Jessica Kastler
Research Associate
Lisa Taylor
Research Associate
Andrea Gingras
National Network Coordinator
Sage Lichtenwalner
Data Translator
Scientist Engagement Working Group
 Screenshot of the case studies home page
Screenshot of the case studies home page
This working group is sponsored by grant 0943509 from the National Science Foundation, Enhanced Engagement of Scientists for Broader Societal Impacts, provided to COSEE Central Gulf Of Mexico through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grant provides two years of funding for the production team to work with representatives of each Center to produce a series of robust, engaging, interactive, multimedia online case studies that showcase the education and outreach efforts of some of the scientists who have worked with the COSEE Network.

The Scientist Engagement Working Group (SEW-G) presented its first complete case study during the May 2010 COSEE Network Meeting in Seattle. Since then several additional case studies have been completed, with the expectation that all 13 case studies will be complete and online by the end of the grant period in November, 2011.

This working group has met monthly via conference call since November 9, 2009. Initial discussions centered on the selection of one featured scientist from each Center, to ensure that the case studies represent diversity in gender, ethnicity, scientific discipline and research styles, level of participation in COSEE, career stage, and strategies used in education and outreach efforts.

Additionally, SEW-G reviews and approves the work of the production team, which meets weekly via Skype teleconference. This has included work to determine the look and feel of the case study website, as well as consideration of actual case studies. For each case study, videos, text, photos and other multimedia elements are grouped into three sections. “At Work” describes research efforts and “Collaborations” highlights education and outreach efforts. The third section, “Viewpoints,” includes insights of the scientists and their colleagues regarding topics of individual concern, e.g., changing the academic culture to reward education efforts, and scientists’ role in educating the public about climate change. In addition, development of the "Connections" page will continue as more case studies are added. It is hoped that this area of the website will provide unique and useful connections across the case studies.