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.
AUBURN – Populations of the rusty blackbird, a once-abundant North American species, have declined drastically in recent years, and Auburn University researchers say climate change is to blame.
That’s the finding of graduate students Chris McClure, Brian Rolek and Kenneth McDonald published recently in the scientific journal Ecology and Evolution.
Under the direction of ornithology professor Geoffrey Hill, McClure, Rolek and McDonald studied the blackbird decline and wrote the paper “Climate change and the decline of a once common bird.”
AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Education, has been awarded $600,000 from NASA to produce modules in the varying science focus areas of global climate change. The program, “Bringing Global Climate Change Education to Alabama Classrooms,” will partner with the Alabama Science in Motion, or ASIM, program to effectively train teachers and educate students in grades 9-12 about the changing planet.
Steve Ricks, director of the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, said the partnership with Auburn University will allow Alabama’s teachers and their students to experience first-hand how scientists investigate global change. Teachers and students will gain unique insight into the science behind one of the most prevalent scientific issues of our time – the environment and its effect on our lives.
AUBURN – NASA has awarded an Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences researcher a grant of $1 million to study the monsoon climate changes of 20 countries in the portion of Asia that includes the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and China.
“This area is controlled by monsoon climate which is of crucial importance to Asia mainly because it brings the water that supports human life, plants and animals,” said Hanqin Tian, an AU ecology professor and the project’s principal investigator. “Land cover and land use changes are expected to have significant impact on the variability and intensity of the Asian monsoon.”