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Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop at NASA/JPL
Date: 11/09/12 - 11/10/12
Location: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA
Attendance: High School educators are encouraged to apply!

Join NASA on its quest to better understand the water cycle, ocean circulation and climate!

Apply to participate in a Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Selected educators will work closely with eminent scientists to prepare and deliver educational materials related to the NASA Aquarius satellite instrument, launched in June 2011 to measure the saltiness (a.k.a. salinity) of our global oceans. This experience will provide the resources to help educators understand, explain and teach:

  • How the processes of the water cycle (e.g., evaporation, precipitation) relate to the oceans
  • How ocean salinity affects ocean circulation
  • How changes in the ocean's circulation can produce large changes in climate
  • How new technology can enhance the gathering and manipulation of oceanic data
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Featured Scientists

Yi Chao 
Yi Chao
Remote Sensing Solutions
Dr. Chao received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Program, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory). His research interests include satellite oceanography with a particular focus on coastal oceans; ocean modeling, data assimilation and forecasting; interdisciplinary science of coupling ocean circulation with ecosystem and air-sea interactions; and climate variability and change.

Michelle Gierach 
Michelle Gierach
Dr. Gierach received her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include application of satellite observations, in-situ data, and model simulations to study biophysical interactions, ecosystem dynamics, air-sea interactions, ocean dynamics, atmospheric processes, and the oceans relation to climate variability.

Zhijin (Gene) Li 
Zhijin (Gene) Li
Dr. Li, a research technologist at JPL, studies conceptual development and mathematical formulation of atmospheric and oceanic data assimilation algorithms; implementation of advanced data assimilation algorithms for real-time forecasting systems; parallel computing of atmospheric and oceanic modeling and adjoint systems; development and application of adjoint models associated with sophisticated atmospheric and oceanic models and their physics; and predictability.

Doug Capone 
Doug Capone
University of Southern California
Dr. Capone received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Miami (Fl). His research interests include learning about bacteria's ability to promote the absorption of greenhouse gas; the importance of nitrogen fixation in the biogeochemistry of the oceans and the major groups of organisms involved in this process; experimental manipulation of nutrient dynamics in coral reefs systems; the examination of South Pole snows for active populations of bacteria; and analyses of microbial processes in mangrove ecosystems.

Josh Willis 
Josh Willis
Dr. Willis received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California. His research interests include estimating ocean warming and sea level rise on regional to global scales; the role of the ocean in the Earth's climate system under global climate change; understanding large scale changes in the ocean and its circulation on interannual to decadal time scales; and development of analysis techniques for global oceanographic data sets.


Day 1 of the workshop will focus on group work with scientists to examine connections between the water cycle, ocean circulation, climate and sea surface salinity. Using an online Concept Map Builder the scientist/educator teams will develop concept maps to enable effective communication of these connections. On Day 2, educators will work with NASA experts to understand how to get and use online oceanographic data, conduct "hands on" activities that support workshop themes, and tour the JPL facility. This model is based on a series of Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) workshops that team researchers and educators to better communicate scientific content.

Learn more about NASA Aquarius at

Applications are due on/before Tuesday, 09-October-2012.

Contact Name: Carla Companion
Contact Phone: (207) 563-8175
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