Gary B. Glesener

Director of the Geosciences Modeling and Educational Demonstrations Laboratory
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1051 Derring Hall

Gary Glesener is the Director of the Geosciences Modeling and Educational Demonstrations Laboratory (MEDL) and a TLOS Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. The focus of his work is on developing hands-on physical models and demonstrations for education and public outreach.

Currently, Glesener is establishing the Geosciences MEDL-CMC, a new kind of curriculum materials center specializing in hands-on physical models and demonstrations in science education. The primary goals of the Geos MEDL-CMC are to (1) increase teaching capacity by promoting the use of physical models which afford active hands-on learning and visualization, (2) provide a variety of support structures to reduce instructors lesson preparation time, and (3) actively develop the MEDL-CMC to be aligned with educational standards and the changing needs of students and instructors.

Education

M.A., Education, UCLA, 2016
B.A., Earth Science, UCLA, 2004

  • Improving Hands-on Groundwater Hydrology Education at 4-VA Institutions, 4-VA Collaborative Endeavors Grant RFP, Virginia Tech
  • Initiating the Services and Development of the MEDL-­CMC, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning and Online Systems Faculty Fellow
  • Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Process Documentation Award for exemplary process communication, at ICAT Day, on May 2, 2016. https://www.icat.vt.edu/content/icat-day-2016-0

General Public Outreach

K-12 Outreach

  • Organized visits by local grade schools to UCLA to hear talks by professors in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Department Alumni Events:

  • Presented an overview of the Geosciences Modeling and Educational Demonstrations Laboratory at the Department of Geosciences Alumni Day Event in 2016 (Virginia Tech)
  • Organized hands-on exhibits and presentations for UCLA Alumni Day Events (UCLA) Undergraduate

Recruiting