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09-03-2010

Clarkson University Hosts Climate Change Education Workshop for Teachers

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Clarkson University recently hosted the Project-Based Global Climate Change Education Curriculum Development workshop for middle- and high-school teachers.Clarkson University Hosts Climate Change Education Workshop for Teachers The two-week institute focused on the fundamentals of climate science and the use of NASA and other earth science data to explore the extent and consequences of climate changes both locally and globally.

Professors Susan Powers, associate director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, and Suresh Dhaniyala, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, were the lead instructors for the workshop.

The workshop was funded through a grant from NASA that was awarded to Clarkson University in partnership with NYSERDA to promote climate change educational activities.

Ten teachers representing school districts throughout New York State were selected to participate through a highly competitive process. Each teacher participant developed inquiry-based learning experience that will be taught during the 2010-2011 school year.

The participating teachers were Tammy Morgan, Lake Placid High School; Laura Tedesco, Troy High School; Richard Marshall, Massena High School; Amber Henry, Ogdensburg Free Academy; Mark Penhollow, Liverpool High School; Scott Danville, Beekmantown High School; Andrew Calderwood, Baldwinsville High School; Kevin Douglass, Homer Middle School; Christopher Anderson, Shenendehowa Middle School; and Ralph Greco, Whitesboro High School.

"The most valuable part of this workshop was learning more about climate change and how to link it to real world data," said Douglass. "By using the models and creating graphs, students can see what is occurring across the world and connect that to personal choices and the impacts of their choices."

The institute was supported by Mary Margret Small and Diane Brouwer of Clarkson’s Office of Educational Partnerships and Clarkson doctoral student Jan DeWaters, graduate student Mark Huber and undergraduates Eileen Stachowski and William Armington. A second workshop will be offered in the summer 2011.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Global Climate Change Education workshop participants (front row, left to right) Tammy Morgan, Lake Placid High School; Suresh Dhaniyala, Clarkson University; and Mark Huber, Clarkson graduate student. Middle row: Laura Tedesco, Troy High School; Richard Marshall, Massena High School; Susan Powers, Clarkson University; Amber Henry, Ogdensburg Free Academy; and Will Armington, Clarkson student. Top Row: Jan DeWaters, Clarkson doctoral student; Eileen Stachowski, Clarkson student; Mary Margaret Small, Clarkson University; Mark Penhollow, Liverpool High School; Scott Danville, Beekmantown High School; Andrew Calderwood, Baldwinsville High School; Kevin Douglass, Homer Middle School; Christopher Anderson, Shenendehowa Middle School; and Ralph Greco, Whitesboro High School.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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