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Meet the 2011-2012 Gk-12 fellows!
L to R: Adam Szabo, Justin Chaffin, Verl Luse, Chris Barr, Tim Sullivan, Nate Manning, Nicole Lightle and Janet Traub
Student Watershed Watch 2010
Gk-12 fellows, teachers and their high school students were out in the field October 12, 13 and 14 for Student Watershed Watch 2010. SWW teaches area teens about local stream ecosystems, helping them to become environmentally-aware citizens. Students tested streams for temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and many other parameters to determine the health of the water. Benthic samples were collected from the stream bottoms for analyzing macroinvertebrate communities. The SWW Summit will be held at the University of Toledo on Wednesday, November 16.
Below are some photos from this year's SWW. Visit the LEC Flickr page for more.
Start High School (fellow: Hannah West; teacher: Wendy Wilson)
Clay High School (fellow: Justin Chaffin; teacher: Caine Kolinski)
Bowsher High School (fellow: Brad Anderson; teacher: Dave Bourland)
2010 Summer Course a Success
The 2010 summer course at the Lake Erie Center wrapped on Friday, June 18th. The fellows and teachers have learned and shared a lot and everyone is excited about the upcoming academic year. Teachers, fellows and PIs will continue to work together this summer to prepare for the fall. Check back soon for more summer photos and information on what took place during the class. Below, the fellows share some fun time taking pictures by the lake.
Welcome new Fellows!
Wewelcome the 2010 - 2011 GK-12 Fellows, who have already been busy with the 2010 summer course at the Lake Erie Center. The fellows have joined us from Geography & Planning, Engineering and Environmental Science. Pictured below, first row: Brad Anderson, Christopher Barr, Justin Chaffin, Nancy Cochran; second row: Verl Luse, Nathan Manning, Lindsey Pierce, Hannah West.
The GK-12 Fellows, 2009 - 2010
It's been a great year for the GK-12 fellows! Just a couple months left in the semester before we say goodbye to this wonderful group. We are already getting to know the eight incoming fellows and we look forward to a successful year with them. (Below, our current 2009-2010 fellows, left to right: Jhonatan Sepulveda Villet, JoAnn Banda, Betsy Bodamer Scarbro, Kristen DeVanna, Amanda Haponski, Kris Barnswell, Todd Crail, Colleen Gorey)
GK-12 Fellow Todd Crail wins Brundage Scholarship
Congratulations to GK-12 Fellow Todd Crail for winning the Dr. Robert Brundage Memorial Scholarship! Dr. Brundage was a much-loved community activist, scholar and educator; the scholarship recognizes an LEC graduate student working on Great Lakes issues. Like the late Dr. Brundage, Todd has a passion for nature, education and outreach and has been a valuable member of the GK-12 team. (Read the 1/18/10 Toledo Blade article)
Student Watershed Watch, Fall 2009
Over 275 students and 8 teachers participated in Student Watershed Watch (SWW) 2009 with our GK-12 fellows. We developed a streamlined handbook and a powerpoint presentation that served as a resource for the teachers. The SWW helps area teens learn about our local stream ecosystems so that they may grow to become environmentally-aware citizens. Students tested streams for temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and many other parameters to determine the health of the water. Benthic samples were collected from the stream bottoms for analyzing macroinvertebrate communities. The program culminated at the SWW Summit, held November 20, 2009, at the University of Toledo, where students presented and compared their results. The fellows, teachers and students had a great time collecting and analyzing stream data! Below are some photos from the SWW groups.
GK-12 Fellows Kris Barneswell and Osvaldo Jhonatan Sepulveda Villet win 1st place research awards
LEC graduate students Kris Barnswell and Osvaldo Jhonatan Sepulveda Villet won 1st place awards in the Environmental Sciences Division of the 2009 Sigma Xi/Scholars' Celebration Student Research Symposium, held October 24, 2009 at the University of Toledo. Congratulations, Kris and Jhonatan! (Below, left: Jhonatan, right: Kris)
The GK-12 2009 summer field course
The 2009 summer GK-12 course examined the geology of the land-lake interface through
classroom lectures and many field experiences. It focused on geologic events, including
stream and river processes, which have resulted in our modern landscape, as well as
contaminants and their potential sources and pathways. The fellows, teacher and PIs
had a great time learning and bonding with each other during the week-long class. The
instructors were Dr. Timothy Fisher and Dr. Cyndee Gruden.
View images from the 2009 summer field course
GK-12 National Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 2009
Eight members of our group attended the conference, got a chance to interact with other GK-12 groups, presented a program poster, and demonstated a lesson plan. One fellow presented his research as a poster.