STEM Ed Tuesday Talk: Impressions from a Lost World
September 18, 2018
UMass Amherst Campus
Talk by Sarah Doyle, writer and editor. Geology is a surprisingly young science. It only became a profession in the middle of the 19th century, as its practitioners slowly began to move away from Biblical explanations of the Earth’s formation as they explored the physical properties of rocks and landforms. Because they were starting at such basic levels, they were seeing the world as most non-geologists see it today. Thus, it can be effective and even entertaining to use their historical questions and theories as a way of teaching geological topics. This presentation looks at ways to teach about dinosaur footprints, glaciers, the formation of the Connecticut River Valley, and related topics by using the stories, documents, interactive map, special features, and other features on the Impressions from a Lost World website.
Sarah Doyle was lead writer and content editor for the Impressions from a Lost World website, a project of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, in Deerfield, about the lives and works of Edward and Orra Hitchcock and their colleagues in their studies of natural history in the 19th-century. She also founded and directs Jurassic Roadshow, a loose affiliation of amateur and professional geologists and paleontologists, historians, and rock hounds who appear at various venues to exhibit dinosaur footprints and other trace fossils from the Connecticut River Valley and to tell the history of their discovery here in the mid-19th century.