College of Science

Department of Marine Science

Science Professionals

CMEP offers a number of professional development opportunities for science professionals. A complete listing of our professional development programs can be found below.

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    Through funding provided by the National Science Foundation, Polar-ICE supports professional scientists in thinking creatively about how to plan and execute broader communication of their work. This series includes both a face-to-face workshop and follow-up online sessions and will feature demonstrations and discussions designed to build skills including:

    • Connecting with diverse audiences
    • Crafting and telling your science story
    • Deconstructing/decoding science for non-expert audiences
    • Building effective ways to teach and communicate with the public
    • Broadening the reach of your science and telling your science story

    Participant Benefits:

    All participants will receive the opportunity to:

    • Develop broader impact (BI) skills including how to breakdown and decode your science, to identify your audience, to explore how different audiences understand new material, to successfully work with diverse audiences, to practice effective communication approaches, and to gain additional networking techniques;
    • Brainstorm ways to develop a successful integrated research and education plan, which balances personal interest in science communication, professional need to participate in BI “NSF Criterion II” activities for funding, and successful scientific research;
    • Connect with educators, learning scientists, and media professionals from across the country who can aid in the planning and implementation of future BI activities;
    • Network with polar scientists from across the country who also share an interest in effectively communicating polar science;
    • Receive a stipend as well as breakfast and lunch during the workshop.

    Applications for the 2017 cohort will be available soon. For additional information contact CMEP Director Corey Garza at or visit the Polar-ICE Science Communication page.

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    In collaboration with the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence, CMEP and Polar-ICE offer support for science professionals in preparing Broader Impacts Statements and NSF Criterion II. See below for opportunities to participate.

    Broader Impact Wizard – to help you develop a broader impact statement that will satisfy NSF Criterion II and fulfill your interest in communicating your science. The wizard is a quick and easy process to produce an outline of important points to include in your BI statement and will help frame discussions with your BI partners.

    Broader Impact Case Studies (coming Fall 2016)– Each case study includes a summary of the broader impact activities as well as information from the scientists about how they got involved, who they worked with, any challenges and benefits, what it cost, and how they measured success.

    For additional information contact CMEP Director Dr. Corey Garza at

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    Ari daniel

    Ari Daniel, a Polar-ICE collaborator, is an oceanographer turned professional science reporter and multimedia producer. Ari produces digital interactives and web videos for NOVA, and has reported on science topics across five continents. Ari’s radio stories have appeared on PRI’s The World and Living on Earth, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Radiolab, Studio 360, Here and Now, and Marketplace.

    In the multi-part series below, Ari provides some insight into how he works on telling science stories and how scientists can work to tell the story of their own science.

    Intro: Unearthing Story within Science

    Part 1: The Brain — Transforming data into story

    Part 2: The Heart — Finding stories all around you

    Part 3: The IngredientsThe elements of a successful story

    Part 4: Using video to tell a story

    Part 5: Now it’s your turn – Last minute notes