About us

This web site hosts the NSF Project DUE 1323419: “Google Earth for Onsite and Distance Education (GEODE).” We are also funded by Google GEO Outreach Group. The Project started Sept 3 2013 and runs for 4 years. Our mission is to

  1. Create a “Grand Tour” of places on Earth (and other planets and moons) that every geoscience student should know about and visit, at least virtually,
  2.  Develop digital geology mapping tools,
  3. Use Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine to link big geoscience data to Google Earth and facilitate authentic research opportunities for undergraduates,
  4.  Build a set of galleries of geological GigaPans and create GigaMacro content for geosciences, and
  5.  Deliver a sequence of Faculty Professional Development workshops / short courses.

Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the senior personnel and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nation Science Foundation or Google Inc.

Project management structure

Heather Almquist

Senior Personnel
heather.almquist@umontana.edu

University of Montana.  I am interested in geoscience and geospatial education. Over the past 10 years, I have led several teacher professional development, curriculum development, and museum-based science education projects. My work involves helping teachers and students develop and apply geospatial skills to further their understandings of rich and complex, geography and earth system science content.

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Heather Almquist

Heather Almquist

Senior Personnel

Callan Bentley

Assistant Project Director
cbentley@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College. I am interested in geologic education: what techniques are most effective, and why? Also in emerging technologies: blogs, podcast, distance learning, virtual field work, gigapans, Google Earth. I am leader of the GigaPan group in this project.

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Callan Bentley

Callan Bentley

Assistant Project Director

Stephen Burgin

Co-PI
sburgin@odu.edu

Old Dominion University—Darden College of Education.  My interests are Science Education, Authentic Research Experiences in Science, Nature of Science, and Science Teacher Education.

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Stephen Burgin

Stephen Burgin

Co-PI

Arthur Bern

Student

I am an ODU senior. I am doing my senior thesis using Google Earth Engine to access Big Data in the geosciences. This will help the project to create authentic undergraduate research opportunities.

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Arthur Bern

Arthur Bern

Student

Cinzia Cervato

Senior Personnel
cinzia@iastate.edu

Iowa State University.  My Earth Systems Science education research focuses on the application of multi-media technology to enhance learning in large introductory classes. I have worked on the implementation and development of virtual reality and web-based learning activities.

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Cinzia Cervato

Cinzia Cervato

Senior Personnel

Gene Cooper

Industrial Associate
gene@fourchambers.org

Four Chambers Studio. I am a visualization specialist and I'm collaborating with the GEODE team to develop GigaMacro as a geoscience learning resource.

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Gene Cooper

Gene Cooper

Industrial Associate

Declan De Paor

Project Director
ddepaor@odu.edu

Old Dominion University–Depts of Physics and Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and Director of the Pretlow Planetarium.  I am Project Director for GEODE and I am also funded by Google Inc. and I am a coPI on an ODU Faculty Innovator Grant. My main interest is in developing ways to use Google Earth for Solid Earth Sciences. I am developing a structural geology mapping game and testing learning outcomes compared to traditional teaching approachs.

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Declan De Paor

Declan De Paor

Project Director

Mladen Dordevic

Senior Personnel
dorevmx@jmu.edu

James Madson University. I am a Post Doctoral Fellow managing the IT aspects of the project. I was a Graduate Research Assistant on the preceding TUES Type 2 and designed mapping games and mapping tools.

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Mladen Dordevic

Mladen Dordevic

Senior Personnel

Steven Whitmeyer

Associate Project Director
whitmesj@jmu.edu

James Madison University . I am Associate Project Director. I develop digital mapping techniques and 3D and 4D visualizations, and incorporate them into field geology curricula and research. I am working on use of Google Glass in the field.

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Steven Whitmeyer

Steven Whitmeyer

Associate Project Director

Janice Gobert

Industrial Associate
jgobert@wpi.edu

I am an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences and Policy Studies and the Department of Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a co-founder of Apprendis LLC. We provide external assessment services to the GEODE Project.

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Janice Gobert

Janice Gobert

Industrial Associate

Paul Karabinos

Senior Personnel
Paul.M.Karabinos@williams.edu

Williams College. My contribution to this project lies in development of SketchUp and Layout models for the creation of strucutural geology block diagrams and development of the structural geology mapping game.

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Paul Karabinos

Paul Karabinos

Senior Personnel

Filis Coba

Student
fmcgu001@odu.edu

ODU Physics Department. I am a first year graduate student at ODU. I am working on devlopment and classroom testing of a Grand Tour of Mars to illistrate the geological features of that planet.

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Filis Coba

Filis Coba

Student

Terry Pavlis

Senior Personnel
tlpavlis@utep.edu

University of Texas at El Paso. I am working to develop use of digital devices for undergraduate field education, especially map making.

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Terry Pavlis

Terry Pavlis

Senior Personnel

Jen Piatek

Senior Personnel
piatekjel@mail.ccsu.edu

Central Connecticut State University. I am a member of the GigaPan group in GEODE. We are working to create geologically rich GigaPans for undergraduate education.

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Jen Piatek

Jen Piatek

Senior Personnel

Bill Richards

Senior Personnel
BDRichards@nic.edu

Northern Idaho College. I am a member of the GEODE GigaPan Group. I have developed ways to use gigapixel imagery to create engaging virutal field experiences for undergraudates, including logging of students' level of zoom and location in the image array.

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Bill Richards

Bill Richards

Senior Personnel

Nathan Rogers

Student

I'm an ODU senior working on the creation of virtual specimens for the GEODE project.

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Nathan Rogers

Nathan Rogers

Student

Jeff Ryan

Senior Personnel
ryan@usf.edu

University of Southern Florida. I am investigating the use of Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine to access Big Geodata sets from Federally funded geoscience research projects. The goal is to create authentic research experiences in which students have to opportunity to make real discoveries.

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Jeff Ryan

Jeff Ryan

Senior Personnel

Ron Schott

Consultant
rschott@outcrop.org

Bakersfield Community College. I am a member of the GEODE GigaPan group. I have created more GigaPans than any other geoscientist and am working to make GigaPans useful for virtual field education.

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Ron Schott

Ron Schott

Consultant

Kristen St. John

Co-PI
kristen.st.john@gmail.com

James Madison University. I tak 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).

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Kristen St. John

Kristen St. John

Co-PI

Barb Tewksbury

Senior Personnel
btewksbu@hamilton.edu

Hamilton College. I have a passionate interest in undergraduate geoscience education. I have given dozens of workshops on course design and innovative teaching strategies, and I’ve developed widely used web resources. I have been co-PI on a number of NSF grants to improve undergraduate geoscience education, including the well-known NSF-funded project On the Cutting Edge.

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Barb Tewksbury

Barb Tewksbury

Senior Personnel

Swaraj Wankhade

Student

I'm a Computer Science Graduate student. I am working on the code for the GEODE structural geology mapping game.

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Swaraj Wankhade

Swaraj Wankhade

Student

Chloe Constants

Student
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Chloe Constants

Chloe Constants

Student