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New Climate Tools for Educators

Mark Becker
Mark Becker Mark Becker, Co-PI: Mark Becker is the associate director of the Geospatial Applications Division at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He specializes in developing GIS applications and conducting spatial analysis for public health, urban planning, and environmental management and GIS for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

Bruce Moravchik
Bruce Moravchik Bruce Moravchik is an education specialist in NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS). He is one of the key developers of NOS's Education Web site, a series of innovative online materials for students and educators that convey NOAA's research, technology, and activities. Bruce has worked with scientists and educators across NOAA to develop original written and multimedia content for many NOAA Web sites, and with Maryland and Virginia educators on Problem Based Learning initiatives focused on coral reef ecology. Prior working at NOAA he established and ran a marine and environmental studies program at a private high school in Rhode Island, working with teachers and students on coastal ecology, aquaculture, and habitat restoration. He has also taught oceanography onboard the tall ship Westward for the Sea Education Association; studied the behavioral ecology of lobster and crab populations in Rhode Island and Maine; and conducted research in coral reef ecology in the Red Sea.

Sneha Rao
Sneha Rao, GIS Specialist: Sneha Rao is a GIS professional with extensive experience in spatial analysis, remote sensing, and Web-GIS frameworks, as well as modeling and spatial querying. Ms. Rao has presented papers at several international conferences as a representative of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), and Columbia University; she was awarded the Best Paper Presentation at Map India 2010.

Peggy Steffen
Peggy Steffen Peg Steffen is the education coordinator for the Communications and Education Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. She started federal service as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in the Education Division of NASA in 2000. While at NASA she was an education program manager at NASA Headquarters and started the NASA Explorer Schools program. In 2006 she joined NOAA’s National Ocean Service where she leads a development team that provides web-based products, professional development and educational games.

Peg Steffen holds a BS degree in Zoology from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Drake University. She holds a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Adolescent and Young Adult Science. Her classroom teaching experiences span 25 years in grades 8-12 in biology, physics, and astronomy/geology. She served as adjunct college professor at Buena Vista University for 8 years teaching zoology and geology to pre-service teachers. Peg has provided teacher professional development workshops for over 30 years to teachers in the United States, Sweden, Mexico, and Scotland.

Amy Work
Amy Work Amy Work, PI ( Amy Work is the Education Coordinator for IAGT. She works to integrate geospatial technologies into K-12 classrooms and college courses by working with teachers and faculty. She develops tools and curriculum, conducts trainings and workshops, and coordinates educational activities. Projects have included using GIS to examine: alternative energy in New York State, the wine and grape viticulture industry, and climate change impacts on human health.

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