NSTA Virtual Conference

Climate Science in the Classroom


Keith Dixon Keith Dixon
As a research meteorologist and climate modeler at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Keith Dixon's research uses state-of-the-art computer models to study climate variability and trends. His interests encompass the use of global climate models to gain a better understanding of the natural and human-induced factors that influence our planet’s climate over time-scales of seasons to centuries. Additionally, Keith is actively involved in efforts to enhance the transfer and translation of high quality, scientifically credible information as it flows from the realm of the large-scale physical climate to that of local-scale impacts, planning applications, and a wide range of audiences.

David Evans David Evans
Dr. David Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teaching Association. From 1993 to 2002, Dr. Evans worked at NOAA, serving the organization in several different capacities, including as the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research. He was a tenured professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and a classroom teacher in Media, Pennsylvania. Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Katharine Hayhoe Katharine Hayhoe
Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers; her work was featured on the Emmy award-winning documentary series, The Years of Living Dangerously; and she won the AGU’s award for climate communication. She was a lead author for the Second and Third National Climate Assessments and has served on the panels for the National Academy of Science and the AAS. Katharine is currently an associate professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.

Alexander MacDonald Alexander MacDonald
Dr. MacDonald, a meteorologist, previously led NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory, which is now ESRL's Global Systems Division. He is widely published in the fields of atmospheric modeling, statistics, dynamics, and meteorological systems. Dr. MacDonald has received numerous awards, including three Presidential Rank Awards and a Gold Medal. He also holds the patent for Science on a Sphere®, a luminous, animated globe installed in museums around the world to educate the public about Earth and other planets. Dr. MacDonald is a former Air Force officer.

Douglas Marcy Douglas Marcy
Douglas (Doug) C. Marcy is a Coastal Hazards Specialist at the NOAA Office for Coastal Management in Charleston, SC. He has been with the NOAA 14 years working on enhancing flooding forecast products and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capability, storm surge assessments, and coastal hazards assessment projects contributing to more disaster resilient communities. Doug’s current work includes using geospatial technology combined with meteorological, hydrological, and coastal modeling (including sea level change) to enhance inundation forecasting, mapping, and risk assessment.

Bruce Moravchik Bruce Moravchik
Bruce Moravchik coordinates NOAA Climate Stewards, a national program which provides formal and informal educators sustained professional development in climate science and pedagogy, so they can build a climate-literate public actively engaged in climate stewardship. An education specialist in NOAA’s National Ocean Service, he develops original content and problem-based learning initiatives which convey NOAA’s research, technology, and activities. Bruce has taught at the high school and university level in Rhode Island, oceanography on tall ships in the Caribbean, and researched coral reefs in the Red Sea.

Frank Niepold Frank Niepold
Frank Niepold is the Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA's Climate Program Office in Silver Spring Maryland, a co-chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Education Interagency Working Group, and the U.S. Climate Action Report Education, Training, and Outreach chapter lead. At NOAA, he develops and implements NOAA's Climate goal education and outreach efforts that specifically relate to NOAA's Climate goal and literacy objective. Additionally, he is the managing lead of the U.S. Global Change Research Program document, Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science. NOAA, NSF, NASA, AAAS Project 2061, CIRES, American Meteorological Society, and various members from both the science and education community worked to define climate literacy in the United States.

Juliette N. Rooney-Varga Juliette N. Rooney-Varga
Juliette N. Rooney-Varga directs the Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell and is an Associate Professor of Environmental Biology. She has more than 20 years experience as a research scientist, studying microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in diverse environments, including marine algal blooms, climate change-carbon cycle feedbacks in Arctic peatlands, and anaerobic microbial community dynamics and performance in microbial fuel cells. Her recent work, funded by NASA and NSF, is focused on climate change education, communication, and decision support.

Randy Russell Randy Russell
Randy Russell is a science educator at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. He creates educational resources and develops and presents professional development workshops (face-to-face and online webinars) for STEM teachers. He makes educational simulations and games, classroom activities, animations, and online articles about Earth science topics. His focus at NCAR is development of resources for teaching about climate, computational thinking and modeling, weather, atmospheric science, and related Earth science topics.

Peg Steffen Peg Steffen
Peg Steffen is the education coordinator for the Communications and Education Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service where she leads a development team that provides web-based products, professional learning, and educational games. Her 25 years of previous classroom teaching include biology, physics, and astronomy/geology at the high school and university levels. Peg has led many professional development workshops for teachers in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Steffen holds a BS degree in Zoology from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Drake University.

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