Academic journal article Journal of Geoscience Education

2007 NAGT James H. Shea Award

Academic journal article Journal of Geoscience Education

2007 NAGT James H. Shea Award

Article excerpt

It is my pleasure to present the 2007 James H. Shea award to Julie C. Libarkin of Michigan State University.

The Shea award was established in 1991 by the officers of NAGT in honor of Jim Shea, long serving editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education. Each year at this luncheon the Shea award is given to an individual for exceptional contributions in the form of writing or editing of Earth Science materials that are either of interest to the general public or teachers of the Earth Sciences. Previous recipients of this award include Stephen Jay Gould, John McPhee, Robert Ballard, Stephen Stanly, Simon Winchester, and of course Jim himself.

I am particularly excited about this year's recipient because we are recognizing the significance of her contributions not to the general public but rather to us, the community of scientists and teachers most interested in advancing research in the teaching and learning of the geosciences. As such, we are celebrating the achievements of one of our own and in so doing we are celebrating the advances in the rigor and relevance of geoscience education research.

Julie currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Division of Science and Mathematics Education at Michigan State University where her research focuses on conceptions, cognition and the assessment of college student learning while maintaining collaborative research in the tectonics of high-elevation plateaus.

Julie began her academic career at the College of William and Mary, an institution with a long and rich history of contributions to geoscience education. After completing a dual major in physics and geology in Wilhamsburg she continued her studies at the University of Arizona where she completed a dissertation on geodynamics, geochemistry, and the use of geophysical applications in the study or compressional orogens.

Julie switched her research focus from compression to cognition and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education by the National Science Foundation to work in the Science Education Department at the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

After three years as an Assistant Professor at Ohio University, in 2006 she took her current position at MSU.

Julie has published a dozen manuscripts on tectonics in such high impact outlets as the Journal of Geophysical Research, Tectonophysics, and EPSL. …

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