Meet the students, teachers, and other participants of this exciting international expedition here.
During the Greenland-led Field School portion of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), from 1-15 July 2011, the student research teams were primarily stationed in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. They traveled to sampling sites around Kangerlussuaq, including nearby Russell Glacier and Kellyville, home of the Sondrestrom Incoherent Scatter Radar Research Facility.
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. July is also the second highest precipitation month at an average of 5 days of precipitation and an average of 22 mm total precipitation in July.
During the US-led Science Education Week portion of JSEP, 16-24 July 2011, the participants traveled to both the NEEM and Summit Station field stations located on the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Laura Lukes holds both a B.S. in Geological Sciences and a M.Ed. in Science Education from The Ohio State University, as well as a M.S. in Geological Sciences from Virginia Tech. She teaches high school and community college in Scottsdale & Mesa, Arizona (2010 NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher). She has created virtual geology field trips and a rock and mineral museum at Saguaro High School in Arizona. She is actively involved in developing Earth science curriculum and training teachers, scientists, and informal educators. She is especially interested in developing programs that provide research experience opportunities for teachers and students to support the future national STEM workforce. Currently, she is the 2010-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation - Office of Polar Programs, where she has taken the US lead on the Joint Science Education Project.