Education / Outreach

School of Ice 2021

The School of Ice (SOI) is IDP’s successful advanced professional development workshop on ice core science for faculty members from Minority Serving Institutions. Planning for the SOI 2021 is underway. This year, the SOI will be held at Oregon State University from July 31-August 4, 2021. In case COVID-19 continues to make in-person workshops impossible, the SOI will be held as a virtual workshop on the same dates with the same speakers. Applications to attend the SOI are now being accepted. Please share the application link with eligible colleagues. For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit the SOI webpage.

Innovative Virtual Field Labs Offer New Participatory Experiences for Online Learning

Virtual Field Labs are unique interactive Education & Outreach products of the US Ice Drilling Program designed for students from late middle school to college. Virtual Field Labs are designed for students to watch with a teacher present (virtually or in-person) or independently on their own computers. Each Virtual Field Lab takes students along with a climate scientist as they collect and analyze data to answer a different climate question. Virtual Field Labs are designed to engage students in active note-taking, building data tables, sketching, graphing, calculating, and analyzing. Active participation will produce student artifacts designed to be easily checked by the teacher, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are emphasized throughout each lab. Two Virtual Field Labs are available now, and a third lab is coming soon. For more information, visit the Virtual Field Labs webpage.

In the Abrupt Climate Disruptions Virtual Field Lab, Dr. Erich Osterberg explores abrupt climate disruptions in the past as a way to predict the abrupt climate changes we can expect in the future.

In the Climate Clues from the Past Virtual Field Lab, Dr. Meredith Kelly looks at geologic clues from the end of the last ice age for insight into how our current ice sheets may respond to the rapid warming of our planet.

COVID-19 Transformed 2020 School of Ice is Successfully Executed

Because of COVID-19, the decision was made to translate the School of Ice 2020 to a virtual model from the original residential professional development activity planned for Dartmouth’s campus. The workshop took place on June 28-July 1. A highlight video was created. The IDP EO outside evaluator has completed the evaluation report. To meet the needs of educators who have to teach virtually, IDP created a new series of “Virtual Field Labs” that were introduced during School of Ice. They will soon be widely available to high school and college teachers for use this fall. Working with educator Bill Grosser and Drs. Erich Osterberg, Meredith Kelly, and David Harwood, each Virtual Field Lab features a scientist, a student-generated data activity, and a connection to an important climate change concept like abrupt climate change, sea level rise, and using today’s geology to understand how ice sheets retreat. These will be available soon on

Materials for the SOI isotope lab sent ahead of the workshop.

A SOI participant exploring thermohaline circulation.

A SOI participant collecting data in his science notebook.

Dr. Erich Osterberg leading students through a data activity in episode #2 of his Virtual Field Lab.

SOI participants were enthusiastic and involved fully in all four days of the workshop.

SOI participants posted pictures of themselves involved in different activities.

Teacher Activities Highlighting Ice Science and Engineering

The IDP Education and Outreach website provides educational activities and labs that highlight ice science and engineering. One of the new activities created, entitled Engineering Challenge: Designing a Portable Drilling Rig, challenges students to build a portable drill rig capable of retrieving ice cores. The activity also includes a short video for teachers that provides an overview of the engineering design challenge and also features IDP engineer Grant Boeckmann. The Designing a Portable Drilling Rig engineering design challenge is one of many educational labs and activities available on the IDP Education and Outreach website.

Bill Grosser demonstrates creating a model drill rig in the teacher video for the Engineering Challenge: Designing a Portable Drilling Rig.

IDP Engineer Grant Boeckmann introduces the Engineering Challenge: Designing a Portable Drilling Rig activity in the teacher video.

School of Ice Transitions to Virtual Workshop Format

The School of Ice (SOI) is IDP’s successful residential advanced professional development workshop on ice core science for faculty members from Minority Serving Institutions. In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the decision was made to translate the School of Ice 2020 to a virtual model from the original residential professional development activity planned for Dartmouth’s campus. Making this decision was especially challenging because of the hands-on interactive nature of the workshop. However, a new workshop model has now been created in which IDP will send kits of materials to the participants to allow hands-on laboratory activities, along with virtual field trips created with the scientists that include student-generated data activities, and presentations and interactions with scientists and engineers.

Bill Grosser (top left), Louise Huffman (top right), and Erich Osterberg (bottom) discuss virtual field trip options for the 2020 SOI workshop via a Zoom meeting.

IDP Active Engagement at AGU Fall Meeting

For the first time, IDP sponsored a booth at AGU to reach more people than was possible at past Town Hall meetings. The booth allowed us to spend time talking with people interested in ice science and several surprise audiences were well represented besides scientists: educators wanting ideas for teaching about ice core research and climate change; undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about research possibilities and careers; and early career scientists exploring options. It was a dynamic, exhilarating (and exhausting!) week.

