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10: Future Expansion of the Arctic Dinosaur Record

Roland A. Gangloff Indiana University Press ePub

The Colville River: The Red Deer River of the Arctic?

The southern Alberta buffalo plains greet you with their vast grain and forage fields, slight topographic undulations, endless skies, scattered ranches, and small sleepy towns as you proceed eastward from the hustle and bustle of urban Calgary. If you had no previous knowledge of the region’s geography, within an hour you would find yourself trying to fend off the boredom of what seems to be endless flatlands that characterize most of the 90 miles (145 kilometers) to Drumheller. When you finally see the sign that directs you towards Drumheller, you turn north and slowly descend through a series of roadcuts that fail to stimulate even the ardent field geologist. However, this soon changes in dramatic fashion as you reach the outskirts of the small town of Drumheller and the gently meandering Red Deer River. The stacks of sedimentary strata interspersed with dark lenses of coal, lens-shaped ancient channel sands and conglomerates complexly sculpted into labyrinthine badlands delight even the jaded geologist’s eye. Drumheller is about midway along the Red Deer River, which winds its way east, then south, then east again for over 400 miles (650 kilometers) as it seeks a confluence with the Saskatchewan River. This incised river valley was host to important early twentieth-century coal mining operations. It is now the heart and soul of Alberta’s Cretaceous dinosaur country. This is where the magnificent Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is to be found nestled within the Red Deer River badlands, just a few miles to the northwest of the center of Drumheller. If you follow the Red Deer River as it winds its way over 100 miles (163 kilometers) southward from Drumheller, you will come upon Dinosaur Provincial Park.1 The park with its dinosaur research station, labs, and outdoor dinosaur exhibits is, like Drumheller, set within the spectacular Red Deer River badlands. Whether you are a paleontologist or a “dino” tourist, the Dinosaur Provincial Park will exceed your greatest expectations and impress you with its extraordinarily rich record of dinosaurs and the world they roamed in. This is why the Park was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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9 Bridges to Bonding: Eight Pathways for Building Belonging

Ross, Howard J.; Tartaglione, JonRobert Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

— NELSON MANDELA

It is easy to feel resigned about the separation that we are experiencing. It seems like it continues to worsen every day. The reality is, as we discovered in looking at the neuroscience and social science behind our behavior, that we will always separate people into “us” and “them.” But that doesn’t mean we are doomed to have those differences cripple our ability to function as a collective. In fact, when we realize that it is our natural state to figure out who we are by realizing that we are not somebody else, it can liberate us from the folly of trying to have everybody act and feel the same. It can allow us to shift our focus from trying to convince or “fix” each other to trying to understand each other and find ways to coexist.

It begins with our own personal work. We each have something to say about our own attitudes and behaviors. However, we also have a remarkable ability to work together in our institutions: workplaces, schools, places of worship, and other places where we come together. Belonging is, by its very nature, more than just an individual process. The institutions we are a part of give us an opportunity to create healthy bridging that can build and sustain a sense of connection.

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Snell's Law

Matt Cashion University of North Texas Press ePub

When he wasn't working, my father lived on our roof with his telescope and his booze. There were times, late at night, when I heard him dancing up there. He was a licensed psychopharmacologist, but I never knew what that meant. When I asked him once what it meant, he told me it was a title given one who specialized in psychopharmacology. I didn't know what that meant either, but I was embarrassed to tell him so. He expected me to know these things.

He took me to the roof when I was young. I looked down his pointed arm toward the constellations he pointed at for me, but I never saw the first. Not even the Big Dipper. I saw every star, but I never saw an example of what some of them group to form. He stopped pointing the year I turned seven. After that, I snuck to the roof when he wasn't home. I used his telescope to look through our neighbors’ windows at the wives and daughters of my dad's friends.

My mother was a painter, and we were very much alike, except that I couldn't paint. She painted for happiness, but if it worked, she kept it to herself. When I enrolled in the local community college (instead of leaving home for college as she'd wanted), she stopped talking. She wrote a note to us then that said, “I can't speak without crying, so I'm talking only to my paintings for awhile.” My father said she'd suffered a breakdown “of an all-too-common-sort.” She didn't ask for help, and he didn't offer any. He said she might get better and she might not; we'd have to keep watching. He asked if I had questions. I could not, just then, think of any.

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14 Motivate Yourself into Action

Tracy, Brian Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

To avoid procrastination, you’ve got to stay motivated. To stay motivated, become your own personal cheerleader. Know that optimism is the most important quality that you can develop for both personal and professional success and happiness, and strive toward optimism.

1. Most of your emotions, whether they’re positive or negative or in-between, are affected by the way you talk to yourself and interpret things throughout the day. If you tell yourself you’re no good, guess what? You’ll probably feel like you’re no good—and then maybe even start acting like it. Nip those negative thoughts in the bud.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Take five minutes to fill the mirror with all the positives you can think of. If you run out of room on the mirror, write down more positive emotions around the mirror.

2. Think of a time something went terribly wrong. It could have been a work-related failure, trouble in your personal life, or anything that would lend itself easily to negativity.

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Appendix D Sources for Higher-Level-Cognitive-Demand Tasks

Kanold-McIntyre, Jessica Solution Tree Press ePub

APPENDIX D

Sources for Higher-Level-Cognitive-Demand Tasks

Common Core Conversation

www.commoncoreconversation.com/math-resources.html

Common Core Conversation is a collection of more than fifty free website resources for the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and ELA.

EngageNY Mathematics

www.engageny.org/mathematics

The site features curriculum modules from the state of New York that include sample assessment tasks, deep resources, and exemplars for grades preK–12.

Howard County Public School System Secondary Mathematics Common Core

https://secondarymathcommoncore.wikispaces.hcpss.org

This site is a sample wiki for a district K–12 mathematics curriculum.

Illustrative Mathematics

www.illustrativemathematics.org

The main goal of this project is to provide guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience upon implementation of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

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