Polar Science, Global Discoveries: IPY Research Update for Teachers

Dr. Mary Albert
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 Board.

Dr. Kathleen Gorski
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
Jo Dodds 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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