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  • workshops (coming soon)
  • short courses (coming soon)
  • field courses (coming soon)
  • evening events (coming soon)
  • awards breakfast (coming soon)

 

2015 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE EDUCATION CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 2-4, 2015 • SACRAMENTO, CA

FOCUS SPEAKERS

Focus speakers are highly regarded scientists and education experts who present one-hour, in-depth sessions on subjects relevant to science teaching. The Focus speaker series allows you to expand your understanding in a wide range of critical topics. Focus speaker sessions are included with your conference registration.

 

Focus Speaker Schedule (as of March 9, 2015):

Friday, October 2, 2015

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Crystallized Climate in Sierra Nevada Caves:
Reconstructing Past Mega-Drought Episodes in California

by Isabel Montañez, Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis.

Learn how geoscientists use deposits from caves throughout the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, along with climate models, to reconstruct past rainfall and temperature patterns in California during past periods of global warming, with implications for our future climate and water resources.

Meet Isabel Montañez


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Betsy Rupp Fulwiler, Science Education Consultant - Pending confirmation, more information will be available soon.

 

Meet Betsy Rupp Fulwiler

 

 

 

 


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: George Matsumoto, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute - Pending confirmation, more information will be available soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Kendall Zoller, President, Sierra Training Associates, Inc.- Pending confirmation, more information will be available soon.

Meet Kendall Zoller

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Dr. Jonathan Osborne, Professor, Stanford University, Kamalachari Professorship in Science Education- Pending confirmation, more information will be available soon.

 

Meet Jonathan Osborne

 

 

 


11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Ellen Blinderman, Early Childhood Education Coordinator at Lawrence Hall of Science - Pending confirmation, more information will be available soon.


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: The Power of Social Justice in Science Classrooms Dr. Sumer Seiki, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, STEM Specialist, University of San Francisco - Pending Confirmation

Why is social justice an important issue for science educators? In this session, we will explore the history and context that has led us to our current situation. Learn about the research being done nationally and internationally about social justice in and through science content. Finally translate theory into practice through simple application steps for focusing lessons on social justice issues affecting your students.


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Enlisting Middle and High School Students in the Search for ZomBees
by Dr.John Hafernik , Professor of Biololgy, San Francisco State University

ZomBees are real! They are honey bees, the most important pollinator of agricultural and backyard crops in North America, infected by the zombie fly. The zombie fly is a small, native insect that parasitizes native bees and yellow jacket wasps, eventually causing death to the bee. ZomBee Watch is a citizen science project whose goals are to determine where in North America the zombie fly is parasitizing honey bees. Participation in ZomBee Watch offers students the opportunity to make significant contributions to knowledge about honey bees, to learn about scientific research and the importance of bees and other pollinators to human and natural systems and to become better observers of nature. This presentation will detail ways that students can sample for infected honey bees, construct light traps, organize their data and experience firsthand the excitement of scientific inquiry.

Meet John Hafernik