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Name: Betsy Wilkening
Occupation: Teacher
Organization: Wilson K-8 School
Location:
Tucson, AZ
United States

About

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.

Journals

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24 September 2013 Day 15 Last Day - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
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23 September 2013 Day 14 - Sisimiut, Greenland
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22 September 2013 Part II Day 13 - Extreme Geology and Polar Plunge in Kuannersuit Disko Island, Greenland
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21 September 2013 Part I Day 13 - Extreme Ice in Ilulissat, Greenland
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18 September 2013 Day 12: Qilakitsoq, Greenland and Fin Whales
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17 September 2013 Day 10: Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) Nunavut
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16 September 2013 Day 9: Cape Hay, Bylot Island and Sirmilik National Park, Baffin Island
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12 September 2013 Part II – Day 8, Sea Ice Near Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada
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10 September 2013 Part I Day 8 – Beechey Island, Devon Island and Polar Bears Galore!
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9 September 2013 Day 7 - Dundas Harbour, Devon Island in Nunavut, Canada
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7 September 2013 Part II - Day 6 Narwhals! and Icy Inlet Hike
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5 September 2013 Part II Days 5 and 6: Glaciers, Cape Raper and Icy Inlet
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4 September 2013 Part I: Bowhead Whales, Isabella Bay, and Arctic Harbour
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3 September 2013 Part II of Day 4: Geology, and Killer Whales
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2 September 2013 Part I of Day 4: Weather Station and DEW Line
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13 August 2013 Polar Bears!
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12 August 2013 Noble Inlet
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10 August 2013 Ottawa, Ontario and Iqaluit, Nunavut
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8 August 2013 Off to Nunavut and Greenland!
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5 August 2013 Remote Operated Vehicles
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30 March 2013 Pipelines, Permafrost and Polar Sundaes
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31 March 2013 An Action-Packed Week in Fairbanks, Alaska!
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27 March 2013 Science Below Zero
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25 March 2013 Open North American Championship Dog Race
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24 March 2013 Chasing Aurora
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