Category Archives: Practice of Science

Bask in the Warmth of a Valentine From the Heart of the Earth

A collapse in the crust of this lava flow reveals a searing hot heart-shaped skylight, a Valentine straight from Mother Earth. Top image: A skylight in the West Kamokuna lava flow with geoscientist for scale. Credit: Laszlo Kestay/USGS Lava in … Continue reading

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Heart Rock is the Greatest Grumpy Valentine

Love is like this boulder: unwieldy, needlessly symbolic, and slowly eroded by the inexorable march of time. Happy Valentine’s Day to all you curmudgeonly misanthropes who just want to get on with the eventual heat-death of the universe! Heart Rock. … Continue reading

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Bring Out Your Favourite Natural Valentines!

Give me your hearts! What are your favourite photographs of naturally-occurring hearts around our lovely, complex universe? Valentine’s Day is lurking around the corner, so let’s pull together our best evidence that the universe loves us and wants us to … Continue reading

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The Montreal Massacre

Today is December 6th. In 1989, women were targeted, shot, and killed for being engineering students. Today is a day to honour women scientists and engineers living and working in Canada. Fourteen women were killed and another ten women and … Continue reading

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Geoscientists Are Descending on Vancouver

Vancouver is drawing geoscientists into its grasp this October with the arrival of the Geological Society of America meeting. If you’re coming to the science-party, here’s a few ideas on how to spend your time outside the conference: Geo Tweet-up! … Continue reading

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Tips for Students: fieldwork

The summer field season is rappidly approaching. If you missed it last year, check out the EGU’s Geology for Global Development mapping projects guidelines.

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Peer Review

The first time I was asked to peer-review an article, I was intimidated. How could I possibly cover all aspects of confirming if research was sound and ready to enter the academic literature? To start, as with many situations, I … Continue reading

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Introductory Geology: setting a syllabus

Usually when I teach, I’m teaching an established class with a set curriculum. I’ve been part of team-taught or multi-term courses where we coordinate across topics, and I’ve taught APEG-mandatory courses designed to fulfill particular academic requirements for professional accreditation. … Continue reading

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Montreal Massacre

24 years ago, a gunman targeted female engineers, murdering them for daring to get an education. I am a female scientist working in Canada. This year, I spent a lot of time writing or speaking about science in public, sharing … Continue reading

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Beer at Conferences

Over on Twitter, Erik started a conversation about the practice of the major geoscience societies (AGU and GSA in the US) to provide free beer during the poster sessions: What say you, geologists: do you like/dislike the beer-centric nature of … Continue reading

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