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CEO Forums

CEO hosts socials and monthly lunchtime forums each month from October through May (with a break in January). Socials are informal events that encourage community building and networking. Forums are lunchtime presentation/discussions that encourage skill-building and information sharing. Events are open to all. Except when indicated on the event description (below), RSVP is not required.

Forums focus on such topics as diversity and broadening participation in STEM, innovations in teaching and learning, informal science education, assessment of learning impacts, implementation of K-12 Next Generation Science Standards, new research in the science of teaching and learning, federal and state STEM education policy, and more. Forums may take the form of single speaker presentations, panels, workshops, or field trips. All events are informal, with ample time dedicated to discussion and idea-sharing. Attendees are welcome to bring their brown-bag lunches to meetings.

Forum topics are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. If you have a topic you’d like to present, please contact CEO co-chairs Kate Spohr or Dan Zevin.

CEO events are ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at

FALL 2018

Tuesday, Dec 4, noon to 1:30 pm

Making the most of resources at the Berkeley Library: A workshop for STEM E&O professionals. In this interactive forum designed specifically for CEO members Margaret Phillips (Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, Psychology Librarian) and Michael Sholinbeck (Public Health Librarian) will lead you in a hands-on exploration of the many resources available to help you do your research—including resources available to non-UCB community members. Their presentation will cover such basics as how to use the UC Berkeley Library to efficiently access millions of books and thousands of online databases, and will demonstrate how these resources in turn lead to millions of articles, online books, and other resources and tools. Going beyond the basics, they will show you how to use library resources to easily get detailed information about your community, including education, demographics, health status, and much more; how you can in seconds make a map of— for example—the number of children living in poverty by school district for any part of the United States; or how to easily track legislators’ voting history and donor lists. Last, but not least, they will describe the assistance available from professional librarians who can help you navigate these myriad resources. To get the most out of the session, please bring a laptop or other device with you. Margaret and Michael also ask that you take this very brief poll to help them better understand your needs and interests. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

CEO will take a break in January.


Tuesday, Feb 5, 12 – 1:30 pm

Evaluation Basics: Is your community outreach really reaching your target audiences? Are your educational events or programs achieving their goals? As science educators and outreach specialists, we strive to reach the right audiences and have the greatest possible impact, but ensuring that can be challenging. In this forum you will learn about the numerous available tools and resources that can help you measure and assess your results. Evaluation professionals and program directors will share ideas of when and how to partner with experts, to practice evaluation yourself, and make use of evaluation results to strengthen project outcomes and communicate impact. Part 1: The how and why of evaluation; Part 2: When and how to do evaluation yourself; Part 3: Integrating evaluation into your program. Presenters: Kalie Sacco, Lawrence Hall of Science; Rena Dorph, Lawrence Hall of Science; Teresa Barnett, Community Resources for Science; and Lea Marlor, Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science.

Mar 5, 12 – 1:30 pm—TBA

Apr 2, 12 – 1:30 pm—TBA

May 7, 12 – 1:30 pm—TBA

For a list of past CEO forums, visit our event archive.