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

March 13

Henry Gholz Program Director, DEB, National Science Foundation

Education: Perspectives from an NSF Program Director

March 20


March 27

Rod Simpson, John Moore, Amanda Morrison, and Michelle Bartholomew


Research Experiences for Teachers and Arctic Education

April 3

Amanda Morrison, Michelle Bartholomew, Yamina Pressler and John Moore NREL/ESS

Expanding the impact of your science through education: a bioenergy case study

Although many researchers aim to share their science through education, developing and organizing impactful educational arms of research projects is not without challenges. Determining the appropriate philosophical, structural, and functional educational model goes beyond just simply “educating students” and calls for clever collaboration between researchers and teachers. The Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR), a USDA project jointly based at the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, is implementing one such educational model to engage with K-12 teachers in co-developing curricula around bioenergy concepts. After a successful first year, we aim to share our strategy in developing our educational program, tangible and intangible outcomes of the program, and specific tactics for accomplishing these goals. We highlight the importance of ensuring mutual benefits for researchers and teachers through co-development. To that effect, we emphasize the importance of maintaining flexibility throughout the project to allow for emergent ideas that will inevitably spark with frequent teacher-researcher interactions. We also address challenges encountered in our first year and describe our approach to measuring the efficacy of both our internal programs and K-12 curriculum. 

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.