Friday, October 6th, 2017 at University of Puerto Rico, (Campus to be announce)


Transforming STEM Education Through Science Education and Geocognition Research

The Geoscience Education Research and Geocognition Research focuses on questions related to how people perceive, understand, and make decisions about our planet.

Limited spaces available!

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For more information contact:

Javier Figueroa
PR-LSAMP Academic Coordinator,
Tel: 787-765-5170 x2012

Zulma Crespo
PR-LSAMP  Management Coordinator
Tel: 787-765-5170 x2016

Angelie Gonzalez
PR-LSAMP Administrative Assistant Tel: 787-765-5170 x2013



Julie heads the Geocognition Research Laboratory at Michigan State University, where she investigates how people perceive, understand, and make decisions about the Earth. During 15 years of funding history, Julie has received a number of grants related to geocognition, science education research, and tectonics. Julie has led the development of the Geoscience Concept Inventory, including its conversion into a community-authored test (DUE-0350395; DUE-0717790; DUE-1034909); generated new collaborations across the geo- and cognitive sciences, particularly with respect to expertise and working memory capacity (DRL-0815930); collaborated on studies of image interpretation (DUE-0837185); co-led a study of tectonic uplift in Bolivia (EAR-0350396); and has served as external evaluator or researcher for several NSF-, NASA-, or NIH-funded projects (e.g., DUE-0716397). Julie is an author or co-author of over 90 publications
Julie Carol Libarkin
Michigan State University
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Semken is an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher who studies influences of place, culture, and affect on modes of inquiry, teaching, and learning in the Earth sciences. He joined Arizona State University in 2003 after 15 years on the faculty of the tribal college of the Navajo Nation. He continues to work extensively in Native American and Hispanic/Latino communities across the Southwest and in southwestern national parks, on geoscience teaching and learning, sustainability education, diversity, and regional geology. He is a Past-President and former Distinguished Speaker of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Steven C. Semken
Arizona State University
School of Earth and Space Exploration
 Dr. McNeal teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Earth System Science, Global Change, Climate Change Literacy and Communication, and Discipline Based Education Research in the STEM Undergraduate Classroom. Students in my group conduct research in the field of geoscience education/geocognition and typically use mixed methods research (e.g., qualitative and quantitative approaches) to investigate geoscience teaching and learning challenges in formal and informal settings. My work ties together the affective and cognitive domains of learning in the geoscience education/geocognition field. My group uses a suite of tools to investigate including psychomotor tools (e.g., eye-tracking, pupillometry, and skin biosensors), psychometric tools (e.g., concept inventories), and open-ended approaches (e.g., interviews, concept-maps, etc.) to measure people's engagement, conceptual understanding, and perceptions about the Earth.
Karen Sue McNeal
Auburn University
Department of Geosciences
   Dr. St. John's research program has two areas of emphasis: (1) I contribute to the reconstruction of high latitude paleoceanography & paleoclimatology, which help illuminate (and even redefine) our understanding of past climate and environments. My niche is in developing long-term records of ice-rafting and I explore their paleo-environmental and climatic implications. There are many researchers focusing on high-resolution Plio-Pleistocene records of orbital and suborbital climate cycles. But these all need a longer-term geologic context – that is what I like to provide. Most of my IRD research is labor intensive in the lab and periodically involves field work on ocean drilling vessels and sampling in core repositories. (2) I also take authentic science into the classroom by developing and testing learning materials which incorporate real world marine data sets and analytical skills. This geoscience education research is at the crossroads of my interest and experience in scientific ocean drilling (Expeditions 163,173, 302), undergraduate education, and professional development (e.g., Expedition 312(E); School of Rock, On the Cutting Edge). I welcome the opportunity to mentor undergraduates as future scientists and/or geoscience educators by working with me on research projects in these areas.

Kristen Ellen Kudless St. John
James Madison University
Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Angel A. García Jr.
Arizona State University
School Of Earth and Space Exploration


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