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10. Education, Scientific Outreach, Scientific Workforce

002: ASLOMP Student Symposium: Schedule

Organizers: Benjamin Cuker, Hampton University, benjamin.cuker@hamptonu.edu; Deidre Gibson, Hampton University, deidre.gibson@hamptonu.edu

This session is sponsored by the ASLO Multicultural Program. It provides undergraduate and beginning graduate students an opportunity to present their work in an oral session with a friendly and supportive audience. Any student attending the conference who has not before presented in the student symposium or in a regular oral session may submit their abstract for this session. Thus the session is open to all students that meet this criterion, regardless of their affiliation with the Multicultural Program. We look forward to a mix of students from all backgrounds and interests. (10)

035: Using Data From Autonomous Vehicles and Drifters to Support Education and Outreach: Schedule

Organizers: James A. Yoder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, jyoder@whoi.edu; Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University, mcdonnel@marine.rutgers.edu

Measurements of physical, optical, biological, and biogeochemical ocean properties, as well as high resolution photographic, video and acoustic mapping of bottom features, collected by autonomous vehicles and drifters are now a major source of ocean data supporting research and applications. For example, ARGO drifters are the only in situ global observing system of currents, temperature and salinity; sensors on an autonomous vehicle provided the best measurements of the rate at which oil was escaping from the recent blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and also mapped the deep, subsurface oil plume; a glider recently traversed the Atlantic Ocean; autonomous vehicles are becoming the best way to locate and map bottom features; and drifters are routinely measuring profiles of oxygen and other biogeochemical properties from the Southern Ocean and other remote areas of the global ocean. Not only are autonomous vehicles and drifters providing important and interesting data, the technology is ìcoolî and exciting to students of all ages and has the potential to help learners create their own knowledge and understanding of the ocean. Our session looks for contributions from scientists and educators who are working together on education and outreach projects that utilize the data collected from autonomous platforms. Our session goal is to share effective practices and evaluation data around the application of these technologies. (10, 13)

036: COSEE:Using Evaluation to Measure the Impacts of Education/Outreach: Schedule

Organizers: Patricia Kwon, COSEE-West, pkwon@aqmd.gov; Andrea Anderson, Soundview Evaluation, andrea@soundviewevaluation.com; Diana Payne, Connecticut Sea Grant, diana.payne@uconn.edu; Shawn Rowe, Oregon State University, shawn.rowe@oregonstate.edu

COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) is an NSF Division of Ocean Sciences program. The COSEE network consists of 14 thematic and regional Centers across the U.S. and its mission is engaging scientists and educators to transform ocean sciences education. One of the unique aspects of the COSEE program is that each Center has its own evaluator—a person or team continually assessing the effectiveness and impact of education strategies and activities. This session will discuss what has been learned since the beginning of the COSEE program in 2002. During this session COSEE evaluators and scientists will present the results of a variety of studies on COSEE audiences, scientist-educator collaborations, and broader impacts and education/outreach activities. From ocean observing systems to concept mapping to models, we will showcase what weíve learned since the beginning of the COSEE program in 2002 and discuss the implications for future COSEE education strategies and evaluation efforts. (10)

073: Compound Interest: Research + Energy + Outreach = Career and Personal Yield: Schedule

Organizers: Liesl Hotaling, University of South Florida, lieslhotaling@yahoo.com; Gail Scowcroft, University of Rhode Island, gailscow@gso.uri.edu

The goal of this session is to inspire and empower scientists to engage in high quality broader impact activities and reach out to diverse audiences. Bringing the results of scientific research to the public is a growing opportunity and ongoing challenge. The requirement to address broader impact (NSF) created an incentive for scientists to integrate research and education at all levels, enhance the professional development of early-career researchers, and contribute to science literacy.This session invites posters about successful and potentially replicable broader impact activities, as well as strategies to make scientistsí engagement in educational outreach easier and more rewarding. Presentations that expand scientists’ awareness of broader impact endeavors are encouraged, as are those highlighting partnerships with formal and informal education organizations, professional societies, community-based groups, as well as print, radio, television, film and web-based initiatives. Posters that focus on gauging effectiveness of broader impact efforts are also of interest. (10)

