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1 Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College Bridging the Poles and Building Momentum for the International Polar Year Got Snow?

2 Workshop Topics and Recommendations Workshop Topics and Recommendations Maximize IPY Potential Maximize IPY Potential Measuring Success Measuring Success

3 Cross-Cutting Themes Fascination with life in extreme environments – exploration, discovery, self-reliance Fascination with life in extreme environments – exploration, discovery, self-reliance Link the world, with the worlds at the ends of the earth Link the world, with the worlds at the ends of the earth Heritage and history Heritage and history Place-based, multi- and interdisciplinary approaches Place-based, multi- and interdisciplinary approaches Student doing work with ice cores at Met station. Photo by Lucette Barber, Schools on Board, University of Manitoba

4 Cross-Cutting Themes Link research with education – face-to-face Link research with education – face-to-face Field experiences Field experiences Leverage existing resources as well as create new programs Leverage existing resources as well as create new programs Build capacity through people and infrastructure Build capacity through people and infrastructure

5 Target Learners at All Levels Objectives Objectives Public engagement in polar regions Public engagement in polar regions Lifelong scientific literacy Lifelong scientific literacy Beyond science, to math, reading … Beyond science, to math, reading … Strategies Strategies K-5 – capitalize on natural interest K-5 – capitalize on natural interest 6-12 – incorporate in standard curricula 6-12 – incorporate in standard curricula Undergraduate non-science majors – engaging modules for required classes Undergraduate non-science majors – engaging modules for required classes Undergraduate and graduate science students – field experiences Undergraduate and graduate science students – field experiences General public and continuing education – links to history, art, heritage General public and continuing education – links to history, art, heritage Institutions and agencies, educators (formal and informal), researchers, professional media Institutions and agencies, educators (formal and informal), researchers, professional media Got Snow?

6 Engage Diverse Participation Objectives Objectives Arctic residents, including indigenous populations, are meaningfully engaged Arctic residents, including indigenous populations, are meaningfully engaged Broaden diversity of those interested in polar science Broaden diversity of those interested in polar science Strategies – direct interaction Strategies – direct interaction Arctic natives and residents Arctic natives and residents Ethnic diversity Ethnic diversity Gender diversity Gender diversity Geographic and international diversity Geographic and international diversity Socio-economic diversity Socio-economic diversity Earth Conservation Corps Matthew Henson Center in Washington, DC, in partnership with National Geographic Centennial: Henson at North Pole with Peary April, 1909

7 Leverage the Importance and Excitement of Polar Science Objectives Objectives Roles of the poles in global systems Roles of the poles in global systems Multi/interdisciplinary Multi/interdisciplinary New generation of polar scientists, engineers, and leaders New generation of polar scientists, engineers, and leaders Strategies – appreciation for nature and nature-society interactions Strategies – appreciation for nature and nature-society interactions Life in extreme environments Life in extreme environments Heritage, community and “pride of place” Heritage, community and “pride of place” Environmental variability and change Environmental variability and change Policy and stewardship Policy and stewardship Science as a human endeavor Science as a human endeavor Nicklin, F. 1991, "Beneath Arctic Ice". National Geographic

8 Effective Education and Outreach Infrastructure Objectives Objectives Long-term involvement of educators and scientists Long-term involvement of educators and scientists Reinforcing partnerships Reinforcing partnerships Linking communities around the globe Linking communities around the globe Strategies Strategies Coordinating body with working group and staff Coordinating body with working group and staff Dynamic, sustained, one-stop polar research and education web site: media and educators eager for high quality content Dynamic, sustained, one-stop polar research and education web site: media and educators eager for high quality content High bandwith communications High bandwith communications DLESE IPY resource discovery page

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10 IPY Potential Exciting places at a critical time Exciting places at a critical time Truly interdisciplinary, interagency, and international Truly interdisciplinary, interagency, and international Connect communities and develop partnerships among agencies, scientists, educators, the media, the public, industry and government (at all levels) – Arctic Forum Connect communities and develop partnerships among agencies, scientists, educators, the media, the public, industry and government (at all levels) – Arctic Forum Potential to engage new participants Potential to engage new participants Aficionados, those at the margins, those not yet connected Aficionados, those at the margins, those not yet connected Use diverse media and approaches to reach new audiences Use diverse media and approaches to reach new audiences

