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CEO Forums

CEO hosts monthly forums and occasional social events during the academic year. Events are held on the UC Berkeley campus or in nearby venues. Forums are lunchtime presentation/discussions that encourage skill-building and information sharing. Socials are intended to build community and are usually held at a local bar or pub. Events are open to all and RSVP is not necessary, except when indicated in the event description.

Coming up

Saturday, June 15, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
CEO 10-year Celebration and Family-friendly Summer —Come celebrate the 10th year of the CEO community at family- and sunny weather-friendly, Westbrae Biergarten, in north Berkeley.  Enjoy a drink, bar bites, conversation with CEO friends, old and new, and special kid-only zone. We will provide small bites; the bar is no-host.  We hope to see you there! Westbrae Biergarten, 1280 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706 [map].


CEO is taking a break for the summer. Our monthly lunchtime forums resume on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Forum topics and speakers will be posted here in September.

About our lunchtime forums

CEO forums are held on the first Tuesday of each month, from October through May (with a break in January). Meetings are from noon to 1:30 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the Central Berkeley Campus [map]. Attendees are welcome to bring their brown-bag lunches to forums.

Forums focus on such topics as diversity and broadening participation in STEM, innovations in teaching and learning, informal science education, assessment of learning impacts, implementation of K-12 Next Generation Science Standards, new research in the science of teaching and learning, federal and state STEM education policy, and more. Forums may take the form of single speaker presentations, panels, workshops, or field trips. All events are informal, with ample time dedicated to discussion and idea-sharing.

Forums are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. We are always looking for topics/speakers who would be of interest to our members. If you have a topic you’d like to present, please contact CEO co-chairs Kate Spohr or Dan Zevin.

CEO events are ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at

 2018-2019 Forums and Socials

Thurs, Sept 27, 4-6 pm
CEO Fall Social. Connect with CEO friends and colleagues over tasty snacks and drinks (no host bar). Location: Free House, 2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

Tues, Oct 2, 12-1:30 pm
Broadening the Engineering Talent Pool: The Experiences of First-Generation College Students in Engineering.
This panel presentation features Marvin Lopez and undergraduates from non-traditional backgrounds currently enrolled in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Pursuing a career in engineering is challenging for any college student, however the challenges that first-generation engineering students face can be even more pronounced. As Director of Programs in Engineering Student Services, Marvin Lopez oversees the very types of academic programs that he participated in as an engineering student at UCLA. Join Marvin and UC Berkeley engineering students Miriam Almaraz, Daniel Santos, and Victor Zendejas Lopez as they discuss the academic and cultural barriers they have faced and share how the Berkeley community can support current and future engineering students. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

