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Catherine Halversen
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Director (2017-2020)

Catherine Halversen is Senior Project Director at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley where she directs professional learning programs for university faculty, informal educators and teachers, and develops marine and climate sciences instructional materials for K–16 audiences. She has been a member of NMEA for over 20 years, and is currently serving on the NMEA Board of Directors (2014-2017). As a member of the NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee, she has participated over the last dozen years in the grassroots effort to develop the Ocean Literacy Framework, including Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences for All Audiences (OLP) – both the original and updated versions, the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for K–12, and the Correlation of the OLP with the Next Generation Science Standards. She received the 2009 President’s Award from NMEA and the 2007 QuikSCience Ocean Leadership Award for Informal Teaching Excellence.

Catherine developed and teaches the Communicating Ocean Sciences and Communicating Climate Sciences university courses at UC Berkeley and has disseminated them nationwide to help faculty and their students become effective communicators of science to the public and other diverse audiences. She currently serves as Principle Investigator for the NSF-funded Faculty Learning Program providing an online professional learning program for STEM faculty; PI of a NOAA-funded Climate and Data Literacy project; and Co-PI for the NSF-funded Reflecting on Practice (RoP) program providing regional RoP Coaching workshops for informal science educators. The Reflecting on Practice program has been disseminated widely and is now implemented in over 50 informal science institutions around the country. She has written numerous K–16 instructional materials, and led the development team that wrote the NOAA-funded curriculum, Ocean Sciences Sequence for Grades 6–8: The Ocean–Atmosphere Connection and Climate Change. She received her graduate degree in Marine Science and a secondary teaching credential, both from UC Berkeley.


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