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General Information

Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm - 1pm EST in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. A government-issued photo ID is required for those attending in person.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, with audio as available, can be found on the Archived Brown Bags page.

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Upcoming Seminars

Balancing the scales: How mobile home residents respond to tornado risk

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017, at 12:00pm EST

Flyer: Brownbag Flyer (PDF)

Location: NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD

Speaker: Dr. Brooke Fisher Liu, Associate Professor of Communication and Director, Risk Communication & Resilience Program, START University of Maryland with Holly A. Roberts, Michael J. Egnoto and Rhys Lim.

Abstract: The difference between mobile and fixed homes has gained a significant attention as a contributing factor to risk during tornadoes. What remains unclear is whether the housing type or socio-behavioral factors contribute more to the risk equation. We investigated how mobile home residents responded to tornado information compared to fixed home residents throughout the Southeast United States through two surveys and a focus group panel in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Findings indicate responsiveness to tornadoes is largely equivalent across housing types. However, mobile home residents are disadvantaged in responding as efficaciously to tornadoes due to situational factors that motivate engagement, comprehension of best protective actions, and abilities to respond while engaging in general life obligations (work, school, etc.). Additional findings indicate significant differences in information access and perceived self-efficacy among mobile home and fixed home residents, which negatively influence mobile home residents'capacity to effectively respond to tornados.

About the speaker: Dr. Brooke Liu serves as the Director of START'S Risk Communication & Resilience Program. Her research investigates how effective risk and crisis communication can optimally prepare the public to respond to and recover from disasters. In recent years, her research has focused on the unique roles that governments’ social/new media can play in building community resilience. In 2013, Liu directed the launch of START’s Training in Risk and Crisis Communication (TRACC) program, which aims to enhance community resilience through sharing the science and theories behind effective risk and crisis communication. She has also led START research teams evaluating: (1) how individuals use, behave and interpret disaster information via social and traditional media and (2) the effectiveness of emergency alerts via mobile devices, among other topics. Liu serves as a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Communication Advisory Committee and on the editorial boards for Communication Yearbook, Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, Journal of Applied Communication Research and the Journal of Public Relations Research. Her research has been published in outlets such as Communication Research, Communication Theory, the Handbook of Crisis Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Public Relations Research and Public Relations Review.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


Copyright, Trademark, and Social Media issues

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Flyer: Brownbag Flyer (PDF)

Location: NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD

Speakers: Lydia Grunstra, Attorney-Advisor, General Law Division, U.S. Department of Commerce and Sarah Schwartz, Senior Counsel, General Law Division, U.S. Department of Commerce

POC: Stanley Elswick and the NOAA Institutional Repository (NOAA IR)

Abstract: The General Law Division will provide a basic intellectual property (IP) training that broadly covers three areas of IP law, including trademarks, copyright, and social media. The trademark portion will address the benefits of trademark registration, creating new NOAA trademarks, permitting outside party use of NOAA trademarks, and acquiring permission to use another's trademark on NOAA works. The copyright portion will cover copyright fundamentals, copyright in the USG context, works generated by contractors, fair use, copyright and the IR, and best practices for using other parties' copyrighted materials. Finally, the social media portion briefly will address DOC policy on the approval and use of social media.

About the Speakers: Lydia Grunstra provides advice concerning the administration and management of the Department, including: appropriations law, review of Department MOUs, intellectual property, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Records Retention Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and Department internal orders. Sarah Schwartz provides advice concerning the administration and management of the Department, including: appropriations law, review of Department MOUs, intellectual property, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Records Retention Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act and Department internal orders. In addition, Ms. Schwartz provides guidance on financial assistance matters.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


Using Plain Language

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Flyer: Brownbag Flyer Plain Language

Speaker: Christine Heflin, Director of Performance Excellence/Deputy Performance Improvement Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce

Abstract: Discussion will focus on the advantages of "Using Plain Language" in developing great briefing and communication materials. Building on the costs of poor writing and myths about use of plain language, the discussion will highlight the advantages of using plain language. The presentation will show how to develop clear content, including use of NOAA relevant examples. Throughout Ms. Heflin's career with Federal and Local government, and as a consultant, she has been involved in preparing accessible briefings and is interested in sharing what she has learned.

Target audience: NOAA Program and Project Managers, and Program Management Council presenters. All NOAA managers are welcome to attend.

About the Speaker: Chris was the Internal Consultant for the City of Coral Springs from 1994 until mid-2008. She was a major contributor in 2007 when Coral Springs became the first local government to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Chris served as an Examiner in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality program and the Florida Sterling program. She consulted with NATO on development of their system of Balanced Scorecards and served as the Director of Budget and Research of Pima County, Arizona. She has been a Consultant/Trainer for the Florida Institute of Government, and served on the Board of the League of Women Voters in two Florida counties. Her B.A. in Political Science is from McDaniel College and her Master’s in Public Administration is from the University of Maryland.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


A quadrant model for assessing marine research infrastructure

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Karen M. Kohanowich, Ph.D., NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

Abstract: Within the oceanographic research discipline, the field of ‘submersible science’ requires data that is gathered in situ to fully understand marine ecosystems and the interactions within them. The availability of the technological systems (i.e. moored and deployed sensors; remotely operated, autonomous, and human-occupied vehicles) that are used to collect this data is relatively inconsistent for scientists across the United States. National-level assessments that advise this availability have typically focused on the prioritization of research goals, and rarely include consideration of the full suite of economic, operational, political, and social factors that influence the sustainment of infrastructure resources. This talk will introduce a quadrant-style model for assessment of undersea marine research infrastructure (UMRI) that provides a framework to identify and evaluate the full range of technical, operational, functional, and societal influences on the sustainment of U.S. undersea marine research infrastructure. The model is intended for use by both research managers and undersea system providers to better understand and improve undersea marine research infrastructure availability.

