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(Subject: 2010 Ocean Sciences)

Staff Contacts

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Meetings Manager
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Shermonta Grant
Meetings Coordinator
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For exhibit inquiries:


Policy Training Workshop

Early Career Workshop

Limnology and Oceanography Fluids and Environment Workshop

NSF Workshop on Science Journalism

Student Development Career Workshops (2)

Public Outreach Workshop

Advice from Hollywood — Olson Video Workshop

Student Development Career Workshops (2)

Policy Training Workshop: Yes You Can…Get Science into the Hands of Policymakers!

When: Monday, 22 February (1145h – 1245h)
Where: Room F151

In this lunch-time session, ASLO Director of Public Affairs Adrienne Sponberg, will provide the background and tools you need to successfully navigate the intersection of science and policy. Following an abbreviated overview of how science is incorporated into policymaking, Sponberg will share tips from her experience as a U.S. Senate staffer and public affairs representative that will help you get your science into the right hands. Participants will work as a group to develop talking points. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by ASLO

Early Career Workshop

When: Tuesday, 23 February (1145h – 1245h)
Where: Room E146

Grab your lunch and come learn about alternative careers in the aquatic sciences. The ASLO Early Career committee will convene a panel of scientists representing diverse careers - ranging from non-governmental conservation organizations to private foundations to government science and policy. The panel will share their experiences in finding and building careers outside of academia, some directly out of graduate school and in other cases, as a transition from established careers in tenure-track academic jobs. Scientists at all career stages are invited to attend and interact with the panel, to find out more about the diversity of careers available for themselves and their students.

Sponsored by ASLO

Limnology and Oceanography Fluids and Environment Workshop

When: Tuesday, 23 February (1145h – 1245h)
Where: Room PB252

Come meet the Associate Editors and learn about the scope and submission guidelines for Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments. Come early and join us for lunch. There will be a limited number of complimentary box lunches available. (Sponsored by ASLO)

You are also cordially invited to attend the following events to celebrate the launch of Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments: (1) Launch of Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids & Environments at 8:00 am in Room PB252 during Special Session IT21A. Come to the official launch and brief information session. The special session (Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments - Celebrating Interdisciplinary Research in Aquatic Science Driven by Fluid Dynamic Interactions) runs on Tuesday morning (I), afternoon (II) and during the poster session in Poster Hall E (III - IT25F).

A Champagne Toast on Tuesday, February 23 at 5:45 pm at the ASLO Booth (#501) is being held during the Poster Session. Come help toast ASLO's new journal, Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments with your friends and Colleagues.

From Ship to Shore to the News: NSF Workshop on Science Journalism

When: Wednesday, 24 February (1145h – 1245h)
Where: Room E141

Gulf of Mexico Double-Whammy. Methane-Devourer Discovered in Arctic Seas. Antique Whale Oil and the Origin of Industrial Chemicals.

These headlines introduced recent marine science news stories.

Did these stories attract readers? If so, what's the secret to their success?

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy—the key to good science communication and science journalism.

Science journalism aims to transmute scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only by scientists, to news relevant to the lives of the general reader (listener/viewer).

This workshop will explore science communication for a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing from news outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post, Science News and New Scientist; “dissect” the structure of science news and feature articles; discuss how popular coverage of science has changed in recent years through “new media”; and learn the basics of science journalism.

Participants will have the opportunity to write a general-audience science article about research presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be offered to those interested.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Please contact: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation, cdybas@nsf.gov, 703-292-7734.

Student Development Career Workshops (2)

When: Wednesday, 24 February (1145h – 1245h)
Where: Rooms D136 and D137

Room D136
Professional Ethics

Karen Orcutt and Kjell Gundersen
Department of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

This lunchtime workshop will review several case studies from Ethical Issues in Ecology (Dudycha and Geedy 2004) as a starting point for discussions on ethical issues in Ocean Sciences. The goal of the workshop is to inform society members of the role of the ASLO Professional Ethics Committee. Examples of day-to-day issues will be related to responsible conduct, collegiality and the ethical implications of keeping up with professional demands.

