Microbial Habitats Below Ice
This Web Seminar took place on April 25, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. The presenter was
Dr. Jill Mikucki
from the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In
this Seminar, Dr. Mikucki talked about her research on the microbiological communities
found in Antarctica’s subice ecosystems.
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.
During this program, Dr. Mikucki discussed current studies of microbial life in
Antarctica. She shared data from several ice drilling projects that provide insight
into Earth’s past climate and the impact of climate change on polar and global ecosystems.
Dr. Mikucki also talked about the connections between this research and our understanding
of the potential for life beyond Earth.
Forty-eight (48) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. In addition, two participants joined the presentation
from a location outside the United States: Germany and Philippines.
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
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “I teach microbiology and I always love having fresh research to present to
- “This seminar was excellent, provided large amounts of information from recent
research, and was presented in a very interesting manner.”
- “This whole session will be useful to me.”
- “Incredible information.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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