Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:40

Students from around the country get to follow a scientist to Antarctica Featured

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ORONO - If you ever wanted to follow a scientist well now's your chance.

A graduate student from the University of Maine is in Antarctica testing glaciers and bringing students along on the journey with her through social media.


The purpose of "follow a researcher" is to connect kids throughout the state so that they can follow Lynn Kaluzienski's research as it happens.


Greg Kranich a 4-H science youth development professional at UMaine said "Through twitter and can do live chats to get questions answered."


"The researcher has a satellite communicator so they can do live question and answers sessions with kids" said Laura Wilson 4-H science professional at UMaine.


They also post weekly videos based on the next generation science standards of what engineers and scientist do. "We're trying to innovate as best we can to keep up with technology so we sent Lynn with a 360 camera and we're trying to figure out ways of integrating that with virtual reality and google card board" said Kranich.


Lynn's research is on glacial ice movement. She's on an ice shelf which is a flow from past ice and snow accumulation that flows down to the edge of the ocean and land.


"She's looking at the stability of those ice shelves because they provide back pressure and keep the other ice and snow from flowing into the ocean" stated Kranich.


She is developing a model to make predictions about the future of the ice shelves and their effect on sea level rise. Lynn is in a far away place clearly different from Maine and she's able to show kids the different climate she's in and what gear she has to use to stay safe.


They hope that this is a useful resource for not only students but educators as well.


Kranich said it's "A way to really connect their students with real world science."


Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at [email protected].