Arctic and Antarctic Living Systems

Dr. Brendan Kelly
Dr. Brendan Kelly Dr. Brendan Kelly is Associate Vice President for Research and Associate Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Alaska. Presently, he is serving a two-year assignment as Program Director for Arctic Biology in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. He received degrees in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz (B.A.), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (M.S.), and Purdue University (Ph.D.). Dr. Kelly has been studying polar marine mammals for the past 30 years, and he serves on local, state, national, and international scientific panels.

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.

Dr. Craig Tweedie
Dr. Craig Tweedie Craig Tweedie received his university level training at The University of Queensland, completing a BSc (1992), BScHons(1995) and PhD (2000) in Botany. He spent nearly 2 years on subantarctic Macquarie Island, one of Australia’s 4 permanently occupied Antarctic bases, while completing his PhD on the autecology of six subantarctic plant species along altitudinal gradients.

Between 2000 and 2005, he was employed by Michigan State University as a visiting research associate where his passion for Arctic and functional ecological research and international scientific networking was established. Whilst at MSU, he also co-lead two study abroad courses to Antarctica. Dr Tweedie has been an Assistant Professor at UTEP, jointly appointed in the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Program, since 2005.

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