Focus Speakers

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Focus speakers are highly regarded scientists and education experts who present 90-minute, in-depth sessions on subjects relevant to science teaching. The focus speaker series allows you to expand your understanding in a wide range of critical topics.

Schedule TBA

Confirmed Speakers as of April 2017:

Building ShakeAlert - An Earthquake Early Warning System for the West Coast of the United States

Earthquake early warning systems use earthquake science and the technology of monitoring systems to alert devices and people when shaking waves generated by an earthquake are expected to arrive at their location. The seconds to minutes of advance warning can allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive shaking. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with several partners, has been working to develop an early warning system for the United States. ShakeAlert, a system currently under development, is designed to cover the West Coast States of California, Oregon, and Washington. Learn about how ShakeAlert works and how it will be implemented.

Presented by: Dr. Robert M. de Groot, Staff Scientist - USGS ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Program

Increasing the Understanding of Evolution, Nature and Process of Science, and Global Climate Change at the University of California Museum of Paleontology

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), a museum uniquely situated on the campus of UC Berkeley, has extensive fossil holdings and significant online resources. These include educational websites, specimen photographs, and digital archival materials supporting the needs of both the research and teaching communities. Two award-winning UCMP websites, Understanding Evolution ( and Understanding Science (, receive more than 20 million page views annually and provide novel ways to engage the K-16 education community in scientifically valid, real-life portrayals of how evolution and science works. Robust teaching resources and a searchable database containing learning materials aligned with core ideas and cross-cutting concepts within the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core enhance these and other UCMP web resources. The next planned UCMP web resource, Understanding Global Change, will fill a unique and sorely-needed niche by providing the content, teaching resources, and strategies that will enable K-16 teachers to effectively incorporate global change science into their existing curricula. The central conceptual framework for the site is embodied in a series of visualizations and draws users to explore the multiple connections among the drivers of global change, the Earth system, and the measurable effects of change.

Presented by: Dr. Lisa White, Director of Education and Outreach, University of California Museum of Paleontology

Also Presenting:

  • Cindy Passmore, UC Davis
  • Jonathan Osborne, Stanford University

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