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Workshops, Town Hall Meetings, and Auxiliary Meetings

Workshop: Understanding and Using Network Science for Better Collaboration

Sunday, 13 February 2011, 10:30 to 14:30 - PRCC, Room 203

Conveners: Bob Chen (Bob.Chen@umb.edu), Adrienne Sponberg (sponberg@aslo.org), and Liesl Hotaling (lieslhotaling@yahoo.com)

Ocean science has become a highly collaborative enterprise. Advances in the science of networks, both theoretical and applied, now allow a greater understanding and visualization of networks. Networks help support the collaboration that is required to achieve complex goals in ocean research and education — goals that are difficult to achieve by more conventional approaches. This workshop is intended to introduce network science and its current and potential applications in empirical and scientific endeavors. Dr. Karen Stephenson, President of Netform International and a featured thought leader by Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, will present the story of network science and a few of its provocative applications to academic and business settings. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to discuss how this new knowledge may impact their proposals, research projects, or career trajectories. Lunch will be provided to all participants.

ASLO Aquatic Sciences Film Festival Featuring Randy Olson

Sunday, 13 February 2011, 15:00 to 18:00 - PRCC, Room 208 A

Ever had trouble connecting with the general public? If you are interested in learning how to better communicate science to the public, you are encouraged to attend this event. The ASLO Aquatic Sciences Film Festival is a communication workshop featuring the expertise of scientist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson. Host of two previous video workshops (2008 and 2010 Ocean Sciences Meetings), Randy is writer-director of the featured films, “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus” and “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy.” He is also very well-known as the author of the book, Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style. Videos submitted by ASLO meeting participants will provide the core of this exercise as Randy and members of the audience provide constructive, positive critiques. Objectives are to inspire the participants to make even better videos and to help everyone in the aquatic science community learn from each other how to become better communicators of science through the use of video. A follow-up discussion session is planned for Monday during lunch in Room 103B.

Public Policy Workshop: Getting Lawmakers to Hear Your Message

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 12:00 to 13:30 - PRCC, Room 208 A

Convener: Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Public Policy Director, sponberg@aslo.org

Frustrated by lawmakers inattention to scientific findings? Attend this workshop to learn more about how policy is formulated and the many venues scientists can use to better inform the process. While examples will be from the US, the content is applicable to other legislative bodies.

Science Journalism Workshop: From Ship to Shore to the News

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 12:00 to 13:30 - PRCC, Room 208 B

Convener: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation, cdybas@nsf.gov

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy – the key to good science communication and science journalism. Science journalism aims to transmute scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only by scientists, to news relevant to the lives of the general reader (listener/viewer). The workshop explores writing for a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing from news outlets like The New York Times and New Scientist; “dissect” the structure of science news and feature articles; discuss how popular coverage of science has changed in recent years; and learn the basics of science journalism. It will provide the opportunity to write a general audience science article about research presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be offered to those interested. The workshop is complimentary, but please pre-register with the organizer, Cheryl Lyn Dybas, cdybas@nsf.gov.

Town Hall Meeting: ASLO and the Current State of Aquaculture Research

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 18:00 to 19:00 - PRCC, Room 208 A

Convener: Dror Angel, University of Haifa, adror@research.haifa.ac.il

This town hall meeting is planned to introduce ASLO members to some of the ASLO-relevant issues that coastal and offshore aquaculture currently face, including environmental carrying capacity, multiple uses of marine resources, environmental impacts, monitoring, etc.

Workshop: Boost Your Research in Aquatic Sciences with the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 12:00 to 13:30 - PRCC, Room 208 A

Convener: Helene Craigg, National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, helenec@umich.edu

From simple technologies to complex micro/nano-enabled sensors, the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) offers a wide range of capabilities and expertise to the limnology and oceanic sciences community. Sensors typically detect, monitor and respond to physico-chemical parameters of interest to DoD, DARPA, Homeland Security and the NIH. Although the same technologies hold enormous potential for studying any aquatic system at the local, national and global scales, they have not fully transitioned to this field, chiefly because geoscientists and nanotechnologists are unaware of each others’ needs and capabilities. Participants to this workshop will learn what capabilities are available within the micro/nanotechnology community and what they could bring to their research projects. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to bring the two communities of aquatic sciences and micro/nanotechnology together to create further collaborations. NNIN has a booth at the meeting (Booth #8). Please pre-register at: http://lnf.umich.edu/NNIN/Education/Workshops/Upcoming/?event=aquatic-sciences-workshop.

Town Hall Meeting: NOAA in the Caribbean

Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 12:00 to 13:30 - PRCC, Room 208 C

Convener: Lisamarie Carrubba, NOAA Fisheries Caribbean Field Office, lisamarie.carrubba@noaa.gov

A priority for NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART) is to enhance NOAA’s presence and activities both in the U.S. Caribbean and in the wider Caribbean. For this reason, SECART initiated the NOAA in the Caribbean effort modeled after the NOAA in the Carolinas (http://www.carolinas.noaa.gov/) effort. NOAA will hold a special noontime session during the ASLO meeting with NOAA personnel and potential collaborators who work in the Caribbean Region to announce the NOAA in the Caribbean initiative and begin formulating partnerships to move the NOAA in the Caribbean initiative forward. We invite ASLO meeting attendees who work in the Caribbean Region doing research, management, training, or other capacity building or partnering to attend this session. Attendees should be prepared to provide feedback regarding the NOAA in the Caribbean initiative, provide information regarding their work in the Caribbean, and provide their input on how to move the NOAA in the Caribbean initiative forward. Interested persons should contact Dr. Lisamarie Carrubba (Lisamarie.Carrubba@noaa.gov or 787-851-3700) to confirm their participation in the session. Please provide complete contact information with your confirmation, including telephone, e-mail, and mailing addresses for future correspondence and session follow up reports.

Workshop: Engaging Our Students Using Real-Time Data: From Platforms to Homemade Sensors

Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 18:00 to 20:00 - PRCC, Room 208 A

Conveners: George Matsumoto, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, mage@mbari.org and Lisa Adams, Kennesaw State University, ladams@kennesaw.edu

How can we engage our students and develop ecologically literate citizens using real-time data? This is an interactive session where ideas, techniques, devices, and resources for innovative education and outreach about aquatic ecosystems will be shared and discussed. We will begin with a discussion of activities, effective interactions, and perspectives for science communication and teaching as well as Web resources and potential funding opportunities. During the second hour, session participants will share favorite strategies and examples. Key examples, information and links to resources will be compiled and posted on the MBARI website for access by members and the public afterwards. Refreshments will be provided but you must indicate your interest in participating to one of the session chairs (Lisa Adams ladams@kennesaw.edu or George Matsumoto mage@mbari.org) to assure that there are enough seats and food/drink.

Town Hall Meeting: Microbial Biogeography and Biogeochemistry

Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 18:30 to 19:30 - PRCC, Room 208 B

Conveners: Eric Webb, University of Southern California, eawebb@usc.edu and Ben Van Mooy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, bvanmooy@usc.edu

An OCB Scoping Workshop entitled “The Molecular Biology of Biogeochemistry: Using molecular methods to link ocean chemistry with biological activity” was held in November 2010. An outcome of that workshop was a plan for a field program linking microbial biogeography with biogeochemical processes in a global survey to compliment existing programs like GEOTRACES and CLIVAR, beginning as early as 2013. Eric Webb (USC) and Ben van Mooy (WHOI) will discuss the workshop and future plans.