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Workshops and Town Hall Meetings

L&O e-Lectures Town Hall Meeting: A High Impact Option for Addressing “Broader Impacts”

Monday, 9 July, 12:00 to 13:30, Collabo Shiga - Main Room 3

Organizer: Jennifer Cherrier, Florida A&M University and Editor-in-Chief L&O e-Lectures, lolectures-editor@aslo.org

Several funding agencies now require proposals to not only provide justification for the intellectual merit of their work, but they must also include a plan for activities demonstrating the ‘broader impact’ on society. For many the task is arduous and elusive; with outcomes difficult to assess. ASLO’s newest publication series ‘L&O e-Lectures’ offers a new and effective alternative for addressing societal benefit requirements by providing a high impact venue for publication in a post-secondary lecture format. Over the past year, the L&O e-Lectures website has received over 40,000 hits and this number is growing exponentially. If just 1% of these hits results in L&O e-Lecture downloads then that would mean that approximately 400 instructors would be using these e-Lectures to teach their courses. As university class size ranges from anywhere between 20 to 150 students this translates to reaching 8000 to 60,000 students. The net outcome of publishing in L&O e-Lectures is win-win: a researcher submits his or her findings for publication in L&O, L&O Methods, or L&O Fluids in the Environment, and can also submit a companion publication in L&O e-Lectures. This Town Hall will introduce ASLO’s newest peer-reviewed publication, ‘L&O e-Lectures,’ and provide a forum to discuss opportunities for publishing with L&O e-Lectures. For more information about L&O e-Lectures visit http://www.aslo.org/lectures/

A limited number of lunches (Bento boxes) will be available.

Workshop: The Future of Ecosystems Science

Monday, 9 July, 12:00 to 13:30, Collabo Shiga - Main Room 1

Organizer: Nancy Grimm, National Science Foundation, ngrimm@nsf.gov

Ecosystem science has a long history as a core program at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and although topics of research have fluctuated over the years as in any program, it retains a clear identity and continues to attract exciting proposals. As science is becoming more interdisciplinary, particularly the science of global environmental change, ecosystem scientists often find themselves in positions of intellectual and organizational leadership because of their experience working across disciplines. Now is an appropriate time to energize and bring together the discipline in pursuit of a research agenda for the future. The NSF funded a series of workshops (Peter Groffman and Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, are PIs) to accomplish this. The workshops and discussion groups will be held at multiple scientific-society meetings over the next two years, culminating in a Frontiers of Ecosystem Science Symposium. Relevant target societies in addition to ASLO include AGU, ASM, ERF, ESA, SFS (formerly NABS), ISME, IALE, AAG and SSSA. In this workshop, attendees will be asked to give us their ideas about the future of ecosystem science and will have the opportunity to listen and react to a series of very brief and provocative “soapbox” statements about the most important questions in ecosystem science from ~10 creative and diverse ecosystem scientists. Results from surveys and the ensuing group discussion will serve as input for a final symposium that will involve approximately 50 participants and will produce a “white paper” that would serve as an evaluation and direction for ecosystem science that could be used at NSF and elsewhere.

A limited number of lunches (Bento boxes) will be available.

Workshop: Eddy Correlation Measurement

Tuesday, 10 July, 12:00 to 13:30, Collabo Shiga - Main Room 1

Hosted by Rockland Scientific Inc., the Eddy Correlation Measurement Workshop builds on the Instrumentation Workshop held during the AGU Ocean Sciences meeting in Salt Lake City in February.  Topics include available instrument capabilities and limitation, response time and signal resolution requirements, temperature and oxygen sensor characteristics, and sampling methodologies and results.

In response to questions from the previous workshop, RSI will also be presenting the findings of a recent report testing the stirring response the new AMT Galvanic Micro-Oxygen Sensor.

Plenty of time will be available for a group discussion on the topics covered and questions asked by the audience.

There is limited space available so attendance will be by registration and on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Lunch (Bento boxes) will be provided.  Please contact Jeremy Hancyk, Director of Business Development at Rockland Scientific, to register or for more information: Email: jeremy@rocklandscientific.com or by phone 1.250.370.1688.