International Polar Year, or IPY (2007-2009) is by far the most exciting international scientific and educational opportunity of this century. For the next two years, all eyes will be focused on the physical, social and human dimensions of our planet's polar regions. Watch this blog for news related to Canadian outreach and education efforts related to IPY. Of particular interest to educators! Note: This blog is created independently of any official IPY organization

Friday, May 9, 2008

More PolarTREC live events...

Celebrate the International Polar Year (IPY) and virtually join teachers and researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic through Live from IPY events! Interact with PolarTREC teachers and researchers conducting research in the Polar Regions. These are real-time, interactive events where you can ask questions and view photos! Anyone can register for these events and participation is free! For more information about PolarTREC and to register for Live from IPY events, visit *********************************************** Upcoming Live From IPY Event Information *********************************************** You may register for these live events at: 22 May 2008 - Join PolarTREC teacher Katie Pena and the research team aboard N.B. Palmer, to learn more about their work in the Drake Passage, near Antarctica. Event starts at 8:15AM Alaska Daylight Time [6:15AM HDT, 9:15AM PDT, 10:15AM MDT, 11:15AM CDT, 12:15PM EDT]. 18 June 2008 - Join us in a Live from IPY event to celebrate the International Polar Year! This is a special live event focusing on Land and Life. Researchers from around the world will present on polar issues. Check the website for event times and to register! 10 July 2008 - Join PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks and the research team in Barrow, Alaska. Learn more about their work in the Arctic tundra. Event starts at 7:00AM Alaska Daylight Time [5:00AM HDT, 8:00AM PDT, 9:00AM MDT, 10:00AM CDT, 11:00AM EDT]. For these events, we will be using the "webinar" (online seminar) interface, Horizon Wimba, which allows presentation of PowerPoint slides over the Internet during a conference call or through Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP), and includes other useful functions such as online chat and polling features. To take full advantage of the webinar you will need Internet access with a microphone and/or Internet and a telephone. If you do not have Internet access, however, you can simply join the conference call. Every event is archived and available online after the completion of the live sessions. Instructions on how to view an archived events will be posted on the PolarTREC website and emailed to all registered participants. For more information, contact Janet Warburton or Kristin Timm or call the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) at 907-474-1600

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