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Science Communication 101 Workshop

Are you a scientist wishing to improve how you explain your research to journalists and the general public? Would you like to learn about using social media to communicate your science? If so, this free science communication workshop is what you were looking for.
Deadline to register: 5 November 2010
Registration Now Closed

Communicating with Congress Luncheon Workshop

Date and Time: Tuesday, 14 December, 1230h–1330h

Where: Moscone South Rooms 250 & 262

Speaker: Karen Wayland, past AGU Congressional Science Fellow and current climate and energy policy adviser for U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Good policy is informed by good science. As a scientist, you have every reason to establish a relationship with your legislators. Join the conversation and learn how to effectively communicate your science to local and national policymakers. This presentation and discussion session will give you the tools to communicate with Congress – even those with experience can pick up some important pointers at this event. Lunch will be served, but space is limited. No advance registration required.

Teaching About Earth's Climate History

Date and Time: Sunday, 12 December, 0900h–1700h

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Laural room

Kristen St. John, James Madison University
Mark Leckie, University of Massachusetts–Amherst
Megan Jones, North Hennepin Community College
Kate Pound, St. Cloud State University

Cost: $50

This one-day short course is designed for faculty teaching undergraduate geoscience courses in climate change, oceanography, historical geology, or Earth science in which data and content on climate change, geologic time, age determination, and earth history are important. Learning materials introduced and distributed in the short course are classroom tested and are anchored in fundamental practices and discoveries of scientific ocean drilling research programs (IODP, legacy DSDP and ODP, and ANDRILL). The exercises infuse essential scientific observational, analytical, and synthesis skills, and critical thinking into inquiry-based classroom exercises for group work in both small and large classes. Exercises on the following topics will be presented in the workshop: Introduction to Paleoclimatology, Marine Sediments, Biostratigraphy, Magnetostratigraphy, CO2 as a Climate Regulator; Stable Oxygen-Isotopes and Cenozoic Climate Change, Climate Cycles, Past Antarctic Climates and Interpreting Antarctic Sediment Cores, The Glaciation of Antarctica (the Oi1 Event), Past Arctic Climates, The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), and the Northern Hemisphere Glaciation.

Registration: The workshop is open to all faculty and graduate students, limit 50 participants. To register or for more information, please email stjohnke@jmu.edu.

Support: This project is funded by NSF Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) grant #0737335 and by Deep Earth Academy, an education division of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and the Antarctic Drilling Program (ANDRILL). The foundation for this project lies scientific ocean drilling research conducted in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and ANDRILL

Communicating Climate Science Workshop

Date and Time: Tuesday, 14 December, 1400h–1600h

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Salons 14-15

Panelists :
Climate change communicator Susan Joy Hassol, climate scientist Richard Somerville, author Chris Mooney

Climate science has become so politicized that it can be hard to have productive conversations about it between people with opposing viewpoints. Gain insights about effectively discussing the research and issues with various audiences, including non-scientists, reporters, and legislators. Panelists will delve into prevailing viewpoints of various audiences, which information is most helpful to provide, and what messages are most effective. Bring your questions and examples to share.

Science Blogging Workshop (Blog About It)

Date and Time: Thursday, 16 December, 1400h–1600h

Where:Press Conference Room, 3000 Moscone West

Panelists :
Erik Klemetti (Eruptions), Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan (Highly Allochthonous), Brian Romans (Clastic Detritus), Jessica Ball (Magma Cum Laude), Cian Dawson (Point Source).

Writing a science blog can help you spread the word widely about your research, engage those who share your scientific interests, enhance your ability to communicate about science you care about, and more. But a blog can also become a time sink, expose you to criticism, and otherwise spell trouble unless some simple cautions and good practices are followed. Learn why and how to successfully blog and use social media to create community —without the pitfalls— from a panel of experienced bloggers from academia, government, and the private sector.


AGU-NESTA Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop –
Hot Topics in Geoscience

Date and Time: Thursday and Friday, 16–17 December, 0800h–1700h

Where: Moscone South Mezzanine Rooms 250 & 262

This two-day workshop for current and pre-service middle and secondary school teachers includes talks by leading research scientists coupled with take-it-to-the- classroom activities! Timely topics range from earthquakes to oil spills, climate change and sustainability on Earth to the next generation of lunar exploration. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with experts from NASA, NOAA, IRIS Consortium, U.S. Ice Drilling Program, and more.
Deadline to register: Passed

Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science Departments Workshop

Date and Time: Sunday 12 December, 0830h–1700h

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Salon 14

This one-day workshop will provide an opportunity for heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss issues and strategies for building a strong department, meet other heads and chairs, and learn more about the science of disaster mitigation and opportunities for students and faculty. Find more information about the workshop program.

Deadline to register: 18 November 2010

Register for this workshop here.

Writing Your Data Management Plan

Date and Time: Tuesday 14 December, 1200h–1330h

Where: Moscone South Rooms 228–230

Whether you need to include a data management plan in your NSF proposal, want to make data exchange in your field as transparent as possible, or just aim to maximize the visibility of your science in the Internet World, this workshop is for you. Earth scientists face increasing pressure to share their results not just in journals, but in many other settings. Data produced sometimes long ago for one purpose are now being successfully applied to emerging problems in entirely different disciplines. A concrete data management plan developed early in your research project can make you and your data more visible, more successful, and increase the impact of your science.

