Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

NREL Spring 2015 Seminar Series

"Science Education Beyond Borders:
Immersing Audiences Across the Globe in Science and Research"

NREL strives to create exceptional education and outreach resources, provide opportunities for immersion into scientific research practices, and ensure educational materials are available for diverse audiences. We serve K-12 teachers and students, student clubs and organizations, adult learning communities, adult volunteers, and citizen scientists across the globe. Our mission is to effectively bring our science to various public audiences in innovative and engaging ways. The Spring 2015 Seminar Series will focus on education in science and research conducted by NREL Research Scientists and collaborating partners. Seminar topics will range from the value of research and educational partnerships, methods for providing science education to diverse audiences, the use of writing skills to teach science, broader impacts from an NSF perspective, and environmental literacy.

Seminars will be held every Friday, unless otherwise noted

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Third Floor Conference Rooms - A302-304
Natural and Environmental Sciences Building




Seminar Title

Feb. 6 Greg Newman  NREL and as a Tool for Education and Outreach

Feb. 13

Meena Balgopal

CSU School of Education

Scientific Literacy: Supporting Science Learning Through Writing

Feb. 20

DeeDee Wright Poudre School District

Developing Partnerships with K-12 School Districts

Feb. 27


March 6

Dale Broder Department of Biology/GDPE 

The Power of Authentic Science: Examples from Local Schools

The US lags behind other countries in scientific literacy as well as acceptance and understanding of important scientific cToncepts, such as evolution. Authentic science is an approach much like inquiry-based teaching that has the power to increase scientific self-efficacy and overcome preset beliefs, such as those associated with evolution. I’ll give examples of our outreach programs in Northern Colorado that illustrate the effectiveness of this teaching tool, and I’ll hopefully convince you that authentic science can be easily incorporated into existing outreach programs to increase their impact.

March 13

Henry Gholz NSF

NSF Broader Impacts

March 20


March 27

Rod Simpson and Amanda Morrison NREL

Arctic Education and RETs

April 3

Yamina Pressler and Michelle Bartholomew NREL/ESS

BANR Education

April 10

Mary Richmond and Randy Boone NREL/ESS

Teacher Research in Kenya/Teaching Science in Guatemala

April 17

Robin Reid, Bob Woodmansee and Dave Swift NREL Nairobi Education

April 24

Lori Reinsvold and Kathy Cochran University of Northern Colorado

Science Education

May 1

Andrew Warnock

College of Natural Sciences and Outreach Center, CSU

A Hands-on Session with the EOC STEM Kits: A Successful Broader Impacts Strategy

May 8

Shinichi Asao and Nell Campbell


EcoPress: What we've learned about science communication


An archive of past seminar series can be viewed here.