2016 Summit Sessions

2016 National Energy Education Summit Program

Complete list of topics, moderators, presenters and abstracts for breakout sessions

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SESSION 1: K-12 Energy Education – Classroom Practices

Chaired by Mary Spruill, Executive Director, Project NEED (National Energy Education Development) and Sally Mitchell, Einstein Fellow, Office of Science, US Dept of Energy

Becoming an Energy Superhero, {Presentation}Patricia Harcourt, MADE CLEAR Maryland Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment and Research, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Energy 2020: Using Online Games to Educate on Climate Change and Energy, {Presentation}Tania Ouariachi Peralta, M.A., Universidad de Granada, España, Fulbright Scholar at Center for Climate Change Communication

Teaching Energy with a Global Approach: Interdisciplinary Learning in a Middle School Classroom, Liza Esser, Teacher, Capitol Hill Day School, Washington, DC

Strategies for Integrating Renewable Energy Technologies into Life Science Instruction, {Presentation}Dana B. Haine, K-12 Energy Science Education Manager, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment

Why We Need to Change the Way We Teach the Conservation of Energy Law, {Presentation}, Patricia Higby, Energy Education and Outreach Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa

Being Green: Making What you Need with Plants, {Presentation}Jay W. Staker, Iowa 4-H Stakeholders and Partnerships Manager, Iowa State University

Creating University Partnerships in Providing Effective Teacher Professional Development in Energy Education, {Presentation}Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Penn State Center for Science and the Schools


SESSION 2: K-12 Energy Education – Professional Development and Research

Chaired by Susan M. Kelly, New England Director of the National Earth Science Teachers Association and Margaret A. Holzer, Ph.D.,National Earth Science Teachers Association

Rethinking K-12 Renewable Energy Education, {Presentation}Timo Lukkarinen, CEO, Horizon Educational

Duke Energy Academy at Purdue: Inspiring Future Leaders in Energy Sciences and Engineering, Pankaj Sharma, Ph.D., M.B.A., Associate Professor and Managing Director, Energy Center, Discovery Park, Purdue University

Energy Literacy Effect on Attitudes of Teachers and Students in K-12 Classrooms-Cognitive Fix or Inadequate Norms?, Nirav S. Patel, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University

High Impact of STEM through K-12 Energy Education, {Presentation}Amelia Gulling, GreenPower K-12 Education and Outreach Administrator, Desert Research Institute

Focus on Energy: Preparing Elementary Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge, {Presentation}Sara Lacy, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, TERC

Energy Hogs: the Super Villains Students Love to Defeat, Jennifer Alldredge, Program Manager, Alliance to Save Energy

Infusing Energy Topics into the K-12 Curriculum, {Presentation}, Margaret A. Holzer, Ph.D., National Earth Science Teachers Association and Susan M. Kelly, New England Director of the National Earth Science Teachers Association


SESSION 3: Introductory Energy Education – Energy 101 and General Education

Chaired by Dan Kammen, Ph.D., Director of Renewable and Apppropriate Energy Laboratory, Class of ’35 Distinguished Chair in Energy at the University of California, Berkeley

Integrating Energy Literacy with Bioenergy into the ClassroomAlexis T. Wolfe, ORISE Fellow, Bioenergy Technologies Office U.S. Department of Energy

Energy and Sustainability: An Introductory Level Undergraduate Course at the Intersection of Science and Society, {Presentation}Bhawani Venkataraman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, Eugene Lang College, The New School

An Energy Course and Free Online Textbook for University Students, {Presentation}Jason M.K.C. Donev, Ph.D., Professor, University of Calgary

Game Design for Energy Literacy, {Presentation}Peter McDonough, Adjunct Professor, University of Montana

Health, Sustainability, and the Oil Patch, Tee L. Guidotti, MD, MPH, DABT, Fellow of the Energy Institute (London), http://www.teeguidotti.com


SESSION 4: Pedagogy and Assessment of Student Learning

Chaired by David Gosselin, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jan DeWaters, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Walter H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University

Beyond Geopolitics: A Pedagogy for International Energy Policy, {Presentation}, Sharlissa Moore, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Renewable Energy: An Undergraduate Course, {Presentation}Alan McGowan, Ph.D., Lecturer, The New School

Energy and Climate: Imperative Concepts for Tomorrow’s Engineers, {Presentation}Susan Powers, Ph.D., Director, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Clarkson University

Energy Analysis, Policy, and Security: A Multidisciplinary Energy Elective Course at the US Naval Academy, {Presentation}, Dr. Patrick Caton, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, US Naval Academy

Introductory Energy Education Framework with Topic-Based Modular Course Design, {Presentation}Zhenglun Li, Ph.D., Bioenergy Instructor, Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Bioenergy Education Project, Oregon State University

A Cloud Enabled Virtual Reality Based Pedagogical Ecosystem for Solar Energy Education, {Presentation}, Pramod Abichandani, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Drexel University