In addition, Louise Huffman, Erich Osterberg, and educator Bill Grosser presented a workshop at the GIFT (Geophysical Information for Teachers) conference at AGU. Two new hands-on ice science labs were facilitated, and Erich followed the activities with an interactive talk. Feedback has been very positive. Louise also chaired two oral and two poster sessions and delivered an invited talk and an education and outreach poster.

Mary Albert and Louise Huffman at the IDP AGU booth. Photo credit: Bill Grosser.

Erich Osterberg answers teachers’ questions while they work on a model of CO2 and isotope analysis. Photo credit: Louise Huffman.

An educator works on collecting simulated CO2 data from a melted ice core. Photo credit: Louise Huffman.

IDP Education and Outreach at TEDxMileHigh Summer Event

Louise Huffman and several School of Ice teachers collaborated with Geoff Hargreaves of the NSF Ice Core Facility to present an interactive community event at the TEDxMileHigh summer event in Denver, CO, on June 22, 2019. The TEDx  was a full-day event with a reported 3000 visitors. Hundreds visited the ice core display, and many stayed to ask detailed questions.

(L to R) Chloe Brashear (NSF Ice Core Facility intern), Louise Huffman (IDP Director of Education and Public Outreach), Deb Smith (School of Ice facilitator), and Geoff Hargreaves (NSF Ice Core Facility Curator), at the TEDxMileHigh summer event in Denver, CO. Credit: Julia Dooley

2019 IDP School of Ice Workshop

The School of Ice (SOI) is IDP’s successful residential advanced professional development workshop on ice core science for faculty members from Minority Serving Institutions.

The 2019 SOI workshop was held near Denver, Colorado, and included 12 faculty members from Minority Serving Institutions in nine different states. Ten local ice scientists and an additional nine local speakers from related fields made presentations at the workshop. A new IDP teaching lesson plan, “Subglacial Lakes: What’s Happening Under the Ice Sheets?”, was also piloted at the SOI workshop. The lesson plan,  created by Louise Huffman in collaboration with scientist Matt Siegfried, introduces students to the study of subglacial lakes. Post-workshop survey results show that 100% of the participants rated the workshop “met” or “exceeded” expectations. A video highlighting the 2019 SOI activities is available at

Planning for the 2020 SOI workshop, which will be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, is already underway.

For the latest information about SOI, visit

2019 School of Ice workshop participants at the NSF Ice Core Facility. Credit: Louise Huffman

Education and Public Outreach (2019 Spring)

Louise Huffman spoke to the Women's Cultural Alliance (WCA) at the Naples (FL) Daily News Office Community Room on February 6, 2019. She presented ice core science and why it is important, especially for those living in Florida, to an audience of 50 men and women.

Planning the June School of Ice in Denver continues. Huffman traveled to Colorado to meet with representatives from each of the venues: the NSF Ice Core Facility, the University of CO-Boulder/INSTAAR, and the Antarctic Support Contract. During this trip, she also held a meeting with Dr. Matt Siegfried to finalize a new hands-on inquiry lab activity based on subglacial lake science. The activity will be unveiled and tested at the School of Ice this summer before making it widely available on the website.

A volunteer from the Naples, FL, audience models Extreme Cold Weather clothing. Credit: Louise Huffman

Education and Outreach Update (2018 Winter)

This quarter has been a busy one for Education and Outreach activities. Planning for the School of Ice June 23-26, 2019, in Colorado is well underway with the participant cohort chosen and speakers invited. We have a few more presentation spots available if anyone is interested in sharing their ice core research with a group of faculty from Minority Serving Institutions contact

Researcher T.J. Fudge kindly accepted the invitation to connect through a teleconference with 6th-grade students in Nevada, and the teacher reported a rise in enthusiasm among her students for polar science and climate change topics afterward. Thank you, Dr. Fudge!

Screenshot of the teleconference with 6-grade students. Credit: Louise Huffman

In January, Louise led ice core hands-on activities for visitors to the Orlando Science Museum for their Winter Science Month. About 150-200 people visited the IDP table. Thanks to Terry Huffman and four high school volunteers for the extra hands needed to run the activities!

Louise Huffman demostrares polar activities at the Orlando Science Museum. Credit: Louise Huffman

On February 27, Dr. Mary Albert and Louise Huffman presented a Master Class for the Polar Educators International (PEI) webinar series. The Ice Core Science - Using Knowledge to Act webinar explored understanding the evidence of past climate change from polar ice cores as well as adaptation strategies being used by communities already being affected by climate change and how to empower students to take action. Following the webinar, an optional, asynchronous online two-week discussion period about ice core science, climate change, and how to make a student or community action plan began on March 4. You can watch the recorded version of the webinar on the PEI website

Education and Outreach Update (2018 Fall)

On November 15, 2018, Education and Outreach Director, Louise Huffman, hosted a webinar featuring Dr. T. J. Fudge (University of Washington) who presented ice core science information to 6th grade students in Nevada. Students were thoroughly engaged and asked questions for almost half an hour during and after the presentation. Dr. Fudge's time and dedication to outreach are especially appreciated given that he departed the following week for two months of field research at Hercules Dome, Antarctica.

