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Jay L. Banner, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the Environmental Science Institute

Jackson School of Geosciences

UT Austin

There are two main things I try to do in teaching - have students develop critical thinking skills, and create opportunities for hands-on learning.

If after finishing my course students forget the facts and figures discussed but have a new approach to asking critical questions and finding answers for themselves, and if while going down the road they find themselves distracted by wanting to know more about why the landscape around them looks the way it does, I'll consider that a great success.