[unav_all] IRIS WEBINAR - Broader Impacts in the Earth Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation - 4/23, 2 PM Eastern

Andy Frassetto andyf at iris.edu
Tue Apr 15 09:52:16 MDT 2014

*"Broader Impacts in the Earth Sciences Division of the National Science 
Foundation" will be presented at 2 pm EDT (6 pm UTC) on Wednesday, 4/23. *

Please registerif you intend to participate in the webinar live: 

You will be emailed a confirmation containing a link for watching the 
live broadcast. Afterwards, IRIS will post the webinar here: 
http://www.youtube.com/user/IRISEnO. Access to older webinars and 
related materials and information are found at the webinar page 
(http://www.iris.edu/hq/webinar/), which is soon to be updated.

Presenters: Justin Lawrence (American Association for the Advancement of 
Science Fellow) and Lina Patino (Program Director, Education and Human 
Resources, Division of Earth Sciences)

Abstract: At the National Science Foundation (NSF), broader impacts 
reflect the potential of research to benefit society and contribute to 
the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes, whereas 
intellectual merit refers to the potential to advance knowledge. While 
broader impacts have always been important to NSF, the revised review 
criteria, effective 14 January 2013, put greater emphasis on broader 
impacts by placing them on par with intellectual merit in terms of the 
elements to be considered in the review. The Earth Sciences Division 
(EAR) is actively engaged in the assessment and provision of resources 
related to broader impacts. The expectation is that principle 
investigators will contribute to the body of knowledge on this topic and 
that the actual activities that principle investigators complete should 
be impactful. Within EAR, we are using cutting-edge, text-mining tools 
to analyze thousands of proposals and reports submitted from 2007-2012. 
This approach is based on 100 strategically selected key words. We are 
discussing broader impacts at EAR staff meetings, and having 
conversations with individual program directors in EAR to get a sense of 
the diversity of cultures and values among programs related to broader 
impacts. We are also conducting panel surveys on broader impacts to get 
feedback from the principle investigator community. In this webinar, we 
will discuss the broader impacts criterion and provide some new 
information from our recent effort in EAR to identify gaps and improve 

System Requirements
PC-based attendees: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees: iPhone®, iPad®, Android^(TM) phone or Android tablet
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