Applications for the School of Ice to be held in Denver, CO, June 23-26, 2019, are available at or contact Louise Huffman.

Screenshot of the November 15, 2018, webinar to 6th grade students in Nevada.

IDPO Education and Outreach at POLAR2018

In June, Louise Huffman was active in the POLAR2018 meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She convened 4 education outreach (EO) sessions marking a milestone in EO sessions at science meetings where at least half of the presenters were researchers and the orals were extremely well attended, numbering between 60-90 participants for each session. This is an indication that IDPO is making headway on bridging the gap between science and education.

In addition, at the POLAR2018 conference, Louise Huffman was an invited speaker on the International Polar Year (IPY) Mini- Symposium Panel, led a workshop for polar educators, served as a mentor during an Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) event, met with International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) leadership concerning a legacy project for POLAR2018.

2018 School of Ice

The School of Ice (SOI) convened on the campus at Dartmouth College July 29-August 1, 2018, with 11 participants attending from Minority Serving Institutions from coast to coast including California, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Washington. A dozen U.S. scientists presented their most recent research, and Louise Huffman (IDPO Director of Education and Public Outreach) organized 15 labs and inquiry activities for transferring ice core science to the participants' students. The evaluation is in the process of being quantified, but the verbal feedback was enthusiastic and positive with the SOI participants in agreement that they want IDPO to create ways in which they can stay in touch including webinars, email lists, and the SOI website. IDPO will establish longitudinal virtual communications, sharing and events with current and past SOI participants.


SOI participants involved in a hands-on activity. Credit: Vivian Huang

Dr. Zoe Courville talk to SOI participants about snow, ice, and ice cores during a field trip to the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, NH. Credit: Vivian Huang

Class of 2018 School of Ice. Credit: Vivian Huang

Dr. Erich Osterberg interacts with a SOI participant. Credit: Vivian Huang

IDPO Education and Public Outreach Workshops at NSTA

Dr. Zoe Courville and Louise Huffman presented IDPO workshops for educators at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 15-17, 2018. The two workshops included an ice core science presentation and hands-on, inquiry-driven activities for classrooms. The presentations focused on evidence-based information on common climate misconceptions, as well as how ice core science helps us understand past climate change.

Educators engaged in inquiry-driven activities that they can use to teach their students concepts from ice core science. Credit: Louise Huffman

Educators enjoyed interacting with Dr. Zoe Courville at the NSTA workshop. Credit: Louise Huffman

Antarctic Science Generates Enthusiasm at an IDPO Education and Public Outreach Event at Rutgers University

IDPO Education and Public Outreach engaged over 800 visitors at the Geology Museum at Rutgers University, where visitors participated in multiple hands-on activities to learn about ice core science and the science behind challenges of working in the polar regions. This event was facilitated by the Associate Director of the Geology Museum, who had been a 2017 participant in the IDPO School of Ice workshop.

Students and their parents engage in hands-on activities while learning about ice core science and the challenges of working in the polar regions.

Students and their parents engage in hands-on activities while learning about ice core science and the challenges of working in the polar regions.

Announcing School of Ice 2018

The School of Ice is an experiential advanced professional development workshop, funded by NSF, for faculty at Minority Serving Institutions who want the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Earth's climate record through analysis of paleoclimate records collected with drilling support by the US Ice Drilling Program. Participants build scientific knowledge and skills while engaging in hands-on investigations and exploring resources for transferring ice science to their existing courses or to newly developed ones. They will network with ice core scientists, engineers and educators as well as with other workshop participants.

The application is available at .

Applications are due by January 31, 2018.

Group photo of the participants and facilitators from the 2017 School of Ice workshop.

Announcing new IDPO Education and Outreach Website

The IDPO Education and Outreach Program website ( has undergone a complete re-design and update. It features a designated section for the School of Ice as well as many new activities, labs and resources for middle school, high school and college educators as well as a growing "public" area. The website will continue to evolve and grow with feedback from our ice core science network of educators, scientists and engineers.

Screenshot of the new IDPO Education and Outreach website

NAAEE Outreach Event

On October 21, Louise Huffman and Sarah Das (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) are presenting an ice core science workshop, Cool Science Explains a Warming World, at the North American Association of Environmental Educators 46th Annual Conference.

