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Ellen Pletcher Metzger

BAESI and San Jose State University

Ellen Pletcher Metzger is a Professor in the Geology Department and Science Education Program at San Jose State University, where she has been a faculty member since 1989. She received a Ph.D. degree in Geology from Syracuse University in 1984. Since 1990, Dr. Metzger has served as Co-Director of the Bay Area Earth Science Institute (BAESI), a professional development program for teachers of grades 4-12 funded by the National Science Foundation, San Jose State University, Chevron Corporation, and other community partners. Dr. Metzger teaches Earth Materials, Tectonics, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and Earth Systems and the Environment, an introductory Earth science course for teachers and teachers-to-be. Her current research focuses on the mineralogy and geochemistry of Tertiary volcanic rocks and enclosed xenoliths in the Diablo Range of Northern California. She is past Chair of the Geoscience Education Division of the Geological Society of America, and was the 1994 recipient of the California Science Teacher Association's Distinguished Science Teacher award - College Level. From 1992-1997, her "STRATegy Column for Precollege Science Teachers" appeared in the Journal of Geoscience Education


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