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Best Practices in Marcellus Shale Education Agenda March 18 and 19, 2013

February 22, 2013

The Paleontological Research Institution and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marcellus Outreach Team will be hosting a conference on best practices in Marcellus Shale Education March 18 & 19, 2013 in Ithaca. A general announcement about the conference is found on our Marcellus Shale website at and the tentative agenda is below.

Registration for the conference is now closed. We have reached capacity.

Lodging information is at the bottom of the post.  Who should attend? The target audience is professional educators striving to provide impartial education and outreach on issues surrounding shale gas development. Examples include schoolteachers, college and university faculty, Cooperative Extension educators, science journalists, and museum educators. Registration will be limited to 50 participants. We seek to have attendees from a broad geographic region and a variety of educators. The meeting will not include talks that focus upon a review of shale gas drilling itself or cover policies and regulations.

Conference Agenda:

Note that updates are made to the agenda that may require refreshing your browser.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Snee Hall, Cornell University Campus

8:30 Registration, Breakfast (bagels, pastries, fruit) — The Reading Room

Plenary sessions (the morning through 2:15 pm) will be in Room 2146

9:00 Introduction and welcome [Rob Ross on behalf of PRI, Rod Howe on behalf of CCE]

  • Idea behind the conference.
  • Guidelines civil discourse to create a safe environment for sharing.

9:20 Talk: Don Duggan-Haas, PRI [overview — “What you need to know to teach about the Marcellus Shale” See related blog post here and the session Prezi here.]

9:45 Panel: Education and advocacy: Rod Howe, moderator

Panelists will address a set of questions that might include:

    • Identify the three biggest frustrations related to your efforts in education.
    • Do you have evidence that you have changed people positions? What made them change their minds?
    • Why does polarization happen and what do we do about it?
    • How do we build relationships among those with different opinions, or between educators (who by choice or necessity are impartial in their role) and advocates?
    • How might there be a collaboration between advocacy and education for informed decision making?
    • How can we harness  the energy and passions stimulated by contentious issues  for constructive dialogue and approaches ?

10:45 break

11:00 What Does Energy Literacy Look Like? The Energy Literacy Essential Principles (website with downloadable version of the Principles) Session Prezi; Extended Version (DaNel Hogan, DoE)

11:40 Public Health and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (Katrina Smith Korfmacher, University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center) Session PowerPoint

Noon: lunch – Provided — The Reading Room

1:00 Frack You – Discussion of Selected Excerpts [WSKG movie; with Laura Cunningham, playwright, Bill Gorman, director, Erik Jensen,  WSKG, & Jeff Shepardson, Community Dispute Resolution Center, to introduce and answer questions] The full video is available online here.

2:15 Breakout discussion groups:

Group 1: Environmental Identity and its Implications for Educators;  (Joe Henderson, University of Rochester); Room 2146

    • Why we should we take values, culture and identity seriously when addressing individual behavior around environmental issues.
    • Session slides (pdf; 16 MB)

Group 2: Comparative Risk and Cost/Benefit Analysis; (Darrick Nighthawk Evensen, Cornell University & Don Duggan-Haas, PRI); Room 1120

    • All large-scale energy production has negative consequences. How do we determine what sources are least bad?
    • Session notes (in Google Doc).

Group 3: Responsive Professional Development: (Alan Berkowitz; the Cary Institute); Room 1146

    • Using data and information about the knowledge, skills and practices of students and teachers to guide our workshops, materials and in-school support.
    • Session notes (MS Word doc)

Group 4: Emergent Session – Room 1150

    • This room is also available for meeting throughout the conference for session topics that emerge within and outside of other sessions.

3:00 Break

3:15 Short Presentations

  • Session A: Creating a Program: Energy Process Technology at Corning Community College, (Tom Dunbar, Corning Community College); Room 2146
  • Session B: Fracking: The limits of science, the role of philosophy (Darrick Nighthawk Evensen, Cornell University) See session slides and related article, The Fracking Humanities; Room 1120
  • Session C: Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners and Citizens (Part 1) (Erica Levine Powers, University at Albany); Room 1146

3:35 Short Presentations

  • Session A: “Undergraduate Marcellus Shale seminar design: A multi-pronged approach to teaching this controversial, many faceted geologic topic” (Joe Reese, Edinboro University); Room 2146
  • Session B: Living with Risk Can Give You Gas: Lessons from Informal Science Programming on Marcellus Shale for Adults (Margaret Hopkins, Penn State University); Room 1120
  • Session C:  Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners and Citizens (Part 2) (Beth Kinne, Hobart & William Smith Colleges); Room 1146
  • Session D: A Research Guide to the Marcellus and Utica Shales (Edward Knittel, Senior Director of Education and Sustainability, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs)

4:00 Keynote speaker: Seamus McGraw, author, The End of Country — Room 2146

Museum of the Earth

1259 Trumansburg Road

5:15 Poster session set up; explore Museum 6:00 Poster session, wine and beer, snacks

  • RiverQuest: Exploring the Marcellus Shale  (ppt; 11.9 MB) Janine Surmick and Danielle Stump, RiverQuest
  • The IEER Program for Educating the Public on Shale Gas Issues in Northeastern PAKen Klemow, Wilkes University Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
  • Marcellus Matters: Engaging Adults in Science and Energy Terry Noll and Margaret Hopkins, Penn State University
  • Frack You! Laura Cunningham, playwright, Bill Gorman, director, Erik Jensen,  WSKG, & Jeff Shepardson, Community Dispute Resolution Center
  • The Marcellus Shale as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy  (png of poster; extensive Prezi of related contentJoe Henderson, University of Rochester & Don Duggan-Haas, PRI
  • Modeling Gas, Jobs, and Waste Water: A Prototype Study (pdf; 655 KB) Albert R. George, Anqi Guo, Minghao Li, Hantang Xiao: Cornell University Robert M. Ross: Paleontological Research Institution

