Loudoun Hosts the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Meeting and Honors Professor
June 17, 2009
The 2009 meeting of the Eastern Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) was held May 14 to 17 on the Loudoun Campus. The four-day event was organized by Richard Gottfried, with assistance from Melissa Batum, both Loudoun Campus adjunct geology instructors and the NAGT Eastern Section President. The participating faculty would also like to thank the Dean of the Natural and Applied Science Division Joyce Samuels (LO) for all her help and support in getting the conference organized.
The meeting was attended by approximately 50 geoscience educators from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, New England and Ontario.
Batum organized a short course in seismology on Friday morning. Assistant Professors of Geology Bill Bour (LO) and Callan Bentley (AN) participated in the seismology workshop.
Geology Instructional Assistant Joe Marx (AL) and Bentley led field trips on Saturday. Marx took a group to Gettysburg National Battlefield to examine how the geology there influenced the Civil War battle, while Bentley took a group to examine the bedrock underneath Washington, District of Columbia.
On the basis of his many years of dedicated, high-quality instruction, Professor of Geology Kenneth Rasmussen (AN) received the John H. Moss Award for Excellence in College Teaching. Colleagues, supervisors and many former students all contributed letters of support for Rasmussen’s award. The award was presented by Jim Hensel, former NAGT Eastern Section President.
Congratulations to Rasmussen for a sterling record of dedicated work in the classroom.
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