Science Education: Linking Science and Society

Department of Teaching and Learning

Highlights from Panel Two: "Linkages Beyond the Classroom"

Each of the panelists used a slide show to illustrate nonformal yet dramatic ways of communicating scientific meanings

Marcia Rudy showed how science and art can intersect and communicate science process and inquiry through the work of numerous artists, many of them scientists: Gerald Marks, Ned Kahn, Ross Lewis, Kyle Dries, Felice Frankel, David Goodsell, Dee Breger, Eric Heller, Michael Stringer, Paul Marshall, Charles Kazilek, David Walker, Albert Tousson, Klaus Bolte, Thomas Shearer, Spike Walker, Donald Anthony, Ted Kinsman, Mark Fischer, Brad Smith, Katherine Kollins, Anna Hill, Agnes Denes, Jonathan Feldschuh, Ted Siller, Julian Vosss-Andreae, Eva Lee, Sam Bowser, and Clair Beynon.
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Maura Flannery presented a number of artists (Jan Yager, Bernard Palissy, David Freda, Barbara West, Laura Splan, Karen Norberg, Ruth Marshall, Christine and Margaret Wertheim) who work scientific themes into items like tiaras and quilts, often with spectacular results.
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Margaret Honey focused on how technology is now being used to communicate science. She lamented "how not pervasive really good judicious use of technology is" yet "River City" a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE) and "Voyage of the Mimi" an educational television series she helped produce, argue otherwise.
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Joe Witte argued that local weatherpersons are an underutilized resource for communicating science. The weatherperson is often the only person in the newsroom with a science degree. So why aren’t they doing more reports on climate change?  Witte just used a grant to produce 12 videos on water use and plans to do another series on climate change.
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