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SCENE is for all of us working in science and environmental communication, outreach and engagement. It is brought to you by the Bartlett Science Communication Center. As always, please contact us with your info to share.

There's a ton here for K-12 teachers and homeschoolers, so please pass on this newsletter to folks in your networks who can use the info and free resources.

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Events

 

CIRES/NOAA Science@Home webinars

Tuesdays, 1:00-1:30 p.m., through the end of 2020
Please share with K-12 educators and homeschooling parents in your network! CIRES/NOAA Science@Home webinars are designed to connect middle and high school classrooms that are now in the virtual/remote learning landscape with scientists. Each webinar features a 10-15 minute presentation by a scientist about how they got into science, what they do at work, and what it is that they research, followed by 10-15 minutes of live Q&A. Each month features an overarching theme: October's is climate.
October 20: Aleya Kaushik on the changing Arctic carbon cycle.
October 27: Julio Sepúlveda on ancient environments.
November 3: Ryan Cassotto on radars and remote sensing of glaciers
All webinars are live streamed with Microsoft Live Events: find the links on the CIRES website. Please register if you would like a weekly email reminder about the series with the direct URL in your inbox.
 

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

Tuesday - Thursday, October 20-22
Free registration for all CU Boulder students, faculty, and staff
The virtual conference Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), has the theme "Mobilizing for a Just Transition." This year's conference will focus on centering justice within this transformation and ensuring that it leaves no one behind. We seek to encourage higher education sustainability leaders to reflect and act on the Just Transition Principles articulated by the Climate Justice Alliance and to spotlight inspirational examples of institutions championing this work. Visit the CU Environmental Center's website to engage in this online conference for free.
 

CLEAN live virtual learning session supporting elementary climate teaching

Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 p.m.
Looking for activities for your students to do from home? Have your K-8th grade students join CLEAN for a virtual live lesson about melting Arctic ice and its relation to climate. Students will get to experiment with ice during this fun, hands-on lesson, which only requires a small bowl of ice, (clear) cups, black pepper, salt, a pencil, and dark and light-colored plates if students have them! If students lack any of these materials, they can still watch the demonstration experiment. Ice is the main ingredient that will allow them to participate for themselves. This lesson also connects with several of our Science@Home talks by CIRES/NOAA scientists that would be appropriate for upper elementary students. Register for the webinar via Zoom.
 

Mobile food pantry

Wednesdays, October 21 and 28 and November 4, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Parking lot next to Wolf Law, main campus
CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty and Boulder County community members are welcome at weekly food pantry events through November 4. Attendees can walk up or drive through to receive up to 30 pounds of free food in multiple boxes, including dairy, meat, and fresh produce. A line following social distancing requirements will be in place for walk-up attendees. Staff will be present to direct vehicle traffic in the drive-through lane, where food will be loaded into your trunk. Face coverings and social distancing required. For more info on the food pantry, or to volunteer at one of the pantry events, visit the Volunteer Resource Center's website. Contact food@colorado.edu with any questions.
 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

It's us: Humans as agents of change within Earth's climate system
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
K-12 educators: Human impacts on the climate system are becoming increasingly evident, moving climate change from a topic that is abstract and faraway to one that is right before our eyes. It's our job to help students learn about our role in altering the climate, but it's important to do so in a way that's constructive and solutions-oriented. Educational materials from CLEAN collection can help you navigate this essential topic. Presenter: Karin Kirk. See information about the series and register on the CLEAN website.
 

Eco-Social Solutions webinar series

Mobilizing for a just transition: Student discussion on Global Conference for Sustainability in Higher Education
Thursday, October 22, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The CU Environmental Center is hosting a series of webinars in which community leaders share strategies and ideas that advance climate action, food security, social justice and sustainability in Boulder and Denver. This week will be a discussion of the GCSHE conference, which is free to attend for all in the CU Boulder community. See more and register on the Environmental Center website.
 

CIRES/NOAA Serie La Ciencia-en-Casa con Claudia Corona

Friday, October 23, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Please share with K-12 educators and homeschooling parents in your network! Register for the link to the webinar.
¿Eres un maestro/a buscando oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia para tus alumnos/as? ¿Eres padre, madre o responsable legal y te encuentras ahora con la tarea de enseñar a tus hijos/as desde casa? El equipo detrás de la serie de webinars Ciencia-en-casa de CIRES/ se entusiasma de anunciar una serie de webinars (seminarios virtuales) mensuales en español. Estas series pretenden poner en contacto a clases y estudiantes de medio grado e instituto que se encuentran actualmente estudiando a distancia con científicos/as. Cada webinar (seminario virtual) cuenta con una presentación de unos 10 o 15 minutos, a cargo de científicos/as, donde nos cuentan cómo se metieron en el mundo de la ciencia, qué hacen en su labor de científicos/as y qué están investigando actualmente. Cada presentación va seguida de unos 10 o 15 minutos para preguntas y respuestas en directo. La candidata a doctorado Claudia Corona presentará sobre peligros naturales y ciencia climática.
 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

Teaching climate consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and inspire, don't despair
Thursday, October 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
K-12 educators: The consequences of climate change are all around us. How can we teach these topics without overwhelming our students or causing anxiety? In this webinar, climate communicator Karin Kirk will share strategies for building connections between cause and effect, showcasing solutions, and using local approaches to make science relevant and inspiring. All the teaching tools highlighted in this webinar are appropriate for online teaching. See information about the series and register on the CLEAN website.
 