School of Ice Development Program Successfully Held at Dartmouth College

School of Ice, an advanced professional development program for faculty at Minority Serving Institutions, was organized and produced by IDPO at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in June. Thirteen scientists and engineers from Dartmouth and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) presented their research and provided additional reading materials to build the participants' background knowledge in ice core science and climate change. Elaine Hood from the Antarctic Support Contract participated remotely and talked about the U.S. Antarctic Program's science activities in Antarctica. Louise Huffman, IDPO's Director of Education & Public Outreach, and Lisa Bastiaans, a former School of Ice participant, provided hands-on inquiry labs and activities for the participants to use in their own classrooms to transfer the knowledge to their students. The workshop also included field trips to Dr. Erich Osterberg's ice core laboratory, CRREL, and a walking field trip led by Dr. Meredith Kelly to the remnants of the Last Glacial Maximum near the Dartmouth campus.

2017 School of Ice participants and facilitators

IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events (2017 Spring)

School of Ice
From June 25-28, IDPO will host twelve faculty members from eleven different minority-serving institutions for the School of Ice workshop at Dartmouth. All travel plans for participants have been made, speakers were invited and confirmed, and materials are being prepared for the workshop.

Participants in the 2017 School of Ice worshop will participate in similar activities to this lab from last year's workshop. Credit: Louise Huffman.

Participants in the 2017 School of Ice worshop will participate in similar activities to this lab from last year's workshop. Credit: Louise Huffman.

Checking Out Your Team
Educators are invited through IDPO's to take part in an activity entitled "Checking Out Your Team" which brings IDPO scientists to classrooms through an IDPO webinar. On March 16, Mindy Nicewonger from the South Pole Ice Core drilling project presented ice core research information to 115 North Carolina eighth grade students and four teachers. Louise Huffman, IDPO Director of Education & Public Outreach, led the webinar and worked with the teacher, Beverly Owens, and Mindy to directly align the presentation with eighth grade science standards.

The IDPO "Checking Out Your Team" webinar included participation by a community scientist, 115 junior high students and four teachers.

IDDO Outreach Event
On April 1, 2017, approximately 200 visitors over a four-hour period visited IDDO in Madison, Wisconsin, and through demonstrations and hands-on activities learned about drilling and ice core science. Louise Huffman worked with Jay Johnson at IDDO, to suggest interactive activities that work with large multi-aged groups of visitors and sent IDPO pencils to give to visitors along with colorful informative bookmarks created by Anna Claussen, IDDO Field Support Manager. Several IDDO engineers participated in the well-attended event.

Visitors in Madison, WI observe drill parts and photos as engineers answer questions. Credit: Chris Gibson

Visitors in Madison, WI play "Polar Opposites" where they learn about the extremes of working in Greenland and Antarctica. Credit: Chris Gibson

Polar Educators International (PEI) Workshop
Louise Huffman attended the PEI Education Meets Science: Bringing Polar Research into Classrooms workshop in Rovereto, Italy, from April 11-14. Louise presented a talk on IDPO and ice core science and led a hands-on workshop as well. Sixty-five participants attended the workshop from fifteen countries. Louise's travel expenses were paid with non-IDPO funds.

Group photo of the PEI workshop participants. Credit: PEI

IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events (2016 Winter)

Education Outreach Event at the Montshire Museum
Four Dartmouth graduate students and one undergraduate student worked with Louise Huffman, IDPO Director of Education & Public Outreach, to plan a community outreach event at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT, held on November 5, 2016. Approximately 560 elementary students and their parents from local school districts were invited to spend a Saturday engaging in hands-on ice core activities and interacting with early career Dartmouth scientists. Students tried on Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear, "swam" in the Southern Ocean wearing blubber gloves, operated a model of an ice core drill, and touched a real Greenland ice core. Several new IDPO educational videos were field tested with museum visitors. Mary Albert spoke to a mixed audience of elementary students, their parents and grandparents about working in Greenland and Antarctica and how ice cores inform us about climate change.

Dartmouth post-doc, Dr. Bess Koffman, teaches about glacier flow during the Montshire Museum outreach event.

A Dartmouth graduate student, left, teaches about Greenland ice cores during the Montshire Museum outreach event.

School of Ice
Planning for the 2017 School of Ice (SOI) is well underway. SOI will host 12 faculty members from minority serving institutions at Dartmouth in June. Applications were solicited and received from across the country representing colleges in 20 states, and the selection committee is working to choose this year's class.

The 2017 School of Ice will have hands-on activities similar to this lab from last year's workshop. Credit: Louise Huffman.

Checking Out Your Team (COYT)
Educators are invited through the website to take part in an activity titled "Checking Out Your Team" which brings IDPO scientists to classrooms through a teleconference. Planning for a COYT teleconference is underway with a teacher in North Carolina and SPICEcore scientist Mindy Nicewonger which will take place in March.

New Education Outreach Website
Work is underway to update and re-organize the education and outreach website ( The new website will be unveiled this spring.

