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Name:

Phillip David Boger

rhymes with "ogre", but I try not to be one with my students. Just Call Me "Bog" (long "o", hard "g"). "Phil" is what you do to an empty container.

Position:

Professor of Geology

Office Hours:
 

Monday & Friday 9 - 11 is normally my "free" time, if there is such a thing as "free" time.

E-mail (office):   

Boger@geneseo.edu

E-mail (home):

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Education:
  • B.Sc., Physics, The Ohio State University, 1966
  • Ph.D., Geology, The Ohio State University, 1976
  • Thesis: A study of the history of sedimentation in the Red Sea by means of isotopic and geochemical methods
  • I also got quite an education while serving in the United States Army and being stationed at exotic places such as Ft. Gordon, GA; Ft. Huachuca, AZ; and Vietnam.
Research Interests:

Once upon a time, my research interests were in isotope geology, but now I’m more interested in creating software that prevents students from saying, "I’se a dope when it comes to learning geology." Since 1986 I have computerized most aspects of GSCI 100, an introductory geology course for non-science majors: labs on rock and mineral identification; topographic and geologic map interpretation and Earth’s internal structure and composition; practice exams for lecture and lab; tutorials on topographic profiles, vertical exaggeration, folds and faults; and a program that figures out what grade a student must get on remaining exams to get a certain letter grade. In addition, an outline of topics covered and all pictures shown during GSCI 100 lecture are accessible by students over the campus network.

I could never have created this software without the help of my "Lady and Master", Janie, and several student "slaves". Creating educational software requires knowledge of geology, computers, psychology, English, some artistic talent and lots of time. It is a good way for future teachers to become familiar with computers as teaching and learning tools.

Geneseo Geology majors at all levels, even freshmen, are computerizing labs for GSCI 101: History of Life, GSCI 210: Mineralogy, and GSCI 220: Petrology; creating the GSCI Geology Department Directory and this Web Site; and learning how to use computers to present results of other geologic research.

What kind of computer program do you want to create?

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Student Publications, Presentations, and Undergraduate Research Symposia, SUNY Geneseo:
  • Aigner, Melissa A., Boger, Phillip, Showers, Dennis, 1995. Educational Evaluation Of Courseware For Introductory Geology: It’s Fun, But Does It Work? GSA Abstracts with Programs, 27(1):25.
  • Boger, P.D. and H.B. Sutphin, 1984. The mineralogical composition of Silurian phosphate from western New York. Sedimentary Geology, 39 (1984):63-69.
  • Boger, P.D., and H.B. Sutphin, 1985. A short communication: The mineralogical composition of Silurian phosphate from western New York. Proceedings of the Rochester Academy Sc., 15(3): 216.
  • Colaizzi, Jeff, P.D. Boger, and Jeff Over, 1996, Interactive Courseware for GSCI 101 Brings Virtual Reality to the Paleozoic
  • Farnsworth, D., R. Hatheway, and P. Boger, 1989. Chemical variations in the Boulder Batholith, Montana.
  • Hopkins, Tiffany , P. Boger and J. Over, 1997. Creating Interactive Computer Programs as Learning Tools in GSCI 101: The Geological History of Life.
  • Hyatt, Andrea and P.D. Boger, 1995, Interactive Instructional Software for Geological History of Life.
  • Hyatt, Andrea, P.D. Boger, and Jeff Over, 1996, Interactive Computer Tutorials for Enrichment of Historical Geology Lab Exercises. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 28(3).
  • Lawrence, E.J. and P.D. Boger, 1986. The determination of the absolute mineral abundance in geologic materials by x-ray diffraction incorporating a correction for mass absorption.
  • Masters, Chris and P.D. Boger, 1995, Interactive Instructional Software.
  • Milavec, D., S. Padalino, and P. Boger, 1989. Upgrade of the X-ray fluorescence facility at Geneseo.
  • Shelley, Jeffrey K., Hatheway, Richard B., and Boger, Phillip D., 1998, Interactive Computer Tutorial For Introductory Mineralogy, Geological Society of America, Northcentral Section, Undergraduate Research Poster Session.
  • Sutphin, H.B. and P. B. Boger, 1980. A study of Silurian phosphorite nodules in western New York (Abs). Rochester Acad. Sci. Proceedings, 13(4): 150.
  • Terry, D. and P. D. Boger, 1988. The possible occurrence of volcanic ash in till samples from Antarctica.
  • Wells, Christopher and P.D. Boger. 1996, GSCI ToolBook: The Geneseo Geology Department Directory.
  • Widholm, Margaret, P. Boger and S.R. Chaudhury, 1995, Optimizing the HP Scan Jet II CX Scanner.
  • Yuengling, Kurt and P.D. Boger, 1993, Computer-Assisted Learning in Geology Labs.
  • Yuengling, Kurt and P.D. Boger, 1993, Interactive Computer Programs in Introductory Geology Labs.
Recent Publications:
  • Shelley, Jeffrey K., Hatheway, Richard B., and Boger, Phillip D., 1998, Interactive Computer Tutorial For Introductory Mineralogy, Geological Society of America, Northcentral Section, Undergraduate Research Poster Session.
  • Boger, P.D. and J.L. Boger, 1997. "Always Leave ‘Em Wanting More": Creating, Incorporating and Assessing the Effectiveness of Interactive Computer Programs in Large-Enrollment Introductory Lab Science Courses: Laboratory Exercises, Tutorials, Graphics, Images, and Lecture Presentations. Poster Session, Sixth Annual SUNY FACT Conference on Instructional Technologies: Learning With Technologies: Design, Implement, Assess. Brockport, NY, May 28, 1997.
  • Boger, P.D., J.L. Boger, Carlson, R.J., Frye, C. I., and Hochella, M. F., Jr., 1997. Laboratory 2: Mineral Properties, Uses and Identification, p. 29-50. IN Busch, Richard M. (ed), Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, Fourth Edition. American Geological Institute and National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Upper Saddle River, NJ. 280 p.
  • Hyatt, Andrea, Phillip Boger, and D. Jeffrey Over, 1996, Interactive Computer Tutorials for Enrichment of Historical Geology Lab Exercises. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 28(3).
  • Boger, Jane L. and Phillip D. Boger, 1996. Our Geologic Environment Laboratory Exercises. Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA. 240 pages.
  • Boger, Phillip D. and Jane L Boger., 1996, Computer Technology for Lecture Presentations in Large-Enrollment Introductory Geology Classes. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 28(3).
  • Aigner, Melissa A., Phillip Boger, and Dennis Showers, 1995. Educational Evaluation Of Courseware For Introductory Geology: It’s Fun, But Does It Work? Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 27(1):25.
  • Boger, Phillip David and Jane Louise Boger, 1994. Computer-Assisted Learning In Introductory Geology Labs. Journal Of Geoscience Education, 42(5):461-466.
  • Boger, Phillip D. and Jane L. Boger, 1994. Interactive Computer Tutorials For Introductory Geology Courses. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. March, 1994.
  • Boger, P. D. and J. L. Boger, 1993. Computer-Assisted Learning In Introductory Geology Labs. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, October, 1993.
  • Boger, P. D. and J. L. Boger, 1993. Computer Applications For The Improvement Of Introductory Geology Lab Exercises. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, October, 1993.
  • Boger, Phillip D. and Jane L. Boger, 1993. Computer-assisted learning in introductory science labs. Focus On Instruction Conference: Technology Applied to Learning, Syracuse University.

