Faculty/Graduate Student Collaborative Workshop at the DMC
Workshop Theme: Ocean-Climate Connections
Held at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME
Friday, January 29, 2010 and Monday through Tuesday, February 1-2, 2010
A key aspect of this project is using the highly flexible COSEE-OS workshop model to meet the needs of other Centers. For example, COSEE West will team University of Southern California (USC), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and greater Los Angeles California State University (Cal State) faculty with Master's students in the Cal State system and doctoral students at USC and UCLA. COSEE California will bring together young faculty with NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12), using concept mapping as a way to discuss the educational benefit of ocean-climate science communication. COSEE NOW will engage scientists and graduate students to develop online power points, podcasts, and teaching activities/demonstrations based on their concept maps. Graduate students will work with scientists on clarifying their presentations/products via concept maps while graduate students will work with teachers on developing ways to teach the content to K-12 or informal audiences.

Specific Objectives & Strategies

Collectively, the four COSEE Centers involved have six objectives and strategies for meeting these objectives:

  • Objective 1 - Enlighten researchers and grad students about science literacy campaigns. Strategy - Use Ocean Literacy (OL) and Climate Literacy (CL) as a framework for "match-making" researchers and grad students.
  • Objective 2 - Expose participants to a meta-cognitive technique used by many educators. Strategy - Train researchers on concept mapping (and grad students, if needed).
  • Objective 3 - Provide better insight into how scientists view ocean-climate connections for use in teaching (informal or formal). Strategy - Showcase COSEE science content knowledge through online maps.
  • Objective 4 - Grad students help researchers understand the needs of undergraduates. Strategy - Grad students give feedback on researchers' maps aimed at college freshmen not majoring in science.
  • Objective 5 - Build relationships between potential Ph.D. advisors (e.g., USC and UCLA faculty) and non-traditional Master's students (e.g., Cal State University graduate students). Strategy - Provide a framework for discussing science in a creative atmosphere with the potential to continue collaboration using on-line tools.
  • Objective 6 - Help young research faculty improve their NSF "Broader Impact" statements and provide graduate students with new avenues to apply their outreach training. Strategy - Pair young faculty (e.g., CAREER grant applicants) with COSEE-trained graduate students (e.g., COSIA graduates, GK-12 fellows) to develop/share outreach skills