Education and Outreach (2016 Fall)

Work has begun planning the next 'School of Ice' to be held late spring 2017. School of Ice is designed for faculty at MSIs (Minority Serving Institutions) to learn about ice core science from IDPO researchers and lab activities to use in transferring ice science to their students. Applications to faculty from MSIs will be sent out before the end of the year. Any questions, please contact Louise Huffman at louise.t.huffman at .

The SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia this year and IDPO education and outreach (EO) was well represented. Huffman (IDPO Director of EO) chaired a double EO session that had abstracts submitted from 14 different countries. Her oral presentation was about bridging the gap between researchers and non-technical audiences through various EO programs and projects.

Attendance at the SCAR conference led to many collaborative meetings including projects like PEI (Polar Educators International), APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists), ICECUBE, SCAR and Polar18. Working with APECS, Huffman served on a mentor panel and also facilitated a communication workshop for APECS members the weekend prior to the start of the SCAR Conference. She met with leaders of PEI and APECS to collaborate on ways to work together in the future.

Louise Huffman working with (from left) PEI President, Gary Wesche, APECS member, Hanne Nielsen, APECS Executive Director, Gerlis Fugmann, and PEI Council Member, Alessia Cicconi.

SCAR sponsored a Wikibomb event, Women in Antarctic Research, recognizing the contributions women have made in Antarctica. Several of our IDPO women were nominated including Executive Director, Mary Albert, and EO Director, Louise Huffman.

SCAR sponsored a Wikibomb event, Women in Antarctic Research, recognizing the contributions women have made in Antarctica. Several of our IDPO women were nominated including Executive Director, Mary Albert, and EO Director, Louise Huffman.

IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events (2016 Summer)

School of Ice
In May, twelve nationally selected college professors from Minority-Serving Institutions attended the second "School of Ice" held in Denver, Colorado. Senior researchers presented the latest scientific and engineering content via live and virtual presentations, while IDPO led the Leadership Team including Lockheed's Antarctic Support Contract, Polar Field Services, National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL), and University of Colorado Boulder's INSTAAR also contributed to the packed four-day agenda. One of the participants from the first School of Ice contributed to the agenda by attending and leading a hands-on activity she has used successfully with the students at her institution. Created by IDPO, the project was the result of a partnership with the American Meteorological Society. Funding was provided to IDPO by Lockheed Martin.

School of Ice participants and facilitators at the NICL in Denver, CO.

Education and Outreach Event at Montshire Museum, Vermont
On May 11, 2016, six Dartmouth graduate students worked with IDPO Director of Education & Public Outreach Louise Huffman to plan an outreach event for the public at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT. Students and their parents from local school districts were invited to spend an evening exploring polar science including specific activities about ice core science. Students tried on Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear, "swam" in the Southern Ocean wearing blubber gloves, operated an ice core drill model, touched a real Greenland ice core, looked at cross polarization in ice crystals, and using "glacier goo", raced glaciers down different surfaces to explore how a glacier moves.

Visitors to the Montshire Museum on May 11, 2016, became Antarctic explorers while trying on ECW gear, and learned about ice core science (pictured).

Dartmouth graduate students volunteer their time to bring ice core science to the public.

Summer Inquiry Science Workshops for Inner City Chicago Public School Teachers
In July, workshops for K-12 teachers who teach in high-risk Chicago public schools were held at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the University of Chicago and the Chicago Field Museum. Ice core science was incorporated into the existing curriculum. In the introductory inquiry science week, the story of how ice cores were shipped from WAIS Divide, Antarctica, to the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver, CO, USA was used as the 'hook' before participants were challenged to build an "ice core shipping container" that would keep their ice core frozen with the least mass lost. In the advanced inquiry week, IDPO's Louise Huffman presented a climate change day based on ice core activities. The resources and activities were well received by the teachers. Workshops were paid for by the Golden Apple Foundation.

Educators were enthusiastic as they worked together, led by Huffman and other Golden Apple Fellows, to learn new science teaching skills.

IDPO Leads Multiple Events at the National Science Teachers Association Conference

Teachers from across the nation were engaged in multiple IDPO educational outreach events at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Nashville, TN. Approximately 88 educators participated in several hands-on activities about ice science and climate that they can use in their classrooms.

Louise Huffman instructs 88 middle and high school teachers at an NSTA session. Credit: IDPO

IDPO Education and Public Outreach: Linda Morris Retires and Louise Huffman is Hired

After many highly successful years as Director of Education and Public Outreach for IDPO, Linda Morris retired on Dec 31, 2016 in order to travel and to spend more quality time with her children and grandchildren. Linda created the IDPO Education and Public Outreach program from scratch, sustaining it on a shoestring budget since the early years of IDPO existence. Her vision, personal initiative, and persistence resulted in a program that uses best practices to contribute to teacher knowledge and proficiency and public understanding of discoveries enabled by ice coring and drilling, through nation-wide partnerships for broader dissemination with the National Science Teacher Association, the American Meteorological Society, TERC, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), and the Polar Educators International master class series, for example. Linda's leadership in establishment of the Lockheed-funded School of Ice program put climate understanding and classroom tools into the hands of faculty from under-served institutions, where they are using it with their diverse body of students. Linda's grant for a second year of the School of Ice has been funded, and will occur in May. We sincerely thank Linda for her dedication, service, and professionalism.

