Program Update: Deep Earth Academy – March 2012
Deep Earth Academy has completed a new poster, titled “How Science Works,” which aims to clarify the process of scientific inquiry. It does so by telling the story of one microbiologist and her colleagues as they work to learn more about microbes living within seafloor rocks and sediment. It stresses that science is a dynamic, non-linear, creative and collaborative process that takes researchers on unique journeys of discovery. The poster was produced in collaboration with the Center for Deep Earth Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) and the University of California Museum of Paleontology. To download a PDF of the poster, or to order a hard copy for your classroom, visit the Deep Earth Academy website.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan, Texas, has partnered with Deep Earth Academy to present the temporary exhibit Getting to the Core: the JOIDES Resolution, which will be on display until April 28, 2012. The exhibit takes visitors “out to sea” through a combination of graphics, ship photographs & artifacts, cores, drill bits, a 3D model of the ship and videos. The exhibit also features the artwork of Dinah Bowman, who sailed on Expedition 327 (Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology) as resident artist. For more information, please see the Brazos Valley Museum website.
Deep Earth Academy had a strong presence at the 2012 National Conference of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), held March 29-April 1, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scientists Gabe Fillipelli (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and Steve Hovan (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) gave featured lectures; Deep Earth Academy staff hosted a booth where hundreds of teachers stopped by to learn about the program, and everyone who attended engaged in a wide variety of workshops and share-a-thons.