Volume 8, Issue 2 - May/June 2015
Eastern Threat Center Highlights Cont'd
Center Scientists and Staff Reach Out on Earth Day
People across the globe marked the 45th Earth Day on April 22 with celebrations and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues. One such activity was North Carolina State University (NCSU)'s Earth Fair, where the Eastern Threat Center's Erika Mack, Dennis Hallema, , Sarah Wiener, and staffed a table and engaged with the NCSU community. They shared printed materials along with online resources and live demonstrations of Center tools, including the Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) and the Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI). More than 100 students, NCSU staff, and members of the general public stopped by the table to learn about the Center's current research projects as well as efforts of the Southeast Regional Climate Hub, and several students connected with opportunities for service learning projects and internships. The Earth Fair event was part of NCSU's Earth Month programming.
Moore Myers speaks with Earth Fair attendees. Photo by Emrys Treasure.
Middle School Students Experiment with Remote Sensing on Science in Action Day
Asheville area scientists recently joined Owen Middle School in celebrating its second annual Science in Action Day. Eastern Threat Center ecologist and ORISE fellow Bjorn Brooks was among the scientists who guided students through sets of science activities reflecting their area of expertise and day-to-day work. Brooks introduced two classes to his work--remote sensing of the environment--and demonstrated how sensors can be used to gather data from leaves and indicate tree health. “It’s amazing how much kids relish technology, and these students jumped at the chance to manipulate my DIY light sensor. All we have to do is show them how just about anything can be accurately measured and identified using homemade computer scraps, and they'll do the rest,” says Brooks. About 35 scientists and 600 students participated in the event as part of the NC Science Festival.
Brooks introduces middle school students to remote sensing. Photo by Carl Firley, Owen Middle School.