The Third Task: Adventures in Complexity Literacy and Learning
Stephen Miles Uzzo, Chief Scientist, and Catherine Cramer, Senior Project Developer, New York Hall of Science
Monday, December 4, 2017
Science 1 - 149
5:15 - 6:15 PM
About the seminar
Academic professionals have three tasks: teaching, research, and engaging the public in science learning and ideas. As the understanding of science increasingly requires thinking about complex interconnected systems and data-driven ideas (such as ocean science, genomics, ecosystems ecology and social, political and economic networks), there is a need to rethink how we communicate science outside the walls of academia. At the New York Hall of Science, we take this kind of engagement seriously. The speakers will talk about their career paths in the Third Task, and how they bring the worlds of science research and public engagement together.
About the Speakers
As Chief Scientist for the New York Hall of Science, Stephen Uzzo does research and development of public programs and experiences on complex science and instructional development for pre-service teacher education. His background includes teaching and learning in STEM and television and computer graphics systems engineering. Dr. Uzzo's research interests include network models for learning, collaboration in free-choice learning environments, and the teaching and learning of data driven science.
Catherine Cramer is Senior Project Developer at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, NY. She is a passionate science educator and outreach specialist
with over 20 years experience in developing and managing collaborative projects, and
mentoring and designing curriculum for students, teachers and the general public.
Her particular areas of interest include network and big data literacy; Smart Cities;
ocean literacy and resilience strategies; embodied cognition; design-based learning;
digital humanities and computational thinking; and culture and computational processes.
Current and recent projects include NetSci High, which brought together network science grad students with high-needs high school students from Title 1 schools to complete year-long network science research projects; Big Data for Little Kids; Mobile City Science; Big Data Literacy Workshop; Big Data Fest; and Queens 20/20, a multi-faceted program of work taking place in the Corona, Queens neighborhood that engages children and their families, develops resources for teachers and students in schools, builds afterschool opportunities that respond to community needs, and supports meaningful STEM learning opportunities for high school and college students. She is an active member in the Network Science in Education community, contributing to Network Literacy: Essential Concepts and Core Ideas; the annual NetSciEd symposium; and several publications.
For more information:
David Sloan Wilson, EvoS Director
Susan Ryan, EvoS Instructor