Urban & Environmental Geophysics Course Planning Workshop
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Welcome!

Join us for a workshop focused on the development of an introductory undergraduate course on Urban and Environmental Geophysics. We invite professors and teaching professionals from a broad range of institutions, especially those that serve underrepresented minorities.

The motivation for bringing a workshop group together to develop and share course materials related to Urban and Environmental Geophysics is to:

  • Engage a broader audience of students, especially underrepresented minorities, in geophysics topics early in their careers
  • Generate excitement through research-proven teaching methods and hands-on activities about geophysics-related careers
  • Learn about existing course materials and research/field experiences for students, including a demonstration of field equipment, to engage students who may not have an opportunity to be exposed to geophysics concepts

Apply today! And if you have not done so, please fill out the Google Survey.

We anticipate support for ~25 attendees who register for the workshop. If selected, all costs associated with your workshop attendance will be covered. Support is provided by the NSF SAGE Award to the IRIS Consortium. Please see the Travel tab for more information.

TRAVEL SUPPORT:

We anticipate travel and lodging support for ~25 workshop attendees. Your application does not guarantee selection and/or support for your workshop attendance. Support is provided by the NSF SAGE Award to the IRIS Consortium.

If selected, you will receive two (2) nights lodging (for the nights of June 3 and June 4), and up to $500 for travel. You will need to submit all travel receipts (airfare, taxis, trains, parking) for reimbursement, excluding the hotel which will be booked for you.

AIRPORT:

The Urban and Environmental Geophysics Course Planning Workshop will be held in Tampa, Florida. The nearest airport is Tampa International Airport (TPA). The airport is located 16 miles (30-45 minutes, depending on time of day) from the hotel.

HOTEL:

Note: Hotel rooms are set aside for our group. Please do not book your own hotel room.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens
3705 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, Florida, 33612
+1-813-977-7066

GROUND TRANSPORTATION:

  • Reservations for SuperShuttle service can be made online. They charge $24/round trip (cheaper than one-way).
  • Uber ranges between $27-$34/one way.
  • Taxis are also readily available at the airport to the Embassy Suites for around $50/one way (not including gratuity).

If you're driving to the hotel from TPA: George J Bean Outbound Pkwy: Right on FL-60 East; Right on I-275 North; Approximately 11.5 miles, take exit 51 from I-275 North. Follow signs to FL-582 East, East Fowler Ave towards USF. Turn left onto Spectrum Ave. Hotel is on your left.

PARKING:

Overnight Hotel Guests: The hotel does offers Self Parking of $9/night. Valet Parking is not offered.

THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA, FL:

Day 1: Tuesday, June 4th

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019, 7:30am–6:30pm

7:30 am
8:00 am

Breakfast at Embassy Suites Hotel: A portion of the hotel restaurant where breakfast is served is set aside aside for our group.

WORKSHOP GOALS:

  • Develop a list of potential learning goals and content topics for an introductory urban and environmental geophysics course that is designed to attract a more diverse group of students
  • Identify course questions and problems that can help engage underrepresented minority students throughout the course
  • Expand workshop participants' awareness of existing geophysics course and course materials, and research/field experiences for students

8:00 am
8:30 am

Walk/Transport to USF - Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISA) Room 5020

Campus Map

8:30 am
8:40 am

Welcome and Introduction to Online Course Development

John Taber (IRIS) and Sarah Kruse (USF)

8:40 am
9:10 am

Icebreaker – John Taber (IRIS)

Participants will sort themselves into geographic regions, and discuss important/interesting urban and environmental geophysics problems in their regions

9:10 am
9:20 am

Ignite Introductory Talks (5 presenters)

  • Andy Parsekian (U. Wyo)
  • Lee Slater (Rutgers-Newark)
  • Sarah Kruse (USF)
  • John Taber (IRIS)
  • Danielle Sumy (IRIS)

9:20 am
10:20 am

What does urban and environmental geophysics mean to you, in research, in the classroom, and in your region?

