Cailin Orr

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

Carleton College

 (Cailin's profile at SERC)

As the Associate Director at the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College,  am involved development and management of research, outreach and professional development projects to improve undergraduate STEM education and support for faculty members who teach in STEM and allied fields. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, faculty networks, programmatic change and working towards a diverse and sustainable future. 

Currently I am involved in the leadership of EDDIE Earth and Ecosystems, bringing teaching with large, environmental data sets into undergraduate courses, CUREnet - focusing on supporting faculty in designing, teaching and sharing new course-based undergraduate research experiences, and InTeGrate one of two NSF STEM talent expansion program centers. Please find more about these project on their websites.

My background is in limnology, particularly lotic systems, and my previous research focused on interdisciplinary stream and river dynamics targeting our understanding of how physical restoration could restore ecological processes and quantifying the sources and fate of anthropogenic nutrients. Before joining SERC I was a faculty member in the School of the Environment at Washington State University working with collaborators in geosciences, engineering, economics, and communications on both stream ecology and also water sustainability and climate projects.

(Huyck is pronounced "hike" like a long walk.) 

Videos related to my work:
InTeGrate video for the STEM for all Showcase
Alumni Profile for the Carleton CUBES project
Water Sustainability Climate Columbia River project press release

Project Leader, Workshop Leader, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Project Leader

Project EDDIE Initiatives part of Project EDDIE
EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration) is a suite of education projects composed of STEM disciplinary and educational researchers. We develop flexible classroom teaching modules using large, publicly available, sensor-based datasets to engage students in STEM and improve their quantitative reasoning.

Website Content Contributions

Course Module (1)

Unit 3: The Interconnected Nature of the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, and Biosphere part of Changing Biosphere
Using a systems dynamics approach, students will work in groups to conceptualize and construct a model of the global carbon cycle considering five major Earth systems: atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, ...

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Activities (2)

Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a large-scale participatory activity used to prompt students to review what they have learned and to think actively and cooperatively about the connections between the systems we have discussed prior to the ...

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Scenario building to understand complex systems part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Scenario building is a method of understanding and planning for outcomes of an uncertain future. It was initially developed by oil companies and was further developed during the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. In ...

Course (1)

Sustainable Watersheds and Communities part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
Water and land use are explicitly linked through a complex set of challenges surrounding water quantity and quality. In the world today, water scarcities due to economic growth, ecosystem demands, and climate ...

Essay (1)

Demonstrating why sustainability is complex part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Cailin Huyck Orr, School of the Environment, Washington State University - Pullman Promoting sustainability is complicated and I am not convinced that we always understand how to do it well. This makes teaching ...

Conference Presentations (8)

Building Interdisciplinary Sustainability Programs part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Understanding issues related to environmental problem-solving and sustainability requires background in natural systems and social systems as well as integrating information from diverse sources. Many students are ...

Project EDDIE: Supporting Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Using Large Data Sets part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
The increasing availability and wealth of large, environmental datasets creates new opportunities to teach scientific concepts and quantitative reasoning with these data. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven ...

Working with and across networks to support institutional change. part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
An advantage of multi-institutional networks of people working towards common goals is being able to draw from experiences across the networks and to share experience and successful practices from a variety of ...

Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future through the InTeGrate Project part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
InTeGrate supports teaching about Earth in the context of sustainability across the curriculum through curricula development and strengthening programs to increase undergraduate students' Earth literacy and ...

Using Design Patterns as a Strategy for Capturing Generalizable Knowledge from Educational Interventions part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
A design pattern is a reusable solution to a problem that recurs repeatedly as people try to navigate through life. The concept began in architecture and has spread to many other fields. We think that the design ...

For Higher Ed portal to Resources Supporting Change from Individual to Program scales part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
Making and supporting changes in higher education at multiple scales presents challenges that are shared broadly by individuals and programs across institution types. It is important that we, as agents of change, ...

Lessons from the InTeGrate Implementation Teams: Synthesizing Real-World Experience part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday B
The InTeGrate project supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curriculum. The work of InTeGrate has included supporting 16 ...

Models of program – scale change: Common elements in the implementation of the InTeGrate design philosophy and teaching materials part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday A
Solving the Earth-related grand challenges facing society and building a sustainable future requires both an Earth literate public and a workforce that can bring geoscience to bear on tough societal issues. ...

Other Contributions (4)

Supporting Successful Transitions: Principles for Students of All Ages part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Afternoon Workshops
From academic preparation to identity preparation and a welcoming climate, we will explore ways to encourage and support academic transitions (e.g. High school to college, 2YC to 4YC). Drawing on examples from the ...

Working with your Colleagues to Effect Change part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Afternoon Mini Workshops
To institute InTeGrate principles at scales larger than a course, 16 institutional or cross-institutional teams across the country embarked on implementation efforts to use InTeGrate materials and approaches to ...

Sustainability and the Environment part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Poster Sessions
See Related Oral Session w/ discussion @ 3:30pm, Friday

Sustainability and the Environment part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Oral Sessions
See Related Poster Session

Communities

Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Central Section

Workshop Leader

Workshop Participant (13 workshops)