Gears Luncheon Series – Ocean Sciences 2014

A collaboration of several COSEE Centers will present a series of Gears Workshops for scientists interested in increasing their capacity for high impact education, outreach, and collaboration activities.  These leadership development events, which will incorporate  material  from the all-day Gears Professional Development Workshops, are organized into four areas or “gears.” The four “gears” (Deconstruct, Learn, Build, and Broaden) can be used individually or together to support ocean scientists achieve broader impacts of their research.  Additional information on these workshops, including the description and location, is as follows:

I) DECONSTRUCT: Deconstruct your Research and Share your Pathway to Science
Date: Monday February 24, 2014, 12:30 – 1:45pm
Location: Room 318AB
Presenter: Annette deCharon, Carla Companion, and Ryan Cope COSEE Ocean Systems

Deconstruct your science. In this workshop you will learn and apply concept mapping skills to help you: 1) visually represent your science in a “bigger picture” context, 2) simplify your research goals and communicate them to others, and 3) share your pathway to becoming a scientist. Concept mapping will help you in writing collaborative proposals, improving your presentations, and focusing your science on questions of societal significance. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 participants.

II) DECONSTRUCT:  Telling Stories about your Science.
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12:30 – 1:45pm
Location: Room 318AB
Presenter: Dr. Ari Daniel Shapiro, COSEE NOW

Stories are our currency of communication and memory.  In this workshop, you will learn how to frame your science using storytelling techniques.  You will learn how to use stories to engage your audience and help them understand your science. You will hear some examples, and get to try it yourself. Ari is a radio broadcaster and freelancer with NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Radiolab, PRI’s The World, and the NY Times.  Lunch will be provided to the first 50 participants.

III) LEARN: What’s the relationship between understanding the science of climate change and making conservation-based decisions?
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:30 – 1:45pm
Location: Room 319AB
Presenter: Catherine Halversen and Lynn Tran, COSEE California

How deeply do people need to understand the science of climate change before they are activated to do something about it? We address this question by discussing how people learn and how we make decisions, and considering how a deeper understanding of the human mind is helpful for communicating science.  This interactive workshop will explore the relationship between understanding and conservation-based decision-making, around climate change. Lunch is provided to the first 50 participants.

IV) BUILD AND BROADEN: The Broader Impact Wizard: Step-by-step instructions on how to write Criterion II
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:30 – 1:45pm
Location: Room 318AB
Presenter: Janice McDonnell and Dr. Carrie Ferraro, COSEE NOW

Scientists are increasingly being asked to communicate the “broader impacts” of their work.  We will explore a suite of new online resources for scientists aimed at helping you develop a BI statement that will satisfy NSF Criterion II and fulfill your interest in communicating your science. Learn about the important points to include in your BI statement and tips on selecting potential audiences, identifying appropriate collaborators, and developing activities that achieve broader impacts.


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