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USDA Posts Blog About Follow a Researcher®

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
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Lynn and Peter in front of a helicopter in AntarcticaUnited States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) posted a blog about Follow a Researcher®, written by guest author Dr. Lisa Phelps, Program Administrator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Read the post at 4-H invites students to tag along on Antarctic expedition.

 

4-H invites students to tag along on Antarctic expedition

Friday, October 20th, 2017
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By Dr. Lisa Phelps, Program Administrator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Lynne and other researchers on Observation Hill

Research team hikes up Observation Hill near McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

A unique program in Maine is giving teachers around the country the opportunity to let their students tag along with a researcher in the field. The program shows K-12 students the real-life scientific journeys that a STEM-rich (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education can provide.

Follow a Researcher® is an innovative University of Maine (UMaine) 4-H program that uses technology and social media to connect K-12 classrooms with graduate students conducting field research in remote locations. One student, Lynn Kaluzienski, is using physics and geology to study the McMurdo Shear Zone in Antarctica.

Lynn and a team of scientists, engineers, and mountaineers are conducting scientific tests to determine how stable the Ross Ice Shelf will be in the future and how Antarctic sea ice melt may affect sea level rise. Follow a Researcher® is partially funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Lynn’s project is the third Follow the Researcher® expedition. The first expedition went to Peru in March and April 2015 to search for evidence of historic climate change events in glacial snow and ice. The second expedition went to the Falkland Islands in January and February 2016. More than 1,800 youth and 88 adults followed along to help unravel the mystery of how and when the warrah, an extinct species of fox, reached the Falklands and what caused its extinction. More than 2500 youth and 200 adults from 12 states are signed up to follow Lynn’s expedition.

“We give students a glimpse into a scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates via weekly twitter chats. Their questions may be generated by a video or anything else students want to know about the expedition,” said Gregory Kranich, UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Youth Development Professional. “We also provide information on how educators may use this information in their classrooms, including demonstrations and experiential learning activities.”

The K-12 students who tag along virtually are not the only ones who learn from the experience, said Laura Wilson, UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Youth Development Professional. The researcher also learns from their interactions with the youth.

“The researchers are excited to share their experiences,” she said. “They are eager to deliver the message that being a scientist opens up amazing opportunities.”

One of the special aspects of Follow a Researcher® is that the emphasis is on who scientists are and what they do. Rather than being a content-driven experience, youth participants become agents of their own learning and are able to decide what information is relevant to them. We set the stage, but youth drive the Q&A sessions, pushing their learning beyond the scope we had imagined.

For more information about Follow a Researcher®, call 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or email UMaineFAR@Maine.edu.

ABC7 and FOX22 report on Follow a Researcher®

Friday, October 20th, 2017
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If you ever wanted to follow a scientist, now is your chance. A graduate student from the University of Maine is in Antarctica testing glaciers and bringing students along on the journey with her through social media. Read the whole story and watch the video report by reporter Shonna Narine.

UMaine Extension 4-H connects students with researcher in Antarctica

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
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This fall, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will again connect youth with a graduate student conducting fieldwork in a remote location as part of its Follow a Researcher™ program.

The program’s third expedition will take place in Antarctica with Lynn Kaluzienski, a Ph.D. student in UMaine’s Department of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute. Kaluzienski will use physics and geology to study ice and glacial movement in the McMurdo shear zone in October and November.

Using technology and social media, Follow a Researcher™ connects K–12 classrooms with research as it is being conducted around the globe. The program gives students a glimpse into a scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates and facilitating communication between the youth and scientist through weekly Twitter chats and videos describing the research aligned with Next Generation Science Standards Practices.

The program also provides recommendations for educators on related demonstrations and experiential learning activities.

Including this year’s participants, the program has reached more than 150 classrooms, engaging more than 3,000 youth in 12 states.

Additional information about the program, including how to sign up to receive updates, is online.

UMaine Extension program featured on Science Friday

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
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Science Friday, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s access to science and scientific information, recently posted about a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H program that connects youth with a graduate student conducting fieldwork in a remote location. This fall, the Follow a Researcher™ program will take place in Antarctica with Lynn Kaluzienski, a Ph.D. student in UMaine’s Department of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute. Kaluzienski will conduct field research and gather data to better understand changes occurring in the Ross Ice Shelf — the largest ice shelf in Antarctica, according to the post. Using data she collects, Kaluzienski will develop a model to make predictions about the future of the Ross Ice Shelf and its effect on sea level rise, Science Friday reported. Using technology and social media, Follow a Researcher™ connects K–12 classrooms with research as it is being conducted around the globe. The program gives students a glimpse into a scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates and facilitating communication between the youth and scientist through weekly Twitter chats and videos. The Maine Department of Education also wrote about the program.

Announcing Follow a Researcher™ for 2016/2017!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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The Follow a Researcher™ program returns this fall, with an exciting trip to Antarctica!  Follow our researcher Lynn as she visits the McMurdo Shear Zone in Antarctica. The Shear Zone is the area between the McMurdo and Ross Ice Shelves. The Ross shelf is moving faster than the McMurdo, and crevasses are formed in the area. There’s potential for unstable behavior in the ice in this area, and Lynn will be using GPS surveys and ground penetrating radar to develop detailed maps of these crevasses. Because of the crevasses, it is dangerous to travel in the area, so she’ll be using a robot to obtain the ground penetrating radar surveys.

The information Lynn will be collecting is important for several reasons, including implications for travel to and from the US Antarctic Program’s South Pole station over this dangerous area, and possibilities of sea level rise with different movements of the ice shelves.

Lynn will be doing her research in October and November in Antarctica, and will be communicating with you via Twitter and video (when she can get Internet access).

For more information on how to follow Lynn, contact Laura Wilson at 207.581.2971 or email her at laura.wilson@maine.edu.  If you are on Twitter, follow @UMaineFAR to get in on the action!  For more information, visit:  https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/follow-a-researcher/.

Grad student speaks about research on Falkland Islands Television

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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Kit Hamley, a graduate student at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, was a recent guest on Falkland Islands Television. She spoke about her research on an extinct species of fox called the warrah. Using field and laboratory techniques, Hamley hopes to learn how and when the animal arrived in the Falklands. “It’s been fantastic, it’s been really amazing,” Hamley said about her time on the islands. While there, Hamley has been connecting with K–12 students in Maine and around the country through UMaine Extension’s Follow a Researcher™ program. Educators and students have been able to communicate with Hamley through live Twitter chats during her expedition, as well as classroom visits before and after her trip.

Fourth Graders Take Trip of a Lifetime!

Friday, January 8th, 2016
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The UMaine Extension 4-H Follow a Researcher™ program gives students a chance to look into a scientist’s world by following her on a trip and communicating with her through social media. Reporter Kaitlyn Connolly of foxbangor.com went to welcome the researcher and talk to the students and their teacher.

Follow a Researcher Program

Friday, January 8th, 2016
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WABI.TV interviewed Kit Hamley about her role in the UMaine Extension 4-H Follow a Researcher™ program and her visit to Hudson Elementary School. While at the school, Hamley led the program’s first live Twitter chat for her expedition. Educators and students will be able to communicate with Hamley through live Twitter chats during her expedition, as well as classroom visits before and after her trip. Hamley is leaving for the Falkland Islands on January 14.

Kit Hamley “Follow a Researcher” Interview

Friday, January 8th, 2016
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WLBZ2.com interviewed Kit Hamley, a masters student at the University of Maine, who talked about her role in the UMaine Extension 4-H Follow a Researcher™ program. Hamley is leaving for the Falkland Islands on January 14.