Water Matters Program 2012

Please note:

  • Click on the session title to view each session’s respective description.

 

TEACHER PREVIEW SESSION #1
 

Check out the 50-minute session designed especially for educators. Discover classroom resources, including the National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Portal, and curriculum connections to topics covered within the conference sessions.

 
WATER QUESTIONS: WHEN WE WANT TO LEARN MORE
 

PLANET WATER
What kinds of human interventions can help the health of marine life?

  • Great for classrooms with Marine Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Nancy Knowlton
Sant Chair of Marine Science
National Museum of Natural History

 

IT’S NOT EASY BEING AMPHIBIAN: THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER
How does water quality and quantity relate to conserving amphibians in captivity and the wild?

  • Great for classrooms with Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Ed Smith & Jennifer Sevin
Biologists
National Zoological Park

 

LISTENING TO THE WATER NATIONS
How do Indigenous peoples perceive and respond to water issues?

  • Great for classrooms with World Cultures interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Douglas Herman
Senior Geographer
National Museum of the American Indian

 

A LOOK BACK AT MUSIC AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY APPROACH
How can music build awareness of environmental issues?

  • Great for classrooms with Music History interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Jeff Place
Archivist
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage/Folkways

 

LOOKING AT GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES FROM SPACE
What can orbiting satellites tell us about Earth’s greatest resource?

  • Great for classrooms with Space interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Andrew Johnston
Geographer
National Air and Space Museum

 

THE NITROGEN PROBLEM: CAUSES AND REMEDIES
How can our actions affect coastal waters and the cycle of an essential element?

  • Great for classrooms with Environmental Science interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Thomas Jordan
Senior Scientist
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

 

SINK OR FLOAT: WATER AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS
How does design solve problems of individuals and communities around the world in sustainable ways?

  • Great for classrooms with Sustainability and Design interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Cynthia E. Smith & Caroline Payson
Curator of Socially Responsible Design & Educator
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

 
TEACHER PREVIEW SESSION #2
 

Check out the 50-minute session designed especially for educators. Discover classroom resources, including the National Museum of the American Indian’s American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges website, and curriculum connections to topics covered within the archived conference sessions.

 
WATER QUANTITY: WHEN THERE’S TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE
Welcome Message

THE SMITHSONIAN IN PANAMA
Dr. Tony Coates is a geologist who has worked for 25 years in Panama. He acted as the deputy director of the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama for 10 years. Listen to a brief audio message in which Dr. Coates explains why the Smithsonian conducts research in Panama, and sets the stage for a series of live online webcasts from STRI.

Anthony George Coates
Staff scientist emeritus
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

THE DEAD ZONE: HYPOXIA IN MARINE SYSTEMS
Are dead zones really dead? Winners, losers and surprises when oxygen levels drop in coastal waters.

  • Great for classrooms with Marine Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Andrew Altieri
Ecologist
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

DESERT TO RAINFOREST: BIODIVERSITY, CULTURAL DIVERSITY, AND THE ROLE OF FRESH WATER.
Whether scarce or abundant, water shapes the biodiversity around us. Are the rules of nature the same in an Arizona desert as in a Panamanian rainforest?

  • Great for classrooms with Biology and Ecosystems interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Sharon Ryan & Dr. Anthony George “Tony” Coates
Public Programs Director and Staff Scientist Emeritus
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

SCIENCE AND SYMBOL: HOW WATER HAS SHAPED AMERICA
How can art serve as a tool to understand science, history and more?

  • Great for classrooms with American Art interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Suzannah Niepold & Sally Otis
Educators
Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

INNOVATIONS IN CLEAN WATER
How are inventors and innovators working to improve access to clean water globally?

  • Great for classrooms with Engineering and Design interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Tricia Edwards
Education Specialist, Lemelson Center
National Museum of American History

 

TOO MUCH, TOO LITTLE: HOW DOES THE AMOUNT OF WATER AFFECT PLANTS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT?
What relationship does the amount of water resources available to a plant have on their ability to flourish? 

  • Great for classrooms with Plant Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary School students in mind.

Cindy Brown
Horticulturist
Smithsonian Institution Gardens

 

IS THE FOREST A SPONGE? LESSONS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL WATERSHED
What can the Panama Canal Watershed tell us about ecosystems on a larger scale?

  • Great for classrooms with Biology and Ecosystems interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Jefferson Hall, Dr. Michiel Van Breugel & Javier Mateo-Vega
Research Biologist, Post-doctoral Fellow and Director of ELTI
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY: AN ONGOING TRADITION IN AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNITIES
What are the different kinds of reasons why people care about the environment?

  • Great for classrooms with World Cultures interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary School students in mind.

Ed Schupman
Educator
National Museum of the American Indian

 
TEACHER PREVIEW SESSION #3
 

Check out the 50-minute archived session designed especially for educators. Discover classroom resources, including the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Mi Tierra, Mi Mundo: Eco Explorers Watershed website, and curriculum connections to topics covered within the archived conference sessions.

 
WATER QUALITY: WHEN IT’S NOT CLEAN AND HEALTHY
 

WATER QUALITY AND INVASIONS: A GLOBAL APPROACH
How do invasive species influence—both positively and negatively—the world’s water systems?

  • Great for classrooms with Marine Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle School students in mind.

Amy Fowler
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Marine Invasions Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

 

THE ROLE OF FORESTS ON WATER SUPPLY AND QUALITY
Does the health of water depend on the health of land?

  • Great for classrooms with Ecology interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle School students in mind.

Geoffrey “Jess” Parker
Senior Scientist and Forest Ecologist
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

 

NITROGEN, PHOSPHORUS, AND PEOPLE
How can we stop polluting the water with elements essential to our lives?

  • Great for classrooms with Environmental Science interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Donald Weller
Senior Scientist, Ecological Modeling Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

 

COMBINING REAL AND VIRTUAL WATERSHEDS TO TEACH STEWARDSHIP, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SOUND SCIENCE.
How can we best prepare students for the environmental challenges they will face in the future?

  • Great for classrooms with Environmental Science interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Mark Haddon
Education Director
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

 

NO NEW WATER
How does your backyard fit into your watershed? 

  • Great for classrooms with Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary School students in mind.

Gail S. Lowe & Tony Thomas
Senior Historian and Education Program Coordinator
Anacostia Community Museum

 

MI TIERRA, MI MUNDO—SCIENCE AND CULTURE OF THE WATERSHED
What is the relationship between culture and the environment, and can students learn about it in the virtual world?

  • Great for classrooms with Environmental Science interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

Melissa Carrillo & Emily Key
Director of New Media and Technology and Education Programs Manager
Smithsonian Latino Center

 

THE HISTORY OF WATER PROTECTION LEGISLATION
What has been the impact of legislation on water quality, and what governmental actions are still needed? 

  • Great for classrooms with Environmental Science and History interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Catherine Christen
Graduate and Professional Training Manager
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute