PolarTREC News

PolarTREC Heads to Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Lucy Coleman hiking up Observation Hill.

Lucy Coleman and her team are in the Dry Valleys. In a remote field camp near Lake Joyce, they are studying microbialites.

New Climate Change Lessons

Two Views of Climate Change

PolarTREC hosted a 4-day field course for teachers on climate change in Denali National Park. Participants created lessons that are now available in PolarTREC Resources - Search Keyword "Climate Change" to find the five lessons. Check out this featured lesson combining art and change with repeat photography.

Call for Abstracts

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Share Your Good Ideas!
Don't delay and submit a session proposal for the NSTA 2015 STEM Forum & Expo.
NSTA is now accepting proposals for the STEM Forum & Expo in Minneapolis, May 20­23, 2015. The deadline for submissions is: Monday, December 1, 2014.
Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.
Questions? Email: lcrossley [at] nsta [dot] org

Seeking Input

National Academy of Sciences has convened a committee tasked to develop a vision for U.S. research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean for the coming decade. This will include recommending priorities for NSF strategic investment in compelling scientific activities, identifying the research infrastructure needed for addressing these priority topics, and outlining a roadmap of strategic steps forward to implement this vision. Further details on the committee task and membership can be found here. You can also provide input by visiting the Committee's "virtual town hall" website here.

If you have questions or comments, contact:
Lauren (Brown) Everett, Associate Program Officer
National Academy of Sciences, Polar Research Board
LEverett [at] nas [dot] edu

Important PolarTREC Program Update

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UPDATE
Thanks to everyone that has been sending emails and commenting on how our program has impacted you! It's been very touching. We will have an opportunity to apply for funding to support teacher research experiences and those proposals are due in January 2015. We will keep you posted on our status. In the meantime, I do need to be clear that we do not have any funding to host a program for the 2015-2016 Arctic and Antarctica expeditions. We will continue to support our PolarTREC alumni of teachers and researchers as well as the remaining expeditions for 2014 and early 2015 to Antarctica. We hope you will continue to follow these amazing teachers and the research being conducted in the Polar Regions. All the resources, past photos, journals, and archives will remain available for you to access and use. Any questions or comments, can be directed to Sarah and Janet at info [at] polartrec [dot] com.

Antarctica Revisited

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Teacher and manager of education at Memphis' Pink Palace Museum, Alex Eilers, will be traveling back to Antarctica in November to study Weddell seals. Students and families are invited to join a variety of FREE learning activities before Eilers leaves. This year, there are a variety of activities for getting involved: Postcards from the Pole; Fly a Flag Over Antarctica; Get Fit Antarctica; and the Penguin and Seal Scavenger Hunt. For more information, visit AntarcticaRevisited.com and follow Alex and her team here.

Follow PolarTREC Teacher on FB & Twitter

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Look who is getting READY FOR ANTARCTICA! Follow Dominique Richardson on PolarTREC. Her expedition can be followed on PolarTREC as well as on FaceBook here and @EastAntarctica on Twitter!

Featured Video

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Tyler lowering a camera into the lake
Today was the first day where it felt like we're settled in and actually doing science. Megan's...

Latest Comments

Hi Jillian! So wonderful to see all of those flags on the deck of the ship! How awesome to have all of those students following you and learning about the amazing research your team works on. Thank...
You've arrived! Wahoo! So excited for you all, crazy how bad your weather has been, I hope it remains clear and calm for you from now on. Glad you were able to get some clean drinking water and...
Hey, that looks familiar! Dominque, I'm so glad you got to spend time with Michelle and her students. I would love to go to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory some day. What a great opportunity....

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Overview This interactive lesson introduces students to a number of animals and individuals that will be affected by climate change in Alaska. It allows students to grapple with the complexities that face both humans and animals who face an uncertain future due to an uncertain climate. Students...