Polar Science, Global Discoveries: IPY Research Update for Teachers
Dr. Mary Albert
Dr. Mary Albert is a senior research engineer at the U.S. Army ERDC Cold Regions
Research and Engineering Lab in Hanover, New Hampshire. She is also an Adjunct Professor
at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Mary studies heat, mass,
and electromagnetic transfer in porous media. She especially enjoys investigations
of air-snow transfer on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets for ice core interpretation
and understanding the impact of photochemical reactions in snow on atmospheric chemistry.
She has many seasons of experience in field expeditions in Greenland and Antarctica.
Dr. Albert received her Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences from
the University of California San Diego in 1992. She received a B.E. and M.E. in
Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth in 1983, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Penn
State in 1975. She was the recipient of the Army R&D Award in 1989, U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers Women in Science Achievement Award in 1996, U.S. Army Commander's Award
for Civilian Service in 1999, and many Army EEO, Performance, and Special Act awards.
From 2003-2005, Dr. Albert served as Chair of the U.S. National Committee for the
International Polar Year, a committee of the National Research Council Polar Research
Dr. Kathleen Gorski
Kathleen Gorski is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National
Science Foundation in the Office of Polar Programs. Describing herself as an “industrial
escapee”, her path to the classroom began at Western New England College, where
she earned her B.S. in chemistry and education. After doing biochemical research
at the Joslin Diabetes Foundation, she attended the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, where she earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry.
Although Kathy spent a great deal of time in instructional activities, helping to
develop the University’s chemistry multimedia resource room including online assessments
and working with the School of Engineering to strengthen their minority outreach
programs, she left graduate school to work in the instrumentation industry. In 1998,
she returned to her first love and has been teaching middle school science since.
Kathy has helped found The Nativity School of Worcester, a middle school for boys
living in the city’s vulnerable neighborhoods. As Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr.
Gorski created and deepened the entire school curriculum and established inquiry-based
programs in math and science. She wants her students to be eager to learn new things,
and the best way to make them eager is to truly engage them in the material. She
doesn't lecture very often. "Science is a verb," Dr. Gorski says. In addition to
teaching science and technology classes, she also directs the school's summer camps,
acts as librarian, administers the school's technology, and organizes professional
development for the faculty.
Kathy is excited to bring her skills and talents to Washington DC to help advance
science education in this country. She is an active member of many professional
organizations, and has many publications to her name, both chemical and educational.
Jo Dodds has taught Earth Science for the past 23 years in Twin Falls, Idaho. She
has a Bachelors of Science from the College of Idaho and a Masters in Education
from the University of Idaho. She has served as President of the Idaho Science Teachers
Association, Middle Level Director of National Science Teachers Association, and
is currently the Northwest Regional Director for the National Earth Science Teachers
Association. She received the PAEMST award in 2002 and recently was able to participate
in the PolarTREC program at Summit, Greenland with Dr. Mary Albert.
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