Call for Presentations - EE Expo 2014
Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education
Lisa Anderson and Quilt

Science Cheerleader
EE Expo Keynote

Darlene Cavalier founded the Science Cheerleader to unite the citizen’s desire to be heard and valued, the scientist’s growing interest in the public’s involvement, and government’s need to garner public support. The Science Cheerleader serves to get the conversation going, rally the troops, solicit views from all sides, and change the tone of science and science policy in this country.

Darlene also launched SciStarter, a citizen science hub connecting people to science they can do.  Through their grass-roots, bottom-up efforts Citizen Scientists can aid research in a plethora of science fields by tagging butterflies, monitoring the health of water, keeping an eye on migratory patterns of birds, discovering new galaxies, and more.  Darlene believes that Citizen Scientists could and should do much more, though. They can multiply their manpower by enlisting the help of millions of other “average” citizens. They can push for the restoration of impartial, citizen-involved science advisory bodies and help shape public policy-to make sure that government represents the will of its citizens.


Online registration for EE Expo 2014 will open in mid-December.  Online registration will be open until the meeting day.  On-site registration will also be available, but lunch will not be guaranteed to late registrants. 

EE Expo
Call for Presentations

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: January 3rd, 2014

We are looking for dynamic presentations on this year's theme - Citizen Science.  

What is Citizen Science?
Citizen Science, also known as public participation in scientific research (PPSR), includes volunteer monitoring and other forms of organized research in which members of the public, Citizen Scientists, engage in the process of scientific investigations: asking questions, collecting data, and/or interpreting results.  
Why Citizen Science?
Citizen Scientists can contribute many more and varied observations compared to traditional scientific research conducted by a scientist or small team of researchers.  Citizen Science projects often focus on an issue that requires data to be gathered over long periods of time or wide geographic areas.  Projects vary from simple observations to scheduled data collection that requires training and significant time commitment.  Ongoing projects cover many different sciences ranging from aquatic invasive species to native bees, from pollen to stardust, and from urban birds to arctic glaciers.  Successful projects may only have handful of participants at a local park or many thousands of observers located across the globe.

 Appropriate presentations for this year's Citizen Science theme would include:
-Introduction of a Citizen Science program that you coordinate or is coordinated by your organization
-Introduction of a Citizen Science program that you participate in and would like to encourage other Oklahoma educators to join
-How you can incorporate a Citizen Science project into your curriculum
-How you have implemented a Citizen Science project in your school day
-The advantages and challenges of collecting real data as part of your classroom activities
-How Citizen Science has engaged your students/participants in "real" research science
-How you use technology in with your Citizen Science project

Proposals are encouraged from both formal and informal educators.  We are looking for a variety of proposals - a wide range of age groups, classrooms, nature centers, home-school groups, summer camps…  We also encourage submission by organizations or agencies that are interested in getting the word out about their Citizen Science projects.  

Standard presentations will be 40 minutes.  However, we may consider a series of shorter talks 10-20 minutes on some topics depending upon the number of submissions we receive.  You will be notified of your acceptance by January 17th and at that time we will let you know how long your presentation will be.

Proposal Submission--
Your name:
Your affiliation:
Your email address:
Your phone number (best # to call during the day):
Presentation title:
25 word synopsis for meeting program:
Summary, of no more than 250 words:
Target age-group, if specific:
Audio-visual equipment requirements:
Room set up needs (such as lecture style or chairs with tables):

An individual may submit up to two proposals.  

Submit your proposal via email to by January 3, 2014.

Questions regarding proposal submission can be sent to Meeting Committee Co-Chair, Priscilla Crawford at or you may call 405-325-7658.

You will get an email acknowledging receipt of submission. If you do not receive an email, please call 405-325-7658.
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