11 Multiple Scales and Levels Over 1000 EoI’s received Over 1000 EoI’s received All with an Education and Outreach component All with an Education and Outreach component Need broad spectrum of research, education, and outreach projects with flexibility in design and size Need broad spectrum of research, education, and outreach projects with flexibility in design and size Large, collaborative projects -- national/international impact Large, collaborative projects -- national/international impact Connect with press events, educational programming, and spin-offs of local programs Connect with press events, educational programming, and spin-offs of local programs Small, individual projects Small, individual projects Sustained transformation of local or target communities Sustained transformation of local or target communities

12 Orchestrating Synergies Exciting public presence over 2 years “Polar Mania” not “Polar Fatigue” Need signature programs: exhibitions, films Need signature programs: exhibitions, films Identify what is needed, pool resources for support, and issue a joint RFP? Identify what is needed, pool resources for support, and issue a joint RFP? Focal points for smaller or local initiatives Focal points for smaller or local initiatives Research or Educational Programs Public Rollout

13 Museum Exhibitions “A Friend Acting Strangely” October 22, 2005 “A Friend Acting Strangely” October 22, 2005 Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian Arctic Change exhibition Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian Arctic Change exhibition Too late for a major traveling exhibition? – could create satellite productions? Too late for a major traveling exhibition? – could create satellite productions? Smithsonian/AMNH partnership using on hand artifacts? Smithsonian/AMNH partnership using on hand artifacts? Art exhibition? Art exhibition?

14 “The Frozen Sublime: American Artists Explore the Poles” William H. Johnson, Commodore Peary and Henson at the North Pole, c. 1945, oil on paperboard, 27 5/8 x 35 1/2 in. SAAM Wuanita Smith, The Chase, ca color woodblock print, 30.5 x 24 cm. Anchorage Museum William Bradford, Scene in the Arctic, ca. 1880, oil on canva, 29 5/8 x 47 5/8, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Adam Cvijanovic, Disko Bay, 10' x 27’, Flashe and latex on Tyvek, 2001, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn Elizabeth Hutchinson IPY EoI

15 Polar Films Revkin documentary “The Big Melt” (working title) Revkin documentary “The Big Melt” (working title) Release September 2005, partners: CBC (Canada), Discovery, and NYTimes partners Release September 2005, partners: CBC (Canada), Discovery, and NYTimes partners Greely documentaries (pre-proposals to NSF ISE) Greely documentaries (pre-proposals to NSF ISE) “Searching for Adolphus Greely: the American Shackleton” Gino DelGuercio feature film “Searching for Adolphus Greely: the American Shackleton” Gino DelGuercio feature film “Farthest North: The Story of the Greely Polar Exhibition” WGBH American Experience “Farthest North: The Story of the Greely Polar Exhibition” WGBH American Experience Polar IMAX? Polar IMAX? Polar Film series (IPY EoI’s) Polar Film series (IPY EoI’s) Current research -- WGBH: Evan Hadingham Current research -- WGBH: Evan Hadingham Explorers -- WNET: Bill Grant? Explorers -- WNET: Bill Grant?

16 Polar Explorer Film Series Greely (1 film in production, 1 proposed) Nansen’s Farthest North? (no English-language film) Peary and Henson, Cook: “North Pole Legacy: Black, White and Eskimo,” “Welcome Home, Matthew Henson,” “Cook & Peary: The Race To The Pole,” “Prize of the Pole” in production Scott and Amundsen: “Last Place on Earth,” “Coldest March” Stefansson and the Karluk: “Arctic Dreamer: The Lonely Quest of Vilhjalmur Stefansson" 1913 Shackleton and the Endurance: A&E Miniseries, PBS Nova, IMAX

