Moving Forward, With Urgency, in Climate Science Education – Dartmouth News

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Education

The Institute of Arctic Studies will continue to train the next generation of climate change scientists, thanks to a new $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation supporting the institute’s Joint Science Education Project through 2026.In fact, nine students who participated in the JSEP program in high school are now at Dartmouth, thanks to their interest in climate change and the work of the IAS, which is part of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Two other JSEP students also attended Dartmouth and already graduated.“This is wonderful news,” says IAS Director Melody Brown Burkins. “JSEP is the institute’s longest running grant program, directly connecting the next generation of scholars to the pressing challenges and realities facing diverse peoples and regions of the Arctic, from climate change adaptation to biodiversity loss.”An international collaboration among the United States, Greenland, and Denmark, JSEP was founded during the International Polar Year in 2007. High school and university students and teachers from the three countries work together during a 3-week field course in Greenland to study polar environments and the human dimensions of rapid Arctic change. In addition to Dartmouth’s NSF grant, funding is provided by the government of Greenland.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel to Greenland from the U.S. was curtailed over the past two years. But Lauren Culler, research assistant professor of environmental studies, IAS senior fellow for climate and environment, and leader of the JSEP project, says teachers found creative ways to develop Zoom-based classes sim …

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