Room D137
International Research Programs: Present Activities and Future Directions

Co-organized by ASLO and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Carlos Duarte
Department of Global Change Research, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain

Kelly Falkner
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, USA

Eileen Hofmann
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Old Dominion University, USA

Ursula Schauer
Climate Sciences and Observational Oceanography, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar & Marine Research, Germany

This lunchtime workshop will focus on the scientific lessons learned from present international research programs and the challenges of future programs. Join our exciting panel of senior scientists as we discuss key issues facing students and early career scientists, particularly with regard to international research programs.

Public Outreach Workshop

Broadening Your Research Impact: An Invitation to Attend a Lunch Time Panel Discussion on Connecting Scientists and Educators to Improve Education and Public Outreach (EPO)

When: Wednesday, 24 February (1145h – 1245h)
Where: Room F151

Scientists are increasingly being asked to become more involved in communicating the “broader impacts” of their work. With the threat of a declining scientific workforce and an increase decline in public literacy on ocean and aquatic science issues, the time is now for connecting ocean science research and public education. Please bring your lunch and join us for presentations and a discussion by a panel of scientists and educators, including representatives from the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) on strategies for effective education and public outreach (EPO). A demonstration of available resources and discussion of opportunities will help scientists develop their own ideas and plans for future EPO activities.

Sponsored by ASLO

Advice from Hollywood — Olson Video Workshop

When: Wednesday, 24 February (1900h – 2200h)
Where: Room PB251

Scientist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson (writer/director of short science videos for Shifting Baselines Ocean Media Project and feature films Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus, and Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy, and author of the new book Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style) will lead a workshop on filmmaking and storytelling. At the 2008 Ocean Sciences meeting, he was one of the panelists for the popular evening session “Does Science Really Matter” and he presented a workshop/discussion session on another evening on communication and filmmaking. Randy has taught workshops for several years on filmmaking and storytelling for scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, Merced, and Monterey Institute for International Studies. His recently-published book has been well received: “An excellent explanation of why scientists often have problems communicating with the public” — Nature, 12/10/09. “Ought to be required reading in all science graduate programs” — Science, 1/1/10. Recent references to the value of the book have also been made in editorials in the New York Times (Andrew Revkin, 12/12/09) and Washington Post (Chris Mooney, 01/03/10).

The workshop will start with a brief presentation by Randy on filmmaking, which will be followed by presentations of short videos from selected submissions by meeting attendees. The videos will be discussed with constructive criticism by the meeting organizers and the audience. The presenters of the videos will be:

Claudia Paul – University of Alaska
Elizabeth North – University of Maryland, Horn Point
Marci Delaney – University of Maryland, Baltimore County/NASA
Helen Czerski – University of Rhode Island
Bonnie Monteleone – University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Cassie Gurbisz – University of Maryland, COSEE program
Russell Cuhel – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, CGLS
Stefan Vogel – Northern Illinois University
Mark Benfield – Louisiana State University

With the advent of new video technology, Youtube, and its widespread use by younger generations, it is clear that “the language of video” is becoming an increasingly important component of science communication. But using video effectively in communication is more challenging than just “pointing and shooting” with a camera. Making effective videos requires an understanding of basic elements of storytelling and visual expression.

Please come and join us for this exciting and different workshop. We anticipate that an outcome of the workshop will be a number of marine scientists with new enthusiasm and new ideas on how to communicate the complexity of their research to the general public. Coordinated by Jonathan Sharp, University of Delaware.

Sponsored by ASLO and TOS

Student Development Career Workshops (2)

When: Thursday, 25 February (1145h – 1245h)
Where: Rooms E146 and E147

Room E146
Meet the Journal Editors: The Role of Publication in the Scientific Process

Josef Ackerman
Editor-in-Chief, Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments

Paul Kemp
Editor-in-Chief, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods

This lunchtime workshop will provide students with an opportunity to meet with the editors of two of L&O's journals to discuss the role of publication in the scientific process. There will be a short presentation followed by an open question and answer session.

Room E147
Creating Your Message: A Building Block for Communicating Ocean Science

Nora Dean
North Pacific Research Board, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Janet Warburton
Arctic Research Consortium of the US, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

During this lunchtime workshop, participants will learn how to create a message about their work or research that can be tailored to different audiences, e.g. schools, media. There will be several activities that will allow participants to develop their own message and learn some tips/tricks for communicating science.