Linda Morris, Director of Education and Public Outreach for IDPO, retired on Dec 31, 2016.

Louise Huffman has been hired as the new IDPO Director of Education and Public Outreach. Louise is a former classroom teacher and she served as the Chair of the Formal Education Subcommittee of the IPY-EOC. From 2007-2013, she was the ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) Coordinator of Education and Public Outreach. All IDPO projects and initiatives are continuing as planned, and new avenues are also being explored. Anyone with ideas, or who would like to become involved in IDPO EO projects, or who have specific EO needs relevant to the mission of IDPO-IDDO is welcome to contact Louise at

Louise Huffman, the new IDPO Director of Education and Public Outreach

Applications Sought for IDPO's School of Ice 2016

May 2016 looks to be an exciting month for those seeking professional development related to the role of ice core research in climate education. In its second year, the Lockheed Martin-funded "School of Ice", developed by the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office in partnership with the American Meteorological Society's education program, is actively seeking qualified candidates for the four day, Denver-based, residential course on ice core science. If you or your colleagues teach environmental and/or geoscience courses at a community college, undergraduate institution or university classified as a Minority-Serving Institution, this experiential week may be just for you!

The calendar dates are May 22-26, 2016. Information on course content is available from Linda Morris at linda.m.morris at dartmouth dot edu. Application materials can be accessed online at or contact Elizabeth Mills at mills at ametsoc dot org to receive them by email. Come join us!

School of Ice partner Bruce Vaughn leads 2015 professors on a tour of CU- INSTAAR's stable isotope laboratory. Credit: Shelly Sommer


Mary Albert gave an invited webinar to the Association of Early Polar Career Scientists (APECS) discussing: ways in which early career researchers can participate in both short term and long term science planning for science endeavors requiring ice coring or drilling; how to request ice drilling support from IDPO-IDDO; and education and outreach activities that IDPO offers for community scientists. The webinar is archived on the APECS website at .

IDPO Launches New Course Targeting Professors at Minority-Serving Institutions

In June 2015, twelve nationally selected college professors from Minority-Serving Institutions attended the first in-depth "School of Ice" in Denver, Colorado. A Leadership Team including Lockheed's Antarctic Support Contract, Polar Field Services, the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL), and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research contributed to the packed four-day agenda, which highlighted the latest scientific and engineering content via live and virtual presentations from ice drilling and coring scientists and engineers. Among those who contributed content were Joe McConnell, Ed Brook, Sarah Das, Bruce Vaughn, Bob Anderson, NSIDC's Ted Scambos, Gary Clow, Jay Johnson, Seth Campbell, Laurel McFadden, Ashley Maloney, Jeff Severinghaus and Linda Morris. Evaluation of the workshop showed evidence of statistically significant increases in the professors' scientific and engineering background knowledge and pedagogical ability to instruct their students. Created by IDPO, the project was the result of a partnership with the American Meteorological Society. The initial program was highlighted in an article by the Antarctic Sun (see Empowering Educators at the School of Ice: U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office Offers Educators a Close-Up Look at Ice Core Science), and plans are underway for expanding its reach through a 2016 event. Funding was provided to IDPO by Lockheed Martin through a proposal written by Linda Morris.

Participants from ten states pose at NICL before a tour of a live core processing line.

IDPO Advances School of Ice

The initial cadre of participants has been selected from a highly competitive field of applicants for the IDPO and the American Meteorological Society co-sponsored "School of Ice". The twelve participants are professors from ten different states, have an even female/male gender count, and come from a variety of minority serving institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Final preparations will continue for the event, which will occur in June 2015.

NSTA Web Seminar – Fire and Ice: Snow Albedo and Our Future

Join us on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 EST for a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) web seminar, presented by IDPO's Mary Albert, Alden Adolph and Linda Morris. Entitled "Fire and Ice: Snow Albedo and Our Future", the event will cover what caused the recent big Greenland ice sheet melt, and share reasons why understanding your regional albedo is important to your future. Details are available at the link below. The event is free.

Registration is required and is available at:

Alden and Mary measuring permeability of surface snow at Summit, Greenland, summer 2011.

