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Mission Statement & Goals:
Outreach is a form of scholarship that cuts across teaching, research and service. It involves generating, transmitting, applying and preserving knowledge for the direct benefit of audiences outside North Carolina State University. The Outreach effort is independent of the formal degree-granting process, occurs in a variety of forms and places, and is an integral part of the University's broader mission.

Outreach goals for the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences include increasing the enthusiasm of students to study science; promoting Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences programs to the public; hosting visitors to Jordan Hall, Jordan Hall Addition, Varsity Research Building (formerly Flex) and Research III facilities; information and technology transfer to state, federal and other agencies; and promoting college and University Outreach initiatives.

Opportunities for Elementary, Middle and High School Students
School Visits: Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences faculty members and graduate students often make visits to elementary, middle and high schools. We actively promote NC State University and the department at high school career days, serve as judges during science fairs, host field trips for the N.C. Science Teachers Association and incorporate high school students in field and laboratory research activities.

North Carolina Ocean Sciences Bowl is a quiz bowl open to NC high school students. Each year teams of five students coached by science teachers travel to NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill or UNC-Wilmington to answer questions about the oceans. The competition is a round-robin, double elimination event. Winning students receive scholarships to attend NC State if they enroll in a major within the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Links: National Ocean Sciences Bowl, NOSB on Facebook

Disseminating Expertise to the Public

Advising the Public: Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences responds to telephone and in-person inquiries concerning issues limited only by the imagination. For example, by contacting Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Outreach personnel, the general public can ask about saltwater aquarium set-up, the identity of marine organisms or minerals found during vacations, natural phenomena such as severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and computing capabilities of the FOAMv facility.

Advising State of North Carolina Agencies: Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences has advised state agencies on a number of topics, including air quality in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, evaluation of waste disposal sites, evaluation of groundwater contamination sites, management plans for fisheries species, sampling design and protocol for fishery-dependent and -independent surveys, and statistical data analysis and modeling. Faculty members have conducted training workshops for groundwater contamination regulators with the Department of Environmental Health & Natural Resources. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences faculty members or graduate students have given assistance to the N.C. Department of Environmental Health & Natural Resources, N.C. Department of Marine Fisheries, N.C. Fisheries Moratorium Steering Committee, N.C. Department of Agriculture, N.C. Geological Service, N.C. Supercomputer Center, N.C. Ocean Task Force, N.C. Sand Resources Task Force, N.C. Division of Coastal Management, N.C. Division of Transportation and N.C. General Assembly.

Advising Federal Agencies: Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences has covered such issues as forecasts of flooding in coastal North Carolina, data collection and analysis of severe thunderstorms and tornados, weather prediction demonstrations, carbon-flux on the N.C. slope, carbon-cycling in coastal sediments, management plans for fisheries species in the South Atlantic Bight and Caribbean, and strategic long-term research initiatives for the National Undersea Research Program. Federal agencies given assistance include the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Academy of Sciences, National Weather Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Park Service, South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Management Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences also provides advice to a wide range of agencies in other states and countries, as well as to various local and national environmental consulting firms. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences faculty members or graduate students have served as consultants to international agencies such as the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in the Sultanate of Oman, Fundacion LaSalle de Ciencias Naturales in Venezuela and Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Advice offered covers issues such as fisheries, water, and land-use management plans.

In the Media: Newspaper interviews with Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences faculty members, offering expert opinions, have appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun; and in such national science magazines as Discover. Faculty members also have given interviews and appeared as guests on local and national television programs, including the Weather Channel.

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences: Faculty members provide advice on setting up displays, assist in gathering specimens and conduct seminars geared to museum patrons.

How to contact us:
By Telephone:
(919) 515-3711

By Mail:
Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
1125 Jordan Hall, NCSU Box 8208
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208

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