Department of Geosciences - Events & Activities
Welcome to the Geosciences Events and Activities webpage. On this page you will find the following: a web based calendar highlighting all of the department hosted or sponsored events, a list and description of annual or special events, and a list describing departmental monthly events.
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Here are a few helpful shortcuts to pages with more information on specific events: Earth Science Week (ESW), ESW Photography Contest, Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day
Annual Department Hosted Events
Earth Science Week - The American Geological Institute established Earth Science Week in 1998 to raise awareness of the geosciences and their importance to society. It is supported by the US Geological survey, NASA, NOAA, the National Park Service, and the AAPG Foundation. Every year, FHSU Geosciences hosts a Photography Contest for Earth Science Week, with photos based on the earth science subjects of ecology, geology, water, weather, and a special category reflecting the annual theme. Deadline for 2013 photo submissions is October 21, at noon. Other exciting activities will be hosted throughout the month of October!
FHSU Science Day - November 12. Science Day is a chance for area high school students to explore the world of science through various activities. Activities in the Geosciences Department in the past have included: a fossil dig in which students will use scientific principles to search for and excavate relics of ancient organisms, the use of satellite images to identify several different types of human and artificial features based on location and appearance, and a chance to get wet and dirty while exploring the interrelationship of physical geology and geography. All activities are designed to engage students in exploring our fascinating Earth.
Geography Awareness Week- This national event is celebrated on the FHSU Campus the third week of November each year by the Department of Geosciences with a series of activities and events to help raise awareness of the importance of geo-literacy and geo-education.
GIS Day - Each year the FHSU Department of Geosciences celebrates the national GIS Day with activities and special guest presenters that highlight the effect and importance of GIS applications. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing objects and events. It combines the power of a database with the visualization capabilities offered by maps. GIS technology is used throughout the world to solve problems in such areas as environmental protection, health care, land use, business efficiency, education, social inequities and much more. GIS Day is a grassroots, global event that was introduced in 1999 to enhance public awareness of the substantial contributions of GIS technology to all our lives. Once again, Fort Hays State University will participate with an open house, presentations, and workshops. Students, faculty, staff and the public are all invited to learn about GIS and how to use it.
Monthly Department Hosted Events
Travelogue Series - Each month, a guest speaker gives a presentation related to travel experiences. Previous speakers have entertained and educated the audience on the geology, geography, culture, beauty, and general travel experiences in various regions, states, and countries. The presentation are typically scheduled for the 3rd Monday of each month. Check the master department calendar above for dates, times, and locations.
Colloquium Series - Guest presenters host a talks and discussions on various topic of interest. The topics covered in this series will stimulate discussion, provide additional learning opportunities, and provide alternative points of view. The colloquium is open to any scientific or professional topic and presenters range from field professionals to university faculty and students. Check the master department calendar above for dates, times, and locations.
GeoGather- On the spot flashmob get together for all geopersons. Topics and hosts will vary from event to event.
Movie Nights - Each month the department hosts showings of movies with geographic or geological themes. The movies selected are tied to topics covered in World Geography, Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, Physical Geology, and general geosciences topics. A short discussion follows each movie. Check the main calendar above or the Google Docs listing given to you by your instructor for dates, times and locations.