Office of Public Affairs
Feb. 7, 2001
CONTACT: Dr. Jack Narayan, 312-3692
Dr. Al Stamm, 312-2806
FORECAST CALLS FOR INTERACTION DURING SUMMER METEOROLOGY PROGRAM
OSWEGO -- Teachers and students are being recruited to participate in a unique residential learning opportunity at SUNY Oswego this summer, program organizers said.
The annual Research Experiences in Meteorology -- Integration of Science, Mathematics and Technology program brings college faculty together with high school teachers and students to develop research activities in meteorology for participating high schools. Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, this summer's course will take place weekdays for four weeks, from July 8 to Aug. 2, on the SUNY Oswego campus.
"It's a very hands-on, intensive learning process," said Dr. Jack Narayan, Oswego's dean of graduate studies and distinguished teaching professor of mathematics who helps coordinate the program. "The students and teachers can gain more from this than they can in a normal classroom."
Todd Kacur, an earth science teacher from Red Creek High School who participated in 2001, agreed. "The REM-SMT program is a wonderful avenue in which earth science teachers work collaboratively with their high school students as they gain valuable experience in meteorology and science research methodology, while being fostered by college faculty from the meteorology department," he said.
Eight teams of earth science and mathematics teachers and students will learn meteorology research techniques for four weeks. The program provides a setting that is inquiry-based and participatory, Narayan said, so everyone shares the processes of scientific inquiry and discovery.
The 16 instructors and 16 students will conduct projects with a hands-on component every day, said Dr. Al Stamm, who chairs Oswego's meteorology department. Topics include lake-effect snow, tornadoes, hurricanes and air pollution. "These are the kinds of things high school students can get excited about," Stamm said.
Teachers and students are expected to transport the lessons learned -- and the methods used -- into their year-round classes, Stamm said. He added that participating schools will set up weather stations that will provide lessons as well as information to support college research activities. "It's helping them, and it's helping us," Stamm said of the partnership.
Narayan explained that beginning teachers who need graduate credits to earn certification are encouraged to apply. Participating teachers can earn three graduate credits toward a meteorology, mathematics or education elective. "This benefits professionals in these days when resources are hard to get," he said.
In addition, the instructors will receive a $1,200 stipend for the four-week program as well as a $600 stipend for interweaving the summer experience into their coursework.
Teachers are recruited from an area that includes Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Lewis, Madison and Jefferson counties, organizers noted. Student participants, who will receive three undergraduate credits for the "Meteorology 100" course, are expected to come from the same schools as the teachers. During the year, participants will share information on their projects one afternoon after school per month and one Saturday every two months.
"I think the program is also a great way to extend the excellent reputation that the college's meteorology program has," Narayan said. America's most recognizable weatherman, NBC's Al Roker, studied meteorology at Oswego while earning his degree in broadcasting, and area meteorologists Dave Longley (NewsChannel 9) and Chris Brandolino (Action News 3) are graduates of Oswego's meteorology program. The summer program will include field trips to a Syracuse television station.
Stamm said the unique program has gained recognition for its innovative approach. "Other instructors around the country know about our course," he said. "We haven't seen anything quite like it anywhere else in the country."
More information on the program is available by contacting Narayan at 312-3692 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Stamm at 312-2086 or email@example.com.
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