10:20 am
10:35 am

BREAK

10:35 am
10:45 am

Ignite Introductory Talks (5 presenters)

10:45 am
11:15 am

BREAKOUTS #1: TEACHING AND LEARNING

  • What geophysics courses/modules do you teach or would you like to teach? At what level?
  • What are your key learning goals and how does that relate to the group that you're teaching?
  • What type of teaching approaches do you currently use (e.g., labs, individual or group assignments, in class or video lectures, classroom discussions)?
  • What are the barriers to new course (or half-semester long course) implementation at your institution (e.g., department or institutional approval, timing, cost)?

11:15 am
11:30 am

Report Out from Breakout Groups

11:30 am
11:45 am

Ignite Introductory Talks (7 presenters)

11:45 am
1:00 pm

LUNCH - On Top of the Palms, Marshal Student Center

1:00 pm
1:10 pm

Ignite Introductory Talks (5 presenters)

1:10 pm
2:00 pm

2:00 pm
2:30 pm

BREAKOUT #2 - APPROACHES TO DIVERSITY

  • What approaches have you used in the past to attract a more diverse group of students to your course and/or institution?
  • What are the barriers to engaging a diverse audience in your courses and/or at your institution?
  • At your institution and/or in your classroom, what are the strategies for student retention and success with geophysics?
  • What would success look like for you or your institution?

2:30 pm
2:45 pm

Report out from Breakout Groups

2:45 pm
2:55 pm

Ignite Introductory Talks (5 presenters)

2:55 pm
3:15 pm

BREAK

3:15 pm
3:30 pm

Pre-Workshop Survey Results and Discussion

  • Andy Parsekian (U. Wyo)

3:30 pm
4:15 pm

BREAKOUT #3: KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND TEACHING MATERIALS

  • What are the key learning objectives and associated content topics to include in the course?
  • What types of teaching materials and/or strategies will be most useful to you (e.g., labs, assignments, ppt slides, pre-recorded lectures, classroom exercises)?
  • If you had a particular instrument (e.g., loaned from PASSCAL or U. Wyo., or have your own equipment), what teaching materials would be useful to you to go along with that equipment?

4:15 pm
5:30 pm

Equipment Demo - Sarah Kruse (USF)

  • GPR, Seismic Refraction and Resistivity

ADJOURN

6:30 pm

DINNER - Acropolis Greek Taverna, 14947 Bruce B Downs Blvd

  • We will take the hotel shuttle, Ubers and other vehicles to get to the dinner location

Day 2: Wednesday, June 5th

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, 8:30am–2:00pm

7:00 am
8:00 am

BREAKFAST - on your own at Embassy Suites Hotel

8:30 am
8:45 am

Introduction to Today’s Agenda – John Taber (IRIS)

  • Roadmap for where we want to be at the end of the day
  • Any questions/comments/concerns for the day?

8:45 am
9:00 am

Gallery Walk & Online Voting

9:00 am
10:15 am

BREAKOUT #4: DEMOGRAPHICS

  • GEOPATHS handout - Lee Slater (Rutgers - Newark)
  • What are the perceived barriers for the students you teach? What topics and skills do students appear most interested in?
  • Imagine yourself as an employer, what are you looking for? What skills and content knowledge would you like new employees to have?

10:15 am
10:30 am

BREAK

10:30 am
10:45 am

Course Development Process - John Taber (IRIS)

  • Active learning strategies
  • Introduction to INTEGRATE materials

10:45 am
12:00 pm

BREAKOUT #5: MODULES

Each group digs more deeply into potential modules, including learning goals, content, and activities

  • What local or regional urban and environmental issues could be addressed with a short, single technique or tool module?
  • What local or regional urban and environmental issues could be addressed with a longer problem-based, multi-technique module?
  • How would these be relevant to a diverse audience?
  • What workforce opportunities exist under this theme?

12:00 pm
12:30 pm

LUNCH - Boxed Lunches

12:30 pm
1:00 pm

Report Out from Breakout Groups

1:00 pm
2:00 pm

Summary, Synthesis, and Next Steps

  • What else should the course developers consider to help make the course accessible to a broader audience?
  • Key takeaways from the meeting
  • Direction and Input for Year 2       
  • Exit Survey/Workshop Evaluation

ADJOURN

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Important Dates
  • Applications:
    Apr 10th, 2018 – May 3rd, 2019
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