The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Consortium has partnered with NESTA to produce this special, seismology focused issue of 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. The first article informs us of a newly discovered mode of fault behavior called Episodic Tremor and Slip. This is a must read for all of us. The next article tells how you can successfully teach the concept of Episodic Tremor and Slip in the Middle School Classroom yielding new understandings of subduction zones. The third article shares information regarding the USArray, a collection of high-precision seismometers which is providing visualizations of seismic waves, thus providing rich visual reinforcement of what is known about seismic wave properties. This is followed by an article which deals with the wide array of student held “alternative” conceptions about geophysics and how some of their ideas persist, despite instruction. The final article shows how, in the classroom, you can examine and model the causes of intraplate earthquakes, such as those along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, in the central USA. These well researched, well written articles are presented in the hope that they will help to modernize your seismology education by providing either substantial background information or allowing for immediate application in your classroom.
Articles in the Spring 2011 issue of The Earth Scientist include:
- Episodic Tremor and Slip: Potential Clues to the Earthquake Process and How Faults Slip, Michael R. Brudzinski
- Episodic Tremor and Slip in a Middle School Classroom? Absolutely! Relevance and Kinesthetic Methodologies Merit Inclusion in 8th Grade Earth/Space Science Class, Roger Groom, Shelley Olds, Robert F. Butler and Jenda Johnson
- USArray Visualizations Show Seismic Waves Sweeping Across the U.S., Robert F. Butler, Christopher D. Hedeen and Roger Groom
- Understanding Earth Processes: Student Alternative Conceptions about Geophysics Concepts, Julie Libarkin and Emily Geraghty Ward
- A Big Squeeze: Examining and Modeling Causes of Intraplate Earthquakes in the Earth Science Classroom, Michael Hubenthal, Seth Stein and John Taber