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Global Change
Teacher Institute
July 17-21, 2006

Conducted by Michigan Technological University School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science and Ecosystem Science Center, and coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

About the Institute

This intensive, interactive five-day Institute will prepare you to engage your middle and high school students in a real-world study of the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impacts of climatic change, elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain, and exotic species invasions. Through lecture, hands-on data collection, field trips, and lab experiences, educators will obtain new knowledge and skills. National and Michigan content standards for mathematics; life, earth and physical sciences; and technology will be addressed. The Institute will be taught by internationally-recognized faculty researchers from the Michigan Technological University (MTU) School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, along with guest scientists from the University of Michigan and the USDA Forest Service’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory.

The Institute will be taught by internationally-recognized faculty researchers from the Michigan Technological University (MTU) School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, along with guest scientists from the University of Michigan and the USDA Forest Service’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory.

Teachers will measure the potential impacts of global climate change, elevated ozone and CO2 levels, acid rain/Nitrogen deposition, and the invasion of exotic species on forest health and productivity, ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycling, species composition, and genetic diversity. Participants will visit the Aspen FACE (Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) Experiment research site (http://aspenface.mtu.edu/) at the Harshaw Experimental Forest near Rhinelander, Wisconsin (see photo on cover) where the effects of elevated CO2 and ozone on forest productivity are clearly observed. The Institute will provide teachers with standards-based professional development and the time to plan, discuss, and reflect on their teaching. Participants will receive a course notebook, handouts, a CD with ready-to-use powerpoint presentations from the course, and other curriculum-support materials.


FACE research site, where the effects of elevated CO2 and ozone are studies

About Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI, along US 41, on the shores of the Portage Waterway. Houghton is a quaint town with roots in the historic copper mining days of the mid-19th century. While every season is a great time to be in Houghton, summertime is relaxed and the weather refreshingly cool. Stroll along the waterfront, get an ice cream or cappuccino, or take in a movie. There’s hiking or mountain biking on the awesome MTU Recreational Trail System within walking distance of our dorm. Or hike up Mont Ripley Ski Hill or along Lake Superior at McLain State Park, or take in a round of golf at the Portage Lake Golf Course. Every evening a van will take you on a new adventure (optional) of the Keweenaw Peninsula. To learn more about MTU, visit: http://www.mtu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earn 3 more MTU graduate credits! Attend the Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences Teacher Institute from June 25-29, 2006. Application forms and information are available by contacting jchadde@mtu.edu.

Course Credit & Requirements

Participants will earn three semester hours of graduate credit (FW5641/ED5641) from Michigan Technological University. Course requirements are to:

  • Complete assigned readings and identify learning objectives for their students prior to the course.
  • Participate fully in the entire Institute, including lecture, field trips, and evening programs.
  • Keep a field journal during the Institute.
  • Design and submit a teaching unit with three to five lessons related to global change following the rubric provided. The unit should incorporate effective teaching strategies and meet Michigan (or national) content standards for two or more subject areas. Participants should plan to implement the unit during the 2006-07 school year. Due August 31, 2006.


    Professional Certificate
    The credits earned from this Institute can be applied towards an 18 semester-hour planned course of study for teachers working toward their Michigan Professional Certificate. For more information about designing a planned course of study, contact Judy Anderson at the MTU Department of Education at 906-487-2460 or juanders@mtu.edu.


    Master of Applied Science Education
    Graduate credits may also be applied towards Michigan Tech’s Master of Science in Applied Science Education program. For more information about the Master’s program, contact Dr. Brad Baltensperger at 906-487-2460 or brad@mtu.edu. Participants interested in pursuing an advanced degree at Michigan Tech in a field other than education, should contact the department of interest (http://www.mtu.edu/).

    Institute Instructors

    Dr. Kurt Pregitzer, Ecosystem Science Center, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, teaches forest ecology at Michigan Tech. He is well-know nationally and internationally for his research on global change. He received the Barrington Moore Award for life-long advancement of our fundamental understanding of forest biology and was recently recognized by Tomson’s ISI as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in the area of environmental biology. Dr. Pregitzer has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers in the world’s top scientific journals.

