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Workshop Result: Teaching Science Diplomacy to Environmental Engineering Researchers

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering and Public Policy Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering and Public Policy

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Diversity

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22

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Daniel B. Oerther Missouri University of Science and Technology Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6724-3205

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Professor Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE joined the faculty of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010 as the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Civil Engineering after serving ten years on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati where he was Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Oerther earned his Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dan’s professional registrations include: PE, BCEE, BCES, CEng, CEnv, CEHS, and DAAS. Oerther's scholarship, teaching, service, and professional practice focus in the fields of environmental biotechnology and sustainable development where he specializes in promoting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH), food and nutrition security, energy efficiency, and poverty alleviation. Oerther's awards for teaching include the best paper award from the Environmental Engineering Division of ASEE and the society-wide Robert G. Quinn Award from ASEE, the Engineering Education Excellence Award from the NSPE, the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Educator award from AAEES, and the Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal from WEF. Due to his collaborations with nurses and healthcare professionals, Professor Oerther has been inducted as a Lifetime Honorary Member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), and he has been inducted as a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the Academy of Nursing Education Fellows (ANEF). Oerther has also been elevated as a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Engineers (FSEE), the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (FCIEH), the Society of Operations Engineers (FSOE), and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (FAEESP).

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Abstract

A preconference workshop on the subject of science diplomacy was attended by 25 participants of the 2017 biennial conference of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. The three-fold purpose of the 2017 workshop, included: 1) explaining the value of science diplomacy; 2) demonstrating aspects of science diplomacy; and 3) encouraging further exploration of science diplomacy. The three approaches used to achieve this purpose, included: 1) required participation in a pre-conference workshop website; 2) required participation in hands-on, team-based exercises during the workshop; and 3) invitation to voluntary follow-up after the workshop was completed. To assess knowledge, skills, and attitudes, a voluntary readiness assessment test (RAT) was administered on-site before the 2017 workshop was undertaken, and a second voluntary comprehension assessment test (CAT) was administered on-site immediately following the 2017 workshop.

As part of follow-up to the 2017 workshop, a semi-structured panel discussion including the subject of science diplomacy was included in the 2019 biennial conference of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. The 2019 discussion was live streamed to conference participants who interacted with the panelists directly via a simultaneous Twitter chat. The digital recording of the 2019 discussion was saved as an educational artifact, and it was used by the author as part of a module teaching science diplomacy to students of environmental engineering in an ongoing, semester-length course entitled, “STEAM Diplomacy” (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

The purpose of this paper is to share: 1) details of the workshop in 2017, which may be replicated by others; 2) results of the analysis of the RAT and CAT from 2017; and 3) the author’s experience with using the educational artifact from 2019 as part of a dual level (undergraduate and graduate) elective course on science diplomacy.

Oerther, D. B. (2021, July), Workshop Result: Teaching Science Diplomacy to Environmental Engineering Researchers Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38221

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