Communicating science through museum outreach, art, and engagement: Science@Cal and the UC Museum of Paleontology
with Dr. Lisa White and Katie Bertsche
Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Restaurant Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Ave., AlbanyThis cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!
Science outreach and science communication are increasingly important fields for engaging and informing people as well as developing new skills in observation and critical thinking. A growing movement nationwide known as STEM to STEAM, encourages the integration of art and design thinking with science education to develop creative innovation. Join Lisa White of the UC Museum of Paleontology and Katie Bertsche from Science@Cal for a presentation about our efforts at UC Berkeley to use museum collections, online content, art and design to bring a greater understanding of science to the public.
As the Director of Education and Outreach at the UCMP, Lisa White oversees the development and dissemination of these learning resources. In addition, she has extensive experience with science training programs for urban students and guides underrepresented minority students in wide-ranging field-based geoscience research and learning experiences. A micropaleontologist by training and Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the Geological Society of America (GSA), Lisa holds degrees from San Francisco State University (B.A. in Geology) and the University of California at Santa Cruz (Ph.D. in Earth Sciences). Prior to coming to the UCMP Lisa was Professor of Geosciences and Associate Dean of the College of Science at San Francisco State University.
Katie Bertsche is a freelance scientific illustrator and education and outreach coordinator for Science@Cal. She received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of New South Wales, and received a CE in Science Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters Certificate from the Science Illustration Program at CSU Monterey Bay. She is currently president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, California. Katie has produced images for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Hopkins Marine Lab, and ALPHA collaboration at CERN, and teaches classes and workshops in observational drawing and field sketching to people of all ages.