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

April 10 Mary Richmond and Randy Boone NREL/PSD

Gnu Views on Experiences and Learning

April 17

Robin Reid, Bob Woodmansee and Dave Swift


The University of Nairobi and CSU Strategic Partnership:
Lessons, Innovations and Plans for the Future

April 24

Lori Reinsvold and Kathy Cochran

University of Northern Colorado

Power Dynamics in Science Lessons: Engagement Through Discourse

May 1

Andrew Warnock, Courtney Butler, Barry Carroll and Lynne Judish

Education and Outreach Center, CSU

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

May 8

Shinichi Asao, Aaron Sidder, Nell Campbell, and Jocelyn Lavallee


EcoPress: What we've learned about science communication

Scientists increasingly recognize the importance of communicating to a wider audience, and we started EcoPress in 2012 for NREL scientists to reach audiences beyond those reached by scientific publication.  In this seminar, we will present the state of EcoPress and define successful science communication using traffic data from the EcoPress website.  EcoPress now hosts more than 200 posts, reaching 152 countries, accumulating over 12,000 views, and referring new audiences to NREL, Warner College, and CSU websites.  This traffic was driven by two kinds of posts: those that encouraged discussion and went viral to reach new audiences, and those that offered resources and attracted consistent views from audience searching the resources.  The posts suggest that reach and search are two key components of successful science.  To increase reach, posts should be more personal, target peers, and connect to the author’s social network.  To increase search, posts should be unique and useful, target peers and teachers, and link to relevant materials online.  We will suggest ways for a post to have wider appeal and seek feedback from the seminar audience. 


An archive of past seminar series can be viewed here.