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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXV, Issue 4, Winter 2009
This special issue of The Earth Scientist, which focuses on Earth System science, was sponsored by The Pennsylvania State University TESSE Team. The issue features the work of middle and high school teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students who have participated in the TESSE program from 2006 - 2009. TESSE – Transforming Earth System Science Education – is an NSF-sponsored collaborative project among scientists and educators from the University of New Hampshire, Dillard University, Elizabeth City State University, and the Pennsylvania State University. The teachers and students whose works appear in this journal come from across the state of Pennsylvania and include veteran and new Earth Science teachers at both private and public schools.

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVI, Issue 1, Spring 2010

This very special issue ofThe Earth Scientist (our biggest ever!) is sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is focused on the world';s oceans. The articles, by teachers, scientists, and science educators from across the country, cover a range of topics - polar research, coral reefs, ocean acidification, air-sea interactions, climate research, the Census of Marine Life, ocean drilling, and information on cutting edge observatory initiatives. The issue contains a gorgeous full color, 2'x6' poster developed by the University of Washington's Center for Environmental Visualization illustrating ocean processes and observatories.


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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVI, Issue 2, Summer 2010

Our 2010 Summer issue of The Earth Scientist includes six articles dealing with various aspects of Earth Science. An article from NOAA details how lake effect snow can, under the right conditions, actually occur on the narrow Mississippi River. Another article describes how you can turn your classroom into a low-budget planetarium. Next we include a primer on satellites and their use in oceanography. You will really "dig" the article, complete with lesson plans and worksheets, describing how to do an archaeological dig in your own classroom. Another article summarizes and analyzes the GEMS Program and its use in teaching hands-on Astronomy. Last, but definitely not least, an article which provides enlightening information on the global warming debate.


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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVI, Issue 3, Fall 2010
This very special issue of The Earth Scientist is sponsored by the Mineral Information Institute (MII) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Foundation and is designed to provide a variety of resources to teachers and students to learn more about minerals and mining. The articles, by teachers and writers associated with MII, cover a range of topics including the Nature of Science and Scientific Theories, What Good is a Rock?, Land Reclamation after Mining has ended, Teaching the Importance of Minerals, a summary of Rare Earth Minerals, and Four stand alone "minerals activities" for use in your class. Several articles include classroom activities. The issue also includes an article from the American Geophysical Institute (AGI) announcing the details of its 2010 Earth Science Week. The hard copy of this issue contains 3 full color posters: one from MII, one from AGI on Earth Science Week, and a third about National Fossils Week from the National Park Service (NPS).

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVI, Issue 4, Winter 2010
Our Winter, 2010, issue of The Earth Scientist (TES) includes 6 articles dealing with various aspects of Earth Science. These include an article packed with information regarding meteor cratering. Then there’s an article describing the numerous Galileoscope Workshops being held across the USA. An article is included describing ISTEP, a terrific international collaboration between the teachers and students from New York and Singapore. We’ve included an inventive article, showing step by step how to create glaciers in your own classroom. There’s an article showing how you can create and use Screen-Capture Podcasts with your students. And last, but definitely not least, we’ve included an article which provides enlightening information about a type of cloud your students will find fascinating: Pyro-Cumulonimbus Clouds. We are proud to present these quality articles which we hope will provide either substantial background information and/or allow for immediate application in your classroom.

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVII, Issue 1, Spring 2011
sponsored by IRIS Consortium. The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Consortium has partnered with NESTA to produce this special, seismology focused issue of The Earth Scientist. The theme for this issue is Modernizing Your Seismology Education. In this issue, you will find a collection of five invited articles that showcase the complexity and wealth of new teaching opportunities that exist within seismology education. The first article informs us of a newly discovered mode of fault behavior called Episodic Tremor and Slip. This is a must read for all of us. The next article tells how you can successfully teach the concept of Episodic Tremor and Slip in the Middle School Classroom yielding new understandings of subduction zones. The third article shares information regarding the USArray, a collection of high-precision seismometers which is providing visualizations of seismic waves, thus providing rich visual reinforcement of what is known about seismic wave properties. This is followed by an article which deals with the wide array of student held “alternative” conceptions about geophysics and how some of their ideas persist, despite instruction. The final article shows how, in the classroom, you can examine and model the causes of intraplate earthquakes, such as those along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, in the central USA. These well researched, well written articles are presented in the hope that they will help to modernize your seismology education by providing either substantial background information or allowing for immediate application in your classroom.