6:30 Dinner under the whale 7:15 Continued poster session, tours of the Museum and collections

8:30 Leave Museum

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Snee Hall, Cornell University Campus

8:30 Breakfast (bagels, pastries, fruit) — The Reading Room

Plenary sessions (until 11:15 am) will be in Room 2146

9:00 Introduction to the day [Rob Ross, PRI]

9:15 Talk: Public issues education: David Kay, Community & Regional Development Institute, Cornell, Sharon Anderson, CCE

10:00: Energy literacy panel (Rob Ross, PRI, moderator)

  • DaNel Hogan: DOE Einstein Fellow, federally-funded Energy Literacy Essential Principles
  • Chip Malone Cornell Cooperative Extension: youth and energy literacy
  • Edward Knittel, Senior Director of Education and Sustainability, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

Panelists will address the following:

    • What is energy literacy and how can it be developed?
    • How do we engage citizens in energy planning,
    • How do we balance different policies and interest, such as gas drilling and NYS greenhouse gas reduction goals?
    • What can we learn from Marcellus Shale outreach for application to other energy and environmental topics?

11:00 break

11:15 Breakout discussion groups:

Group 1: How do we help people understand complexity (with special attention to scales of time and space)? (Rob Ross, PRI)  — Room 2146

    • Interactions among water, air, and life (including human life and the systems humans create) have environmental impacts at temporal scales of weeks, months, years, decades, centuries; and spatial scales that are local, regional, and global impacts.

Group 2: What are the special needs of extension educators? (Brett Chedzoy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County; Kevin Mathers, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County; and Averall Bauder, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County) — Room 1120

    • Identify resource needs, available support, and lessons learned in Pennsylvania.
    • Session notes.

Group 3: Integrating spatial data for inquiry, analysis, and education about shale-gas drilling.  (Karen Edelstein, New York State Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance); Room 1146

Group 4: Emergent Session – Room 1150

    • This room is available for meeting throughout the conference for session topics that emerge within and outside of other sessions.

12:00 Lunch – Provided — Reading Room

1:00 Closing Discussion & Evaluation: Lessons Learned + Looking Forward (Don Duggan-Haas, PRI, moderator) — Room 2146

  • Beth Kinne: Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Rod Howe: Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Ken Klemow: Wilkes University Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Session Prezi (with Klemow PowerPoint embedded)

Panelists may address the following questions:

    • What are the most important lessons of the last few years?
    • What are the most valuable lessons of the conference?
    • What new energy education challenges lie ahead?
    • How can we better address the persistent energy education challenges?
    • What are the most important and achievable goals for Marcellus Shale & energy education?
    • What lessons can be transfered to other work you do?
    • What practical steps can we take?

It is expected that new questions will emerge during the conference.

2:00 End of conference

2:00 – 5:00 – Classroom space will be available to allow continued discussions. 

Groups on both Facebook and Linked in have been established. 

  • On Linked in, search for: Marcellus Shale Educators. This is a closed group, meaning that members will need to be approved by a group administrator. Send Don a note if you’d like to be a group administrator. 
  • On Facebook, search for: Marcellus Shale EducationThis is an open group — simply “like” the page.

The Museum of the Earth provides scientific information about unconventional drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

In our outreach related to the Marcellus Shale, the Museum of the Earth will not take a position supporting or opposing drilling in the Marcellus Shale. A fundamental goal of our work is to provide evidence-based information and to build understanding of the science related to the Shale, the extraction techniques employed in gas recovery from the Shale, and associated environmental impacts. Project partners also help nurture understandings of the economic and cultural impacts of decisions related to Marcellus Shale development. We strive to do this work with as little bias as possible. More information about our Marcellus Shale outreach efforts can be found here:

Accessing Cornell Wi-Fi as a Guest:

Campus visitors from eduroam-participating institutions, can connect to the eduroam network using their credentials from their home institution. You do not need to either register as a guest or obtain any Cornell credentials to use eduroam. For more information, see the eduroam Connection page. More information is here.

Lodging Information:

Blocks of hotel rooms are being held at the Hilton Garden Inn (607) 277-8900 and the Holiday Inn(607) 272-1000, both in downtown Ithaca. Tell them you’re with the Marcellus Shale Educator Conference to receive a discount on the room. Reservations with the Hilton Garden Inn should be made by March 3. Reservations with the Holiday Inn should be made by March 7th.

Parking Information:

Parking can be a challenge on the Cornell Campus. Few spaces are available for people without permits and campus police are diligent about ticketing unpermitted cars (even though the meeting is during Cornell’s Spring Break). Registrants are encouraged to park in either of the 2 parking garages in downtown Ithaca and take the Route 10 bus to campus. The parking garages are on Seneca and Green Streets on either side of the Commons. The Route 10 bus runs every 10 minutes between 7:30am and 8:00pm between the Seneca Street Bus Stop (in front of the Seneca Street Parking Garage) and the Cornell Campus. Click here for the route map. Pick the bus up at the Seneca Street Stop and get off at the Schwartz Performing Arts Center. Snee is just across the street and over the footpath across the gorge. See the campus map  here. Fare is $1.50. Those who wish to drive to campus can park either in the Collegetown Parking Garage on Dryden Road or buy a parking pass for the Cornell Parking Garage from one of the information booths on campus.  See the campus map  here. The Museum of the Earth has enough free parking to accommodate all registrants.

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