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Addressing Broader Impact Requirements for Research Proposals

On January 5-6, 2010 COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities and Washington Sea Grant hosted a two-day program, Addressing Broader Impact Requirements for Research Proposals.

Dr. Bruce Alberts and graduate students
Dr. Bruce Alberts and graduate students from the University of Washington ocean/marine sciences and members of the UW student organization SACNAS

The program got off to a great start on Tuesday evening with over 200 ocean and marine scientists, learning scientists, educators, graduate students, marine educators and family members attending a reception at the Seattle Aquarium. The reception was followed by a presentation by Dr. Bruce Alberts, Redefining Science Education and the Roles That Scientists Play in Society. Dr. Alberts is the current editor of the journal Science and former president of the National Academy of Sciences. A small pre-event dinner was held for Dr. Alberts and University of Washington ocean/marine science and Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) graduate students. A separate program for guests’ children was given by aquarium staff during the keynote presentation.

On Wednesday over 150 participants (University and College scientists, faculty, educators, graduate students, marine educators and other invited guests) attended an all-day workshop at the University of Washington. Workshop session topics included:

How to leverage yourself, your lab group, and your research into existing outreach opportunities;
Expert advice on how to communicate your science to lay audiences, to the media, to decision makers and to K-12 audiences;
How to use what you and your lab group already do to satisfy broader impact requirements;
How citizen science can be used for scientific gain and your education and outreach requirements; and
Strategies for promoting diverse participation in the sciences.

The feedback regarding both days was very positive.

Contributed by Susan Bullerdick