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Greenland Education Tour 2012

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Meet the Team

Einstein Fellow - Shelly Hynes

Shelly Hynes's picture
Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts
Natchitoches , Louisiana
United States

Shelly Hynes is the US Science Education Week Leader.
Before being named a 2011 – 2012 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Shelly F. Hynes taught Astronomy and Physics at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (LSMSA) in Natchitoches, LA for 10 years. She received her B.S. in Physics from Northwestern State University and a M.S. in Physics with a minor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At LSMSA she is most passionate about individual mentorship of students via science research. Shelly sponsors the Regional, State and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competitions at LSMSA and prepares students for the Siemens Competition and Intel Science Talent Search. In 2006 her research student was named an Intel Science Talent Search Finalist and for her mentorship, Mrs. Hynes received the honor of having asteroid 1998 HC96 renamed to 22586 Shellyhynes. As an Einstein Fellow Shelly coordinates the US component of the Joint Science Education Project, a student field expedition to Greenland. She recently finished an expedition to Antarctica where she held webcasts with students from Louisiana.

Educator - Kasper Busk

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Kangerlussuaq Science Field School

Kasper Busk is the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School Leader.
He earned a B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in biology from Copenhagen University. Kasper has taught chemistry, biology and biotechnology at the high school level in Greenland and Denmark for five years. Currently Kasper is the coordinator for Greenlandic high school reform and leading the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School.


July 21, 2012 Greenlandics and Danes head home

Science Education Week Group picture after NEEM visit
Summary Nivi Rosing of Nuuk was the first student to leave at 8:05am followed closely by Aggu Broberg and Cecilia Heilmann. The Danes left next followed by the Greenlandic and Danish teachers Lisbeth and Torben. By the afternoon we were down to the two US students, 2 US teachers and one...

July 20, 2012 NEEM!

The Dome at NEEM
Summary This post contains all of our activities at NEEM. We arrived on July 19 and left on July 20. We arrived at NEEM yesterday and have been busy since we hit the ground. Yesterday students toured the ice core site, learned about research that will happen after the ice coring complete (which...

July 18, 2012 Videos and Mars

Charlotte Madsen (DK) airing up the raft
Summary Students spent the morning working on their Summit video and the afternoon with Lisa Pratt's Indiana University group. The group is testing various types of equipment to determine whether they may be able to detect methane in the field. If the equipment performs well here they hope that...

July 17, 2012 Snow density calculations, video editing, waterfall and a little relaxing

Cecilia Olsen-Heilmann taking Aggu's callsign during the hike to the waterfall
Summary In the morning students worked with IGERT fellow Kaitlin Keegan. Kaitlin had the students use their snow pit measurements they took at Summit to calculate the snow density as a function of depth. She then showed them data from 2010 and compared the results. Fie Thorup Hansen wrote up...

July 16, 2012 Leaving Summit, returning to Kangerlussuaq

Fog Bow at Summit Station Greenland July 2012
Summary Bag drag was at 6:30am and students boarded the flight by 10am. When the C-130 landed several Kangerlussuaq residents were on the flight as a "turnaround" tour. Aggu Broberg of Disco Bay was asked to be a tour guide and interpreter. We then boarded the flight for the 1.5 hour flight to...

Project Information

Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and the US Science Education Week
25 June 2012
27 July 2012

Where are They?

View over the Greenland Coast
View over the Greenland Coast
The group will travel to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland and then to Summit Station at the peak of the Greenland Ice Sheet, atop 3,200 meters of ice. Summit Station is a year-round scientific research station funded by the National Science Foundation. 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 during July.

What are they Doing?

Glacier outside of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Glacier outside of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
The expedition members will visit several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries. The expedition members will spend several days learning about the research conducted in Greenland, the logistics involved in supporting the research, and gain first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.

This year's work builds on past expeditions and is supported by the National Science Foundation. The project was developed through cooperation with the U.S.-Denmark-Greenland Joint Committee, which was established in 2004 to broaden and deepen cooperation among the United States, the Kingdom of Denmark, and Greenland.

US JSEP Delegation
JSEP participants from the United States

The program has two components.
Kangerlussuaq Science Field School: 29 June - 12 July 2012
US Science Education Week: 12- 22 July 2012


Title Date About Type
US Students Experience Hands-On Science In Greenland 29 August 2012 Science360 News focuses on the latest developments in scientific research. This link provides a... Web Link
2012 JSEP Student Biography: Dana Cucci Dana Cucci is a 2012 Joint Science Education Project participant. This is her biography in... Presentation
2012 JSEP Student Biography: Agnes Avakumoff Agnes Avakumoff is a 2012 JSEP student. This is her biography in powerpoint form. Presentation
2012 JSEP US Student Biography: Agnes Avakumoff Agnes Avakumoff is a 2012 Joint Science Education Project participant. This is her biography and... Presentation
2012 JSEP Program US Student Bios This PDF contains the written biographies and pictures of the 6 US students selected to participate... Article
2012 JSEP US Student Video Biography: Marisa LaRouche Marisa LaRouche is a 2012 Joint Science Education Project participant. This is her biography. Video
2012 US Student Blog: Marisa LaRouche Marisa LaRouche's personal blog for the 2012 JSEP program. This compliments her work in the 2012... Web Link
2012 JSEP US Student Video Biography: Maeve McCormick Maeve McCormick is a 2012 Joint Science Education Project participant. This is her biography. Video
2012 JSEP Program: US Student Blog - Maeve McCormick Maeve McCormick's personal blog for the 2012 Joint Science Education Project trip to Greenland Web Link
Arctic Research Mapping Application Arctic Research Mapping Application. ARMAP is a suite of online, interactive maps and services... Web Link