Being in the classroom is something, that as a teacher, I am well prepared to do on a daily basis. As an educator/explorer, being out in the research field is completely different. I have to prepare myself physically and mentally for what is to come. As my countdown to head out to Utqiagvik, Alaska came closer, I had to be ready to live and work for five weeks in a place very few people have ever been to. I began with writing multiple lists of the many things that I had to take care of before my departure to the arctic tundra.

    A view of the Arctic tundra outside of Utqiagvik, Alaska.
    Arctic Tundra
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    The first order to business was to be medically fit to be out in the research field. These orders required me to undergo an extensive physical exam, where I updated my vaccines (tetanus) and then underwent dental surgery in order to be cleared for this expedition. When you head out towards remote places where there is limited to no medical care, it is extremely important that you are physically able to handle yourself out in the field. You never want to put yourself in a situation where you have to be medevaced from remote places.

    Monica Nuñez seeing the dentist to be cleared for her arctic expedition.
    Medical & Dental Clearance to go to the Research Field

    In addition to my own preparation to be out in the field, I also had the opportunity to share my experience with New Mexico State University’s Channel 22 News. You can see my interview below. Through this interview, I was able to share the impact that participating in programs, such as PolarTREC, have on teachers, students and communities. Thank you Francisco Soto for sharing my upcoming expedition.

    Monica Nuñez is interviewed by Francisco Soto about her upcoming expedition with PolarTREC.
    PolarTREC Media Interview in the Classroom

    Estar en el aula es algo que, como docente, estoy bien preparada para hacerlo todos los días. Como educadora / exploradora, estar en el campo de la investigación es completamente diferente. Tengo que prepararme física y mentalmente para lo que vendrá. A medida en que los días se acercaban para dirigirme a Utqiagvik, Alaska tenía que prepararme para vivir y trabajar, durante cinco semanas, en un lugar en el que muy pocas personas han estado. Comencé escribiendo varias listas de las muchas cosas de las que tenía que ocuparme antes de partir hacia la tundra ártica.

    A view of the Arctic tundra outside of Utqiagvik, Alaska.
    Arctic Tundra
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    La primera orden para mi expedición es estar médicamente en forma para estar afuera en el campo de investigación. Estas órdenes requerían que me sometiera a un extenso examen físico, donde actualicé mis vacunas (tétano) y luego me sometí a una cirugía dental para recibir aprobación para esta expedición. Cuando se dirige a lugares remotos, donde hay atención médica limitada, es extremadamente importante que usted esté físicamente capacitado para manejarse en el campo. Nunca querrás ponerte en una situación en la que tengas que ser evacuada desde lugares remotos.

    Monica Nuñez seeing the dentist to be cleared for her arctic expedition.
    Medical & Dental Clearance to go to the Research Field

    Además de mi propia preparación para estar en el campo, también tuve la oportunidad de compartir mi experiencia con el Canal 22 de Noticias de la Universidad del Estado de Nuevo México. Puedes ver mi entrevista, en los minutos 7:51-10:13 de este video, haciendo clic aquí. A través de esta entrevista pude compartir el impacto que tiene la participación
    en programas, como PolarTREC, en maestros, estudiantes y comunidades. Gracias a Francisco Soto por compartir mi próxima expedición.

    Monica Nuñez is interviewed by Francisco Soto about her upcoming expedition with PolarTREC.
    PolarTREC Media Interview in the Classroom

    Comments

    Judy Fahnestock

    I can't believe that you were smiling *even a little bit* in the dentist's chair - especially with the tools in the photo. Looking forward to reading more about your Arctic adventures!

    Kim Young

    Looking forward to seeing updates on many of the research projects I got to see last year! Keep the pictures and updates coming!