About the Speaker: Karen Kohanowich has been a marine research and undersea technology director and manager at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and Undersea Research Program since 2005. She has served as NOAA program manager for the Aquarius undersea habitat and Hawaii’s Undersea Research Laboratory, chaired NOAA’s AUV Working Group, and co-chaired the National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP) federal working group and an interagency Task Force for Ocean Research and Technology (TFORT). A retired U.S. Navy diver and oceanographer, she served as the Naval liaison to NOAA in 1999-2000. In 2016, Karen was awarded a doctorate in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University, with a focus on undersea research technology assessment. She has also earned a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Air Ocean Sciences from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Vanderbilt University.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


NOAA Central Library: Researcher and Author Services

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speakers: Sarah Davis and Jamie Roberts, NOAA Central Library

Abstract: Topics will include: ORCID, Researcher ID, DOIs, Bibliometrics, and the NOAA IR. More details coming soon!

About the Speaker: TBA

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


2017 Knauss Fellow - Topic and presenter(s)(TBA)

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speakers: TBA, 2017 Knauss Fellow

Abstract: TBA

About the Speaker: TBA

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


Storm Stories!

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2016 at 11am-1pm EST (and webinar) 12PM-12:45PM EST

Event info: This event is free and open to the public with a reservation and a photo ID.

Speaker: Albert "Skip" Theberge, NOAA Central Library

Abstract: More details coming soon!

About the Speaker(s): Skip Theberge, acting head of reference at the NOAA Central Library, retired from NOAA Corps in 1995 after 27 years of primarily hydrographic surveying and seafloor mapping. He headed the NOS Ocean Mapping Section in the late 1980s during the EEZ mapping program. Since retirement from NOAA Corps he has remained active in the ocean mapping community having served for 12 years on the Advisory Committee for Undersea Features of the United States Board on Geographic Names and for three years on its international counterpart. He was part of the NOAA science team that helped design the Sant Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History. He is the history editor of Hydro International magazine and the author of over 80 papers dealing with the history of hydrographic and geodetic surveying, seafloor mapping, and various aspects of oceanography.


Disaster Needs: Sea Grant/Private Sector Partnership Serves Impacted Sectors and Prepares for Future Events

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Location: NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD

Speakers: Dr. Stephen Sempier, Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Manager and Deputy Director at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium;

POC: Dr. Samuel Chan, National Extension Program Leader

Abstract: In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill became the largest accidental oil spill in history. Staff at the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs mobilized to answer a plethora of questions from leaders throughout the region. However, researchers did not yet have answers to many of those questions. Concurrently, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) began their 10-year, $500 million investment to research some topics that are of interest to people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf of Mexico. By 2014, GoMRI and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College programs formed a partnership to learn about people's ongoing questions and share the latest peer reviewed research results with groups impacted by the spill. Through GoMRI support, the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program began. Now this Sea Grant outreach program is collaborating with NOAA entities and others to address remaining oil spill concerns and help prepare for future large-scale spills. This presentation highlights how this effective public/private partnership formed, methods used to extend the two-way dialogue with impacted sectors, how the program is being evaluated, and the plan to extend this Sea Grant extension model to a national level.

About the Speaker: Dr. Stephen Sempier is the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Manager and Deputy Director at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. He has led or coordinated several Gulf-wide, NOAA-supported projects during the last ten years, including coordinating the development of the Gulf of Mexico Research Plan and managing a NOAA Restoration Center community-based program that addressed hydrologic restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of his current position, he leads a team of five Sea Grant extension and communications professionals that translate oil spill science for diverse audiences. Steve received a B.S. in marine science at Eckerd College, M.S. in marine resource management at Oregon State University, and Ph.D. in coastal sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


Interested in presenting?: Contact Judith Salter (301-713-2600 ext. 135) or Library Reference (301-713-2600 ext. 157). Please send a title of the proposed presentation, an abstract of the presentation and a speaker bio, so that we can reserve your desired presentation time on our NOAA Central Library Events calendar and have sufficient time to promote your seminar. Photos that reflect the topic of the upcoming brown bag seminar are appreciated and will be used to advertise the brown bag seminar in the library and on the NOAA Libraries Facebook page.

Technical information for presenters: The librarian will set up the space for the brownbag seminar in the library, including the A/V equipment and Polycom, and monitor the online chat. We do ask that you send your presentation a week early and arrive an hour prior to your presentation time. You are welcome to embed a video within your presentation, but we cannot guarantee that embedded videos will be archived media due to file size limitations. Please note that QuickTime videos are no longer supported by NOAA IT and are unable to be shown.


Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series

 

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