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ARIS: Advancing Research Impact in Society
The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) was launched in September 2018 with funding from the National Science Foundation to "advance the rigor, relevance, and practice of broader impacts (BI)." ARIS works to elevate research impact by providing high-quality resources and professional development opportunities and by creating connections among researchers, community partners, and engagement practitioners. The external evaluation team at SERC provides an independent, formative assessment of whether Center activities are being implemented as proposed (implementation evaluation) and desired outcomes are being achieved (outcome evaluation). Consistent with a Development Evaluation (DE) approach, the goal of this work is to provide project leaders with the information they need to continuously adapt and improve ARIS materials and programming throughout the grant period.
SERC Role: Evaluation
Google Earth for Onsite and Distance Education (GEODE) focuses on enhancements to virtual globes such as Google Earth that allow for plate tectonic reconstructions, embedded virtual specimens and outcrops, interactive imagery, "grand tours" of the Earth (and other planets and moons), and learning modules using large geoscience datasets. SERC supported the project in transitioning this website from its original location to a permanent home with SERC.
Project Focus: Disciplinary Skills and Habits of Mind:Visualization
SERC Role: Website Hosting and Development, Product Dissemination
By providing researchers and professionals with learning opportunities related to mentorship, AK UNiTE aims to expand the ability of Alaskan students, particularly historically marginalized groups, to participate in biological research in Alaska. Connecting students from diverse backgrounds to place-based research with culturally responsive mentors is one method to increase retention in the biological sciences. SERC provides web hosting for the project and also helps design and facilitate some of the professional development that project participants receive.
Project Focus: Network and Community Building , Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice
SERC Role: Website Hosting and Development, Event Development/Facilitation
Polar STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, integrates and enhances two long-standing National Science Foundation (NSF) programs: the Polar Educators program and the Antarctic Artists and Writers program and facilitates virtual and deployment collaborations with scientists conducting research in the polar regions. The external evaluation of project activities are led by the SERC Evaluation Team, using a mixed-methods approach to conduct a developmental evaluation that provides rapid feedback to support data-driven innovation (Patton et al., 2016), and an outcomes evaluation to monitor progress towards the stated project outcomes.
Project Focus: Engaging Students with Communities, Connecting STEM Research to Education
SERC Role: Evaluation
The project's primary goal is to enhance access to high-quality Earth education resources by understanding how educators use SERC's materials, improving SERC's infrastructure and organization for easier access, and expanding discoverable resources through partnerships. SERC leads this project using community input to guide the improvements to SERC discovery infrastructure.
Project Focus: Pedagogy and Teaching Approaches
SERC Role: Materials Development/Review, Content Expertise, Website Hosting and Development, Organizational Backbone, Evaluation, Website Hosting and Development:Online Tool Development, Product Dissemination, Project Lead (PI/Co-PI), Project Management/Implementation
Mental Health in the Geosciences
The workshop on Positive Mental Health in the Geosciences focused on building community and gathering information from attendees and psychologists to help us assess how mental health is being addressed in formal and informal geoscience communities, and identify outstanding needs. SERC designed and facilitated the workshop with the Geological Society of America.
Project Focus: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Supporting Student Success, Career Support for Educators
SERC Role: Website Hosting and Development, Event Development/Facilitation
ACM Pedagogic Resources
The Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE) awards funding to ACM faculty that enable them to engage in collaborative projects that explore ways to strengthen liberal arts education in a variety of ways. Project collaborators are then able to desseminate and share their results widely with colleagues across the ACM and beyond. (adpated from SERC evalutaion team is conducting a retrospective evaluation using a mixed-methods approach involving participant interviews, surveys, and artifact analysis to understand the FaCE program's influence and impact.
SERC Role: Website Hosting and Development, Evaluation
Nanotechnology in STEM
Through the NNCI, the Nanotechnology in STEM website is hosted on SERC in order to help alleviate the lack of nanotechnology resources in both smaller academic institutions, as well as in the small to medium size commercial sector. SERC has supported this project by providing workshop development and implementation expertise and assessing the ways in which the website meets stakeholders' needs and expectations, the extent to which the project outcomes are being realized.
SERC Role: Event Development/Facilitation, Website Hosting and Development, Product Dissemination, Evaluation, Community Building/Organization
CAREER Award: Temporal Dynamics
This CAREER award supports Dr. Anderson's research in tracking the evolution of microbial and viral populations in hydrothermal vents with high temporal resolution in order to identify the dominant drivers of selection in hydrothermal vent habitats. SERC provides support and expertise for the implementation and evaluation of the Broader Impacts component:involving undergraduate students in scientific research and integrating bioinformatics analysis with real data into a course.
SERC Role: Evaluation
Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub
SERC serves as the external evaluator for the MACH project. The "wicked problem" that climate change poses to coastal communities requires many great minds working alongside local residents, officials, and professionals to better understand the options available to decrease their risk. To assist with these types of complex decisions, Rutgers University and 12 other institutions created the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub, or MACH (pronounced 'mock'). MACH is a part of a network of research hubs, located around the country, funded through the National Science Foundation's Coastlines and People (CoPe) program. MACH's mission is to support decision making to manage climate-change-related risks through research focused at the intersection of natural and human systems. These collaborations are rooted in core principles regarding equitable community participation in and co-production of climate solutions. (Adapted from
SERC Role: Community Building/Organization, Materials Development/Review, Strategic Planning and Thought Partnership, Evaluation