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Date: Tuesday, August 02

 

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Educating the Larger Public about Science: Lessons from Public Institutions
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:15PM - 3:15PM
  Presider: Paul Nienaber,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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Attracting the Public: Lessons from the Magnet Lab
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:15PM - 3:15PM
  Author: Jose Sanchez
Center for Integrating Research & Learning, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
8506450033, sanchez@magnet.fsu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The Magnet Lab and other facilities, large and small, can provide the infrastructure that translates science research for students, teachers, and the general public. In addition, an educational programs group with science educators as staff, provides support for scientists as they expand their involvement with science outreach. CIRL addresses this mission by providing a broad range of programs at traditional and nontraditional venues: For example, K12 outreach to schools, middle school mentorships, high school internships, internships for undergraduates, internships for teachers, teacher professional development, Science CafĂ©, Barnes & Noble Science Nights, and Chick Fil A Family Nights. CIRL educators take any and all opportunities to help teachers bring real-world research into classrooms.
  Footnotes: None
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Discovery to Understanding: The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:15PM - 3:15PM
  Author: Michael Thoennessen
National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
5173336323, thoennessen@nscl.msu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is a world leader in rare isotope research and education. Broadening the impact of scientific discovery and enhancing the public understanding of science are among the main objectives of the laboratory. Every year more than 4000 visitors participate in tours of the facility and we developed hands-on demonstrations for open houses and science fairs. For example, the Marble Nuclei Project offers a hands-on approach to learning about matter on the atomic and subatomic scale by comparing and contrasting different isotopes. This project helps visitors and students understand the various types of decay associated with different isotopes, and become aware of the goals of nuclear science and how it is applied in everyday situations.
  Footnotes: None
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Physics for the Public
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:15PM - 3:15PM
  Author: Marge Bardeen
Education Office, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
6308402031, mbardeen@fnal.gov
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: We probably all agree that the public should know something about the nature and value of scientific research. Through outreach and education activities, scientists can communicate understandings of the natural world and how we come to those understandings. The setting could be a library, lecture hall, museum floor, or even a book store. The experience should build understandings and relationships. The approach should involve engagement and when possible exploration. We discuss several activities for the general public from the particle physics community.
  Footnotes: None
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Outreach from a Small Observatory
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:15PM - 3:15PM
  Author: James Conwell, Eastern Illinois University
2175816343, jconwell@eiu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In the fall of 2004 the Eastern Illinois University Physics Department dedicated its new observatory. Built with student help and private donations, it has been central to the department's community outreach through its monthly open houses. More than 1600 visitors came in the year 2010 alone. Community support in 2009, during the UN International Year of Astronomy, allowed us to have a year-long celebration, centering on a lecture series, an observatory blog (EIU Astro at 240,000 visitors), and in cooperation with the art department, a museum exhibit on Art and Archeo-astronomy.
  Footnotes: None
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