093: Pathways to Ocean Sciences: Broadening Participation in Summer Research for Undergraduate Programs: Schedule

Organizers: Allyson Fauver, The Institute for Broadening Participation, afauver@ibparticipation.org; Thomas Windham, Private Consultant, thomas.windham@comcast.net; Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University/COSEE NOW, mcdonnel@marine.rutgers.edu; Ashanti Johnson, The Institute for Broadening Participation, ajohnson@ibparticipation.org

How can the Ocean Sciences summer research for undergraduates community best work together to address diversity and create positive change? Speakers will overview the current state of diversity in the Ocean Sciences community; offer a shared resource pool of references and strategies for broadening participation; speak to the importance of diversity in the science and technology workforce and the challenge of broadening participation as viewed through the success of the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program, a highly diverse, multi-cultural research, mentoring and learning community; and present case studies from within the OS summer research community on successful efforts to overcome barriers to participation. (10)

098: The Critical Importance of Community Building in the Ocean Sciences: Schedule

Organizers: Charna Meth, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, charnameth@gmail.com; Kristin Ludwig, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, kludwig@oceanleadership.org

Oceanographic research is inherently interdisciplinary and successful research in this field relies on collaborating across disciplines and institutions, sharing resources and data, and securing and maintaining different sources of funding. One of the hallmarks of a vibrant research community is effective communication to stakeholders, including the academic community, funding agencies, and the next generation of scientists. Ocean science researchers — organized by professional organizations, sub-disciplines, or facilities — must effectively share their progress, interests, and success to their stakeholders. This is not just an obligation; it is critical to the vitality of their programs. This session is focused on the importance of community building in the ocean sciences when creating research programs and ensuring their long-term success. It will include examples of mechanisms used by large programs to communicate to their scientific community and to entrain support from a broader network; discussion of the role of management, lead scientists, professional organizations, and communications professionals in building and fostering strong communities; and success stories of dynamic research programs. (10)

102: Live from the Ocean: Engaging Students and the Public in Active Research Projects at Sea: Schedule

Organizers: Sharon Katz Cooper, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, scooper@oceanleadership.org; Leslie Peart, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, lpeart@oceanleadership.org; Jennifer Collins, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, jcollins@oceanleadership.org

This session will explore current tools and methods for engaging shore-based audiences in cutting edge ocean research projects - including the use of websites, blogs, social networking, and interactions with scientists through live video and audio broadcasts. How do we pique the interest of broader audiences in transformative ocean research and increase their understanding of the value of such projects to society? What kinds of programming has been successful? What size audiences participate? How do we measure success? Submissions are encouraged from projects sharing lessons learned, innovative programming, successes and challenges. (10)

117: Communicating a Changing Ocean: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Scientists and Decision Makers: Schedule

Organizers: Martha McConnell, The National Academy of Sciences, mmcconnell@nas.edu; Susan Roberts, The National Academy of Sciences, sroberts@nas.edu

Communicating changes in the ocean from human activities requires a different skill set than research, but can become an important component of an ocean scientistís career. Especially with implementation of the new National Ocean Policy, ocean and coastal scientists are needed more than ever to effectively communicate complex ocean and coastal science to a broad audience. Today our society must grapple with many issues such as ocean acidification, rising sea levels, increased ocean temperature, hypoxia, and pollution. How can oceanographers be more effective at communicating what they know and how they know it? What communication challenges do scientists face when changes may take place over many years before the negative effects on society are manifested? This session will explore recent advances in our knowledge of changing ocean and coasts, share techniques and examples for effective presentations of scientific information to decision makers and the public, and identify priorities for ocean and coastal science to solve emerging ocean environmental problems. Submissions are invited to share lessons learned about communicating the state of our oceans to various stakeholder groups, including policy makers, and describe factors that shape public understanding of a changing ocean. (10, 11)

130: Active Learning Approaches to Teach Concepts in Ocean Sciences: Schedule

Organizers: Emmanuel Boss, University of Maine, emmanuel.boss@maine.edu; Sharon Franks, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, sfranks@ucsd.edu; Peter Franks, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, pfranks@ucsd.edu; Lee Karp-Boss, University of Maine, lee.karp-boss@maine.edu

