Education & Outreach Committee
The Education and Outreach Committee coordinates activities related to Web inquiries about SVP or about paleontology and school programs; develops and implements programs for the general public regarding the importance of vertebrate paleontology and evolution; and monitors challenges to the teaching of science, including evolution. This committee has also sponsored symposia, short courses and publications on its own or in collaboration other professional and amateur scientific associations.
THE SVP AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:
VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
Vertebrate paleontology is one of the most popular scientific disciplines and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has the potential to be a global force in science education and outreach. As part of the effort to realize that potential, SVP is launching the Ambassador Program, a volunteer program that taps the enthusiasm and diversity of SVP membership to provides K-12 schools and other education programs access to qualified SVP ambassadors for public speaking engagements.
The purpose of the Ambassador Program is to provide and promote vertebrate evolution education well beyond the reach of its annual meeting and access to paleontologists for communities local to SVP members.
Ambassadors should be willing to visit schools and community programs to speak on topics in vertebrate paleontology and evolution. Ambassadors will be able to indicate their topics of choice and age ranges they are comfortable speaking with on the SVP Ambassador website.
School and community groups will be able to contact Ambassadors and arrange for presentations through the website.
Ambassadors should additionally consider using the Program as a platform for developing public education components of grant proposals and/or as a corollary to preexisting university or museum outreach.
To apply for an ambassadorship, Click Here!
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Stuart Sumida - Co-Chair
California State Univ San Bernardino
Kerin Claeson, Ohio University
Larisa DeSantis, Vanderbilt University
Sara Elshafie, Univ of Chicago
Joshua Miller, Florida Museum of Natural History
Briana Pobiner, Smithsonian Institution
Mark Terry, Northwest School
Linda Tsuji, University of Washington