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Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching
Thursday, November 11, 2010 02:58 PM
FIRST is a National Dissemination Project funded by The National Science Foundation to provide opportunities for faculty and future faculty throughout the country to improve their teaching of science that enables undergraduate students to learn science. Focused at biological field stations and marine laboratories, teams of scientists interact in a supportive environment where teaching and learning can be fully integrated into their professional culture. Faculty learn instructional practices and develop support systems so that their excellence in teaching ultimately improves learning by all students.

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Friday, October 29, 2010 01:11 PM

OBFS Human Diversity Committee

The OBFS Human Diversity Committee promotes and encourages activities, programs and approaches that increase the involvement and engagement of underrepresented groups in field science.

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OBFS Human Diversity Award

Founded in 2007, The OBFS Human Diversity Award provides recognition for unique activities, programs, or approaches (funded or unfunded) that increases the involvement, engagement, and sustainability of underrepresented groups in field science.

Broadly speaking, underrepresented groups in field science may include, but are not limited to, ethnic minorities (blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc.), women, inner-city youth, disadvantaged rural communities, K-12 groups, tribal colleges, community colleges, undergraduate institutions with small programs, and citizen monitoring programs. Promoting Human Diversity may be accomplished by disseminating materials and using, rearranging, or creating infrastructure to facilitate transitions between the field and classroom. Activities should stimulate both applied and individualized approaches to experiential scientific learning.

We will also recognize stations that demonstrate how retention and application of new scientific concepts are promoted to facilitate further discovery and increase scientific dialog among diverse user groups. This may include a pedagogy for the basic knowledge needed by underrepresented groups to address the current challenges in environmental and natural resources management and research at all educational levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education).

The winning station receives a permanent plaque, an award letter that can be included in proposals, promotional materials, etc., and a second traveling OBFS plaque that notes the annual winning stations.

Application for 2020 Human Diversity Award 

The nomination deadline is August 25, 2020. We are looking for self-nominations from stations as well as nominations of activities, programs, and stations that have impressed you regarding their human diversity impact. We strongly encourage resubmissions from past applicants who have not won.

Past Awardees:

2019 Rocky Mountain Biological Lab

2018 Sitka Sound Science Center

2017 University of Akron Field Station

The University of Akron Field Station and their partners at the Buchtel Community Learning Center and Great Lakes Biomimicry have created a program bringing together multiple partners and funding sources to connect to a large population of underserved 7-12th grade students while also providing depth and quality of interactions.

2016 Santa Rosa Island Research Station 

Strong positive attributes include a deeply‐connected and integrated research, education, and public resource stewardship program that spans academic levels and socio‐economic groups creating a lasting community connected to the station.

 

2015 Powdermill Nature Reserve

By offering unique temperate zone ecology course and fieldwork opportunities for Latin American students Powdermill Nature Reserve, in partnership with the Instituto Nacionál de Ecología (Xalapa, MX), and other partners is broadening educational and professional experience significantly in the field of ecology by bridging the disconnect between North American and South American scientific-education programs.

2014 Harvard Forest

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program provides a strong platform to attract and foster a diversity of summer program participants and mentors by targeting partnerships and outreach methods to diversify the summer research applicant pool, creating an inclusive and nurturing environment for program participants, and a commitment to track program outcomes with the aim to improve program diversity, sensitivity and effectiveness.

2013 Hawai'i Experimental Tropical Forest (HETF)

Through a variety of programs and a strong reliance on partnerships, the HETF provides opportunities for hands on experience in natural resource management and research. Programs target middle, high school and college level students primarily on Hawai‘i Island with an ultimate goal of diversifying the workforce of the USDA Forest Service.

2012 Grace Grossman Youth Collaborative, University of Massachusetts Boston Nantucket Field Station

This program serves urban schools throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, providing high-school and middle-school students with a week-long, all expenses paid trip to the UMB-NFS to learn about ecology, the environment, science, and history. 

2011 Sagehen Creek Field Station's Adventure Risk Challenge Summer Literacy & Leadership Program

The ARC program objective is to "improve literacy and life skills, expose youth to a range of natural environments and wilderness experiences, and inspire the confidence they need to envision and accomplish goals, succeed in high school, and become engaged, empowered citizens."

2010  Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)

2009 - SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center and Cranberry Lake Biological Station, New York

2008 - Llano River Field Station, Texas

2007 - Organization for Tropical Studies

 
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