Steering Committee, and the MARGINS Education Advisory Committee. Represented MARGINS at the NSF-Geosciences Facilities/Initiatives Educational Directors Meeting in March of 2007.
• Served on five review panels for three different NSF funding programs (Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement, Advanced Technological Education, and STEM Talent Expansion programs) in 2006-2007.
• Received two NSF Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program grants in 2006: the first to examine the impact of using remotely operated microbeam instrumentation in geoscience classrooms on student learning and research facilitation; and the second to repurpose multidisciplinary data and visualization resources derived from NSF-MARGINS program funded projects for use in both introductory and upper-level geoscience classrooms.
• Co-Convener and Presenter in the “Bringing MARGINS Science to the Classroom” workshop in Arlington, VA in April of 2007 (the kickoff to the MARGINS CCLI project above).
• Received (in collaboration with a USF colleague) NSF Earth Sciences-Instrumentation and Facilities Program funding to acquire a quadrupole ICP-Mass Spectrometer analytical system.
• Relevant meeting presentations:
Ryan, J.G., 2006, Designing and evaluating Classroom activities using remotely operated microbeam instruments: Some preliminary results. 2006 AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts volume, ED33B-1390
Ryan, J.G., Peterson, V.L., and Yurkovich, S.P. (2007) Amphibolites and meta-ultramafic rocks point to petrogenetic and tectonic diversity in the Cartoogechaye Terrane. 2007 GSA Southeastern Section Meeting Abstracts with Programs, p. 27.
Wagner, R. Grose, C., Lindsey, M. and Ryan, J.G., (2007) B-Be-Li Systematics in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt: Along-Strike Consistencies and Variations. Submitted for the AGU Joint Assembly Meeting, Acapulco, Mexico.
Ryan, J.G., Peterson, V.L., and Yurkovich, S.P. (2007) Describing ancient forearcs through the study of mafic and ultramafic metamorphic rocks: a case study from the US Appalachians. Submitted for the AGU Joint Assembly Meeting in Acapulco, Mexico.

Kathleen Surpless:
• Received $55,000 grant from the ACS-Petroleum Research Fund to conduct research on the Hornbrook Formation in Oregon with undergraduate students.
• Served as a workshop leader for the NSF-sponsored Cutting Edge/NAGT workshop "Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences," emphasizing careers at a primarily undergraduate institution.
• Supervised two undergraduate research projects, culminating in two student posters presented at the 2006 Cordilleran Section GSA meeting in Anchorage, Alaska:
Hanley, P. R., Surpless, K. D., Roseberry, J. C., 2006, Detrital zircon dating of Jurassic Great Valley Group strata: Implications for the early evolution of the Great Valley forearc basin: Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, vol. 38, no. 5.
Roseberry, John C., Surpless, K. D., and Hanley, P. R., 2006, Detrital zircon analysis of Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous Great Valley Group forearc basin strata in the Newville and Wilbur Springs area, Sacramento Valley, California: Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, vol. 38, no. 5.
• Serving on a Trinity University planning committee for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics group on campus.

Jeff Marshall:
• Chair, “Council of Undergraduate Research Poster Session” Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section Meeting, Bellingham, WA (May 6, 2007).
• Representative for 4-year CSU system, CUR-NCIA Regional Conversation on Research at Community Colleges, San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (Feb. 16, 2007) (with Nancy Hensel, Jill Singer, and Kerry Karukstis).
• Reviewer for student research abstracts, SACNAS – Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Annual Conference, Tampa, FL
• Reviewer for Geosciences student abstracts, CUR Posters on the Hill
• Geology faculty on Cal Poly Pomona Tropical Field Studies Course in Costa Rica, with 10 undergraduate students, (June-July 2006)
• Supervised 4 Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate research students (2 field projects in Costa Rica, and 2 field projects in Southern California).
• Took 3 undergraduate students to Costa Rica for field research (Jan. 2007)
• Awarded 2 Cal Poly Pomona University grants to support undergraduate Geosciences field research in Costa Rica (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant, and Faculty Professional Development Grant).
• Selected as a 2007 Cal Poly Pomona University Provost’s Teacher-Scholar in recognition of undergraduate research activities in Costa Rica
• Invited participant, NSF International Division/Continental Dynamics Division planning meeting and field conference for collaborative Geosciences research, University of Costa Rica (Jan. 2007)
• Invited participant, NSF MARGINS Program, Workshop to Integrate Subduction Factory and Seismogenic Zone Studies in Central America, Heredia, Costa Rica (June 2007)
• Manuscript reviewer for Geomorphology; GSA Books; and Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science
• University Service, Cal Poly Pomona: Chair of Physical Sciences G.E. Assessment Committee; Academic Senator; Academic Programs Committee; Center for GIS Research Advisory Board; College of Science Prioritization Advisory Group; Geology Club Advisor; Geological Sciences Colloquium Coordinator; Geophysics Search Committee
• Publications:
Marshall, J.S., 2007, Geomorphology and Physiographic Provinces of Central America, in Bundschuh, J. and Alvarado, G., eds, Central America: Geology, Hazards, and Resources, Taylor and Francis, London, 75-122.
• Relevant conference presentations (*undergraduate author):
Marshall, J.S., *LaFromboise, E.J., Gardner, T.W., and Protti, M., 2007, Upper plate faulting and uplift along the Nicoya Peninsula seismic gap, northern Costa Rica fore arc: NSF MARGINS Program, Central America Focus-Site Workshop, Heredia, Costa Rica, 2007.
*Ruotolo, A.M., *Ellis, R.A., and Marshall, J.S., 2007, Geomorphology and tectonics of uplifted alluvial fan remnants along the San Gabriel Mountain Foothills, San Dimas and La Verne, Los Angeles County, California: Cal Poly Pomona University, College of Science 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2007.
Gardner, T., *Pezzia, C., *Amborn, T., *Tunnell, R., *Flanagan, S., Merritts, D., Marshall, J., Webb, J., Fabel, D., Cupper, M., 2007, Deformation of Late Neogene and Quaternary Marine Terraces, Cape Liptrap, Southeastern Victoria, Australia: XVII INQUA Congress, International Quaternary Association, Cairns, Australia, 2007.
Sak, P.B., Fisher, D.M., Gardner, T.W., Lafemina, P., and Marshall, J.S., 2006, Interseismic coupling, Quaternary uplift rates, and fore arc deformation along the Costa Rican segment of the Middle America Trench: Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 87, Fall Meeting Supplement Abs. T21D-0445.
Singer, J., and Marshall, J., 2006, The Los Angeles and Buffalo Rivers: Restoration of urban river systems and opportunities for student learning: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v.38, no.5, Abs. 88-7.
Gardner, T., *Pezzia, C., *Amborn, T., *Tunnell, R., *Flanagan, S., Merritts, D., Marshall, J., Webb, J., Fabel, D., Cupper, M., 2006, Intraplate deformation of late Neogene and Quternary marine terraces, Cape Liptrap, southeastern Victoria, Australia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, no. 5, Abs. 24-11.