Four Calls for AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts: Bright STaRS, Education, Communication, and Research Collaboration

23 July 2019

Four Calls for AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
9-13 December 2019
San Francisco, California

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2019

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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is currently accepting abstract submissions for the 2019 Fall Meeting. The meeting will be held 9-13 December 2019 in San Francisco, California.

Conveners of the following four sessions invite abstract submissions:

SESSION ED008: Bright STaRS: Bright Students Training as Research Scientists Poster Session
Conveners: Jennifer Saltzman, Carla McAuliffe, and Janet Warburton

High and middle school students are producing quality Earth, space, and ocean scientific research in summer, in-school, and after-school programs. These students are readily exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math practices and are often encouraged and involved with adults and/or scientists to investigate Earth, space, and ocean attributes including testing variables and monitoring the environment. The goal of this poster session is to give grade 6-12 students a platform to communicate their research to scientists, educators, and peers in order to gain best practice research and presentation skills. The science should be presented through art or poster format by students themselves. Grade 6-12 students throughout the world are encouraged to connect with conveners to submit their projects well in advance of the abstract deadline. The lead author on the abstract must be a Grade 6-12 student. This session is sponsored by the AGU Education section.

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SESSION ED040: Making Science Relevant: Strategies for Communicating about Science to Broad Audiences
Conveners: Regina Brinker and Janet Warburton

Improving scientific literacy strengthens a community’s skills to use information and think critically about the world around them. Scientific literacy takes science literacy - an understanding of science facts - and applies this information to a broader context. Building a strong network of scientists, formal, and informal educators, media specialists, and communication experts strengthens communication skills and broadens impacts of messages. Conveners invite presentations in effective communication strategies, examples of successful formal and informal education outreach activities, and use of social media to share their science messages both from the field and in the community.

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SESSION ED043: Reaching the Researcher: Collaborations between the Education and the Scientific Communities for the Advancement of STEM and Geosciences
Conveners: Janet Warburton, Constance E. Walker, and Susan Meabh Kelly

From teacher-researcher experiences, research experiences with undergraduates, to student-researcher mentorships, there are a myriad of possible ways to collaborate with a researcher. These collaborations can have pitfalls and/or be a resounding success. In this session conveners want to explore the following questions: (1) What makes some collaborations more successful than others? (2) How does one approach a researcher to start collaborations? (3) How is success measured in these collaborations? In this session, conveners invite presentations that demonstrate the capacity to build successful collaborations with the scientific community and measure or evaluate the impact for both the researcher and participants of such collaborations.

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SESSION PA027: Growing Pains: Overcoming Obstacles and Working Together to Improve Research Collaboration in Science
Conveners: Brit Myers, Pips Veazey, and Kaare Erickson

“Growing Convergence Research” is currently one of the National Science Foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” focusing research investment. Defined as a means for solving complex problems focused on societal needs, convergence research entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise across disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation.

A number of NSF's other “Big Ideas” also emphasize research convergence. For example, with the recent Navigating the New Arctic proposals, considerable effort was made to initiate new project partnerships across disciplines, institutions, and knowledge systems. However, challenges and barriers to building diverse scientific partnerships, teams, and communities remain.

This session invites abstracts exploring convergence and trans-disciplinary research project approaches and frameworks; the development and facilitation of successful research teams and communities; and ideas for community-wide strategies promoting equitable and effective collaborations across disciplines and knowledge systems. To stimulate cross-disciplinary exchange and learning, conveners encourage submissions across all AGU section affiliations.

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