In this Earth Science Information Partners-sponsored workshop (ESIP), representatives from NOAA, NASA, and other data archive centers will provide an overview into the world of successful data stewardship, examine emerging standards and trends, and provide concrete steps for managing your Earth Science data. We will present our roadmap to completion of the recently distributed NSF data management requirement. We will conclude with a question and answer session. Workshop duration is 1.5 hours.

How to Get Research Program Started at a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution)

Date and Time: Tuesday, 14 December, 1400h–1800h

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Walnut Room

This workshop will present strategies and approaches for developing and sustaining research programs at the undergraduate level. It is designed for new and future geosciences faculty, including graduate students and post-docs preparing to enter academic positions, who are interested in developing an undergraduate research program, as well as faculty interested in expanding their research programs to include undergraduates. The workshop will cover, and participants will receive materials on, funding opportunities (including NSF), project selection and mentoring of undergraduates, and institutional support for undergraduate research. Facilitators will work with the participants to develop their own strategy for developing a research program involving undergraduates. This workshop is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Geosciences Division.

Participation is limited to 20; cost is $30. Please register here.

For more information, contact: Lydia Fox, Phone: 209-946-2481, E-mail: lkfox@pacific.edu

Visualization Aided Data Analysis: Tools and Techniques for the Geophysical Sciences

Date and Time: Monday, 13 December, 0830h–1230h

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Sierra I room

Until only a few years ago advanced scientific visualization techniques were largely the purview of visualization experts, employed primarily as a communication aid to clarify and illustrate complex phenomena. Thanks to the commoditization of computer graphics hardware and the emergence of mature, user‐friendly software packages the role of scientific visualization has begun to change from one of merely a communication aid to an indispensible tool for discovery, used not exclusively by visualization experts but by scientists in their day‐to‐day efforts to analyze data and extract new insights. The goal of this workshop is to educate attendees on some of the most recent and relevant advances in scientific visualization, and to provide an overview of some of the software packages that are available and appropriate for researchers in the geo‐sciences. Attendees can expect to gain a basic understanding of the capabilities of these powerful visual data analysis environments; learn which tools may be most appropriate for their own needs; and have an opportunity to talk with tool developers, on‐hand for the workshop.

Find more information about this workshop here.

For more information, contact: John Clyne, National Center for Atmospheric Research, E-mail: clyne@ucar.edu

Teaching About Complex Systems Using the STELLA Modeling Software

Date and Time: Sunday, 12 December, 0900h–1730h

Where: City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus

David Bice, Pennsylvania State University
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College

Cost: $50

Numerical modeling is a widely used tool in the Earth and Environmental Sciences, but can be intimidating for students with limited mathematical backgrounds and/or math anxiety. In this workshop, we present STELLA, an iconographic box modeling software package particularly beneficial in teaching basic modeling skills and in fostering student understanding of complex systems. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with existing models of phenomena such as radioactive decay, climate change, and thermohaline circulation, and will also work with other participants to generate new models to meet their own course needs. Discussions will cover such topics as the pedagogical value of teaching students how to model, and strengths and limitations of the STELLA software. Find more information about this workshop here.

Participation is limited to 25; cost is $50.

Deadline to register: Passed

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 December 1000h–1200h

Where: Moscone South Rooms 228–230

ESWN Workshop for all Early Career Faculty, Post Docs, and PhD students at AGU

Co-sponsored by: AGU, ESWN & NSF

Moderators: Meredith Hastings (ESWN), Rose Kontak (ESWN) and Richelle M. Allen-King (NSF)

What constitutes an effective review? How do you connect with NSF officers? What early career options does NSF offer?

This workshop will feature NSF program officers answering common questions on the criteria for NSF proposal reviews, tips on writing reviews and what program officers rate as effective to help you in preparing great proposals and reviews for NSF programs; tips on connecting with NSF program officers in the future including how to prepare for a helpful discussion about your proposal ideas with a program officer. We will also feature a chance for participants to meet with program officers in small groups. Early career options such as post-doctoral fellowships, AAAS fellowships, and CAREER proposals will also be discussed.

Find more information and a detailed agenda here.

Tips for Publishing in the Geosciences

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 December 1600h–1800h

Where: Moscone South Rooms 228–230

ESWN Workshop for all Graduate Students and Early Post Docs

Co-sponsored by: AGU & ESWN

Moderator: Rose Kontak (ESWN)

How do you pick a journal to submit your work to? How do you come up with a list of suggested reviewers? What's best to include in a cover letter to the editor? What are guidelines for responding to reviewers comments?

This session will feature a panel of geoscientists (atmospheric chemistry, environmental science, ecology, hydrology, paleo-oceanography, solid earth dynamics) with experience publishing in a variety of journals, experience as reviewers and experience as associate editors of journals such Nature Geoscience, Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR), and Environmental Research Letters (ERL).

Find more information and a detailed agenda here.