A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives
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WHOI News

WHOI Selected for Bicycle Friendly Business Award

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business award, which acknowledges efforts by the Institution that promote cycling to help ease traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas and pollution emissions, and encourage a healthy lifestyle among its employees.

WHOI Hosts Public Event Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Discovery of Deep-Sea Hot Springs

The discovery of lush communities of deep-sea life at thermal springs on the seafloor in 1977 forever changed our perception of where and how life could exist on Earth. Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard will be keynote speaker at a free public forum, hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as part of the Morss Colloquia series.

WHOI Scientist Selected 2017 Recipient of Walter Munk Award

The Oceanography Society proudly announces that Dr. Andone C. Lavery has been selected as the 2017 recipient the Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea. Dr. Lavery is an Associate Scientist with Tenure in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

New Technique Offers Clues to Measure Ocean Deoxygenation

The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean’s oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine “dead zones” continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by more fertilizers and wastewater flowing into the ocean, pose a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems.

Margaret Tivey to Become New Vice President and Dean of Academic Programs at WHOI

Dr. Margaret K. (Meg) Tivey has been selected as the next Vice President and Dean for Academic Programs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Tivey will oversee all academic programs at WHOI, which include the MIT/WHOI Joint Program (JP) in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering for graduate students, postdoctoral and undergraduate programs, and the graduate-level Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program. Tivey has served since August 2010 as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and will transition to dean on Nov. 1, 2017.  

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2005 University of California, Berkeley Educational Initiatives Award

In 2005, the Communicating Science college course at the Lawrence Hall of Science was awarded the UC Berkeley Educational Initiatives Award. The Educational Initiatives Award is presented annually to a department or unit on the Berkeley campus in recognition of distinctive and innovative contributions to undergraduate education. Designed to complement the campus' Distinguished Teaching Award for individual faculty, the Educational Initiatives Award is presented to a department, unit or group of faculty that has created an outstanding program or initiative that has had a sustained impact upon undergraduate education and can serve as a workable model for others on campus.

The Communicating Science course started in 1997 as "Communicating Chemistry," a collaboration between Chemistry Professor Angelica Stacy and former Lawrence Hall of Science staff member Jennifer Claesgens. In subsequent years, the course was expanded to include other scientific disciplines and faculty, and additional Hall staff, including Lynn Barakos and Kevin Beals. The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence California (COSEE CA) at the Hall created the sister courses Communicating Ocean Sciences (COS) and Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (COSIA) for undergraduate and graduate students in Integrative Biology, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Geography. The COS and COSIA courses are now taught in more than 25 colleges and universities across the nation.

Communicating Science and its sister courses are consistent with the Hall's approach to instruction by modeling good teaching and focusing on important pedagogical issues such as questioning strategies, addressing misconceptions, and leading discussions. The courses use a series of effective, widely tested elementary school and informal science instructional materials developed at the Hall. The theoretical aspects of teaching are always interwoven with practical lesson applications, preparing students for the field work portion of the courses, which may involve presenting hands-on, inquiry-based science activities in classrooms or in science museums. These programs help teachers strengthen their science program and provides children with accessible role models. Bringing the resources of the University to the community is a creative and effective way to enhance elementary students' preparation for career paths through higher education. 

Having taken the Communicating Science course, one undergraduate says, "I have shifted my overall goal towards education...the practice of teaching informed my understanding of educational theory and my knowledge of theory benefited my teaching technique...What I had previously thought of as the activity of conveying information became an opportunity to combine theory and experience into a creative act."

 

(Adapted from the program from the 2005 University of California, Berkeley Teaching Awards Ceremony)