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GEOS 405/505: 6 units

Students will learn to use several software tools for acquiring, analyzing, and interpreting Earth observation data sets, including data transfer protocols, Bash and Python shell scripting, Generic Mapping Tools, iPython/Jupyter notebooks for interactive analysis  and documentation, git and GitHub for source control, scientific collaboration, and social networking, and other software tools that are empowering modern scientific discovery.

From Orvieto, students will have ample opportunities to immerse themselves in Italian culture and history, as well as develop ideas for how to utilize 21st century technologies to further our understanding of the Earth system. A five-day field trip will touch on a wide range of Geoscience and related topics, including the tectonic history of the Mediterranean region, the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, the enigmatic geodynamics of the Northern Apennines orogen, past and present coastal hazards along the Adriatic coast, contemporary Geoscience processes in the Alps, Ötzi the Neolithic iceman, and other topics.

Students will participate in a series of extracurricular activities geared toward increasing awareness of diversity among individuals and cultures, and their relationship to the physical environment, as well as developing skills for science communication and teaching. Topics to be covered include broader impacts of Geoscience, opportunities for community outreach, principles of Universal Design for Learning, and the role that technology plays in education, communication, and inclusivity.

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