Modeling Successful Broader Impacts Programs in Ecology

Tuesday, August 6, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
101H, Minneapolis Convention Center
Joel K. Abraham, California State University, Fullerton
Aurora MacRae-Crerar, University of Pennsylvania, PIRE Mongolia Project; and Elizabeth H. Schultheis, Michigan State University
Elizabeth H. Schultheis, Michigan State University
What characteristics make for a successful Broader Impacts project? The National Science Foundation recently reviewed Merit Review criteria after reports of confusion about the Broader Impacts criterion and inconsistent treatment of the criterion in panel reviews. The NSF board sought to clarify the Broader Impact criterion, stating that promotion of education and broader participation by underrepresented groups are still stressed, but that these goals can be achieved through the research itself or complementary activities. Furthermore, the board emphasized the benefit of coordination among PIs, projects, and institutions, as well as aggregated, rather than project specific, assessment of Broader Impacts. Please join us for an Ignite session in which NSF-funded ecologists and an NSF program officer share the successes and lessons learned during the planning and implementation of Broader Impacts projects. Speakers represent a diversity of career backgrounds and will speak on topics ranging from research training of local students in South America to Art + Science collaborations in the United States. The session format and content will be ideal for late-stage graduate students, post-docs, and early career ecologists to learn about a wide range of funded Broader Impacts projects. For those interested in forging new partnerships or joint proposals, the Ignite session will dovetail with a Broader Impacts workshop that will support interaction among interested ecologists.
 Planning great broader impacts projects
Elizabeth Blood, National Science Foundation; Henry Gholz, National Science Foundation
 Broader impacts of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON)
Paul C. Hanson, University of Wisconsin; Kathleen C. Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
 eMammal – Museum based citizen science camera trapping as a solution for wildlife monitoring
Tavis Forrester, Smithsonian Institution - National Zoological Park; Roland W. Kays, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; William J. McShea, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at the National Zoological Park; Robert Costello, Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History
 Bringing evolution education into action
Louise Mead, Michigan State University
 Artist-in-residence in an ecology lab
Stephen J. Tonsor, University of Pittsburgh; Natalie Settles, University of Pittsburgh
 Environmental education in Philadelphia, PA
Megan Malloy, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
 Research ambassador program
Aurora MacRae-Crerar, University of Pennsylvania, PIRE Mongolia Project; Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah; Amy Stasch, Scotts Bluff National Monument
 Beyond the screen: Hands-on learning for computer-based classrooms
Tomomi Suwa, Michigan State University and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station; Katherine L. Gross, Michigan State University
See more of: Ignite ESA Sessions