3 April, 2001

Conclusion: Acknowledgements to CRREL and Closing Comments

By Sandra Kolb, April 2001

It is with tremendous appreciation that I wish to thank Dr. Barbara Sotirin, Director of the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) of Hanover, New Hampshire; and the scientists, engineers and CRREL personnel for their extremely professional and personable facilitation of my work during my visit to their laboratory.

While at CRREL, I represented the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA) Program in association with my partnership to Walter (Terry) B. Tucker III and the CRREL research team during phase III leg 2 of the USCGC Healy's Arctic Sea Ice Trials 2000. It is because of this partnership, that Terry Tucker had the vision to see the potential and value of a continued education outreach opportunity for CRREL by extending our partnership to include this visit.

During my time at CRREL, I not only toured their extensive and impressive state-of-the-art facilities but also gave an "Invest in People Presentation." In this seminar, I provided an overview of the Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA) Program, shared my parcticipation and responsibilities within this program, and discussed mentoring and educational outreach activities for scientists. Throughout my visit, I spoke with scientists and engineers about a variety of ways they can incorporate education outreach into their individual projects.

My work at CRREL focused on the research projects of their scientists and engineers. I would like to extend grateful acknowledgements to Jim Clark, John Gagnon, Antonio Palazzo, Donald Perovich, Mike Reynolds, Devinder Sodhi, Terry Tucker, John Weatherly and Norbert Yankielun, all from CRREL, and also to the visiting research team from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) of Newport, Rhode Island, for their willingness, time and expertise in extending interviews to me for the profiling of their work for the purpose of reaching teachers and students. Their positive motivation and openness for the promotion of education must be commended.

I would be remiss if I did not thank CRREL's media personnel for their assistance in my presentation and the library resource personnel for their time and expertise. I could not have succeeded in my work without their support.

It is my hope that you, too, have observed the tremendous educational potential and value of the information and resources that the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) scientists and engineers so enthusiastically shared with me for the profiling of their research.

Sandra Kolb at work on the CRREL profiles in a CRREL library guest office. Photo by John Gagnon.

Sandra Kolb at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, New Hampshire, in March 2001. Photo by Walter (Terry) B. Tucker III.

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