17 Polar Books Kelly Tyler “The Lost Men” Kelly Tyler “The Lost Men” Bloomsbury Publishing, September 2005 Bloomsbury Publishing, September 2005 Andrew Revkin -- The changing face of the North Pole Andrew Revkin -- The changing face of the North Pole Kingfisher/ Houghton Mifflin in partnership with NYTimes, 2006 Kingfisher/ Houghton Mifflin in partnership with NYTimes, 2006 Susan Fox Rogers “Antarctic Passages” Susan Fox Rogers “Antarctic Passages” Spring of 2006 Spring of 2006 Gabrielle Walker “Antarctica: a biography of a continent” Gabrielle Walker “Antarctica: a biography of a continent” End of 2007 End of 2007

18 Partnerships with Industry

19 Measuring Success: By 2010 … Polar research captured the imagination of the public. People know more, and care more, about the poles. Polar research captured the imagination of the public. People know more, and care more, about the poles. We inspired a new generation of polar scientists and decision-makers – including from native communities. They are prepared for future challenges. We inspired a new generation of polar scientists and decision-makers – including from native communities. They are prepared for future challenges. We engaged ethnically, socio-economically, geographically and gender diverse populations. We engaged ethnically, socio-economically, geographically and gender diverse populations. Mechanisms are in place to sustain infrastructure and partnerships into the future. Mechanisms are in place to sustain infrastructure and partnerships into the future.

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21 Implementation McCaffery July Workshop McCaffery July Workshop Identify programs, priorities Identify programs, priorities Define participation and audiences Define participation and audiences Develop integrated research/education/outreach implementation and evaluation strategy Develop integrated research/education/outreach implementation and evaluation strategy Establish research, media, education and community partners Establish research, media, education and community partners Identify feature programs and sequencing: national and international Identify feature programs and sequencing: national and international Implement and measure success Implement and measure success

22 Other Projects in the Works Website/Data Website/Data “POLAR: Polar Observatory, Library, and Rendezvous” Mark McCaffery “POLAR: Polar Observatory, Library, and Rendezvous” Mark McCaffery “Ice Tracker/Polar Explorer” Pfirman et al. (submitted to NSF OPP) “Ice Tracker/Polar Explorer” Pfirman et al. (submitted to NSF OPP) Interest: DLESE, Exploratorium: Mary Miller, WGBH, WNET, International Interest: DLESE, Exploratorium: Mary Miller, WGBH, WNET, International Partnerships with industry Partnerships with industry Leveraging existing resources Leveraging existing resources

23 From “Bridging the Poles: Education Linked with Research” Workshop co-hosted by Pfirman and Bell Workshop co-hosted by Pfirman and Bell Sponsored by NSF-OPP Sponsored by NSF-OPP June 23-25, 2004 June 23-25, 2004 Washington, DC Washington, DC 22 Roundtable Discussions 22 Roundtable Discussions “Education and Outreach for the International Polar Year” EOS, Vol. 85, No. 49, 7 December 2004 “Education and Outreach for the International Polar Year” EOS, Vol. 85, No. 49, 7 December 2004 Workshop report – available on website: Workshop report – available on website: 65 Participants K-12 educators, undergraduate professors, Arctic and Antarctic researchers, Alaskan natives and residents, museum curators, representatives from agencies, the media, and international programs

24 IPY Expressions of Intent Total 860 EoI’s received Total 860 EoI’s received All with an Education and Outreach component All with an Education and Outreach component 65 specifically focused on Education and Outreach 65 specifically focused on Education and Outreach 27 from the United States 27 from the United States

25 “That Nansen did not endeavor to find his ship, but left her in the ice while he laid his course homeward, has led certain critics to censure his conduct. General Greely, a renowned arctic explorer, asserts that he ‘thus deviated from the most sacred duty devolving upon the commander of a naval expedition.’” N. S. Shaler (1897) Fridtjof Nansen and the Fram : 4 years to reach the North Pole and then 2 more years to exit through Fram Strait : Three years to for Fram to transit the Arctic Basin from Siberia to Fram Strait

