The IRIS Education and Public Outreach (EPO) program is committed to advancing awareness and understanding of seismology and geophysics while inspiring careers in the Earth sciences. The program draws upon the rich seismological expertise of IRIS Consortium members and combines it with the educational and outreach expertise of the program staff to create products and activities serving a wide range of audiences (Taber et al., 2015). EPO has established itself nationally as a model educational initiative among NSF-funded programs and, as evidenced by product and program evaluations, has made significant impacts, along with its partners, in a variety of arenas. Examples range from creating real-time seismicity displays for millions of Web users, visitor centers, and museum visitors, to contributing to the development of the Earth science workforce through a highly competitive summer research program for undergraduates. The guiding principles of the EPO program are to deliver programs, products, and services that:
The program’s strategic plan (see below) includes a set of broad goals that underpin the ongoing and new initiatives in this proposal. These goals include:
These goals allow the program to maintain successful programs in grades 6–12 and informal education while emphasizing new development efforts aimed at undergraduate instruction, and workshops/training for the IRIS community. EPO also supports of broader IRIS activities, particularly through close involvement with Data Services and International Development Seismology.
The IRIS Education and Public Outreach program is managed by Dr. John Taber. The EPO program receives oversight from a standing committee that represents the seismological and science communication communities. The EPO staff expertise includes formal and informal education, seismology, computer science, and graphic arts.
Dr. John Taber
Taber, J., Hubenthal, M., Bravo, T., Dorr, P., Johnson, J., McQuillian, P., et al. (2015). Seismology education and public-outreach resources for a spectrum of audiences, as provided by the IRIS Consortium. The Leading Edge, 34(10), 1178–1184. http://doi.org/10.1190/tle34101178.1