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Ridky, Robert W.1 
(1) USGS, Reston, VA

ABSTRACT: Educational Outreach: the Need From the National Perspective

Education and research are always in the public service and therefore are inextricably bound at all levels. It can be shown that the best supported and sustained research programs within government, academia or the corporate sector have developed a projectable identity that allows for ready identification. 
The way in which USGS research translates knowledge and makes it available to scientific organizations and to the public is critical to the intrinsic societal value of USGS. Consequently, both research and education have, as their ultimate goal, providing useful knowledge within a relevant context. Numerous federal agencies and bureaus have been tasked, at the highest levels of government, to find ways to integrate their research and educational activities. The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), The White House Office of Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation have all established interagency committees to find specific ways that the federal scientific and technical organizations can contribute to the No Child Left Behind act and assist in development of the next generation of scientists. 
USGS has a long history of integrating its education and research endeavors. Criteria and examples for assessing quality educational contributions, commensurate with bureau’s unique role as the nation’s principal natural sciences, and information agency will be presented.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90026©2004 AAPG Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, April 18-21, 2004.