Geosciences and Social & Behavioral Sciences Take a Hit in Funding Bill

Both the geosciences and the social & behavioral sciences took a hit in the latest research policy bill from the US House. Geocognition research sits smack in the middle of those two research areas – good thing I recently received word of funding on two small-ish grants. The bills take on how NSF peer reviewsContinue reading “Geosciences and Social & Behavioral Sciences Take a Hit in Funding Bill”

Recent Geocognition Research Lab Publications

Here are a few publications that rolled out just as 2014 was ending – the last few months have been a blur! McNeal, K.S., Libarkin, J.C., Shapiro-Ledley, T., Bardar, E., Haddad, N., Ellins, K., and Dutta, S., 2014, The role of research in on-line curriculum development: The case of EarthLabs climate change and Earth SystemContinue reading “Recent Geocognition Research Lab Publications”

NEW Geocognition Research Lab Publications!

THE GEOCOGNITION RESEARCH LAB IS PROUD TO SHARE THREE NEW PUBLICATIONS: 1. How much do insects bug you? Graduate student AMANDA LORENZ has published a new paper related to people’s perceptions of insect disgust: Lorenz, A.R., Libarkin, J.C., Ording, G., 2014, Disgust in Response to Some Arthropods Aligns with Disgust Provoked by Pathogens: Global EcologyContinue reading “NEW Geocognition Research Lab Publications!”

Bring the Earth inside!

Why is Earth System Science so irrelevant in our academic landscape? Academics, funding agencies, the government, politicians, teachers – society generally agrees that science is important. Good people can argue about specific ideas, but the last two centuries of medical, technological, and engineering advancement¬† – society’s movement from a world of subsistence to a worldContinue reading “Bring the Earth inside!”

Citations and impact? Who says your research is valuable?

I cannot stress enough how much I DISLIKE the focus research universities place on journal impact factors and ISI citation counts. Both of these are really the work of one organization, Thomson Reuters. The Science Citation (and Social Science, etc) indexes offered a great service to researchers before web-based and open access publishing hit theContinue reading “Citations and impact? Who says your research is valuable?”

The need to train Earth Science teachers

As the Next Generation Science Standards move into broader use, many pre-service teacher training programs, as well as programs geared towards teacher professional development, are rethinking how and what they teach. Unfortunately, this rethinking will do little to address a serious issue facing the United States: the lack of qualified Earth Science teachers. Although physics,Continue reading “The need to train Earth Science teachers”


Discipline-based education research, or DBER, has received a lot of attention lately. In 2012, the National Research Council published a report on DBER. The report suggests that DBER is both broadly focused on a wide array of sciences (“physics, biological sciences, geosciences, and chemistry”) and narrowly focused on undergraduate settings. Other disciplines, although not discussedContinue reading “On DBER”

EarthLabs paper in press

Our latest paper stemming from a collaboration with TERC is in press with the Journal of Geoscience Education: Ellins, K.K., Shapiro-Ledley, T., Haddad, N., McNeal, K., Gold, A., Lynds, S., and Libarkin, J., in press, EarthLabs: Supporting teacher professional development to facilitate effective teaching of climate science: Journal of Geoscience Education. Learn more about EarthLabsContinue reading “EarthLabs paper in press”

New chapter in AGU book on the Anthropocene

A new chapter on assessment has been published in an American Geophysical Union book focusing on the anthropocene. Libarkin, J.C., 2014, Evaluation and Assessment of Civic Understanding of Planet Earth. In G. Roehrig, D. Dalbotten, & P. Hamilton (Eds.) Future Earth: Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene, p. 41-52.