Courses Taught:

  • GSCI 100: various names: The Changing Earth, General Geology, Our Geologic Environment
  • GSCI 191: Introduction to Geology at Geneseo (Freshman Seminar)
  • ENVI 123: Environmental Studies I
  • GSCI 191 (188): Geology at Geneseo - freshmen experience course
  • GSCI 200 & 201: Environmental Geology and Investigations in Environmental Geology (lab)
  • GSCI 305: Economic Geology
  • GSCI 315: Principles of Geochemistry
  • GSCI 320: Isotope Geology (my favorite upper-level course)
  • GSCI 399: Quantitative Methods in Geology
  • INTD 979: Fossil Fuels in the next Fifty Years & Environmental Hazards of New Energy Sources
  • HONR 302: Roots of 20th Century Science (College Honors Science Course)
  • GSCI 391: Geological Sciences Seminar
  • GSCI 399: Creating Multimedia Software for Education (Directed Study Research)

Awards and Honors:

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  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • SUNY-Geneseo President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising
Personal Interests/Hobbies:
  • Caring for and enjoying Naweedna - our 33 acre mini-park/wildlife refuge/farm/homestead on the eastern rim of the beautiful Genesee River Valley. 
  • Watching all manner of wildlife, especially birds. In this politically correct age (and at my advancing age), bird-watching is safer (and easier) than girl-, um, lady-, er, woman-, I mean person-watching.
    Besides, Janie’s better than the average "bird", so why look elsewhere?
  • Traveling, camping, hiking: I’m no Crocodile Dundee, but I do enjoy testing the merits of our Subaru Outback in the nooks and crannies of America’s National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges and other natural places. It performed wonderfully to get us home from Maryland after the Blizzard of ‘96. Two days digging out my mother-in-law’s driveway with a broken snow shovel were not exactly "g’days".
  • Weightlifting and Running so I can indulge in two other personal interests:
    Sampling the exotic cuisine
    that Janie creates on her days off and
    Beer Tasting:
    24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case - coincidence? I don’t think so!
  • I recently took up SURFING, but only the waterless forms: Channel and Web/Net.
Favorite Sayings:
  • Some say the glass is half-empty, others say the glass is half-full. I say the glass is too damned big. George Carlin    (Bog says, "Just fill the glass up!")
  • As he is, so shall he who. Unknown (who said it and what the hell it means)
  • Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. seen in the Men’s Room of Larry’s, Columbus, Ohio, c. 1973, attributed to Groucho Marx?