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April 2006 Directors' & Education Meeting

Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:00 to 23:00

Link to University of Chicago Directors Meeting page Thursday, April 13: Introductions/ Dinner/ Poster Session (Burnham Room, Intercont. Hotel and Gleacher Center, rm. 621)

3:00 (Primarily for education directors) University of Chicago MRSEC Directors welcome; brief overview of each Center's scientific and educational activities by educational outreach personnel (~5 minutes per Center, 5 slides max, no REU or RET talks, but overviews of the whole thing so everyone gets a sense of the other centers' core activities)(Intercontinental Hotel, Burnham Room).
5:00 Set up posters, meeting with National Research Council MRSEC Impact Evaluation Subcommittee (Gleacher Center, rm. 621)
6:00 Dinner in small groups, w/ NRC, downtown Chicago
7:00 Poster session and reception w/ Educational personnel and MRSEC Directors (posters on educational activities, Gleacher Center, rm. 621)
9:00 Adjorn

Friday, April 14

(University of Chicago, Center for Integrative Science929 E. 57th Street, 3rd floor conference room)
7:45 Continental breakfast & informal discussions
8:15 Welcome, etc.
8:30 NSF announcements
  Talks: 30 minutes plus 15 min. discussion
9:00 Using qualitative methods to understand the benefits of undergraduate research (Elaine Seymour, Colorado)Elaine Seymour and her research group are engaged in a comparative and longitudunal study of the benefits to undergraduate research participants, the processes whereby these are generated, and the benefits and costs to faculty undergraduate research advisors.
9:45 National REU and RET program evaluations [Susan H. Russell (SRI International)]Susan H. Russell is the Director of Survey Research at the Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development (CSTED). For the NSF, she directed the most comprehensive survey of REU programs with >18,000 survey respondents. She also directed a national survey of RET programs.
10:30 Informal science education evaluations (Deborah Perry, Selinda Research Associates, Chicago, IL)Selinda Research Associates, Inc., provides evaluation, research, and consultation services for museums and other informal learning environments. Clients include the Exploratorium, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Louis Science Center, and Museum of Science in Boston.
  Panel: 15 minutes for each panelist, 30 minutes discussion
11:15 Panel discussion: Evaluating MRSEC educational outreach programs ??? William Trochim (Dept. of Policy, Cornell), Mark Hertle (Seattle Public Schools), Julie Foertsch (University of Wisconsin LEAD Center)William Trochim (Dept. of Policy, Cornell University) is co-PI of a new study on building evaluation system capacity for STEM programsMark Hertle is the Director of Science Materials for the Seattle Public Schools, and former Program Director for the HHMI K-12 Division. Julie Foertsch is the Director of the University of Wisconsin, Madison LEAD (Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation, and Dissemination) Center .
  For Educational Outreach Personnel
12:30 LunchPracticum ??? Julie Foersch, University of Wisconsin LEAD Center facilitating
1:30 Creating your own evaluation: general guidelines (focusing an evaluation, methodology, writing survey questions, sampling, statistical methods)
3:00 Break into groups to brainstorm and begin development of MRSEC-wide evaluation instruments (possible categories):?????? Diversity initiatives??? Demo programs/ Open Houses ??? Science Camps/ Clubs ??? Classroom modules
4:30 Wrap-Up / Adjourn
  For MRSEC Directors:
12:30 Lunch / Working Groups meet
1:45 NSDL and its Pathways Overview (Laura Bartolo, Kent State University; PI, NSDL Materials Digital Library Pathway)
2:00 Hybrid live cell - supported membrane junctions: new synthetic lipid membrane technologies for studies of living cells (Jay Groves, UC Berkeley)
2:30 Soft matter for biology: one vignette on mimicking H5N1 and another on physical control of Stem Cells (Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania)
3:00 Report from Working Groups
4:00 Adjourn

Preliminary Agenda (Word 1.3MB)