Geology reinforcing links with post-16 teachers
Staff from the Geology Department were involved in a really successful
event at the weekend (13-16th September), the Earth Science Teachers Association (ESTA) Conference. The conference was based at the British
Geological Survey (BGS) at Keyworth from Friday to Sunday.
Roz White, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, gave a talk entitled 'Mass extinctions: The alternative to deep impact' at the
optional INSET day on the Friday. The mass extinction event at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary is on the A-level syllabus, so Roz's research
and talk are both highly relevant. The audience was composed of c. 60 post-16 Earth Science Teachers and, on the strength of her talk, she has
been invited to give the presentation at an INSET day in Shropshire. The department received further recognition during a talk given by a BGS
scientist and Leicester PhD graduate Mark Williams, who is currently undertaking research with David Siveter and flagged our palaeobiological
research group. The department is now looking at ways of becoming involved at more
INSET days as they are a very efficient way of contacting a many interested teachers at one event.
On Sunday, Andy Saunders led a successful fieldtrip to Bardon Quarry in
Leicestershire, attended by 16 Earth Science teachers. Sarah Gabbott and Roz White also attended the trip so the department had a high profile presence there
The department also had large numbers of school students and their teachers take part
in the BA Young Scientist Day. These activities covered volcanoes, fossils and plate tectonics and were organised and run by Roz White, Sarah Gabbott and Dickson Cunningham
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