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Betsy Wilkening


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Occupation: Teacher
Organization: Wilson K-8 School

Betsy Wilkening graduated from the University of Arizona in 1982 with a degree in chemical engineering, and has since worn many hats including: process and systems engineer, stay-at-home mom, pre-school science teacher, high school chemistry teacher, and currently is a 7th grade teacher. As part of her environmental, earth, and space science classes, Mrs. Wilkening’s students participate in light pollution studies, water monitoring, and go on an annual field trip to the Grand Canyon. In addition, her students have been participating in the International Polar Year since the kick-off in 2007. By working in the Arctic, she wants her students to understand the connection between our actions, arctic climate change, and the subsequent climate change in the southwest. Mrs. Wilkening commutes to school all year round on her bicycle, and, when she has time, she runs, swims, rafts, camps, hikes, plays water polo, surfs, and does triathlons and half-marathons.

Betsy Wilkening's Content

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OASIS Researchers Blog Web Link 20 February 2013
Online NewsHour: Polar Discoveries Web Link 28 November 2011
Arctic Stories Web Link 28 November 2011
An OASIS of Science Web Link 28 November 2011
Why Can’t I Eat this Fish? Lesson 8 October 2011
Bioaccumulation of Toxins Lesson 7 October 2011
Snow Business Article 28 January 2011
Thrills and chills are in store for Wilson teacher Article 28 January 2011
Amphitheater School District Newsletter Article 28 January 2011
A Trip of a Lifetime Article 28 January 2011
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It's a go?

Is your project back on now? So glad for you! Enjoy Fairbanks.

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February 10, 2014 - 7:29pm
South Pole

How far will you be from the South Pole? I would make sure that you keep Flat Stanley safe from South Pole elves. They've been known to travel.

Enjoy and keep the journals coming,


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February 5, 2014 - 8:37pm
Air Surface Chemicals

Hi Aislinn,

The scientists that I worked with were actually measuring various chemicals in the air that come from pollution. They are trying to understand how those chemicals move in between the ocean air, snow, sea-ice, and snowpack. Once they learn more about them, they can find out how...{read more}

August 27, 2013 - 6:36pm

Susan, Yes I did come up to Fairbanks for vacation last week. Luckily it was clear every night. We are keeping fingers crossed that it will be clear later this week. We are getting a bit of snow now.

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March 25, 2013 - 8:47pm
Scientific Instrumentation

Thanks Mike that really helps! Talk to you soon.

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December 3, 2012 - 9:15am
Sorry to hear that. I'll keep

Sorry to hear that. I'll keep you posted on how it turns out.

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August 17, 2012 - 5:33pm

The bromine that may have been in the snow would not affect humans at that low of a concentration. The scientists were interested in the presence of bromine because it can react with affect the concentration of other substances in the atmosphere. One of the things they were...{read more}

January 3, 2012 - 6:05pm
Daily Fact Temps

-40F is the same as -40C. I learned that when I was in Barrow because the wind chill reached -40. I also learned that the students get a snow day in Barrow when the air temp, not the wind chill, is -50F. They lost track of all of the snow days they had in 2008/09.

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July 9, 2011 - 12:22pm
Bear Spray

Will you be carrying bear spray with you when you go out on the tundra?

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May 2, 2011 - 7:39pm
Hi Keri, I did not make it

Hi Keri,
I did not make it out of Barrow, but just worked in the BASC area. I worked with OASIS (Ocean, Atmosphere, Sea Ice and Snowpack) project. We had scientists from all over US and around the world on project (about 20-40 people in Barrow at one time). I worked mostly with the...{read more}

July 28, 2010 - 12:03pm

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