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Blog_01 - Paleobiology 2013

I met with the Paleobiology class today for the first time.  I wore one of my fossil neckties to class, which continues a long tradition of (sort of) dressing up for the first day of a class as the semester starts up.  (This goes back to the first course I ever TAed for in grad school with Philip Sandberg.)

Blog_06 - Geology 2012

Well, I did not get to my blog last Thursday as I'd hoped, but here is what happened with the second part of the fire assay.  The procedure did not start out auspiciously -- when I struck the cone of slag and lead the whole thing shattered.  I was down on my knees in front of the class picking up the pieces to try and save things.  The lead (and other metals I was hoping) were rather stuck to the glassy slag, too, so I was left with quite a bit of non-metal material at the end of my efforts to gather it all up.  Oh well, time was wasting, so I placed everything in the cu

Blog_05 - Geology 2012

Okay, I have  to blog  about today's activities in the Geology course.  This week we are covering economic geology, specifically the geology of non-fuel mineral resources.  Basically we will be talking about ores, ore minerals, how ore deposits are formed, and then all non-metal mineral resources such as dimension stone, aggregates, etc.  This may not be the sexiest of weekly topics, but, let's face it, this stuff hits home (literally).  It also hits work, the shops we frequent, the restaurants we patronize, and the roads we travel between all these places.&nbs

Blog_01 - Pedagogy

I might be in trouble this morning.  I have been working at home since, oh about 7:00 AM, and I just kept at it.  (By now, with the heat turned way down automatically, my fingers are so damned cold it is a wonder I can even type!)  Anyway, I am trying to make a text decision for my spring course -- I know the deadline was October 15, but you've been in my situation before so don't get all proud of yourself for having your order in to the bookstore already.  So, I have to make this decision for my paleobiology course, and it always drives me crazy.  There just isn't

Blog_04 - Geology 2012

Again, my blog entries are not as timely as I would like them to be.  Thus, this  is a blog about something we did in class last week, specifically last Thursday.  On Tuesday I lectured on the important terminology and concepts related to groundwater.  This is a great topic because it ties in a number of concepts from earlier topics (e.g., grains, grain size, and the differences among igneous, metamorphic, & sedimentary rocks; porefluids and their chemistries and precipitation of cements).  I try to cover all aspects of groundwater geology, and I do not mind if

Faculty Lunch Notes - "What Do You Do with Problem Students?"

On October 4th, Pamela Camerra-Rowe, the McCoy Chair, hosted a faculty lunch table about working with "problem students." As Pam put in in her emails advertising the lunch, "Do you have students who are regularly absent  from class?  Do you have students who are not engaged?  Do you have students who are perpetually behind in their work or disruptive in class?  What do you do?"

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Blog_03 - Geololgy 2012

It has been weeks since my last entry, and I am forced to face the facts.  In this hectic semester, with my family in Pittsburgh and with all the SNAFUs associated with their move putting me in catch-up mode from day one of the term, I simply will not have time to do everything I had hoped I would be able to accomplish.  Yesterday's class is a perfect example.

CIP Advisory Board Meeting 9/21

The CIP Advisory Board is composed of the John B. McCoy-Banc One Distinguished Teaching Chair, the Associate Provost overseeing faculty development efforts, and eight members of the Kenyon faculty chosen to reflect the various academic divisions and programs on campus.

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Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting: A Webinar and Discussion

On September 12th, 2012, we hosted a group viewing and discussion of a NITLE webinar on Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting. Dr. Jenny Spohrer of Bryn Mawr College presented the results so far of Bryn Mawr's experiences with courses using a "blended" format. (Bryn Mawr was awarded a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant for this project, on which Kenyon is a partner.)

Digital Field Scholarship - A Webinar and Discussion

On August 29th, 2012, we hosted a group viewing of a NITLE webinar on Digital Field Scholarship by Professor Jim Proctor of the College of Lewis and Clark. This is a term which describes research, primarily undergraduate research, which deals with the spatial elements of the subject by going to into the field, and collects (some of) that fieldwork data with mobile digital technologies.

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