2012 MRS Fall Meeting

Monday, November 26, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Boston, MA

Education Symposium Video Presentations

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Education Symposium 

The MRS 2012 Fall Meeting in Boston November 26-30, 2012 is holding an Educational Symposium ZZ –Communicating Social Relevancy in Materials Science and Engineering Education. 

Symposium Organizers


ZZZ1: NSF Communications Workshop
Chair: Ainissa Ramirez
Monday PM, November 26, 2012
Room 300 (Hynes)

  • 1:30 PM - ZZ1.01
    Focusing Your Message: A Communications Primer from NSF

ZZ2: Making Education Relevant
Chair: Ainissa Ramirez
Tuesday AM, November 27, 2012
Room 300 (Hynes)

  • 8:30 AM - ZZ2.01
    Using Seminar-based Instruction to Convey Contemporary Research to Undergraduates
    Eric  Mazur
  • 9:00 AM - ZZ2.02
    The Impacts of Societal Context on Student Motivation and Engagement
    Jonathan  Stolk
  • 9:30 AM - ZZ2.03
    Teaching Social Relevancy in Fundamental Materials Courses - Materials Used in Biomedical Devices
    Kathleen  L  Kitto

  • 10:15 AM - ZZ2.04
    Value Sensitive Design and Engineering Education
    Ronald  Sandler

  • 10:45 AM - ZZ2.05
    Materials Engineering with a Social Context: A Course on Materials, Ethics and Society
    Katherine  C  Chen

  • 11:00 AM - ZZ2.06
    Materials and Sustainability: A Campus and Distance Learning Course Considering Economics, Society, and the Environment in Materials Selection and Design
    Luisa  Amelia  Dempere, Pamela  L.  Dickrell
  • 11:15 AM - ZZ2.07
    ``Materials in Our House”: An Initiative to Approach Materials Science to the General Public
    Laura  Fornaro, Heinkel  Bentos Pereira, Ivana  Aguiar, Maria  Perez Barthaburu, Ana Lia  Noguera, Mauricio  Rodriguez Chialanza, Ismael  Noguerol, Jesus  Castro, Natalia  Sasen, Isabel  Galain, Andres  Cardenas, Cristina  Banobre.
  • 11:30 AM - ZZ2.08
    The Art of Science Television
    Paula  Apsell

ZZ3: Communication Techniques
Chair: Aditi Risbud
Tuesday PM, November 27, 2012
Room 300 (Hynes)

  • 1:30 PM - ZZ3.01
    How To Become A More Effective Science Communicator
    Howard  Schneider
  • 2:15 PM - ZZ3.02
    Professional Development Programs
    Timothy  Miller
  • 2:30 PM - ZZ3.03
    Experiential Techniques for Engaging Audiences in Materials Science Related Activities
    Marilyn  Minus
  • 2:45 PM - ZZ3.04
    Building University-K12 STEM Partnerships: Using Materials Science Examples to Engage Students, Teachers and Other Stakeholders
    Martin  G  Bakker1, Judy  Lumzy
  • 3:30 PM - ZZ3.05
    Teaching Ethics, Policy and Societal Implications of Research to Science and Engineers: Delivering the Content
    Ira  Bennett1
  • 4:00 PM - ZZ3.06
    Beyond Train-the-trainer: A Scaffolding Strategy for Science Communication Workshop Dissemination
    Carol Lynn  Alpert

  • 4:15 PM - ZZ3.07
    Nuclear Dialogues: Communicating the Social Relevancy of Nuclear New-build in the UK
    Neil  Hyatt, Zoe  Papadopoulou, Francis  Livens
  • 4:30 PM - ZZ3.08
    Communication among Graduate Students and Young Workers in Industry for Societal Concept Design and Public Engagement on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
    Tadashi  Itoh, Hisahito  Ogawa, Satoshi  Ichikawa, Masaaki  Geshi, Masato  Ara, Hirohiko  Niioka
  • 4:45 PM - ZZ3.09
    Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in an Interactive Exhibition in Brazil: Public Analysis
    Marcelo  Knobel, Sandra  Murriello, Sylla  John Lerro  Taves, Ezio  Penso, Marcelo  Firer

ZZ4: Informal Education
Chair: Katherine Chen
Wednesday AM, November 28, 2012
Room 300 (Hynes)

  • 8:15 AM - ZZ4.01
    Museums and Scientists Engaging Public Audiences throughout the United States with the Nano Mini-exhibition
    Catherine  McCarthy, Paul  Martin
  • 8:30 AM - ZZ4.02
    Informal Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning: A Maturing Field
    Jamie  Bell

  • 9:00 AM - ZZ4.03
    Concepts and Approaches for Engaging the Public in Nanotechnology and Society
    Rae  Ostman, Brad  Herring

  • 9:15 AM - ZZ4.04
    Impacts of Different Pedagogical Approaches on Public Understandings of the Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology
    Kirsten  Ellenbogen, Elizabeth  Kunz  Kollmann, Gina  Svarovsky

  • 9:30 AM - ZZ4.05
    Professional Development and Science Communication through the Design of a Museum Exhibit
    Jacob  Tosado, Donna  Hammer

  • 10:15 AM - ZZ4.06
    Building Capacity for Engaging the Public in Nanotechnology and Society
    Ali  Chelsea  Jackson, Sarah  Cohn, Elizabeth  Kunz Kollmann, Scott  Pattison

