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Marcellus Shale Educator Conference, Ithaca, NY, March 18-19

published Mar 15, 2013 4:09pm
The focus of the conference will be on education and outreach practices in communicating about Marcellus shale gas drilling and other polarizing issues. The Marcellus Shale will serve as a case study from which we can learn about energy education more broadly, including attention to the challenges of teaching the science of a controversial issue.

Topics may include:
  • development of energy literacy,
  • Earth system and environmental literacy,
  • scale in space and time and Earth systems,
  • effective communication about complex and interdisciplinary issues,
  • strategies for teaching and learning about risk, socioeconomic issues, and local and global environmental considerations,
  • the roles of education and advocacy,
  • strategies for maintaining civil discourse, and,
  • broad lessons we are learning for applicability to other energy issues.
Threading throughout these topics will be discussions of how to help people to learn and have constructive conversations about energy when the topic is deeply polarizing.

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.

When the agenda is complete, it will be posted at Speakers will include scientists, educators and journalists.

Register at
There will be a $50 registration fee to help fund the costs of the meeting. The meeting will be partially funded through grants from the National Science Foundation.

The meeting will be hosted by the Paleontological Research Institution and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marcellus Outreach Team.