Posts tagged ‘climate change’

December 10, 2013

TERC at AGU

Ken Mayer for TERCtalks

The American Geophysical Union is meeting this week in San Francisco (December 9-13) and climate change is one of the major topics of conversation. TERC had a critical role in organizing the climate literacy and education sessions occurring this week, and for the first time ever there will be Union Session (a particular kind of session at the annual meeting) focused on climate literacy education and engagement. If you are not at the conference, there are virtual options available.

I should also mention that TERC’s own Tamara Ledley will be honored at the meeting with an AGU Excellence in Education Award.

Climate Literacy Sessions at AGU Fall Meeting – December 9-13

Monday Oral Sessions
8:00-10:00  & 10:20-12:20: Climate Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 Education I and II– 103 Moscone South
8:00-10:00 & 10:20-12:20  Climate Literacy: Beyond Climate Literacy – Toward Effective Responses to Global Change I and II – 104 Moscone South
1:40-3:40 & 4:00-6:00  Climate Literacy: Achieving Widespread Climate Literacy Through Innovative Engagement Strategies, Effective Partnerships, and Large-Scale Networks I and II – 103 Moscone South

Monday Posters
1:40-6:00  Climate Literacy: Beyond Climate Literacy – Toward Effective Responses to Global Change III Posters – Hall A-C Moscone South

Tuesday Oral Sessions
8:00-10:00 Climate Literacy: Achieving Widespread Climate Literacy Through Innovative Engagement Strategies, Effective Partnerships, and Large-Scale Networks III – 103 Moscone South
4:00-6:00 UNION SESSION: Climate Literacy: The Role of the AGU Scientific Community in Climate Change Communication and Engagement – 102 Moscone South

Tuesday Posters
1:40-6:00 Climate Literacy: Achieving Widespread Climate Literacy Through Innovative Engagement Strategies, Effective Partnerships, and Large-Scale Networks IV  Posters – Hall A-C Moscone South
1:40-6:00  Climate Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 Education III Posters – Hall A-C Moscone South

Wednesday Oral Sessions
8:00-10:00 Climate Literacy: Barriers, Misconceptions, and Progress in Improving Climate Literacy I – 103 Moscone South
8:00-10:00 Climate Literacy: Beyond the Comfort Zone – New Approaches to Climate Change in Higher Education I – 104 Moscone South
10:20-12:20 Climate Literacy: Impacts, Evidence, and Best Practices from Research and Evaluation I – 104 Moscone South

Wednesday Poster
1:40-6:00 Climate Literacy: Barriers, Misconceptions, and Porgress in Improving Climate Literacy II Posters – Hall A-C Moscone South
1:40-6:00 Climate Literacy: Beyond the Comfort Zone – New Approaches to Climate Change in Higher Education II Posters – Hall A-C Moscone South
1:40-6:00 Climate Literacy: Impacts, Evidence, and Best Practices from Research and Evaluation II Posters – Hall A-C Moscone South

Thursday – Workshop
8:30-5:00 Preparing for Global Change: Education, Collaboration and Community Engagement to Enable a Science Savvy Society Workshop – San Francisco Marriott Marquis-Golden Gate A

March 28, 2013

“Join” EarthLabs Teacher Alison Mote on a Summer Scientific Research Expedition

This summer a team of scientists will embark on Expedition #341 aboard the JOIDES Resolution, an ocean drilling research vessel, to collect sediment samples from deep beneath the ocean floor off the south coast of Alaska. These sediments are expected to reveal valuable information about Earth’s geologic and climactic past, and to inform current scientific knowledge about the relationship between global climate change, tectonics, glacial advance and retreat cycles, paleo-ocean circulation, and Earth’s changing magnetic field.

The JOIDES (Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling)  seagoing research vessel that drills core samples and collects measurements from under the ocean floor, giving scientists a glimpse into Earth’s development...

The JOIDES (Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling) seagoing research vessel that drills core samples and collects measurements from under the ocean floor, giving scientists a glimpse into Earth’s development. Image © JOIDES Resolution

Periodically, between May 29th and July 29th, Expedition #341 will be LIVE-broadcasted from ship-to-shore through real-time events and interactive Skype chats with on-board scientists, technicians, and crew. Since 2009, these live broadcasts have reached tens of thousands of students, teachers, and museum visitors nationwide, offering exposure to cutting-edge research and STEM careers. Students and teachers can get involved by signing up now for the live broadcast at  or by requesting a Skype chat with the team here. Sign up now, since these Skype chats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Notably, this year, Alison Mote, a teacher at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, TX, will join Expedition #341 as one of two Onboard Education Officers. An Environmental Science and engineering teacher, Alison has worked closely with TERC researchers in developing, field testing, and refining curriculum units for TERC’s EarthLabs   project. With Alison’s support, TERC will be developing a new EarthLabs unit that tells the story of the JOIDES Resolution research expedition #341 and addresses how scientists learn about long-term climate change through sediment sampling and analysis. To learn more about the EarthLabs project and modules, be sure to visit: http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs/index.html.

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