  • 10:45 AM - ZZ4.07
    Teaching Ethics, Policy and Societal Implications of Research to Scientists and Engineers: Outlining Content
    Jameson  Wetmore

  • 11:15 AM - ZZ4.08
    Using Deliberation and Consensus to Engage Adults in Nanoscience
    Angela  R.  Jones, Ashley  A.  Anderson, Sara  K.  Yeo, Dominique  Brossard, Andrew  E.  Greenberg, John  W.  Moore

  • 11:30 AM - ZZ4.09
    Approaching Materials Science and Solar Energy to Uruguayan School Children
    Maria  Eugenia  Perez Barthaburu, Ivana  Aguiar, Cristina  Banobre, Isabel  Galain, Andres  Cardenas, Ana Lia  Noguera, Heinkel  Bentos Pereira, Mauricio  Rodriguez Chialanza, Laura  Fornaro
  • 11:45 AM - ZZ4.10
    Using Nanoscience as a Theme for Capstone Projects in an Elementary Education Majors Science Course
    Gina  Mancini-Samuelson

ZZ5: Innovative Examples of Social Relevancy in Education

Chair: Rashmi Nanjundaswamy
Wednesday PM, November 28, 2012
Room 300 (Hynes)

  • 1:30PM - ZZ5.011
    Designing an Interface to Facilitate Research and Engage the Public on Material Choice Impacts upon High Performance Residential Housing
    R.  Allen  Kimel, Lisa  D.  Iulo

  • 1:45 PM - ZZ5.02
    Clean Energy: Nanoparticles, Chemical Reactions, and Light
    Shanlin  Pan, M.  Jenice  Goldston, Karen  M.  Boykin, Elizabeth  R.  Allison, Scott  Wehby, Eva  Dennis, Erin  Hennessy, Bharat  Soni

  • 2:00 PM - ZZ5.03
    Integrating the NAE Grand Challenges and Holographically-formed Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Thin Films into the Kenyan High School Curriculum
    Jared  Patterson  Coyle, Adam  K.  Fontecchio
  • 2:15 PM - ZZ5.04
    Nanoscience Education and Outreach for Middle School Teachers
    W. Maria  Wang, Tobias  Beetz, Kyle  Cole, Kathryn  A.  Moler, David  Goldhaber-Gordon
  • 2:30 PM - ZZ5.05
    Making Nanoscience Accessible through Haptics
    Aniketa  Shinde, Marjorie  Darra, Adam  Kassar
  • 2:45 PM - ZZ5.06
    Connecting with the Public on ‘Nano’ - Lessons from a Demo Using Ouzo and Laser Pointers
    Robert  Pinschmidt, Marc  Kai
  • 3:30 PM - ZZ5.07
    Biomineralization of Calcium Carbonate in Abalone Shells: A Curriculum Module for Alabama Black Belt Middle Schools
    Curtis  Shannon, Virginia  Davis, Christopher  Easley
  • 3:45 PM - ZZ5.08
    The Power of Nanoscale - Size Effect
    Dawen  Li, Shoieb  Shaik, Dee  Goldston, Karen  Boykin, Elizabeth  Allison, Scott  Wehby, Bharat  Soni
  • 4:00 PM - ZZ5.09
    Undergraduate Nanobiotechnology Laboratory at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Jianyu  Liang, Terri  Camesano, Jeanne  Hubelbank
  • 4:15 PM - ZZ5.110
    Web-based Interactive Resources for Studying OLED Technology
    Pillip  I  Cherner, Stephen  Cremer
  • 4:30 PM - ZZ5.11
    Teaching the Nanotechnology Manufacturing Workforce Utilizing Resource Sharing
    Osama  Osman  Awadelkarim, Robert  K  Ehrmann, Stephen  J  Fonash
  • 4:45 PM - ZZ5.12
    Multidisciplinary NanoScience Certificate Program at UTB: Activities and Lessons Learned
    Karen  Martirosyan


Public Outreach Events

  • Public Outreach Center featuring educaitonal booths
    Monday, November 26th-  Thursday, November 29th 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Nano Coffee Breaks with nano activities
    Monday, November 26th- Thursday, November 29th, 9:30-10:30am
    Monday, November 26th, Tuesday Nov 28, Thursday, November 29th, 2:30-3:30pm
    Boylston Street Corridor Level 2 of the Hynes Convention Center
  • Student Mixer featuring nano eduational activities
    Monday evening November 26th 7:00-8:30pm 
  • Stage Presentation: Tiny Solutions to Our Big Energy Problems
    Wednesday November 28th  - 2:30-3:00pm
    Location: Exhibit Hall – Hynes Convention Center
    Presenter: Karine Thate – Museum of Science, Boston
    (Coffee Break Reception on Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm)
  • Stage Presentation: Nanotech and Consumer Products
    Wednesday November 28th  - 5:00-5:30 pm 
    Location: Exhibit Hall – Hynes Convention Center
    Presenter: David Sittenfeld– Museum of Science, Boston 
    (Wine & Cheese Social Reception on Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm)
  • University Chapter Luncheon short NISE Network presentation
    Wednesday, November 28th 12:00-1:30pm
  • Exhibit Hall during Wine & Cheese Happy Hour Social
    Wednesday November 27th 5:30-6:00pm – 

Professoinal Development

  • time and location TBD

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