SESSION 5: Defining Sustainability in an Energy Context

Chaired by John Perkins, Ph.D., Member of the Faculty Emeritus, The Evergreen State College and Tom Richard, Ph.D., Director of  Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment, Penn State University

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Balancing Impacts of Energy, {Presentation}Barry Benedict, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso

Assessing Tradeoffs: Issues at the Nexus of Energy, Water and the Environment, {Presentation}Kelly Sanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California

Understanding the Energy-Food Nexus, {Presentation}, Ali Shahrukh Pracha, Graduate Institute of Development Studies, Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan

Promoting and Assessing Students’ Understanding of Sustainable Energy Policymaking: A Unique Framework, {Presentation}Jennifer Sklarew, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Energy Policy, Center for Energy Science and Policy, George Mason University

How Does Energy Education Fit in with Sustainability?, {Presentation}Don Scott, Director of Sustainability, National Biodiesel Board


SESSION 6: Connections between Energy Education and Energy Practices on Campus and in Local Communities

Chaired by Scott Sklar, President, Stella Group and Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University and Jeff Ramsdell, Ph.D., Professor and Director at Appalachian Energy Center, Appalachian State University

Energy Literacy Campaign, {Presentation}Michele Putko, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell

Failing Well to Build Resilience in Energy Education, {Presentation}Ian Carbone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Allegheny College

Project-based Learning as a Catalyst for Energy Education at Duke University, {Presentation}Steve A. Hicks, Ed.D., Associate Director for Energy Education: Duke University Energy Initiative, Duke University

Campus as Energy Efficiency Laboratory in an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Energy Curriculum, {Presentation}Joel N. Swisher, Ph.D., P.E., Western Washington University

Enhancing Approaches on Interdisciplinary Learning on Sustainable Energy, {Presentation}Scott Sklar, President, Stella Group and Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University


SESSION 7: Diversity Advancing Diversity in the Sustainable Energy Field

Chaired by Chuck Stone, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Engaging Diverse Student Populations in Renewable Energy: Undergraduate Research and Building STEM Capacity, {Presentation}, Chuck Stone, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Colorado School of Mines

EnergyWhiz: Learning Through Real World Energy Challenges, Susan Schleith, Director of K-12 Education Programs, Florida Solar Energy Center/ University of Central Florida

Ten Years of Projects in Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency at SIPI 2007 – 2016, {Presentation}, Nader Vadiee, Ph.D., Faculty and Engineering & Engineering Technology Programs Coordinator, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)

Fieldwork in Energy Democracy: Designing Community Solar For Diverse Communities, {Presentation}Kathryn Milun, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology Department, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Energy Democracy and Increasing Energy Workforce Diversity in the Renewable Energy Transition, {Presentation}Jennie C. Stephens, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, University of Vermont

Outcomes of Integrating a Project-based Learning STEM Research Project into a Summer Bridge, {Presentation}, Adam Talamantes, Jay Well, Renee O’Neill and Katharine Field, Oregon State University


SESSION 8: Career Preparation, Workforce Development, Employer Needs and Student Opportunities

Chaired by Monty Alger, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Natural Gas Research, Penn State University and Matthew Garcia, Ph.D., Jobs Security Council, U.S. Department of Energy

Why Business CaresAnn Goodman, Ph.D., City University of New York

Calpine Corporation’s Career Preparation ProgramsYvonne McIntyre, Immediate Past President, Calpine Corporation

A Workforce Pipeline for the Wind Energy Industry: An example from Virginia, {Presentation}Remy Pangle, Associate Director, Center for Wind Energy, James Madison University

Energy Education and Engagement Experiences – Connecting Students to Professionals and Preparing them for their Careers, {Presentation}Stacy Peterson, M.Ed., Energy Education Program Coordinator, Duke University Energy Initiative

Energy Education and Professional Practice, {Presentation}Stacy Fineran, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Developing the Workforce Talent of the Future through STEM K-12 Teacher Professional Development, {Presentation}Ann Seifert, K-12 STEM Manager, Idaho National Laboratory

URI Energy Fellows Program: Energy Extension Workforce Development as a Catalyst for Energy Academics in Rhode Island, {Presentation}Kate Venturini, Program Director, University of Rhode Island


SESSION 9: Undergraduate Degree Programs, Minors and Concentrations

Chaired by Scott Williams, Research and Education Coordinator, Wisconsin Energy Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison

A Systems Approach to Energy Education, {Presentation}Cutler J. Cleveland, Ph.D., Professor, Boston University

Engaging Adult Students: Penn State’s Online Energy and Sustainability Policy Program, {Presentation}Brandi J. Robinson, Lecturer, Penn State University

Oregon State University’s Undergraduate Minor in Bioenergy: Producing Graduates with the Skills to Advance the Bioeconomy, {Presentation}Katharine G. Field, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Bioenergy Education Project, Oregon State University

Traveling Workshops from National Association of Geoscience Teachers and Project InTeGRATE, {Presentation}David E. Blockstein, Ph.D., Executive Secretary for the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders, Senior Scientist for the National Council for Science and the Environment

