Byrd Center News and Events

February, 2020

Congratulations to Ian Howat, Ohio State University 2020 Distinguished Scholar
Dr. Ian Howat, professor of Earth Sciences and Byrd Center Director, received a Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA). Each year, through the DSA program, the university recognizes and honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research, or other creative works which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. 
Throughout his academic career, Ian has authored over 150 research papers, which have been cited over 8,000 times. His glacial dynamics research has had a tremendous influence on the world of science. Learn more about his research here. Congratulations, Ian!

Lonnie Thompson one of the Columbus 'True Originals'

Ice core paleoclimatologist Lonnie G. Thompson joins poet and author Hanif Abdurraqib, art and music producers Jack and Zoe Johnstone, and artists Jackie Calderone and Robert Post to be honored by the Columbus Foundation through its True Originals program. A distinguished climate research scientist at Ohio State University, Thompson's decades-long observations of glacier retreat has informed the public's understanding of global warming. Congratulations, Lonnie! 

Learn more about the True Originals program and its nominees here.

Congratulations to Michalea King & Kira Harris
Michalea at a podium
Kira in front of mountainous scenery
The AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award is a prestigious honor that is only granted to the top 5% of student participants. The Byrd Center is pleased to recognize two students, Michalea King and Kira Haris, for winning this award at the AGU 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco last December. Visit the Byrd Center page to learn more about their research. 
Byrd 60th Anniversary Symposium Registration Now Open
The Byrd Center will kick off it's 60th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, March 26, with a reception at the Ohio 4-H Center and presentation by keynote speaker Richard Alley. This portion is free and open to the public. No registration is required. 

The technical portion of the event will be held at the Byrd Center on Friday, March 27 and will consist of several speakers and breakout sessions. Registration is required for this portion. 

For more information and to register, visit the Symposium Event Page. 
LEGO League Penguins Wrap up a Successful Year 
The Penguins excelled at the FIRST LEGO League competitions this year. This year's theme was "City Shaper", which featured Star Wars actor Mark Hamill and challenged students to identify ways to make our cities a better place. The Penguins took on the challenge to research and build porous cement, which would help water flow throughout cities. 
The team passed the first round and competed in the District Tournament. They presented their research topic, as well as competed in the LEGO robot competition. Their enthusiasm and spirit throughout the competition earned them the Inspiration Award. Congratulations, Penguins! 
Real-Time Conditions on the Sea Ice
The Byrd Center's Fluid Earth Viewer has a new feature! The Fluid Earth Viewer is an interactive web application that allows you to visualize current and past conditions of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. In a partnership with the University of Colorado-Boulder, the MOSAiC expedition, and Byrd Center programmer Michael Gravina, a new interactive feature was developed.
Now you can find the real-time location of the Polarstern in the viewer! See what conditions are like for the current expedition participants - air temperature, ocean currents, wind, sea surface temperature, and more.
Experience the Outdoors and the Polar Regions at
Camp Oty'Okwa
The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, in partnership with Rutgers University and Camp Oty'Okwa, has been working to develop a polar education program for middle school youth.   

Polar Camp at Camp Oty'Okwa in Hocking Hills offers a hands-on program for youth to explore the polar regions, including the diverse ecosystem, the extreme climate, and the effects of a changing world.

This program is offered over two weekends this Spring:
Friday March 13 – Sunday March 15  or  Friday April 17 – Sunday April 19

Wanted: Collaborators to Develop Learning Experiences in Weather/Climate

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center invites classroom teachers and informal educators to collaborate on the development of lessons and activities using the NSF-funded Fluid Earth Viewer ( Collaborators who have already developed materials as well as those who need support in turning their vision into reality are invited to apply. 

On completion of the collaboration and receipt of the revised materials, teachers/educators will be compensated with a $150 honorarium. 

To learn more about the collaboration or to sign up, please fill out the survey here. 


Seminar: Glacial changes on the Indian side of Karakoram-Himalayas: What Do We Know So Far? 
Saurabh in hiking clothes standing in front of rocks and a river
Wednesday, February 12 - 3:45pm 
Learning Center, Scott Hall 177
1090 Carmack Rd. 

Research Associate Saurabh Vijay will be hosting a seminar about glacier changes on the Indian side of Karakoram-Himalayas. Visit Saurabh's blog to learn more about his work in the Himalayas and get more details about the event.
Meteorology Club Severe Weather Symposium
Friday, February 14 - 9:00am
US Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union, 1739 N High St

The OSU Meteorology Club will be hosting the 24th annual Severe Weather Symposium! Join the Meteorology Club for a day of speakers and presentations, with a special focus on the 2019 Memorial Day Tornado Outbreak. Learn more and RSVP here.
Seminar: Cold and Dusty: Ecological Consequences of Aeolian Landscape Change in West Greenland
Ruth next to a tree
Monday, February 17 - 3:45pm 
Learning Center, Scott Hall 177
1090 Carmack Rd. 

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Kenyon College Ruth Heindel will be at the Byrd Center to share her research on global dust cycle, its implications for Earth’s climate system, ecosystem functioning, and human health, and the relationship between Arctic soil erosion and ecosystem health. Learn more here. 
Seminar: Yue Qin
Yue Qin professional image
Wednesday, February 26 - 3:45pm 
Learning Center, Scott Hall 177
1090 Carmack Rd. 
Dr. Yue Qin is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. Her work is specialized in coupled natural and human systems, the food-energy-water nexus, and air quality-human health-climate-water linkages. Learn more here.
Help Fund the Next Generation of Problem Solvers and Critical Thinkers
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a program that supports youth in order to introduce them to science and technology in a sporty atmosphere. The objective is to:
  • make youth enthusiastic about science and technology
  • to equip the participants with the idea of team spirit
  • to encourage youth to solve complex tasks in a creative way
The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center hosts weekly meetings for one such team, the Penguins. This year, the Penguins were mostly made up of new participants who learned how to work in a team to solve a “mission” using a robot. The Penguins researched a given topic which tackled real-world problems, such as space exploration, urban development, and environmental conservation. With thoughtful donations from people like you, these young students can continue to solve challenging real-world problems without worrying about the registration fees and supplies.

Click the button below to donate to our future generation of leaders.
Donate to the Penguins Here
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