WVSTA Conference

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WVSTA Fall Conference 2017 will be held in Wheeling, WV, November 2nd – 4th at the beautiful Oglebay Resort.

Join us for the WVSTA Fall conference for the latest in science content, teaching strategies, networking opportunities, and new this year are poster presentations on current research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and your peers.  At WVSTA you will gain experience in innovative teaching strategies for elementary classrooms, middle school classrooms, and the high school classrooms.  Come for the sessions, the vendors, and the speakers…stay for the fun and camaraderie of your peers in science.

Key Note Speaker: Lonnie G. Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, School of Earth Sciences Senior Research Scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center

Lonnie Thompson at Qori Kalis glacier. His research team has been measuring the melting of this glacier over the last 20 years. Elevation of the Quelccaya ice cap is 18,700 feet. Peruvian Andes, August 2000.
Lonnie Thompson at Qori Kalis glacier. His research team has been measuring the melting of this glacier over the last 20 years. Elevation of the Quelccaya ice cap is 18,700 feet. Peruvian Andes, August 2000.

Lonnie G. Thompson is one of the world’s foremost authorities on paleoclimatology and glaciology.  He has led 62 expeditions during the last 40 years, conducting ice-core drilling programs in the Polar Regions as well as on tropical and subtropical ice fields in 16 countries including China, Peru, Russia, Tanzania and Papua, Indonesia (New Guinea). Thompson and his team were the first to developed lightweight solar-powered drilling equipment for the acquisition of histories from ice fields in the high Andes of Peru and on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The results from these ice-core-derived climate histories, published in more than 230 articles, have contributed greatly toward improved understanding of Earth’s climate system, both past and present.  This is a prerequisite for efforts to predict future changes.  Thompson’s research has resulted in major revisions in the field of paleoclimatology, in particular, by demonstrating how tropical regions have undergone significant climate variability, countering an earlier view that higher latitudes dominate climate change.  He has received numerous honors and awards.  In 2005, he received the John and Alice Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and he was selected by Time magazine and CNN as one of Americas Best in science and medicine.  Lonnie is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2005) and in 2007 he was awarded the U.S. National Medal of Science, the highest honor the U.S. awards to American scientists. In 2008 he received the Dan David Prize (jointly with Ellen Mosley-Thompson) and the Seligman Crystal award, the highest professional award given in Glaciology.  In 2009 Lonnie was elected as a foreign member of the Chinese National Academy of Sciences and received the ‘Mountain Hero’ award from The Mountain Institute in Washington D.C in 2013.  In April of 2012 he received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science, in September, 2012 the Friendship Award and in January 2013 the International Science and Technology Cooperation  Award (the highest award given to a foreign scientist by the Chinese government) both from the People’s Republic of China.

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