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVII, Issue 2, Summer 2011
Contained in this very special issue is an article exploring the steps, hurdles and frustrations encountered when teachers not specifically trained in the Earth sciences, suddenly find themselves assigned to teach the discipline. The next article introduces a comprehensive, 20 day unit on natural cycling of energy and matter. Another article seeks to eliminate student’s misconceptions surrounding radioactive decay and radioactive dating, through the use of hands-on activities. Another article deals with dispelling, through the use of hands-on activities, the misconceptions of middle school students regarding the formation of the Grand Canyon. A unique article promotes geographic literacy of African environments through the application of map exercises. Another useful article explores the use of three guided student explorations of Sky in Google Earth. A remarkable article explores the integration into the classroom of audio, Earth and space science news stories. A fine article is included which shares ten examples of utilizing existing Gigapixel Panoramas in the Earth and space science classroom. And finally, acknowledging that the end of each school year presents its own unique set of challenges, an article explains the use of student choice in a solar system unit, to increase positive classroom behavior near the end of the school year.

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVII, Issue 3, Fall 2011
Our Fall, 2011 issue of The Earth Scientist includes 7 articles dealing with various aspects of Earth Science. These include an article packed with information detailing Classroom Activities and Supporting Resources for Understanding the Earth’s Climate. Then there’s an article describing a unique Galileoscope Workshop recently presented in Montana. An article is included describing a first hand account of a teacher’s recent South Pacific voyage on a research vessel, the JOIDES Resolution. We’ve included an exceptional article, rich in background information, describing the continuing development of the Geologic and Biologic information in and around Lake Yellowstone. There’s an article showing how you can effectively deal with several of the common Earth Science misconceptions held among your students. The issue also includes an article from the American Geological Institute (AGI) announcing the details of its 2011 Earth Science Week, as well as an article announcing the details of the National Park Service’s (NPS) 2011 National Fossil Day. Additionally, to accompany these last two articles, the hard copy of this TES issue contains, for your classroom, two, full color posters: one announcing AGI’s 14th Annual Earth Science Week, and the second announcing the NPS’s National Fossil Day. We are proud to present these quality articles (and posters) which we hope will provide substantial background information for you, and/or allow immediate application in your classroom.

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVII, Issue 4, Winter 2011

Our Winter 2011 issue of The Earth Scientist includes 6 articles dealing with various aspects of Earth Science. These include an article recapping the 2011 MESTA/NESTA Summer Field Conference in Hawaii. Then there’s an article asking the question, “Is there such a thing as geological patience?” An article is included describing how rocks and fossils can be used to stimulate student curiosity. We’ve included an exceptional article, summarizing the results of our 2011 NESTA survey “What’s Happening in Earth & Space Science Education, Today?” There’s an article showing how you can effectively use Science Notebooks while working with your classes on a student activity dealing with issues surrounding Waste Management. The issue also includes an article describing a secure method by which your students can easily have conversations, on-line, with real scientists, in a way that stimulates the students’ thinking and questioning techniques. Finally, as this is the final TES issue of the year, I have included for your use, an Index of all the articles for 2011.

The print version of this TES issue includes two posters for your use. The Sun Earth Day Poster is graciously provided by NASA. The Pacific Ocean Poster was provided by the people at Coast and Ocean in California. A key to the map is included on page 35 of this issue.


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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVIII, Issue 1, Spring 2012
sponsored by Chandra X-Ray Observatory's Education and Public Outreach Office.

Articles in the Spring 2012 issue of The Earth Scientist include:

  • Decoding Starlight: From Pixels to Images, by Doug Lombardi
  • Ice Core Records – From Volcanoes To Supernovas, by Donna Young
  • Transit of Venus, by Elaine Lewis, Sten Odenwald and Troy Cline
  • Pulsating Variable Stars and the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram, by Donna Young
  • Investigating Supernova Remnants, by Doug Lombardi


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