University of Portland is part of a consortium of Northwest universities that has received a $625,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant includes training educators in Oregon and Washington coastal communities on the region’s earthquake and tsunami hazards and conveying this knowledge to students and visitors to parks and museums.
University of Portland environmental studies professor Robert Butler is one of four principal investigators of the grant. Since 2004, Butler has led a program called Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE). TOTLE is a professional development program for Pacific Northwest earth science teachers. The TOTLE web site offers K-12 teachers an introduction to the active continental margin geology of the Pacific Northwest. Teaching resources that are provided include animations, video lectures, slide shows, virtual field experiences, and lesson plans that feature plate tectonics and geologic hazards of the Pacific Northwest.