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These grants have led to the creation or modernization of several geoscience courses: GEOL/METR/OCN 405, "Planetary Climate Change", which investigates the dynamics of climate change and is aimed at geosciences majors and future high-school science teachers; a course for future K-8 teachers; and the Department's introductory geology, oceanography, and meteorology courses for non-majors. D, Atmospheric Science, State University of NY at Albany At SFSU since 1988 Phone: (415) 338-1778 Office: TH 609E-mail: [email protected] and/or Teaching Area: Physical meteorology; tropical climatology, applications of GPS technology to meteorology In Fall 2012 I completed eight years as chair of the Department of Geosciences. Physical Oceanography - University of Rhode Island At SFSU since 1998 Phone: (415) 338-1209; (415) 338-1963 Offices: 515 Thornton Hall and RTC 36-503A E-mail: [email protected] Website Research and/or Teaching Area: Hydrodynamics of coastal areas and current systems along continental margins The new undergraduate degree in meteorology and oceanography means that my teaching duties are being shuffled.The changes to the latter also dramatically upgraded the preparation and support that we provide to our graduate teaching assistants. This position helped me get a broader perspective on the issues facing geoscience education across the country. For my first four years at SFSU I taught the GE class, Geol 102: Introduction to Oceanography and a series of graduate oceanography classes that attracted mostly students pursuing the MS in Marine Biology. Much of the work we’ve accomplished over the past few years has recently come to fruition through manuscripts either accepted or submitted to the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America and the Journal of Geodynamics. Geology - University of Nevada, Reno At SFSU since 1998Phone: (415) 405-0353Office: TH 616 E-mail: [email protected] Website Research and/or Teaching Area: Neotectonics, seismotectonics of coastal central California and Nevada I continue to involve students in my summer research out in central Nevada focusing on a variety of recent and ongoing projects such as: patterns and rates of paleoseismicity in the central Nevada seismic belt; characteristics of active faults in relation to geothermal resources in the Basin and Range; paleoliquefaction in the Stillwater seismic gap; and pluvial lake histories and using pluvial lake shorelines as tiltmeters to measure isostatic and tectonic deformation.We decided to tap into the money flowing into science education reform.In 2000 we received a grant from NASA-NOVA, and in 2002 we landed another one, from NSF, and in 2009 a third, also from NSF.--for me as the computer lab administrator.) My research has largely been limited to summers, when I sometimes visit the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO to contribute to the ongoing development and testing of a state-of-the-art computer forecasting model, the Weather Forecasting and Research (WRF) model. Since water vapor is the "fuel" of hurricanes, the COCONet network should help in improving hurricane forecasting in the Caribbean basin. The first was offered last spring, Metr 200 and 201, a combined course to introduce atmospheric and oceanic dynamics.
I’m enjoying working with new colleagues and seeing another facet of the CSU. About every 30 years the oceanography community undergoes a national self examination.Federal money has been available for two other regional observatories.One is CI-CORE (Center for Integrative Coastal Observation, Research and Education, which is a California State University federal entitlement initiative to create a monitoring network at CSU campuses aimed at serving local regulatory agencies and providing educational tools.Finally, the grants also paid for 35 networked Mac laptop computers and prompted the remodeling of Rooms 604 and 513 of Thornton Hall to create new, combination classroom/computer labs, which have stimulated teaching experiments in several additional classes. Natural disasters such as the 2011 Japan quake and tsunami and hurricane Sandy in 2012 highlight the need to to provide our students with best possible education so they can contribute to the solution of these problems In recent years I have had the opportunity to visit Cuba, my native country, and to establish collegial working relationships with Cuban meteorologists. In addition I developed a class to teach the MATLAB programming language.
(However, it has also meant more work--maybe too much! I am working with American colleagues to extend to Cuba the network of ground based GPS receiving stations (known as "COCONet") that can detect in real time the amount of water vapor present in the atmosphere. With the new degree I will start teaching more majors classes.
I’m serving on the executive council of this group and am working to see that all three efforts pull together to make sure central California is a national leader in coastal observing. Since 1992, I have been investigating the Quaternary history of the Point Reyes region, located about an hour north of San Francisco.