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Polar Science and Engineering: A Model for NGSS Practices

Dr. Jihong Cole-Dai
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, South Dakota State University
Jihong Cole-Dai Jihong Cole-Dai is a professor of chemistry at South Dakota State University. His academic preparation includes a B.S. in chemistry, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry. His research in environmental chemistry and global change involves the measurement of chemical components in polar ice cores and the reconstruction of the history of the atmospheric environment using those measurments. He has led field teams to Antarctica and the Arctic six times over the last fifteen years to collect ice cores. He has taught graduate and undergraduate chemistry at SDSU since 2000 and has mentored several graduate students in pursuit of advanced degrees in chemistry.

Jay Johnson
Drill Operations Engineer, Ice Drilling Design and Operations, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jay Johnson Jay Johnson is a Drill Operations Engineer with the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Ice Drilling Designs and Operations (IDDO) Group. In this position, he is responsible for designing, building, and maintaining ice drilling equipment used in the Polar Regions. For the past 7 years, Jay has also been the Lead Driller for the US’s Deep Ice Sheet Coring (DISC) drill project, including the DISC/Replicate Coring, in Western Antarctica. While in the field, he is responsible for managing a nine person drill team and maintaining the drill equipment to ensure the science goals are met. Jay received an Associate Degree in Machine Tool Techniques at Madison Area Technical College and then completed a four year apprenticeship. He then worked for 10 years as an instrument maker at U Wisconsin’s Physical Sciences Lab. This position gave Jay extensive experience building research equipment for a wide range of projects, including the CMS project at CERN in Switzerland and the Ice Cube project at the South Pole.

Linda M. Morris
Education & Outreach Program Manager, US Ice Drilling Program Office, Dartmouth College
Linda Morris Linda Morris is committed to turning kids on to science….a goal she has pursued through a variety of “extreme” career roles, from donning a flight suit to investigating the poles! In her current position as Education & Outreach Program Manager for the NSF-funded Ice Drilling Program Office, she is responsible for the outreach needs of the scientists, drillers and projects currently conducting paleo-climate research through ice cores. Formerly the Center Director and Director of Education for the Buehler Challenger & Science Center (Paramus, NJ), Linda has designed and delivered professional development seminars for the Merck Institute for Science Education, NSTA, AGU and the NASA Explorer School Program, and acted as an evaluator for UPenn’s Center for Policy Research in Education team. In her earlier career, she spent ten years as a science specialist at the middle school level and consulted on the design of multiple distance learning programs for Geoff Haines-Stiles and the Passport to Knowledge series. In 2013, Linda was a Distinguished Visitor at the WAIS Divide field camp, where she witnessed the replicate coring achievement in person and gathered materials for use in education.

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Underwritten by the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office and the National Science Foundation
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