Preparations Underway for School of Ice, a Professional Development Course

Ice core science and engineering will be the focus of a four-day residential course for professors from Minority Serving Institutions, June 14-18, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. Funded by Lockheed Martin, the course will build upon a previous STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) diversity effort offered by IDPO's grant partner, the American Meteorological Society's Education Program, which focused on ocean drilling and was titled, School of Rock. This new course designed by IDPO, School of Ice, will showcase the expertise of scientists, IDDO engineers, and the knowledge and resources offered by a Leadership Team representing multiple Denver-based organizations, including the National Ice Core Laboratory, CU-Boulder, the Antarctic Support Contract, and Polar Field Services. The course will serve as a pilot for future replication and expansion.

Media Kit (2014 Fall)

The 2014 Fall IDPO-IDDO Media Kit is now available for download. While the Media Kit is written for the media, it is a good resource for anyone interested in learning more about IDPO-IDDO. The Media Kit can be downloaded at:

Education and Public Outreach (2014 Fall)

A reminder for scientists who attended the WAIS Divide conference in La Jolla, this past September: To have your recent scientific results be 'front and center' in IDPO's outreach messages to teachers, television, and the public, please access the media information files, located on pp. 78-79 (pp. 80-81 if printing) of the WDC Handout on the conference thumb drive, and return the requested information to Linda Morris via fax at (603) 646-9795 or via email, at linda.m.morris at This will help Linda to showcase knowledge of the community's many recent successes!

For everyone: Please share the following information about an upcoming National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) webinar with your education networks, and others seeking the latest information. The event is free.

SPICE Core: Investigating Past Climate at the South Pole

What's the latest in Antarctic paleo-climate research? On December 10, 2014, this web seminar, targeting educators of students in grades 7-12, will introduce participants to the nation's newest ice core expedition...SPICE Core! Investigators seeking data from the past 40,000 years are drilling a 1500 meter ice core to study chemical isotopes, tiny particles called aerosols and atmospheric gases trapped in the earth's great southern ice sheet. The goal is to investigate environmental change since the last glacial/interglacial transition. Why was the South Pole targeted? What criteria affect the specific site selection for drilling? What new kinds of technology were required? Dr. T.J. Fudge will answer your questions, and share what it's like to work in the Pole's extreme environment.

A related, video-enhanced educational activity, focusing on "Polar Science and Engineering", will be presented by Linda Morris for you to share with your students. The interactions modeled in the video between scientists and engineers will serve as the basis of a reflective activity, Drilling Back Through Time, that introduces the students in your classroom to the NGSS's "Scientific and Engineering Practices". Educational resources from the US Ice Drilling Program will be showcased.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT

Dr. T.J. Fudge, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington, Earth & Space Sciences
Ms. Linda M. Morris, Director of Education & Public Outreach, US Ice Drilling Program Office, Dartmouth College

For further information, contact Linda at linda.m.morris at dartmouth dot edu.

The 2014-15 South Pole ice core field team at the Ceremonial South Pole. (L to R): Elizabeth Morton, Grant Boeckmann, Nick Wipperfurth, Mindy Nicewonger, Kimberly Casey, Murat Aydin, Tanner Kuhl, Dave Ferris, Josh Goetz and Shawntel Singleton. Credit: Dave Ferris.

IDPO Educational Outreach Develops New Interactive Map

A new interactive national map and supporting materials now point students to future careers in ice coring and drilling. A presentation with tips, links to career profiles and the map can be found at

If your university conducts ice core research and you'd like to have it added to the map, please contact Linda Morris at

Educational Outreach (2013 Winter)

An April opportunity: Add to your outreach activities by volunteering as a scientist reviewer for IDPO's partner organization, the American Meteorological Society. AMS is seeking an expert to review the scientific content related to ice cores, within the Paleo-climate chapter of their national Climate Studies text. The text is used by professors at community college and 4-year colleges, and will be released soon in an updated, eBook format. AMS will acknowledge any review or editorial assistance provided in the Preface-Acknowledgements section. Information about the text and its associated e-Investigations, etc. is available at:

If you are interested, please send an email to Linda Morris immediately, at

Educational Outreach (2013 Fall)

An IDPO-IDDO team will be presenting "Polar Science and Engineering: A Model for NGSS Practices" at this year's AGU annual conference, during the Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop on Monday, December 9th in the Marriott Marquis Golden Gate A ballroom. Focusing on the collaborative practices which enabled the successful season of replicate coring, IDDO's Field Support Manager, Kristina Slawny, UW scientist TJ Fudge, and IDPO Education & Outreach Program Manager Linda Morris will deliver a multi-media infused presentation with related hands-on activities for K-12 educators who are registered for the two-day event. Further information on the full agenda and registration procedure is available at:

Educational Outreach (2013 Summer)

Two new video resources for your use in education and outreach were recently added to IDPO-IDDO's YouTube page.

The first, "How Ice Core Drills Work", responds to requests made of, and by researchers to have materials that explain how ice core drills function. The clip demonstrates the workings of a double barrel drill design featuring footage of IDDO's Blue Ice Drill test at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH. Its narration highlights the interactions between scientific and engineering practices, as outlined in the new Next Generation Science Standards for educators.

