To learn more about the JSEP program, check out their official webpage at http://www.arcus.org/jsep.
The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries of the United States, Denmark, and Greenland. The expedition members spent several days learning about the research conducted in Greenland, the logistics involved in supporting the research, and gained first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.
The 2012 expedition's work built on past expeditions and was 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.
The program had two components.
Kangerlussuaq Science Field School: 29 June - 12 July 2012
US Science Education Week: 12- 22 July 2012
The group traveled 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.
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.
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.