This Web Seminar took place on March 28, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was Dr. Marcus C. Sarofim, an environmental
scientist in the Climate Science & Impacts Branch in the EPA's Climate Change Division
and Erin Birgfeld. The presentation talked about the EPA’s role in identifying the
gases that contribute to global climate change as harmful to humans and some background
on the science that has determined that the current climatic changes are attributed
to human behavior.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized
under the My Resource Collections tab.
This program talked about the role of EPA as a government agency in interpreting
the science of climate change and their work in protecting the public. Dr. Sarofim
presented a wide range of data from different sources that displayed the understanding
that science has developed around the current changes in global mean temperature
and other effects of increased carbon dioxide on the Earth’s oceans, flora and fauna.
Erin Birgfeld shared some of the EPA’s climate change online resources and talked
about an upcoming web site for students. They also shared a large number of climate
resources in a document that can be found in the Learning Center collection.
Twenty-seven (26) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition
to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states
of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. One participant
attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: Turkey.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning
Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “This seminar gave me the data I need to understand climate change and how to
- “Many of the parents, students, and staff at my school do not understand or
believe that the climate is changing the graphs will be helpful way to show them
- “This content was valuable to me because it will help me in my own classroom
when those hard-to-answer questions come up concerning climate change, including
my own questions.”
- “Students visiting National Parks are learning about climate change and having
answers to their questions are very important. I not only touch on history but like
to tie in science as well.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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