26 Searching for Adolphus Greely: the American Shackleton Link historical sagas with IPY reports from the field

27 Exploring the Poles: Evaluation The idea of science [changed] as more of an involving thing that people are going out and exploring things that haven’t been explored before. The idea of science [changed] as more of an involving thing that people are going out and exploring things that haven’t been explored before. … most of the times when I think of scientists I think of labs, test tubes, and that. So I definitely think that it widened my horizons. Not only within science but in environmental sciences, you know. …you get so much more of a perspective because they are giving you first hand knowledge and their first hand experience so you see it is more like a lifestyle, more than a job. … most of the times when I think of scientists I think of labs, test tubes, and that. So I definitely think that it widened my horizons. Not only within science but in environmental sciences, you know. …you get so much more of a perspective because they are giving you first hand knowledge and their first hand experience so you see it is more like a lifestyle, more than a job. … when we are doing our expeditions. That is when I feel sort of like a scientist. Because I am trying to calculate when is the best time to come in [through the sea ice] and we are trying to pull out all of the knowledge that we have and information from the Internet. … The maps that they give us, the Internet, I mean the ice flow charts. … when we are doing our expeditions. That is when I feel sort of like a scientist. Because I am trying to calculate when is the best time to come in [through the sea ice] and we are trying to pull out all of the knowledge that we have and information from the Internet. … The maps that they give us, the Internet, I mean the ice flow charts. [The consideration of the alternate expedition fate] … made us think about how to put ourselves in the position and what other outcomes could have been. [The consideration of the alternate expedition fate] … made us think about how to put ourselves in the position and what other outcomes could have been. If you can see alternatives then you know what they are facing against. You kind of put yourself in that place. If you can see alternatives then you know what they are facing against. You kind of put yourself in that place. In other classes I feel I am sitting … In this class I feel I am going somewhere. In other classes I feel I am sitting … In this class I feel I am going somewhere.

28 Curriculum Development/Dissemination Earth’s Environmental Systems: Climate Required of All Columbia and Barnard Undergraduate Environmental Majors Saline Bottom Water Examples of Case Studies for Undergraduates: Thermohaline Circulation, NAO/AO, Arctic Warming, Ice Station Weddell

29 Web Portal Media and educators are eager for high quality content Media and educators are eager for high quality content Dynamic, sustained, one-stop polar research and education web site Dynamic, sustained, one-stop polar research and education web site High bandwidth communications High bandwidth communications Content Content Reports from the field: research news and stories Reports from the field: research news and stories Curricula Curricula Data: multidisciplinary, qualitative as well as quantitative Data: multidisciplinary, qualitative as well as quantitative Animations, simulations Animations, simulations Careers Careers Contacts: scientists, educators, communities, media Contacts: scientists, educators, communities, media Maintenance Maintenance DLESE IPY resource discovery page

30 Linking the Poles with the Rest of the Earth: Environmental Variability and Change Photo: Inuit Tapirisat of Canada Photo: Eric Loring, 1991 “Forces of Change” is the National Museum of Natural History’s earth system science program. “A Friend Acting Strangely” will demonstrate the role that Arctic sea ice plays in shaping global climate throughout time.

31 Implementation Education and outreach leadership, community building and management connected with research programs Education and outreach leadership, community building and management connected with research programs Need US interagency E&O Working Group (July recommendation) Need US interagency E&O Working Group (July recommendation) Need international E&O Working Group (March Paris recommendation – Igor Krupnik co-chair) Need international E&O Working Group (March Paris recommendation – Igor Krupnik co-chair) Need staff Need staff Need funding for coordination of existing, and development of new, projects Need funding for coordination of existing, and development of new, projects

32 Leveraging Existing Resources University of the Arctic Special Focus: Middle School Children

33 If Shackleton had gotten stuck in the ice in a different year … American Museum of Natural History Drift Track by Fowler Ice Tracker/Polar Explorer Interactive Game

34 Centennial of North Pole “Attainment” by Peary and Henson in 1909 Matthew Henson The “Big Lead” Tremblay “Beyond the Pole: Robert E. Peary and History of American Arctic Exhibition” proposed by Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine, Peary-MacMillian Arctic Museum


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