While incorporation of hands-on, and problem-based active learning practices into higher education classrooms has its challenges, forexample, potential reduction in the volume of material covered, the benefits of active learning are becoming increasingly clear: Active learning promotes deeper understanding and retention of key concepts and enables students to learn from each other as well as from the instructor. There are many kinds of active learning strategies including physical simulations and experiments, virtual (computer-based) simulations and experiments, group projects based applications of new knowledge to real-world challenges (including case studies) and games. This session is aimed at educators and future educators interested in sharing and demonstrating effective practices for active learning. Presenters are encouraged to actively engage the audience. Floor and table space will be available for presenters to set up learning stations. NB:  participation as a first author in this session will be allowed to those who have submitted as first author to a science session and at no additional cost.

This session is a 'hands-on' session and will consist of demonstrations in front of the audience at the exhibit hall. (10)

138: Networked Posters - A Means to Bring Interactivity to the Poster Session (Posters Only): Schedule

Organizers: Mark R. Abbott, Oregon State University, mark@coas.oregonstate.edu; Dan Fay, Microsoft Research, Dan.Fay@microsoft.com

New technology, including networking, visualization, and computing, is driving new models of publishing. Although we tend to think only of new displays and new gadgets, with near-ubiquitous access to cloud-based resources, the scientific poster no longer needs to be a static display or confined to simple interactive choices by the viewer. Instead, we can think of a networked poster that receives real-time input from observing systems, data bases, and models to produce a dynamic window into an ocean research question. This session solicits posters on any topic in ocean sciences that can demonstrate the value of real-time, networked connectivity to enable deeper scientific insight by the audience. High-capacity Internet connectivity as well as use of 42” plasma displays will be provided through the support of Microsoft Research. A limited number of submissions will be accepted due to presentation space constraints. (10, 15)

149: Research Experiences of Undergraduates in Aquatic Sciences (Posters Only): Schedule

Organizers: Russell Cuhel, Center for Great Lakes Studies, Univ. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, rcuhel@uwm.edu; Carmen Aguilar, Center for Great Lakes Studies, Univ. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, aguilar@uwm.edu

Increasingly complex, large-scale studies of aquatic ecosystems require broadly-trained yet disciplinarily-expert scientists for the 21st Century. A variety of laboratory research opportunities, from grant-supported undergraduate assistants to programmatic offerings such as the NSF-OCE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites offer a valuable introduction to research activities and lifestyles. Distributed among a wide variety of aquatic research institutions, REU Sites in particular provide diverse project and informational experiences. This session specifically offers ANY undergraduates an opportunity to present their research findings in a collegial but lower-stress poster session amid the showcase of full-spectrum aquatic science presentations. Engaged in one of the premier aquatic science meetings of the year, networking and personal interaction facilitate recruitment of top candidates into the career path progression. Research experiences play very important roles in coalescence of a student’s classroom learning with real world practice. This poster session showcases project results of mostly upper-division undergraduates working in aquatic science laboratories. All disciplines and many interdisciplinary topics are represented. The presentations provide a fine opportunity for scientists to establish interactions with potential graduate students or employees in a professional setting. The session has grown to be one of the largest single sessions, well attended by actively recruiting scientists. (10)

164: International Education and Outreach Activities: Schedule

Organizers: Adrienne Sponberg, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, sponberg@aslo.org; Bob Chen, University of Massachusetts - Boston, Bob.Chen@umb.edu; Melissa Ryan, Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence ≠ Technology & Engineering for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK), melissa.oceantechnology@gmail.com

This session is intended to offer scientists and educators a chance to share and compare ocean science education and outreach activities from around the world. Several common themes are expected to emerge including the lack of public understanding of the importance of the ocean to everyday life. Sharing the diversity of activities and approaches to education and outreach in different countries are likely to lead to new ideas about effective outreach strategies. We hope that presenters will form an international network of scientists and educators dedicated to improving an understanding of our “one ocean.” (10)