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Education Directors Meeting, Nov 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 12:00 to 22:00

Sheraton, Boston, MA 7:30 am MRSEC Education Directors Breakfast and Business Meeting (Beacon A) 8:00 Breakfast and Registration for All Registered Attendees (Clarendon Room)

Morning Session: Getting Updated Morning Session: Getting Updated (Fairfax Room)

8:30 Welcome and Meeting Goals (Robert de Groot ??? Caltech and Greta Zenner ??? University of Wisconsin-Madison) 8:45 Update from NSF (Tom Rieker ??? NSF) 9:15 The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) ??? Approaches to Informal Education and Evaluation) (Andrea Durham, Carol Lynn Alpert, and Tim Miller ??? Museum of Science, Boston, Karen Pollard ??? Science Museum of Minnesota, and Barry Kluger-Bell ??? Exploratorium) 10:10 Break (Clarendon Room) 10:25 NISE Net Presentation (continued) 11:00 Adventures in Informal Education Evaluation (Christine Reich and Elizabeth Kollmann ??? Museum of Science, Boston) 12:30 pm Networking Lunch

Afternoon Session: Getting Connected (Fairfax Room)

1:30 Updates and Highlights from Center Education Programs (In Groups)

  1. What E/O/HR highlights are you most proud of from the past year?
  2. Do you have partnerships with informal education institutions? If so, what kind and how do they work?
  3. What approaches have you taken to assessments of your outreach/informal science ed (ISE) efforts? What has worked?

2:30 Report Out 3:00 Break (Clarendon Room) 3:15 Connecting Education and Outreach Professionals ??? (NSF) Research Center Educators Network (NRCEN) and Neo-Sphere (Jill Andrews ??? University of Michigan, Dan Steinberg and Shannon Swilley ??? Princeton University) 3:45 Developing Partnerships Between Informal Science Education Institutions and Science/Engineering Researchers (Eric Marshall ??? New York Hall of Science) 4:45 The Materials Digital Library Project (Laura M. Bartolo ??? Kent State University) 5:00 Wrap-up and Evaluation/Adjourn