Seismology Special Issue: The Earth Scientist (2011)


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The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Consortium has partnered with NESTA to produce this special, seismology focused issue The Earth Scientist. The theme for this issue is Modernizing Your Seismology Education. In this issue, you will find a collection of five invited articles that showcase the complexity and wealth of new teaching opportunities that exist within seismology education. This issue features a two article sequence introducing the geological phenomena of Episodic Tremor and Slip, one of the greatest seismological discoveries in the past decade, and describes how this phenomenon can be conveyed to students using models and kinesthetic learning. Another article explores how the USArray, a currently deployed dense network of seismometers, and resulting data can be leveraged to generate new visualizations to enhance the conceptualization of seismic waves in the classroom. The fourth article explores the ever-growing literature base of students’ alternative conceptions of geoscience topics and suggests strategies to use this to inform your curriculum, instruction and assessment. The final article introduces both new science on intraplate seismic zones and a physical model that can be used to explore this information with students.

Inside This Issue

Title Author
From the President  
From the Executive Director  
Guest Editor’s Corner M. Hubenthal
Twenty-five years ago in TES  
About the Cover M. Tuttle
Episodic Tremor and Slip: Potential Clues to the Earthquake
Process and How Faults Slip
M. Brudzinski
Episodic Tremor and Slip in a Middle School Classroom?
Absolutely! Relevance and Kinesthetic Methodologies Merit
Inclusion in 8th Grade Earth/Space Science Class
R. Groom, S. Olds, R. Butler, J. Johnson
About the Poster M. Hubenthal
USArray Visualizations Show Seismic Waves
Sweeping Across the U.S
R. Butler, C. Hedeen, R. Groom
Understanding Earth Processes: Student Alternative
Conceptions about Geophysics Concepts
J. Libarkin, E. Geraghty Ward
A Big Squeeze: Examining and Modeling Causes
of Intraplate Earthquakes in the Earth Science Classroom
M. Hubenthal, S. Stein, J. Taber


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Hubenthal, M., Ervin, T. (2011) The Earth Scientist: Special Issue, (Eds.), 27(1), 1- 39.

Related Lessons

Students work in small groups to analyze and interpret Global Positioning System (GPS) and seismic data related to “mysterious ground motions” first along the northern California coastline, and then in British Columbia. This activity emphasizes the analysis and synthesis of multiple types of data and introduces a mode of fault behavior known as Episodic Tremor and Slip (ETS)

Lesson Intermediate