Eco-Social Solutions webinar series

Decolonize your diet
Thursday, October 29, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The CU Environmental Center is hosting a series of webinars in which community leaders share strategies and ideas that advance climate action, food security, social justice and sustainability in Boulder and Denver. Understand the deep connections between what you eat, history, culture, and justice. See more and register on the Environmental Center website.
 

Boulder Showing Up for Racial Justice (BSURJ) conversations

Fridays, October 30 and November 13, 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Facebook Events
BSURJ is partway through a series of conversations to support white folks and folks with white privilege in being able to talk about race and feel its impact. Do you feel like you can't talk about race until you have it perfect? Shutting down or feeling immobilized? Come to one or both remaining conversations to get unstuck and develop antiracist practices and actions. Sign up on this Google Doc.
 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

Strategies for integrating climate science into the elementary elassroom
Thursday, November 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
K-12 educators: This webinar provides strategies for elementary teachers to integrate climate science into their classroom. Educators Alicia Christensen, Rachel Han, and Tiffany Boyd will explore how to break down this complex and controversial topic, teach it across disciplines, make it culturally relevant, use it to inspire curiosity, and motivate students to develop climate change solutions. See information about the series and register on the CLEAN website.

 

CIRES/NOAA Serie La Ciencia-en-Casa con Lina Pérez Angel

Friday, November 5, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Please share with K-12 educators and homeschooling parents in your network! Register for the link to the webinar.
¿Eres un maestro/a buscando oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia para tus alumnos/as? ¿Eres padre, madre o responsable legal y te encuentras ahora con la tarea de enseñar a tus hijos/as desde casa? El equipo detrás de la serie de webinars Ciencia-en-casa de CIRES/ se entusiasma de anunciar una serie de webinars (seminarios virtuales) mensuales en español. Estas series pretenden poner en contacto a clases y estudiantes de medio grado e instituto que se encuentran actualmente estudiando a distancia con científicos/as. Cada webinar (seminario virtual) cuenta con una presentación de unos 10 o 15 minutos, a cargo de científicos/as, donde nos cuentan cómo se metieron en el mundo de la ciencia, qué hacen en su labor de científicos/as y qué están investigando actualmente. Cada presentación va seguida de unos 10 o 15 minutos para preguntas y respuestas en directo. La candidata a doctorado Lina Pérez Angel presentará sobre paleoclimatología.
 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

The UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project and CLEAN
Thursday, November 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
K-12 educators: The Understanding Global Change (UGC) Project, University of California Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley developed a suite of online and interactive learning materials that support educators and students to explore the Earth as an interconnected, dynamic system. The UGC resources, co-designed with classroom teachers and leaders in climate education, are integrated with research-based teaching practices that use modeling of phenomena to make learning visible and support the investigation of local and global actions that reduce human impacts on global environments. In this webinar, you will learn about the UGC Project tools for teaching about climate and energy using CLEAN resources from UC Berkeley expert Jessica Bean. See information about the series and register on the CLEAN website.
 

Environmental Futures seminar

 

Deep Horizons: Making visible an unseen spectrum of ecological casualties & prospects

The specifics of ecological destruction often affect those people who can least resist its impacts and those who are least responsible for it. Communities absorb the shock of catastrophe in unequal ways. Therefore, to generalize about losses, precedents, and paths forward becomes detrimental to understanding the uneven particulars of what scientists now refer to as the age of the Anthropocene. This Mellon Sawyer Seminar aims to traverse multiple disciplines and perspectives to investigate intersectional questions concerning the changing planet as it affects specific peoples, communities, wildlife species, and ecosystems in varying and inequitable ways.

Throughout 2020-2021, the seminar will be led by faculty from art, biology, cinema, history, indigenous studies, linguistics, sociology, and other departments. Together, the team will invite preeminent scholars and practitioners to CU Boulder and host numerous public events, including panels, lectures, and art exhibitions around the Boulder-Denver area.

Additionally, principal investigators Erin Espelie and Brianne Cohen will co-instruct a coinciding graduate course, facilitating in-depth discussions with invited specialists as well as the expert participants affiliated with the project. The Mellon Sawyer Seminar will support a postdoctoral research fellow, based at NEST Studio for the Arts, as well as a graduate student in the Department of Art & Art History.

Learn more on the seminar website.
 

K-12 climate education resources

 

New elementary-level remote learning materials in CLEAN

Finding appropriate resources for teaching elementary students about climate in remote learning environments has been tough. The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) has recently added over 65 resources appropriate for teaching climate topics to younger learners, as well as some support pages designed to provide guidance on integrating climate science into the elementary classroom. We also have a professional development webinar for elementary teachers and a virtual learning session for elementary students upcoming. You can check out all the new elementary teaching support and resources from the CLEAN elementary landing page. Please share with teachers you know.
 
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