GA2 Conference Agenda

Home Places, Local Landscapes, Traditional Knowledge and Modern Technologies

The Second Geoscience Alliance National Conference

Friday, March 16, 2012

Arrive in Pablo, Montana (Limited shuttle transportation available from Missoula International Airport, schedule will be arranged to best fit travel award recipient arrival times once itineraries are completed).

7:00 p.m. – blessing – dinner (On SKC Campus)

8:00 p.m. – meet and greet, opening discussions, posters about each of the workshops, people sign up for workshops

Saturday, March 17, 2012

8:00 a.m. – opening ceremony (welcome – drumming – singing)

8:30 a.m. – blessing – breakfast – report from 1st Geoscience Alliance Conference 2010

9:30 a.m. – Workshop I (choose topic, sessions will be limited to ~30 people)

CUAHSI – The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. will offer a workshop highlighting their Hydro Desktop, CUAHSI’s open-source hydrologic data tools. They will show how researchers, students, and educators can join CUAHSI, access and submit data, and create education programs with these systems. (grad to researcher focused)

NASA – The NASA Innovations In Climate Change (NICE) program will offer two workshops— a) one aimed at educators and students, highlighting NASA online resources for accessing data and visualizations related to climate change, and b)  a presentation of Space Grant and NASA opportunities for Tribal Colleges.

EarthScope – The EarthScope Program will offer a workshop to enable formal and informal educators, students, and the interested public to locate and use current geoscientific findings and data from EarthScope’s ongoing decade-long project: to study the crust and mantle beneath the entire United States in detail, and to better understand earthquakes, volcanoes, and the origins of continents and mountains. Participants will learn how to use EarthScope resources to enhance place-based, locally situated teaching.

GLOBE/WEN – The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment Program will team up with the Watershed Education Network to offer participants training in GLOBE protocols and watershed education, in order to highlight to teachers and faculty the value of participation in the GLOBE program and customized water science curricula, and to offer students a taste of hands-on research. Scientists will be encouraged to consider proposing future GLOBE projects.

LacCore – The National Lacustrine Core Facility (LacCore), University of Minnesota, will do a hands-on workshop for students, faculty, and researchers highlighting the opportunities for gaining knowledge from lake sediment core samples. LacCore scientists will also give examples of ongoing research by students on the reservation of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Minnesota.

UCAR/NCAR – The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s Education group will lead a discussion to learn the key issues that tribes in the US face, and explore the connection of these issues to atmospheric sciences. For example, one issue might be the reliance on energy from off the reservation vs. local production of energy for use and export, especially via wind. From this, we will try to together articulate a research and education agenda that could address these issues, and broker partnerships between communities, NCAR researchers, and UCAR programs that might address these issues. Examples might include joint research projects with summer internships, co-developed curriculum, or citizen science campaigns

11:30 a.m. – Feedback session on workshop I, facilitated discussion without workshop leaders

12:30 p.m. – lunch

1:30 p.m. – Workshop II (choose topics as above)

3:30 p.m. – break

4:00 p.m. Feedback session on workshop II, facilitated discussion without workshop leaders

5:30 p.m. Flathead Geoscience Education Project Presentation – A Practical Integration of People and Place

6:00 p.m. dinner

8:00 p.m. – Networking on your own or optional viewing of the 90 min movie “Place of Falling Waters”

Sunday, March 18, 2012

8:00 a.m. blessing – breakfast and concurrent Poster Session

10:00 a.m. Research talks by graduate students/post-docs/faculty doing research that brings in traditional knowledge

11:00 a.m. – Feedback session #1

Potential applications of “Modern Technologies” as they relate to “Home Places, Local Landscapes, and Traditional Knowledge”

1:30 p.m. – Lunch

2:30 p.m. – Feedback session #2

3:30 p.m. –Research talks by graduate students/post-docs/faculty doing research that brings in traditional knowledge

4:30 p.m. – break

5:00 p.m. –All group meeting and session report-out

6:00 p.m. – Closing ceremony drummers – singing

7:00 p.m. – Dinner

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