University of Toledo Minor in Renewable Energy, {Presentation}Andy Jorgensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo and Sanjay Khare, Ph.D., College of Engineering, University of Toledo


SESSION 10: Courses and Programs at Two Year (Community) Colleges

Chaired by Debra Rowe, Ph.D., Faculty, Sustainable Energies & Social Sciences Oakland Community College, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Community Colleges and Energy Education: Connecting Energy Industry’s Current and Evolving Needs to the Secondary and Post-Secondary Pipeline, {Presentation}Linda H. Baxley, Director, Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Energy Education at Community Colleges: Issues, Solutions, and Resources for You!Debra Rowe, Ph.D., Faculty, Sustainable Energies & Social Sciences Oakland Community College, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Preparing the Energy Professionals of Tomorrow: the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE), {Presentation}Ken Walz, Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE)

Integrating Across Disciplines to Meet Needs in Indian Country: Renewable Energy Curriculum Development at a National Tribal College{Presentation}William Schaedla, Ph.D.,  Environmental Science Program Coordinator and Faculty Member, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)

Design and Assessment of an Associate Degree-level Plant Operations Technical Education ProgramJason Selwitz, Instructor and Advisor, Plant Operations, Walla Walla Community College


SESSION 11: Graduate and Professional Energy Education

Chaired by Seth Blumsack, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Penn State University

Stakeholders, Ethics, Earthquakes & Energy Production – Graduate Energy Education, {Presentation}Meredith A. Wegener, J.D., LL.M. Director Graduate Energy Education & Assistant Professor, Oklahoma City University, Meinders School of Business

Energy Management Certificate at IUPUI, {Presentation}Ali Razban, Assistant Director of IAC / Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Remote and Virtual Labs at GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center, {Presentation}Parhum Delgoshaei, Ph.D., Penn State University, Research Associate, and David R. Riley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Penn State University

Evolution Footprint of Energy Systems Modeling: Implications for Energy Education, {Presentation}Nima Shahriari, Fulbright Scholar, Energy Systems Modeling, Old Dominion University

Building Cross-campus Coalitions to Support Graduate Programs in Energy Economics and Policy, Jerald Fletcher, Ph.D., Professor and Director, US-China Energy Center, Natural Resource Analysis Center, West Virginia University


SESSION 12: Public Energy Education

Chaired by Andra Wilcox, M.S., Research Scientist at Houston Advanced Research Center and Robert Wingfield, Ph.D., Director of the Fisk Community Environmental Toxics Awareness and Sustainability Program, Fisk University

Citizen Science: An Effective Tool for Conducting Bioenergy University Outreach, {Presentation}Jill Euken, Deputy Director, Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute

Overcoming Offshore Wind NIMBYISM: Steps for Educating the Public to Contribute to Informed Siting Decisions, {Presentation}Drew F. Bush, Ph.D. Candidate, McGill University

Informal Youth Energy Education in Summer Enrichment and After-School Programs, {Presentation}Robert C. Wingfield Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Fisk University

Virtual Oil & Gas Site: Stakeholder Engagement, {Presentation}Andra Wilcox, M.S., Research Scientist, Energy Production, Houston Advanced Research Center

Public Energy Education: A Theoretical Model and Review of Approaches, {Presentation}Beth Karlin, Ph.D., University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA.), Research Director, The Norman Lear Center


 SESSION 13: Bioenergy Education

Chaired by Danica Hendrickson, M.Ed., Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Western Washington University

Advanced Sustainable Biofuels Basics and Resources for Teachers and Students, {Presentation}Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA

Online Bioenergy Curriculum and Internships Programs in the Cenusa Bioenergy Project, {Presentation}Patrick T Murphy, Ph.D., Education Co-Project Director, Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University

Enhancing Bioenergy Education Pipeline Through Development of K-12 Bioenergy Curricula, {Presentation}Jay Well, Ph.D., Oregon State University

Engaging and Educating Bioenergy Stakeholders through Field Tours, Outreach Events, and Extension Materials, {Presentation}Kevin W. Zobrist, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Extension Forestry, Washington State University

Online Bioenergy Education for Everyone: Bioenergy on YouTube, {Presentation}Katharine Field, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Bioenergy Education Project, Oregon State University

Education at the Speed of Research – An Overview of the NARA Approach to BioEnergy Literacy, {Presentation}Danica Hendrickson, M.Ed., Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Western Washington University

Goals of breakout sessions:

The goal of each session is to move toward a common vision of energy education in their topic area and to identify and share effective practices. They will identify areas of consensus and divergence on the vision of their area and will identify critical questions and needs to build, improve and expand Energy Education to serve the needs of diverse student learners. If funding is obtained for a multi-year project, the breakout participants and others will constitute a working group who will develop a living guidance document that will identify the vision for their domain and characterize “effective practices” (“best practices” will vary from institution to institution in this heterogeneous field).

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