Ashland University Professor Invited to Participate on National Panel

Ashland University Professor Invited to Participate on National Panel

9/20/16 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland resident Dr. Howard Walters, professor of education at Ashland University, has been invited by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) to participate on a national panel in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11 and 12, 2016.

The COL will be hosting The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), which will be celebrating 20 years of ocean science education and competition in 2017. To mark this milestone, the COL is holding a 20th Anniversary Strategic Visioning Workshop on Oct. 11 -12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Walters has been asked to participate as one of the official evaluators of the program. His participation in the workshop will ensure the impacts of the program, both current and historical, are represented in discussions.

The ocean plays a role in so many environmental and societal issues and is also an ideal interdisciplinary topic for learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); however, it is still not widely covered in high school curricula.

The NOSB remains one of the only nationwide opportunities students have to learn about ocean science and possible future careers.  With almost 20 successful years under our belts, the Strategic Visioning Workshop will, with input from NOSB participants and stakeholders, help us examine programming, growth priorities and opportunities so all stay educationally relevant, accessible and exciting for the next 20 years.

The COL has implemented the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in 24 regions of the country over the past 20 years, with funding support from NSF, NOAA, and the National Ocean Partnership Programs, and the United States Navy. The workshop is hosted by the NOSB and the COL, with financial support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. 

Walters has been funded for 18 years to research and study the program, and to advise the project leadership and the funding agencies. 

Walters and his colleague, Dr. Tina Bishop, have published multiple studies of the program over the years. Currently, there have been nine doctoral dissertations focused on Walters' findings and methods.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###