CLEAN Teleconference Call April 17, 2018

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Wendy Abshire & Dr. Chad Kauffman American Meteorological Society (AMS) Education Program: Climate-focused Activities

Bio: Wendy Abshire is the Education Program Director of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Washington, DC. After more than 25 years of creating continuing education for atmospheric science professionals at UCAR's COMET program, she now leads the team of dedicated professionals that develop and deliver K-12 teacher professional development courses and undergraduate curriculum packages in weather, ocean, and climate science. She has an MS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wyoming and a BS in Meteorology from Metropolitan State University.

Bio: Chad Kauffman, Ph.D., is a faculty member at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) in the Earth Sciences department, co-directing the undergraduate meteorology program, as well as the Weather and Climate Concentration for the new Master's program in Educational Leadership. He is the author of Our Changing Climate, a digital, introductory textbook in climate science, published by AMS. More recently, he has partnered with AMS to lead the DataStreme program, developing curricula, and enhancing other professional development opportunities through AMS.

Abstract: The AMS Education Program works to increase public scientific literacy in weather, ocean, and climate science. Leveraging NOAA support and a partnership with the California University of Pennsylvania, AMS offers K-12 teacher professional development with tuition-free graduate credits in all three topics. Additional climate-focused activities include the creation and sales of introductory undergraduate-level curriculum resources and NSF-sponsored workshops to introduce faculty (especially those from MSI's) to the climate curriculum materials.

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