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Science and environmental engagement news

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 6: Andy Hoell on flash drought.
October 13: Matt Druckenmiller on the ELOKA program, a collaboration for Arctic knowledge between resident Arctic experts and visiting scientists.
October 20: Aleya Kaushik on the changing Arctic carbon cycle.
October 27: Julio Sepúlveda on ancient environments.
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.
 

Eco-Social Solutions webinar series

Reducing food waste with Turner Wyatt of Upcycled Food Association
Thursday, October 8, 5:00-6:00 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. Students will gain valuable insights into community approaches and leadership as well knowledge of the basics of sustainability and social justice. Webinar recordings will be published. See more and register on the Environmental Center website.
 

Art in Dialogue with Fracking

Thursday, October 8, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Join us as CU Boulder Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts 2019–20 Fellows discuss how they combine artistic practice with social and scientific methods in their project Invisible Disruptions: The Cultural Politics of Hydraulic Fracturing in Colorado. Photographer Shelby McAuliffe and social scientist Denise Fernandes will share how images and sounds of fracking sites at the border of Boulder and Weld counties facilitate a dialogue among the physical and cultural divisions related to this contentious practice. The exhibit will be on view at the Arbor Institute in Boulder from October 5-31. This virtual workshop is part of the Engaging Climate Change through the Arts series sponsored by the Boulder County Arts Alliance, the Boulder Office for Arts and Culture, and the Office for Outreach and Engagement. Register to attend this free online event.
 

Third annual Research & Innovation Week

Monday-Friday, October 12-16
The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) invites students, faculty, staff and the community to join us for a celebration and showcase of research, scholarship and creative work across the entire campus. The 2020 streamlined edition will feature three virtual events: MOSAiC: A Year on Ice; Time and Space; and the ATLAS research showcase. See details and register for this varied outreach event on the RIO website.
 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

Teaching about climate and energy with CLEAN
Tuesday, October 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
K-12 educators: take your teaching about climate and energy to the next level with the CLEAN webinar series. Geologist and science writer Karin Kirk will introduce the Climate and Energy Literacy Principles and how they are integrated with the CLEAN collection of climate and energy resources. These principles provide the foundation for understanding the science behind climate and energy concepts. See information about the series and register on the CLEAN website.
 

Community-Engaged Scholarship Coffee Hour

Funding opportunities
Thursday, October 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CU Boulder faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for this month's coffee hour via Zoom to discuss campus funding that supports community-engaged scholarship. We will share about Graduate Fellows for Community Based Research, Engaged Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Scholars, Faculty Fellows for Community-Based Learning, Dialogue Fellows, Office for Outreach and Engagement Grants, CU Boulder Outreach Awards and more. Discussion with attendees will follow. The Office for Outreach and Engagement and CU Engage co-sponsor these virtual monthly coffee hours to build community across campus and generate conversation about research, teaching and creative work that connects with off-campus communities. Please register to receive the link to attend.
 

Eco-Social Solutions webinar series

The circular economy with Rosie Briggs of EcoCycle
Thursday, October 15, 5:00-6:00 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. Students will gain valuable insights into community approaches and leadership as well knowledge of the basics of sustainability and social justice. Webinar recordings will be published. See more and register on the Environmental Center website.
 

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.
 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

It's us: Humans as agents of change within Earth's climate system
Tuesday, 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.
 

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.
 

News

 

Children and the environment: New research

Direct experience of nature is linked to care for nature throughout people's life spans. Yet children's lives have largely moved indoors, and must grapple with complex emotions in the wake of climate change and other environmental threats. Louise Chawla (ENVD, CEDaR) has published a comprehensive literature review of studies that measure children's and adolescents' connections with nature and evaluate how it relates to their well-being and stewardship behavior. The review includes research on how young people cope with information about large‐scale environmental problems, and identifies practices to sustain hope. Read the CU Boulder news story, or find the literature review in People and Nature.
 

K-12 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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