Ocean Sciences Education and Outreach Session
Date: 10/15/09 - 10/15/09
Location: Portland, OR

The COSEE evaluators have had a session accepted for the 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, to be held February 22-26 in Portland, Oregon. Entitled COSEE Evaluations: What We've Learned and Implications for the Future, the co-convening evaluators are Chris Parsons (COSEE NOW), Rena Dorph (COSEE California), Patricia Kwon (COSEE West) and Mark St. John (National COSEE Network).

Anyone who has conducted an evaluation or research study of COSEE-related activities is invited to submit an abstract for this session. Abstracts are due by October 15, 2009. For abstract submission guidelines, visit the conference site.

The session co-conveners recommend you review the session proposal (below) to determine if your work fits. You can also contact the co-conveners to discuss ideas. In addition, please consider creating a presence for your Center by submitting a poster to an appropriate session, as it would be great to see all COSEE Centers represented. If no one from your Center can attend the meeting, contact Liesl Hotaling; she will be happy to work with you to put your poster up and make sure there is a volunteer there to discuss your Center.

ED04: COSEE Evaluations: What We've Learned and Implications for the Future COSEE is an NSF Division of Ocean Sciences program. The COSEE network consists of 12 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 and the network has its own evaluator, a person or team continually assessing the effectiveness and impact of education strategies and activities. What have we learned since we began in 2002? During this session COSEE evaluators will present the results of a variety of studies on COSEE audiences, scientist-educator collaborations and education activities. From observations to concept mapping to models, we will showcase what we've learned and discuss the implications for future COSEE education strategies and evaluation efforts.

For further information, please contact the session conveners listed below:

Chris Parsons:
Rena Dorph:
Patricia Kwon:
Mark St. John:

ED05: Compound Interest: Research + Energy + Outreach = Career and Personal Yield 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 presentations about successful and potentially replicable broader impact activities, as well as strategies to make scientists' 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 and on gauging effectiveness of broader impact efforts.

For further information, please contact the session conveners listed below:

Gail Scowcroft:
Sharon Franks:
Liesl Hotaling:
Rick G. Keil:

ED06: Ocean Literacy and Mutualism: Science Organizations Partnering with Informal Education Institutions Improving ocean literacy among citizens requires a multifaceted approach. Informal science education (ISE) venues, museums, aquariums, and science centers, offer vast opportunities to reach a broad range of audiences. Americans are frequent visitors to these institutions, 3 in 5 go every year, reporting they provide trustworthy science information. And, with individuals spending as little as 9% of their lives in school, the vast majority of learning occurs outside of school. Science organizations and ISE venues can benefit from partnering. ISE professionals are experts in interpreting complex scientific ideas for the public and scientists collect data and perform cutting-edge research that can be brought to the public in near real time. However, mutually beneficial partnerships are challenging to create and maintain. This session seeks papers that illustrate the benefits of such institutional partnerships, how these partnerships impact both institutions and attempt to improve ocean literacy, and examples from other scientific fields.

For further information, please contact the session conveners listed below:

Carrie McDougall:
Mary Miller:
Elizabeth Ban:

ED07: Success and Challenges in Aquatic Observing Systems Education and Outreach Ocean observing systems are being designed and deployed to support ocean science research and marine operations. The technological challenges involved in bringing these systems to full operation make interesting stories and the real-time data streams available now and in the future provide great opportunities to engage many different audiences in the excitement of exploring the coastal and open ocean and seafloor. Our session seeks papers that illustrate: (1) the challenges that need to be overcome to bring aquatic data to novice users; (2) projects that demonstrate how educators and research scientists can and are using ocean observing data to support public literacy about the ocean; and (3) the role of cyber infrastructure for collecting and disseminating data from remote locations for use in education and outreach. This session encourages exemplars including those from other fields (e.g. meteorology, environmental science) that model and discuss how observing systems and cyber infrastructure can meet the increasing need for ocean awareness and understanding through improved formal and informal education serving a broad range of audiences.

For further information, please contact the session conveners listed below:

Janice McDonnell:
James Yoder:
Elizabeth L. Rom:

Contact Name: Liesl Hotaling
Contact Phone: (845) 838-1600
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