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Submitted by jdp on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 03:24 pm

It has been 21 months since I posted to this blog. Partly that can be attributed to laziness; partly to not having anything new to say (at least about Earth and environmental sciences and geography) that I did not have another outlet for. I'm not sure anyone really noticed the blog was gone, but now it is back. 

Much of that no-blog time was spent writing a book, to be published by Elsevier, on landscape evolution. This will integrate geomorphological, pedological, ecological, and hydrological theories on the evolution of landscapes, ecosystems, and other Earth surface systems. It is grounded in an approach based on the inseparability of landform, soil, and ecosystem development, vs. the traditional semi-independent treatment of geomorphic, ecological, pedological, and hydrological phenomena. Key themes are the coevolution of biotic and abiotic components of the environment; selection whereby more efficient and/or durable structures, forms, & patterns are preferentially formed and preserved; and the interconnected role of laws, place factors, and history. 

Five International Studies Podcasts to Follow

Submitted by rmwr223 on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:52 am

As students return home for the semester, we all may feel slightly more distant from the academic discussion and debate that takes place on campus. Fortunately, in today’s digital world, separation from the campus community does not necessarily result in our disengagement from these conversations. Whether you have an extra 30 minutes of time on your hands or an hour to burn, podcasts are an accessible means through which you can stay caught up with policy experts, news, and discussions taking place around the world. Below are five free podcasts that will keep you connected with the international community while at home. Each podcast is available on the organization’s website as well as on Apple Podcasts.

The Truth of the Matter | Center for Strategic & International Studies

Average length: 30 minutes

Helping Online Teachers (HOT) Topics

Submitted by shdubr2 on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 03:53 pm


This is a space where I'm going to try to write about the next steps for anyone unexpectedly transferring their course to online.  For those teaching, the goal is to provide one idea each day that you can try with your class.  Topics will include ideas for leading a group discussion, eliciting and interpreting individual students' thinking, setting up and managing small group work, providing oral and written feed back, and many more. The topic today is participation and it is a little longer than usual and too much to digest in one sitting. Future entries will be shorter and more limited.  Feel free to send me comments and questions.


While most traditional instructors have an idea what participation looks like in their average class.  Many have not spelled it out completely hoping that a shared experience of "being in classes" helps to define the construct.  When students shift to online instruction, the shared experience of holding class no longer holds.  The first thing that instructors should do is to reevaluate what counts as participation.  

override ma114

Submitted by mal465 on Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:47 am

I want to override ma 114 this time, I took it once and then I dropped it last summer because I had to go home for necessary. so that why I could't pass this course. but this time I promis you to get better than B.

Monday Memos 8/26/19

Submitted by drar223 on Mon, 08/26/2019 - 01:34 pm

Welcome to the first Monday Memo of the 2019/2020 school year.  I will be updating this area of my profile with announcement so that you're able to find information I send you easily!


Walk-In Hours 

This week, August 26 - August 30, I will be seeing students as Walk - Ins.  Please come to POT 202 to check in.


First Year Meetings

If you are new to UK, please set up a meeting during the month of September with me via your myUK page.  

To make an appointment, please use these instructions: