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  • Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea 2016 | PolarTREC
    Seal Dives Every scientific research project begins with questions This project is looking at the timing of female Weddell seals big events pupping and molting and how the health or condition of the animal affects if and or when a seal gives birth the next year There are many factors Read Journal 11 February 2016 Weddell Seal Pregnancy and Gestation This journal is brought to you by Stefan our fuel man holding three of your flags Photo credit Alex Eilers Sue Tony s 6th graders at St Philomena Catholic School Becky Shimp s 7th graders at St Edward Catholic School Mrs Shadensack s 8th graders at Immaculate Conception Catholic School Happy Birthday Seals Do any of you have a birthday in October or November I do I get so excited to celebrate and eat cake every year but now that I ve been studying Weddell seals I have another reason to get excited during the fall I get to share my birthday with all the seals Read Journal 3 10 February 2016 Weddell Seal s Nose This journal is brought to you by Dr Michelle Shero holding three of your flags Photo credit Alex Eilers Mrs Angelo and her 3rd grade class at South School Mrs Gray and her 1st grade class at Riverwood Elementary Mrs Kohn and her 2nd grade class at St Ann Elementary Weddell Seals never cease to amaze me They are fascinating creatures from the tips of their nose to their hind flippers Meet Sniffer Photo credit Dr Jennifer Burns MMPA Permit 17411 Speaking of noses you have got to check out the incredible honker on the Weddell seal This nose is built to make Read Journal 9 February 2016 Meet the Team part one graduate students and teacher This journal is brought to you by Dr Gregg Adams holding three of you flags at our snowmobile transition area Photo credit Alex Eilers Stephanie Penning and her 3rd grade class at South School Mrs World s 1st grade class at Riverwood Elementary School Peggy Jones and her 2nd grade class at Riverwood Elementary School Teamwork is the key Working as part of a team is very important in many aspects of life and it s no different here on the Ice It takes a team of scientists all working together to gather the samples data and information needed from our seals Each Read Journal 8 February 2016 Waste Water Management Facility This journal is brought to you by Forrest McCarthy one of the mountaineers on station holding three of your flags Photo credit Alex Eilers Mrs Obery s 3rd grade class at South School Mrs Rovery s 3rd grade class at Riverwood Elementary School Mrs Powell s 2nd grade class at Riverwood Elementary School Waste Water Management Facility For a long time people in Antarctica would dump their waste right into the ocean The waters were becoming polluted Many countries came together and decided to no longer allow dumping in Antarctica s waters Now at McMurdo

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  • Alex Eilers | PolarTREC
    United States Expeditions Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea 2014 Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea 2016 Featured Photos About Growing up in Chillicothe Illinois Alice Eilers dreamed of becoming a teacher Ms Eilers began her schooling at the University of Mississippi receiving her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education in 1990 and completing her graduate degree at the University of Memphis six years later In 1995 her dreams of becoming a teacher became a reality and she began her teaching career at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis Tennessee Ms Eilers is currently the Manager of Education and has had the pleasure of teaching a variety of subjects including astronomy natural and cultural history to area Pre K through 8th grade students Ms Eilers has also been involved in number of national teacher professional development programs In 2008 she was selected to participate in a research project studying Leatherback Sea Turtles through the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program Ms Eilers is in the MESSENGER Educator Fellowship Program and has also participated in the UMASS STEM Polar Connections Program Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea Team Documents Professional Outreach Strategy Public Outreach Strategy Public Outreach Documentation Classroom Implementation Strategy Lesson Plan 1 Lesson Plan 2 Needs Assessment Teacher Researcher Networking Plan Resources Title Type The Graduates of Seal Team 6 Roxanne Beltran and Amy Kirkham Article Fit for Travel Article Get Involved with Polar Expedtion to Antarctica Article Pink Palace educator treks from the MidSouth to the South Pole Article Antarctica Revisited by Alex Eilers Article Eilers Returning to Antarctica Article Back to the Ice Bartlett educator preps for second Antarctica quest Article Antarctic Mini Exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum Presentation Alex Eilers and Outreach for Weddell Seal Science Event Weddel Seal Movements Video

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  • CosRay Neutron Monitors | PolarTREC
    experiment in Antarctica En dónde están Nos hospedaremos en la estación McMurdo y trabajaremos en el edificio CosRay a corta distancia de la estación un poco más allá del Observation Hill El proyecto de detección de neutrones es el experimento de monitoreo continuo más longevo en la Antártida Expedition Map Journals 17 January 2016 Unforeseeable factors Some of you might be wondering where are the Antarctic stories the pictures and videos of the White Continent Shouldn t I be in Antarctica by now posting about the expedition I have disappointing news I am back at home while the rest of the group is in Antarctica Here is the short story of what happened Medical cancellation I got frostnip on some of my toes a year ago Frostnip returned this year and I was not aware One toe developed a large open sore that got infected The infection spread to my leg s lymph channels what used to be called blood poisoning just three days before Read Journal 22 September 2015 Broken promises and new opportunities Daddy why did you go to Antarctica Asked Ana in a severe tone of voice I went to Antarctica because I wanted to see penguins I replied thinking that would be a good enough answer for a four year old But you could have seen them here in the zoo said Ana You re right I said as I searched for a better answer I could ve seen the penguins here at the zoo but I wanted to see them in the wild I wanted to see how they live when they re not at the zoo I was enjoying one of the most magical moments of the day helping Ana get ready for bed We d finished reading her book and Read Journal 4 Project Information Dates 4 January 2016 to 27 January 2016 Location McMurdo Station Estación McMurdo Project Funded Title Neutron Monitor Observations Of Cosmic Rays From Jang Bogo And McMurdo Station Meet the Team Teacher Juan Botella Monona Grove High School Monona WI United States Juan obtained a masters degree in oceanography through a joint program between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming a teacher During his days as a graduate student Juan enjoyed working in the field and being able to communicate the science with other people He decided to become a teacher so he could help more people understand and enjoy science Juan has the pleasure of teaching AP physics climate and weather and astronomy When Juan is not teaching or enjoying time with his two kids and wife he is cooking playing soccer taking pictures cross country skiing biking or jogging Juan obtuvo una maestría en Oceanografía en el programa conjunto entre el Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution y el Massachusetts Institute of Technology antes de convertirse en maestro de escuela Durante sus días como estudiante de posgrado Juan disfrutó el trabajo de campo y el comunicar la ciencia a otras personas

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  • Juan Botella | PolarTREC
    the Southern Ocean Joint Antarctic School Expedition 2014 CosRay Neutron Monitors About Juan obtained a masters degree in oceanography through a joint program between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming a teacher During his days as a graduate student Juan enjoyed working in the field and being able to communicate the science with other people He decided to become a teacher so he could help more people understand and enjoy science Juan has the pleasure of teaching AP physics climate and weather and astronomy When Juan is not teaching or enjoying time with his two kids and wife he is cooking playing soccer taking pictures cross country skiing biking or jogging Juan obtuvo una maestría en Oceanografía en el programa conjunto entre el Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution y el Massachusetts Institute of Technology antes de convertirse en maestro de escuela Durante sus días como estudiante de posgrado Juan disfrutó el trabajo de campo y el comunicar la ciencia a otras personas Decidió dedicarse a la enseñanza para poder ayudar a más gente entender y disfrutar de las ciencias Juan tiene el placer de enseñar AP Física Astronomía y Meteorología y Climatología Cuando no se encuentra en el salón de clases Juan disfruta su tiempo con su esposa y sus dos hijos o cocinando jugando fútbol tomando fotografías esquiando en andando en bicicleta o corriendo CosRay Neutron Monitors Team Documents Resources Title Type Wisconsin Public Television on Student Antarctic Expedition Web Link MG high school students and teacher return from joint expedition Article Estudiantes de High School viajarán a la Antártida en una expedición científica Article U S High School Students Experience Antarctic Science Article Overture exhibit highlights Antarctic art from Monona Grove teacher graduates Article Mooring recovery Video Trace Metals on CLIVAR S4P

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  • Operation IceBridge Arctic | PolarTREC
    historical cold war Air Force sites included missile silos and ice field bases The research team will be living in the Kangerlussuaq International Science Support Building KISS and the Air Force Inn in Thule Expedition Map Journals 10 February 2016 Arctic Ground Squirrels Field Trip Time Every day of PolarTREC orientation has been a new adventure from re learning how to use a Mac to awesome field trips to learn about current arctic research On Tuesday we took a ride to the University of Alaska Fairbanks with arctic ground squirrels in mind The UAF campus was stunning covered in snow lodge like residential buildings dotting the lower section The university buildings loomed above with their modern architecture and white finish which caught the setting arctic sun at just the right angle for a beautiful scene After digesting the beauty of the campus Read Journal 5 8 February 2016 And It Begins Scratching the Surface With my expedition just months away it is hard to find words to express the level of excitement and anticipation flooding my veins as we touched down in Alaska With a view of a green glow over the horizon just before hitting the airport lights a snowy landscape dotted with small villages and one bonfire and a fresh blanket of snow my venture into the polar regions was finally a reality This month has already been a whirlwind of press and paperwork and planning not to mention soaking in tales of adventure and science findings from some of the brightest minds in Read Journal 8 Expedition Resources A Cool Experience Article Arctic n a All Ages Feature story on teacher Kelly McCarthy s venture into the Polar Regions with PolarTREC and NASA s Operation IceBridge View Article Lourdes teacher chosen for NASA research in Arctic Article Arctic n a All Ages Feature article on teacher Kelly McCarthy s selection for the PolarTREC program with NASA s Operation IceBridge View Article Project Information Dates 15 April 2016 to 15 May 2016 Location Kangerlussuaq Thule AFB Greenland Project Funded Title NASA Operation IceBridge Meet the Team Teacher Kelly McCarthy Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School Coal Township PA United States Kelly McCarthy is a science and mathematics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township PA Upon earning her B S in Physics from Penn State University in 2008 she entered and fell in love with the classroom as a Teach for America Corps member in Philadelphia For the better part of a decade she has worked to learn and grow as a science educator and hopes to instill her love for learning in each of her students year after year Always looking for ways to connect her students to real world science Ms McCarthy has brought numerous teacher research experiences back to the classroom and was a 2014 15 recipient of NASA s Airborne Research Experience for Educators AREE program Currently Ms McCarthy has the pleasure of teaching Physics Environmental Science 8th Grade Science

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  • Kelly McCarthy | PolarTREC
    Kelly McCarthy Member Details Name Kelly McCarthy Occupation Teacher Organization Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School Location Coal Township PA United States Expeditions Operation IceBridge Arctic About Kelly McCarthy is a science and mathematics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township PA Upon earning her B S in Physics from Penn State University in 2008 she entered and fell in love with the classroom as a Teach for America Corps member in Philadelphia For the better part of a decade she has worked to learn and grow as a science educator and hopes to instill her love for learning in each of her students year after year Always looking for ways to connect her students to real world science Ms McCarthy has brought numerous teacher research experiences back to the classroom and was a 2014 15 recipient of NASA s Airborne Research Experience for Educators AREE program Currently Ms McCarthy has the pleasure of teaching Physics Environmental Science 8th Grade Science and a combination of secondary mathematics courses When she is not in the classroom or facilitating after school science engineering clubs Ms McCarthy loves to travel explore nearby hiking trails and train for distance races

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  • DJ Kast | PolarTREC
    Archive Find a Resource Contribute Fast and Fun Facts En Español Search form Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating Virtual Base Camp Members DJ Kast Member Details Name DJ Kast Occupation STEM Programs Manager Organization University of Southern California Location Los Angeles CA United States Expeditions Microbial Changes in Arctic Freshwater 2016 Featured Photos About DJ Kast is the STEM Programs Manager for the USC Joint Educational Project which encompasses the USC Young Scientists Program YSP and the USC Wonderkids program She is also the STEM coordinator for the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative NAI She inspires 2400 K 12 students a year to appreciate science through hands on inquiry based science activities and experiments She received all three of her degrees from the University of Southern California USC and that includes Bachelors in Biology and a minor in Nonprofits Philanthropy and Volunteerism a Masters in Marine Environmental Biology and a Masters in Arts and Teaching with a Single Subject science teaching credential She loves science fashion and wears many science dresses t shirts and jewelry that represent the science she is teaching Additionally she is a NOAA Climate Steward National Marine Educator Association NMEA member and in 2014 she was a NOAA Teacher at Sea participant that collected water and plankton samples all along the eastern seaboard Her hobbies include traveling the world with her husband Roee Fung photography and SCUBA diving and in her spare time she is a volunteer for USC Seagrant and the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Microbial Changes in Arctic Freshwater 2016 Team Documents Resources Title Type DJ Kast Research Connection Article Article USC Rossier PolarTREC article about DJ Kast Article Innovative Beyond Their Years and Recognized by Forbes Article Chino Valley People

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  • Climate Change and Pollinators in the Arctic 2016 | PolarTREC
    and range expansion of many plants including plants migrating into the Arctic will depend on pollinators This study will help us determine which mechanisms may most strongly drive changes in plant pollinator interactions and plant reproduction Where Are They A view of Kangerlussuaq Greenland Photo by Emily Dodson The research team will travel to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland The climate in Kangerlussuaq is arctic with temperatures ranging from 25 to 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year and averaging between 5 and 18 degrees Celsius during the summer The team camps and works outside of the town where most sites were reached on foot or by truck The team occasionally spends a night at the local science station in order to charge instruments and take advantage of a hot shower Journals 8 February 2016 Intro to the Arctic Going North So you may ask what is the Arctic where is the Arctic Circle and how is it different from home Just as the equator is an imaginary line so is the Arctic Circle an imaginary line It circles the Earth at about 66 degrees north latitude It encircles an area where the sun shines for the entire 24 hour day on the summer solstice about June 21 and not at all on the winter solstice about December 21 Inside the circle one can find the Arctic Ocean much of which is frozen a great many islands including Greenland as well as the northern parts of Canada Alaska USA Read Journal 7 8 February 2016 PolarTREC Begins Arriving in Fairbanks I have begun my PolarTREC adventure I arrived at my hotel in Fairbanks Alaska last night after traveling for sixteen hours Fairbanks is a city just about 198 miles south of the Arctic Circle It was 20 Celsius 4 Fahrenheit when I arrived and there were about two feet of snow on the ground This plane hangs over the baggage carousel in the Fairbanks Airport After grabbing a few hours of shut eye I began my day with the PolarTREC team There are fifteen teachers here each of us ready to learn all we can about arctic and antarctic science working in Read Journal Project Information Dates 15 June 2016 to 15 July 2016 Location Kangerlussuaq Greenland Project Funded Title The influence of climate change on plant pollinator interactions and plant reproduction using a natural climate gradient Meet the Team Teacher Anne Schoeffler Seton Catholic School Hudson OH United States Anne Farley Schoeffler has been teaching sixth seventh and eighth grade science near Cleveland Ohio since 2003 and focuses on problem solving and investigation skills She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and a much more recent Masters in Science Education from Montana State University She has backpacked and canoed in the backcountry in Minnesota Ontario Montana and Peru She shares this passion for the outdoors with her students through outdoor education camp outdoor classes an on campus ecosystem restoration project and service learning water

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