CEO Meeting Schedule

CEO monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from October to May.
As of January 2015, our new meeting time will be 11:30 am-1:00 pm. Location: 303 Doe Library.

All meetings are organized and hosted by CEO volunteers.

Tuesday, October 21
Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards
Although California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in September 2013, plans for implementing the standards are still being unveiled and much is yet to be determined. This meeting will focus on how the NGSS came to be, how they tie in with the Common Core Standards, and most importantly, what is still to be decided. Whether you are partnering with teachers in the classroom or providing them with professional development, this session will provide you with an overview of what teachers need to know now and where the gaps are.

Presenter: Linda Shore, Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, formerly Director of the Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium. Linda has co-authored Exploratorium science and education books, and written articles about popular science and science education for the public. A native San Franciscan, she holds a EdD in science education, and a master’s degree in physics and astronomy from San Francisco State University. Meeting host: Dan Zevin,

Tuesday, November 18
Kris D. Gutiérrez, Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture at the UCB Graduate School of Education.
Gutiérrez was most recently a professor of Learning Sciences/Literacy and the Inaugural Provost’s Chair, University of Colorado, Boulder and Professor Emerita of Social Research Methodology at Graduate School of Education and Information Science at UCLA. She is a national leader in education, with an emphasis in literacy, learning sciences, and interpretive and design-based approaches to inquiry. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and is the Past President of the American Educational Research Association and the National Conference on Research on Language and Literacy. Gutiérrez was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the National Board for the Institute of Education Sciences where she served as Vice Chair. Meeting host: Dan Zevin,

Friday, November 21 (3:30-4:30 pm, 550 Sutardja Dai Hall)
Networking and Collaboration Event
The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science invites you to an informal gathering that aims to facilitate networking, information exchange, and collaboration within the campus education and outreach community. Take a little time off from you busy schedule to chat and share with your colleagues. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to

Tuesday, December 16
Models of Success: Building and Retaining Diversity in STEM
A major challenge in diversifying STEM fields is the retention and preparation of undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups, such as underrepresented minorities, first-generation college students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women, so that these students can successfully go on to postgraduate education and STEM careers. Lack of role models, a sense of community within STEM, knowledge about career options, resources needed engage in research, and high school preparation are some of the factors that can create barriers for these students. Come hear from the leaders of three well-respected and successful UC Berkeley undergraduate STEM diversity programs – The Biology Scholars Program, Cal NERDS, and The Compass Project – as they describe the challenges underrepresented undergraduates in STEM face and the specific ways in which their programs have helped thousands of underrepresented students excel and remain in STEM fields over the years. Presenters: John Matsui, Biology Scholars Program; Diana Lizarraga, Cal NERDS; Hilary Jacks, The Compass Project. Meeting host: Rachel Henderson,

Tuesday, January 20 (Note: new meeting time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm)
Resources to Help Graduate Students Prepare for Non-Academic Careers
Most US research institutions are facing challenges in preparing their grad students and postdocs for an increasingly competitive job market, partly resulting from a shrinking pool of academic positions. This session focuses on several campus initiatives and programs to address this issue. Hear from representatives from several campus programs aimed at helping graduate students and post-docs explore non-academic STEM career options, including: PIEP: Postdoc Industry Exploration Program; Berkeley Postoc Entrepreneurs Program (both are programs of the Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs office); Beyond Academia; SLAM (STEM Leadership and Management). The presentation will include a panel discussion and Q&A. Meeting host: Teresa Barnett,

Tuesday, February 17
Close Up: The Berkeley Research Development Office The Berkeley Research Development Office (BRDO), launched in 2012 by Vice Chancellor of Research Graham Fleming, provides a range of proposal-related services aimed at increasing research funding on campus while decreasing faculty burden in applying for it. Over the past year, BRDO has added staff to our team and expanded our services. In this session, we will give an overview of federal funding trends (nationally and at UC Berkeley), and will discuss BRDO’s proposal services, web-based resources, and Broader Impacts tools. We will also give an update on our involvement with other campus groups to make STEM education and outreach activities more visible, coordinated, and accessible. Presenters: Dave Trinkle, Erica Whitney, Kate Spohr.

Tuesday, March 17
What’s the big deal about Broader Impacts?
All NSF reviewers use two major criteria to rank proposals: intellectual merit and broader impacts. In this session, we’ll look at what Broader Impacts are and why they are important. A new organization, The Network for Broader Impacts (N4BI) was recently launched with a 5-year $500,000 NSF grant. N4BI will create a national network of professionals who will share ideas and resources to help scientists at research institutions design, implement and evaluate their Broader Impact activities. Kaye Storm, a member of the N4BI board and the Director of the Stanford Office for Science Outreach, will discuss how and why the group got started and what it hopes to accomplish. Meeting host: Kate Spohr

Tuesday, April 21
Close up on the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
The new Jacobs Institute aims to expand the role of design in engineering education at Berkeley. This undergraduate-focused Institute offers hands-on practice with design automation, rapid prototyping, team-based learning, and commercial development across all engineering disciplines and spanning the entire cycle of design, testing and manufacturing. The Institute will be housed within Jacobs Hall, a new 24,000 SF building on the northside of campus and will open in August 2015. Emily Rice, an engineering graduate and the Jacobs Institute’s Project Manager, will present. Meeting host: Dan Zevin,

Tuesday, May 19—Meeting topic and speakers TBA.

The Coalition for Education and Outreach (CEO) was established in 2010 as a network of interested staff, faculty, graduate students, and postdocs who conduct STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and outreach activities both on- and off- campus. CEO has enabled its participants to expand their communication, collaboration, professional development, and mentoring among their peers. CEO members are engaged in a wide variety of education and public outreach programs, including speaker series, high school internship programs, research experiences for undergraduates, research experiences for teachers, science cafes, museum programs, science festivals and science fairs. A list of CEO member organizations is available at

Organizational structure:
Kate Spohr (Berkeley Research Development Office) and Dan Zevin (Space Sciences Lab) are CEO co-chairs. The CEO Steering Committee is an all-volunteer body of approximately a dozen individuals who meet annually to conduct a review of the organization’s activities over the past year, review member feedback from the CEO Annual Member Survey, strategize priorities for the upcoming year, and plan meetings for the next academic year. CEO is funded by the Vice Chancellor of Research Office.