Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.
Park was one of 16 educators chosen from around the Great Lakes Basin to collect data alongside EPA scientists in July. The opportunity was part of a workshop sponsored jointly by the Center for Great Lakes Literacy and the U.S. EPA.
“The experience exceeded my expectations,” Park said. “I learned so much about scientific research and about Lake Erie that I can take directly back to my students and fellow educators."
The Lake Erie Shipboard Science Workshop afforded teachers an opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with scientists on research projects currently taking place on Lake Erie.
It also gave them new strategies on how to implement Great Lakes research into their educational settings.
Participating educators learned about the effect of human activities on Lake Erie water quality. Teachers collected and analyzed data related to concentrations of microplastics and E. coli bacteria, as well as emerging contaminants like triclosan and tluoxetine – chemicals in hand sanitizers and anti-depressants that are making their way into the Lake Erie watershed.
Lessons focusing on food web dynamics, endangered and invasive species, climate change, plastics pollution, water contaminants and stewardship opportunities for students throughout the basin helped educators connect the research they were doing to their classroom curriculum.
“Having the opportunity to research alongside EPA and university scientists aboard a floating science lab was truly a one-in-a-lifetime experience,” Park said.
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•Children have until Sunday to “color for college” and register locally for a statewide contest to win college scholarships. Families can visit any local Cellular Connection Verizon stores to enter the “Color for College” initiative, which can also be found at www2.ecellularconnection.com/locations.
•A free career fair for job seekers and employers from across Northeast Indiana will be Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at National College, 6131 N. Clinton St. The fair includes seminars on how to conduct a career search, build a résumé, how to “dress for success,” and interview techniques with mock interviews. A college photographer will also be available and will provide free, professional business head shots for use on networking and job searching sites for anyone who is currently unemployed. About 10 to 15 local employers are expected to be in attendance. For more information call 483-1605.
•Fort Wayne Bishop Luers High School principal Tiffany Anderson has been appointed a director on the Academic Affairs Committee of the University of Saint Francis Board of Trustees.
•Darrel J. Kesler has been named the new dean for the Technology Division at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, where he will oversee more than 15 academic programs. His experience includes more than 35 years of education, research, outreach and administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Colleges of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. He was a professor of animal and biomedical sciences and technology and has authored 147 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous patents, book chapters and other articles.
•Indiana Tech has received a $10,000 grant to integrate mobile technology into McMillen Library to foster lifelong learning among students. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, and administered by the Indiana State Library.
•The history of the Cape Ann, Massachusetts, art colony and the artists who painted there will be explored by “plein air,” or “open air” artist and collector Douglas Runyanon on Sept. 10 as part of the Closer Look lecture series at the University of Saint Francis. The free public lecture, “Cape Ann Collection Connections,” is at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium at 2702 Spring St. Runyan will discuss the seaside art colony as well as the connections to the Brown County art colony which fed his interest in Cape Ann as an artist and collector. Dr. Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, assistant professor of art history at the USF School of Creative Arts, will also speak.
•The University of Saint Francis will host the free public lecture, Demons and Watchers: Killing the Life of the Mind, Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Brookside ballroom on the main campus at 2701 Spring St. Lewis Pearson, assistant professor of philosophy, will argue that mankind’s capacities for communicating and seeking truth have been degraded by a reliance on jargon at the expense of logic and the enshrinement of the so-called virtue of “being unbiased.”