Dr. Janel Hanrahan recently presented at the 2015 Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE) conference in Portland, Maine. Her session titled, “Using Mathematics to Understand the Science of Climate Change,” was well received by middle and high school mathematics teachers from around New England. The group was excited to learn how fundamental climate change concepts could be incorporated into their own classrooms. They used various online datasets and graphics to understand how carbon dioxide concentrations are changing, and to explore recent trends in temperature, atmospheric water vapor, and precipitation.
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The Lyndon State College Climate Change Assembly (CCA) group wrapped up a productive first year with a presentation at Lyndon Institute. Lauriana Gaudet and Haley Craig talked to juniors and seniors about the science of climate change and had a great conversation including ideas for mitigation. During the 2014-15 academic year, the CCA group met seven times to discuss the science of climate change, to practice assembly presentations, and to discuss ideas for future assemblies. For more information, check out the new Climate Change Communication web page.
Congratulations to the ATM class of 2015! We will miss you around here.
Lyndon State was well represented at the Vermont Weather Analytics Project meeting hosted by IBM. Faculty members Dr. Jason Shafer and Dr. Janel Hanrahan presented their work, and the team engaged in fruitful conversations throughout the day-long meeting. This project aims to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting in Vermont and its applications to the electric grid.
Several ATM students presented their work at the first LSC Internship Experiential Learning Research Expo. Allison LaFleur, Melissa Segall, Sarah Murphy, and Arianna Varuolo-Clarke gave oral and poster presentations for the larger LSC community. Topics included the communication of climate change, radar analysis of storms, and the impact of volcanic eruptions on climate.
Three Lyndon students attended the first Vermont Weather, Climate, and Climate Change Roundtable meeting in Montpelier, VT on March 31st. Allison LaFleur, Arianna Varuolo-Clarke, and Melissa Segall joined Dr. Hanrahan for a one-day gathering of state and federal agencies to discuss issues related to extreme precipitation/emergency management, agriculture/forestry, and human health issues under climate change. They learned about new data tools at the federal level that can be used to understand and address projected challenges across the state of Vermont.
You are invited to attend an ATM seminar offered on Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 12:30pm in ASAC 319 with Craig Johnson.
Craig is a Lyndon State graduate (2012) and holds a Masters of Science in Climate Science and Policy. He currently works as an Analyst at Optimal Energy, Inc., where he focuses on energy efficiency projects. Craig will share his recent graduate school experiences and describe what Optimal Energy, Inc. does in the field of energy and energy efficiency.
His talk should be particularly interesting for those of you working on the private industry, climate change, and/or environmental sciences concentration(s).
This is the last scheduled seminar of the spring semester!
You are invited to attend an ATM seminar on Thursday, 26 March at 12:30 pm in ASAC 319 with Wendy Abshire.
Wendy is a Senior Project Manager with the COMET program, which works as part of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, CO. She has managed the development of a variety of educational modules, in addition to holding other responsibilities at UCAR. Her career has focused on, “leading, inspiring, and working with others to increase earth-system science knowledge and awareness leading to informed weather-related decision making and ultimately socially responsible science policy decisions.”
Wendy will speak about a mix of her career, share advice, and a little bit about COMET and MetEd.
You are invited to attend an ATM seminar offered on Thursday, 19 March at 12:30 pm in ASAC 319 with John Murphy.
Mr. Murphy will speak about his 30-year weather career in the United States Air Force, and his new role as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Weather Service (NWS). His presentation will discuss ways in which you can break into a military career with a weather background.
Mr. Murphy is a 1982 Lyndon State graduate, and he was just announced as the Chief Operating Officer of the NWS, which includes the management of the day-to-day mission execution units responsible for delivering NWS weather, water, climate, and space weather products, services, and information, as well as the budgetary planning for 11 National Service Programs.