Climate change educators to gather at Auburn University symposium

AUBURN – The College of Sciences and Mathematics will host a symposium titled “Global Climate Change in Education” beginning at 9 a.m. April 26 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The symposium is the culmination of a program funded by NASA that began with the development of three learning modules since incorporated into grades 9 to 12 biology, chemistry and physics classrooms across Alabama. By the time implementation is complete, potentially more than 200,000 students will have had the opportunity to delve into the science of global climate change.

The goal of the NASA-funded program is to improve both high school and public knowledge about climate change issues. The symposium is a step towards that goal. The success of the program has resulted from a unique partnership between Auburn University and the Alabama Science in Motion, or ASIM, program, which is funded by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Present at the symposium will be all three critical components of the four-year effort including teacher fellows, ASIM specialists from all 11 in-service districts across the state and faculty from Auburn University. Also attending will be other teachers working with the fellows, faculty and students from colleges across the university and members of the public.

The symposium will feature five climate change experts from across the country, each of whom will give a presentation in their area of expertise and participate in an open panel discussion. Each expert has been integrally involved in research or dissemination of scientific approaches to global climate change issues. One is a teacher, one is from academia, and three have NASA backgrounds.

They are Peter Griffith, chief support scientist of NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office; Berry Lyons, director of the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University; Jorge Vazquez, scientist for Sea Surface Salinity, Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center; Greg Craven, a high school physics and chemistry teacher from Oregon; and Gavin Schmidt, a climate modeler for the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

For more information, including a complete agenda, go to the website at

(Written by Candis Birchfield.)

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