NIFA publishes article on Follow a Researcher by Phelps

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) published an article written by Lisa Phelps, program administrator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Phelps wrote about the UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H’s Follow a Researcher program. The program, now in its fourth year, uses technology and social media to connect K–12 classrooms with graduate students conducting field research in remote locations, Phelps wrote. This November, students can watch as Lynn Kaluzienski, a graduate student at UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, uses physics and geology to study the McMurdo Shear Zone in Antarctica. Kaluzienski and a team of scientists, engineers and mountaineers are conducting scientific tests to determine how stable the Ross Ice Shelf will be in the future and how Antarctic sea ice melt may affect sea level rise, the article states. The article also was featured in the NIFA Update, a weekly email newsletter for universities, NIFA stakeholders, and other subscribers.