    Dr. Andrew Burton, Ecosystem Science Center, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, teaches ecosystem measurements, geomorphology, and basic field ecology skills. His research examines the effects of global change factors (climatic variation, nitrogen deposition/acid rain, elevated atmospheric CO2 and ozone) on carbon and nutrient cycling, forest health, productivity, and soil processes. He has published more than 38 papers in top scientific journals.

    Dr. William (Bill) Holmes, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, runs a stable isotope laboratory at UM and uses the facilities to examine the effects of global change factors on common Lake States ecosystems. Dr. Holmes work is instrumental in tracking changes in the flow of carbon and nitrogen in major research projects, such as the Aspen FACE project in Rhinelander, WI and the Michigan Gradient Study.

    Dr. Erik Lilleskov, Ecosystem Science Center & USDA Forest Service North Central Research Station, is an expert on mycorrhizae, the symbiotic fungi that are critical to the health most plants. He investigates how global change will influence the fungi that control soil food webs and forest health. He is an expert on edible fungi.

    Dr. Kate Bradley, Ecosystem Science Center, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, studies above ground interactions between plants and insects and below ground links between plants, soil microorgan-isms, & nitrogen availability. She was a resident scientist in the Lincoln Public Schools (Nebraska) during her graduate studies.

    Dr. Janet Vail, Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University, manages the outreach and education programs at AWRI and holds a Ph.D. degree in Science Education with an emphasis on Environmental Education from Western Michigan University. She is the author of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Air Quality Unit.

     General Information

    Cost
    Registration fee for the 5-day Institute is $600, which includes room, meals, field trips, instructional materials, and three graduate credits from Michigan Tech University. (The actual cost of the Institute is $1800. A departmental stipend and NSF support reduces participant’s total cost to only $600 for both Michigan and out-of-state participants). Payment of the full registration fee is due Friday, June 23. Make checks payable to ‘Michigan Technological University.’

    Location and Accommodations
    Forests of maple, cedar, jack pine, spruce, fir, and aspen provide the ideal setting for this exciting learning opportunity. Participants will stay on campus in MTU’s newly remodeled Wadsworth Hall in a single room (private bath down hall) and receive all of their meals. Participants may arrive the day before, or stay the day after, at no additional charge (see application form). Participants may reserve a room for additional nights by contacting Jim Schultz, coordinator of MTU Residential Operations, at 906-487-2684 or email: jschultz@mtu.edu

    Transportation
    Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI is served daily by Northwest Airlines from Minneapolis through the Houghton County Memorial Airport in Hancock. The nationwide reservations number for Northwest is 800-225-2525, or visit the Northwest website: www.nwa.com Commercial taxi service is available from the airport to the Michigan Tech for a cost of approximately $20 per person by calling Neil’s Taxi Service at 906-482-5515.

    Websites for More Information
    MTU Ecosystem Science Center: http://ecosystem.mtu.edu/

    School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science at Michigan Tech: http://forest.mtu.edu

    Michigan Technological University: www.mtu.edu

    Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics &
    Environmental Education: www.wupcenter.mtu.edu

    Tourism information: www.thekeweenaw.com

    Questions
    For more information, contact Joan Schumaker-Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu .

    How to Apply
    Send completed applications by email or postal mail to:

    Joan Schumaker-Chadde, Course Coordinator
    Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environ. Education
    105 Dillman Hall
    Michigan Technological University
    1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931
    Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620

    Application forms are available on the web at:
    http://forest.mtu.edu
    http://wupcenter.mtu.edu
    http://www.ed.mtu.edu/pd.html


  • Questions?

    For more information regarding the Institute, contact Joan Schumaker-Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu

    Joan Schumaker-Chadde, Course Coordinator
    Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environ. Education
    105 Dillman Hall
    Michigan Technological University
    1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931
    Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620


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