DPS Meeting, Madison, October 1998
Session 18P. K-12 Planetary Science Education Posters
Contributed Poster Session, Tuesday, October 13, 1998, 10:40-11:40am, Hall of Ideas

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[18P.03] Serving Scientists: The DePaul Broker/Facilitator Program

E. E. Roettger (DePaul University)

Educational components are encouraged, sometimes required, in grant-funded research. However, it is not reasonable to expect scientists to master a second field, education. The NASA Office of Space Science has included regional Broker/Facilitator centers in its ``ecosystem" (multidimensional education/outreach network) to help bridge the gap. Broker/Facilitators are to ``work with the space science community to identify high-leverage opportunities for education/outreach and help arrange collaborations between scientists and educators" (www.hq.nas.gov/office/oss/education/edprog.html). The regional center at DePaul University serves six states (IA, IL, IN, MN, MO, and WI). Full activity will begin in August 1998, when staff are in place. Initially, we expect to assist scientists who wish to develop educational plans to complement their research programs, and help find educational partners for research groups or individuals. Further services, activities, and programs are being planned; feedback from researchers and others is being sought. Progress and further details of plans will be presented.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: roettger@ix.netcom.com

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