Tues, Nov 6, 12-1:30 pm
What the data tell us about persistence in lower-division prerequisites for STEM majors.
Presenters: Andrew Eppig, Institutional Research Analyst, UC Berkeley Div. of Equity and Inclusion and Roshni Wadhwani, Research Associate, Public Profit. Berkeley’s STEM departments have long struggled to improve persistence, particularly among non-traditional students, including women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Previous analyses have shown that persistence gaps appear by the time students complete their lower-division course requirements, typically in their second year of study. Until recently, however, we have not known where and when these persistence gaps begin. In this presentation, Eppig and Wadhwani discuss the results of a new analysis that tracks intended majors across all STEM fields from year one through graduation, producing high-resolution metrics on student persistence across time. Their analysis highlights persistence patterns, identifies barrier courses, and pinpoints junctures where timely interventions might significantly improve the persistence of STEM majors. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Tues, Dec 4, 12-1:30 pm
Making the most of resources at the Berkeley Library: A workshop for STEM E&O professionals.
In this interactive forum designed specifically for CEO members Margaret Phillips (Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, Psychology Librarian) and Michael Sholinbeck (Public Health Librarian) will lead you in a hands-on exploration of the many resources available to help you do your research—including resources available to non-UCB community members. Their presentation will cover such basics as how to use the UC Berkeley Library to efficiently access millions of books and thousands of online databases, and will demonstrate how these resources in turn lead to millions of articles, online books, and other resources and tools. Going beyond the basics, they will show you how to use library resources to easily get detailed information about your community, including education, demographics, health status, and much more; how you can in seconds make a map of— for example—the number of children living in poverty by school district for any part of the United States; or how to easily track legislators’ voting history and donor lists. Last, but not least, they will describe the assistance available from professional librarians who can help you navigate these myriad resources. To get the most out of the session, please bring a laptop or other device with you. Margaret and Michael also ask that you take this very brief poll to help them better understand your needs and interests.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 12 – 1:30 pm
Evaluating the impact and outcomes of STEM programs: A common sense approach. Are your STEM programs, activities, events, courses & curricula really reaching their intended audiences? What are students and other participants actually learning from them? As science educators and outreach specialists, we strive to create high-quality STEM programs that have the greatest possible impact. In this moderated panel presentation, you will learn about the numerous available tools and resources that can help you measure and assess your results. Evaluation experts and STEM program directors will discuss how to integrate evaluation into your program design; when/how to partner with experts and when it makes sense to conduct your own evaluation; how to use evaluation results to strengthen your project outcomes; and how to communicate impact to stakeholders. Presenters: Kalie Sacco, Lawrence Hall of Science; Mac Cannady, Lawrence Hall of Science; Teresa Barnett, Community Resources for Science (a non-profit science education organization); Lea Marlor, Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (an NSF-funded science and technology center headquartered at UC Berkeley). Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

Tuesday, Mar 5, 12 – 1:30 pm
Citizen Science can be an Extraordinary Gateway to STEM Learning and Engagement!  There are a number of research projects on campus that have employed, or are currently employing, the public (aka citizen scientists) to help with data collection and/or analysis. Some of these projects have been groundbreaking “first-of-a-kind” efforts, and many have been highly publicized. But are they all they could be from an education and public outreach perspective? Similarly, are other campus researchers missing opportunities to employ citizen scientists, from both research and E&O perspectives? This session will bring together a panel representing citizen science project leaders and experts, and will focus on successes, failures, and lessons learned. We’ll raise questions such as How should citizen science participants be managed? and Are citizen scientists purely data collection devices or are they equal members of the research team and fellow investigators? In addition, best practices and resources in citizen science will be shared, with special attention to education and outreach considerations. Panelists: Elizabeth Cash (Backyard Biodiversity Project), Emily Harris (BSCS Science Learning), Juan Carlos Martínez Oliveros and Vivian White (Eclipse Megamovie Project), and Andrew Westphal (Stardust@home). Session organizers and hosts: Dan Zevin, Teresa Barnett, and Lea Marlor. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

Tuesday, Apr 2, 12 – 1:30 pm
Collaboration “Swap Meet— Are you looking for a partner or collaborator for a new/ongoing project? Do you have a proposal idea you’d like feedback on? An issue or topic you’d like to brainstorm with others? A technical issue or a challenge you need help with? What do you need? What can you offer? The Swap Meet provides an open, non-judgmental space for discussion and networking. We hope that you will join us and come to the meeting with an idea/resource/opportunity/question/challenge you would like to share with others. Discussion facilitators: Dan Zevin and Kate Spohr. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

Tuesday, May 7, 12 – 1:30 pm
Creating pathways to success for girls in STEM. Join us for a discussion with leaders of three Bay Area programs that are engaging, retaining, and empowering girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Learn about their approaches, challenges, successes, insights, and how their work fits into the broader field and society. Featured speakers and programs: Lizzie Hager-Barnard, Ph.D., Program Director, Girls in Engineering, UC Berkeley; Emily Pilloton. Founder and Executive Director, Project H Design / Girls Garage and Lecturer, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design; Sumi Godfrey Wong, UC Berkeley Director, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science, Center for Educational Partnerships, Pre-College Trio Programs, including Womyn in STEM Education (WISE). Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

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