Spring 2012 EarthTalks Series: "Electronic Media and Environmental Science: e-Education to e-Data"


Electronic media are changing the way we use and find data to understand the environment. At the same time, the fraction of U.S. undergraduates that took at least one online course between 2000 and 2008 increased from 8-20%. Growth in electronic media are thus changing our lives as environmental scientists and educators and how we communicate with citizens outside the university. This EarthTalks colloquium series will present a slate of speakers who will address various aspects of how electronic media is changing how we teach and learn and explore the environment, and how this media is changing the research university. Speakers will span from local to global thinkers on the topic.


EarthTalk Seminars by date

Date Speaker Presentation
Jan 9 Susan L. Brantley
Director, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State University

Abstract, PowerPoint Slide Presentation
"Electronic Media and Environmental Science: A Discussion about e-Education to e-Data"

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Jan 16 Ann Taylor
Acting Director, Dutton e-Education Institute, Penn State University
"e-Education for Geographers, Geoscientists and Meteorologists"

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Jan 23 Michael Mann
Professor of Meteorology, Penn State
"The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines"

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Jan 30 Richard Alley
Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences
"Communicating Real Science in a Sound-Bite World"

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Feb 6 Jeffrey Brownson
Asstistant Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University
"Emergent e-Education: New Strategies for Research and Engagement Linked to the Cloud Classroom"

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Feb 13 Rick Hooper
Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (CUAHSI)

"Sharing Water Data for Research, Education, and Citizen Engagement: The web services revolution"

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Feb 27 Tim Spangler
Director, COMET, Boulder, CO
"The COMET Program: Resources for Innovative University Instruction and the Evolution of E-learning"

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March 5 no seminar - SPRINK BREAK  
March 12 Bill Brune, Lee Kump, Karl Zimmerer
EMS Department Heads, Penn State
"Panel Discussion: The Present and Future of e-Education in Meteorology, Geosciences and Geography"

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March 19 Eva Zanzerkia
Program Director of Geophysics, National Science Foundation
"Transforming the Conduct of Geosciences Research for the 21st Century"

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March 27
Maggie Koerth-Baker
Science Editor, BoingBoing.net
"Science Communication: Six Things Scientists Can Learn From Science Editors"

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April 2 Khanjan Mehta
Director, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program, Penn State University
"Sensors and Cell Phones: Opportunities for Researchers, Educators and Entrepreneurs"

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April 9 Rodney Erickson
President, Penn State University
"e-Education and the Research University: A Conversation"

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Organizing Committee Members:
Susan L. Brantley, Lee Kump, Dave Yoxtheimer, Seth Blumsack, Ann Taylor

Co-sponsored by the Earth & Environmental Systems Institute and Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment