The National Association of Geoscience Teachers works to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels. We count among our members K-12 teachers and college and university faculty as well as educators working with the general public through outlets such as museums and science centers. NAGT's purpose is to foster improvement in the teaching of the earth sciences at all levels of formal and informal instruction, to emphasize the cultural significance of the earth sciences, and to disseminate knowledge in this field to the general public.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR EASTERN SECTION 2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS:
EASTERN SECTION 2016 OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER
Meaghan Hollenbeck; CONNELLY SCHOOL OF THE HOLY CHILD, MARYLAND.
The Eastern Section congratulates our 2016 OEST Awardee from Maryland; Meaghan Hollenbeck (soon to be Meaghan Richardson). The following are selected narratives from the supporting materials sent in for Miss Hollenbeck.
In the 8th grade, Miss Hollenbeck focuses on Earth Structure and then in the Oceanography elective, she elaborates on this to show the impacts of vulcanism on formation and destruction of crust, earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis, and island archipelago formation and destruction. It is wonderful to watch how she highlights these connections for students to create such a multidisciplinary course. Miss Hollenbeck teaches in both our middle and upper schools, ranging from 8th grade to 12th grade. She is actively involved in our current curriculum development to incorporate the NGSS into our freshman and sophomore science courses, which involves a switch from teaching biology and chemistry in these years to instead replacing them with an integrated science program that incorporates a great amount of Earth Science, from the Big Bang through current earth changes that influence humans, and human changes that influence the earth. Students are the first to recognize the material is difficult but Miss Hollenbeck teaches in such a way to draw students in and engage them in the material so they want to know more. Students love the little anecdotal stories she tells to relate the material to everyday life. Miss Hollenbeck includes many case studies in her teaching - the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. She uses NOVA films that show the investigative approach of the scientists who were trying to find out the cause of the 2004 tsunami. She uses similar films to highlight the past and potential future impacts of these natural disasters on humans and highlight the importance of data-collecting buoys and satellite networks in predicting them. She uses simple models that students practice with to show how sound waves can profile the sea floor to determine bathymetry and why this is useful to humans. Miss Hollenbeck is an active participant in our school community, in particular as the moderator for our Save The Manatees Club that fundraises for and adopts manatees to ensure their protection. Miss Hollenbeck helps to organize and implement a biannual school trip to Key Largo, FL that allows students to study coastal marine ecology.
The eastern section continues to welcome the recognition of outstanding Earth Science / Geoscience teachers in our schools and encourages our members to submit nominations for an outstanding educator that may be teaching in your local school district.
EASTERN SECTION 2016 DIGMAN AWARD
DR. MATT LAMANNA; CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PITTSBURGH PA.
The Eastern Section enthusiastically presents the 2016 Digman Award to Dr. Matt Lamanna. Matt was nominated by Michael and Amy Baer; hosts for this years eastern section meeting in Monroeville Pennsylvania. Dr. Lamanna was our keynote speaker for the Saturday evening awards banquet and also served as our host for the Friday “behind the scenes” field trip to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA.
The eastern section congratulates Dr. Matt Lamanna on this well deserved recognition.
Matt Lamanna is Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. Vertebrate Paleontology houses one of the world’s largest dinosaur collections and is among the most active vertebrate paleontological research groups in the nation.
Lamanna received his PhD in 2004 and his MSc in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Earth and Environmental Science. His research focuses on dinosaurs, birds, and crocodilians that lived during the Cretaceous Period—the third and final time period of the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Dinosaurs.
Lamanna is involved with two principal research projects. One project investigates the evolution, diversity, and distribution of Late Cretaceous-aged dinosaurs from the Southern Hemisphere, and is centered on field research in Argentine Patagonia, the Egyptian Sahara, the Australian Outback, and the Antarctic Peninsula. The second project examines the early evolution of birds as revealed by extraordinary, recently discovered Early Cretaceous fossils from northwestern China. Over the course of these projects, Lamanna and his colleagues have discovered and named multiple new dinosaur species, including Paralititan stromeri, a long-necked herbivore from Egypt that is among the largest land animals yet found. Lamanna has given frequent invited lectures and has published numerous technical abstracts and papers, including two articles in the prestigious journal Science.
Lamanna served as lead scientific advisor for Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s $36 million, 22,000 ft2 Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition, in which the museum’s historic Dinosaur Hall was expanded and updated based on current scientific understanding of dinosaur biology and Mesozoic biodiversity. The exhibition is home to the nation’s third largest display of mounted original dinosaur skeletons.
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