Laura Dunbar

  • Why should I attend?
    Ever thought about:

    Incorporating field experiences into your courses?
    Helping students collect or access authentic data?
    Bringing the local environment into your classroom?

    If […]

  • Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

    Time: 7am – 6pm

    Location: Cook Campus Center, Rutgers University

    What Is Shore Bowl?

    The Shore Bowl is a regional academic competition  for high school students in NJ, […]

  • ThumbnailAfter attending the Gears Professional Development Workshop Series, participants had the opportunity to apply the information that they acquired during the workshop and to work with education and outreach […]

  • gears logoScientists are increasingly being asked to communicate the “broader impacts” of their work. With the threat of a decline in both the scientific workforce and the public’s literacy on ocean and environmental science issues, the time is now for stepping up our efforts to promote ocean literacy.

    Although there is no single approach for a successful integrated research and education plan, this workshop builds the foundation for attendees to think creatively about how their research will impact their education goals and, conversely, how their education activities will feed back into their research. When research and education are effectively interconnected, the process of discovery can help stimulate learning and the resulting research can be communicated to a broader audience.

    Workshop Focus:
    To help scientists communicate the “broader impacts” of their work and better integrate their education and research activities, four COSEE centers (COSEE NOW, COSEE OS, COSEE Ocean, and COSEE California) have collaborated to develop the Gears Professional Development Workshop for Early Career Scientists. The Gears workshops, which have been held across the county, include both face-to-face and online sessions and feature demonstrations and discussions on a variety of communication techniques. Following the face-to-face workshops, participants have the opportunity to work with education and outreach professionals to develop their own outreach/broader impact plans and products. For examples of work created by previous participant check out the Gears Scientists Projects.

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    The Gears:

    The skills and techniques presented during the Gears workshops are interconnected and can be applied simultaneously. Therefore, we have organized them into four interconnected Gears or areas:

    Gear #1: Deconstruct Your Science When translating scientific research it helps to break down your message into its key components. This gear focuses on two methods for deconstructing your message including Concept Mapping (COSEE Ocean Science) and Storytelling (COSEE NOW).

    Gear #2: Understand How People Learn This gear focuses on what the educational research says about how people learn and what this can this tell us about effective ways to teach our students and communicate with the public. The Understand gear sets the stage for incorporating effective strategies for learning into practice as scientists share science with diverse audiences (COSEE CA).

    Gear #3: Build Effective Communication Techniques Learners build an understanding of the world around them through their experiences, motivation, and social interactions. This gear includes information about how you can apply concepts, and effective practices and strategies gleaned from the learning sciences, into your education and outreach efforts.

    Gear #4: Broaden the Reach of Your Science The ability to share your scientific message with those outside your research group is critical for career advancement. With funding trends moving towards large collaborative research programs, it is more important than ever that scientists collaborate not only within their discipline, but also across and beyond scientific disciplines.

    ***For specific information on previous Gears workshops, including agendas, check out the COSEE NOW Events pages.

  • ThumbnailInterested in learning from other broader impacts professionals, fostering new collaborations, and discussing the future of broader impacts? Then, check out the second annual Broader Impacts Infrastructure […]

  • 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 […]

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    Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

    Time: 7am – 6pm

    Location: Food Science Building, Rutgers University

    What Is Shore Bowl?

    The Shore Bowl is a regional academic competition for high school students […]

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    Workshop Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014

    Workshop Time: 8am – 5pm

    Workshop Location: Hawaii Convention Center

    Workshop Participants – WHO should attend?
    Early career scientists:

    Those holding a […]

  • White is often used as the neutral color in divergent colormaps, when you’re tryign to show the distance to two extremes from a common mid point. (See, for example this EOS article and the often cited Colorbrewer […]

  • Let’s be honest. This image won’t be winning any design awards. In fact, it’s not much more than a rehash of an example script for Reingold-Tilford Trees, though I did have to delve into some intricacies of […]

  • What a difference a week makes.

    Late last week, the waters off New Jersey were between 5-15 degrees below normal thanks a persistent pattern of coastal welling in which warmer surface waters were pushed […]

  • A little while back, I received the following question from a Visual Ocean visitor, and thought it would be fun to answer it as a post.

    When might satellite sst data be more informative than buoy data?

    The […]

  • To celebrate Independence Day, I thought it would be fun to dress up the ocean in a little red, white and blue.

    If you’re curious, the image above represents the gradient of sea surface temperature (SST) at […]

  • I recommend checking out the NRC’s “A Framework for K-12 Education,” which served as the driving philosophy behind the NGSS. Specifically the summary section should give you a good idea of the proposed changes. […]

  • This week, was the start of the 2013 Hurricane Season, and already forecasters have declared the first storm of the season. So with one week down, I’d say we’re on track to meet NOAA’s prediction of an active […]

  • If you’re a science educator, unless you’re a troglodyte (which let’s face it, every department has at least one of), you’ve probably been paying attention to the development of the Next Generation Science […]

  • Thanks Bruce for catching that. I’ve fixed the text above.

    One of the problems of analyzing various time periods is that you can sometimes confuse them. The graph above was created with an 8+ year dataset, but […]

  • Rivers play an important role in our ecosystem. They provide water for drinking and irrigation of crops, a habitat for fish and other organisms, and routes to easily transport goods. For these reasons and […]

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    The task of monitoring the nation’s numerous streams and rivers falls to the United States Geological Survey. The USGS maintains a large network of instruments that record streamflow, water height, […]

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