Developing Research and Teaching Capacity in the Ecological Sciences at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) (by invitation only)
Sunday, August 4, 2013: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Director's 3, Hilton Minneapolis
Don Bowie, Science & Engineering Alliance, Inc.
Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America
This workshop is the first of two sessions that describes a collaborative effort between the Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (SEA) and the Ecological Society of America (ESA) to broaden participation of the underrepresented and underutilized community in large science projects such as NEON through two workshops at the ESA 98th Annual Meeting in August 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The successful implementation of this project will result in a Collaboratory between SEA, ESA and several of the MSIs that fosters the development of strategies, research capabilities and encourages dialogue to broaden the inclusion of the MSIs in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, the NEON Satellite Site (NSS) initiative and the ESA Future of Environmental Decisions (FED) initiative. The primary objectives of these workshops are to:
A. Stimulate discussions on the development of short-term (1-3 years), mid-term (3-5 years) and long-term (5-10 years) research and educational strategies to broaden the inclusion of the MSIs in the NEON project, implementing research based on NSS concepts and FED education initiatives;
B. Encourage dialogue about the establishment of collaboratories for participating in the NSS initiative and FED education projects; and
C. Solicit those institutions interested in participating in regional to continental scale research and future FED educational initiatives at the regional level.
These objectives will likely determine the direction of the regional to continental scale research and FED initiatives over the next decade and beyond.