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  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 the program.


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 my students.”
  • “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!


For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


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