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Science Outreach

Cascadia Initiative and 'CC@Sea' Program

The Cascadia Initiative is a community experiment that deploys ocean-bottom seismometers (OBS's) off the coasts of Vancouver Island, Washington, Oregon and N. California to help understand aspects of the Cascadia subduction zone. In 2011 community college (CC) students from Mt. Hood CC and Umpqua CC served on a cruise to deploy trawl-resistant mount (TRM) OBS's developed by the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory under the direction chief scientists Maya Tolstoy and engineer Andrew Barclay. Additionally, the 'CC@sea-ers' helped co-chief scientst Anne Trehu (of Oregon State University) use the ship's echo-sounders to locate methane bubbles from seeps associated with the Cascadia trench.

Here is a link to a movie the CC@sea-ers made called 'Cruisin Cascadia'.

(Movie doesn't play? Click on this link to download the QuickTime movie) (1 Gb file, may take some time).


The UO MSI GK-12 program places chemistry and physics graduate students in Lane County, Bend-area and Hermiston/Pendleton-area K-8 schools, co-teaching with regular teachers, providing 'classroom-embedded professional development' and generally supporting use of state-of-the-art 'science kit' curricula. We partner with Oregon Education Service Districts (ESDs) along with individual schools and school districts in this effort. Prof. Dave Johnson of UO Chemistry and Anae Rosenberg, our very able program directors are my UO partners for this program. Here are some pertinent links:

GK-12 home page

some science kit information

ESD partners:


The second is project eMAST, excellence in Math And Science Teaching, funded by NSF's Teaching Practices Continuum program and ably led by Prof. Jill Baxter of the UO College of Education. This program seeks to develop models for professional development that enable K-5 teachers to teach mathematics content (e.g., data analysis, 'algebra') within the context of science instruction using hands-on curricula such as 'science kits.'

eMAST home page


The third project-- UCORE (Undergraduate Catalytic Outreach and Research Experience)-- just started in 2007. This NSF STEP-funded program brings end-of-first-year students from six partner Oregon community colleges to UO and other Oregon University System research labs for a summer 'research camp,' an authentic research experience in Chemistry, Geological Sciences or Physics and a training workshop. Students are trained at the end-of-summer workshop to be 'catalytic' back at their home institutions.... they will lead tutorials and research/career seminars to increase interest in degrees and careers in the physical sciences. (the UCORE team comprises Livelybrooks, Hulpke, Rosenberg and Johnson).

UCORE home page


Another project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through ONAMI has brought an FEI table-top scanning electron microscope (TTSEM) to the UO. This portable back-scatter electron microscope is capable of imaging to about 10,000 X, and is being used by local high school and middle school teachers to improve student understanding in biology, chemistry, physics and the earth sciences. The TTSEM team also includes physics grad. student Ben Lopez, 'TTSEM Fellow.'

TTSEM home page

Here are some PDFs of application (sample) notes and other information about our TTSEM outreach program:

Coated vs. uncoated samples (leaves)

Staple images

Micron scale beads

Various papers compared

Teaching effectiveness

User friendliness


Project OCEPT (Oregon Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of (science and math) Teachers) was where I got my start. It was an NSF-funded state-wide program that brought together CC, 4-year and research university science and math instructors to foster excellence in college teaching. It was a delightful and enlightening experience!

sound in K-5