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to long-term radioactive waste storage at Yucca Mountain; and Cathryn Manduca will describe an unusual county-wide geological atlas used to prevent groundwater degradation. Panel:
Jill S. Schneiderman, Associate Professor of Geology and Geography, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
David Applegate, Director of Government Affairs & Acting Editor, Geotimes, American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Virginia
Allison Macfarlane, Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cathryn A. Manduca, Director, Keck Geology Consortium, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (Session U32B)


8:00 AM
Incorporating Place and Culture in Geoscience Education
All ethnic minority groups in North America are poorly represented in both the academic and professional study and practice of the Earth Sciences. Fortunately, many efforts are underway to increase minority participation in the geosciences. This is most often accomplished through the incorporation of place-based, culturally specific knowledge, and understanding of the local environment and geologic setting into the teaching of Earth Science. The panelists will highlight the successes of these programs, ongoing strategies that are under development, and continuing problems that face minority students in the Earth Sciences. Panel:
Stephen C. Semken, Director, Navajo Dryland Environments Laboratory, Din College, Shiprock, Navajo Nation, New Mexico
Eric Riggs, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
(Session ED42A)

9:00 AM
The Integrated Carbon Cycle: Introducing a New National Plan
Panelists will discuss recent advances in understanding regional and global carbon budgets using atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial measurements. Highlights will include assessments of oceanic and terrestria

Contact: Harvey Leifert
American Geophysical Union

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