The second, "Ice Core Processing: Discovering Earth's Climate History", features station-by-station interviews of graduate students and researchers from multiple universities involved with processing ice from the WAIS Divide ice core at the National Ice Core Laboratory in Lakewood, CO. Descriptions of investigations related to specific scientific indicators reveal the diversity of data emerging from ice core research and contribute to the larger picture of climate history and its relevance to our future.

For further information and support, please email:

Educational Outreach (2013 Spring)

Linda Morris, IDPO's Education Program Manager, recently facilitated a repeat "Checking Out Your Team" videoconference featuring Spruce Schoenemann (University of Washington) with a Washington high school. Students were very enthusiastic, and, for the second year in a row, a student who is now a senior expressed interest in pursuing a career in the ice coring field. Several students gave up their lunch hour to stay online with Spruce. If you would like to learn more about how you can participate in the "Checking Out Your Team" videoconference-based activity, please contact Linda Morris at

New Video on Ice Core Processing

A new video was produced by IDPO from footage taken last summer at the National Ice Core Laboratory, showcasing how and by whom ice cores are processed, examples of the science that results from each type of sample, and why these discoveries are important within the global climate picture. The video will become part of a suite of media products located on the Climate Expeditions "Cool Stuff for Everyone" page.

IDPO Leads Community Events at AGU

IDPO was active in the American Geophysical Union meeting, December 3-7, 2012. Albert organized and Twickler participated in the AGU Town Hall on Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions, an interdisciplinary event which included contributions from IDPO-IDDO (Albert), NICL (Twickler), IPICS (Brook), Oldest Ice (Severinghaus), RAID (Goodge), ANDRILL (Levy), and SCAR-PAIS (DeConto).

Linda Morris organized the AGU sessions on climate literacy challenges related to the emerging Next Generation Science Standards. Linda Morris was Lead Convener for two oral and one poster sessions at the AGU fall conference. The full day strand, entitled Climate Literacy: Preparing K-12 Students to Address Next Generation Challenges, targeted educational leaders and scientists and offered presentations by national speakers involved with the changing science standards, their role in promoting climate change education and best practices for their implementation.

U.S. SCAR Office and ANSWER News Digest Move to Ohio State University

The U.S. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Office has moved from Texas A&M to Ohio State University. The new website for U.S. SCAR is The U.S. SCAR Office also manages the ANSWER (ANtarctic Science WEb Resource) electronic mailing list, so it too has moved to Ohio State University. Because of the move, the ANSWER mailing list is being migrated to a new system, and existing mailing list members will begin to once again receive the ANSWER News Digest in the coming weeks. For the latest information about the ANSWER mailing list, including how to post messages to it, visit:

Visit Us on Facebook

IDPO/IDDO is now on Facebook at We will be using the page to update the Facebook public audience on important announcements, news and journal articles of interest, solicitation deadlines, and interesting updates, photos and videos pertaining to IDDO drilling and field science support.

Educational Outreach (2012 Fall)

The 2012 AGU conference offers a wonderful opportunity for scientists to interact with educational leaders and learn about best practices in climate education. In collaboration with NOAA and the National Earth Science Teachers Association, IDPO is convening multiple sessions on "Climate Literacy: Preparing K-12 Students to Address Next Generation Challenges". Featuring nationally recognized speakers knowledgeable about the latest science standards and how to prepare classroom teachers to implement them effectively, two oral and one poster session are scheduled for Tuesday, December 4th. Discussion on innovative roles you can play as a scientist is welcome! Please visit the conference website for details on these sessions: ED 21D (8-10 AM), ED22B (10:20 AM-12:20 PM) and ED 23A (1:40-4 PM). For more information, please contact Linda Morris at

Educational Outreach (2012 Summer)

On April 11th, two classroom presentations were made to AP environmental science students in Washington state by UW graduate researchers, using IDPO's Checking Out Your Team activity. Spruce Schoenemann, who previously participated in the videoconference format of this activity, acted as a mentor for Bradley Markle during the in-person delivery.

During the IPY 2012 conference in Montreal, April 21-26, the following events facilitated by Linda Morris of IDPO occurred. Dr. James White delivered a keynote address at the PolarEDUCATORS conference, participated in a hands-on workshop conducted by Morris and colleagues, and was interviewed by Canadian radio on a panel of experts. Morris independently conducted an APECS K-12 Career Development session on "School Children and Teachers" for early career scientists, an exhibit hall stage show and poster session on "Hands-on Hooks for Scientists" and an oral session on "Keys to Communicating Your Science: Simple Strategies for Scientists". Networking during this conference lead to the development of an ongoing Polar Educators International network, subscribed to by colleagues from around the world interested in sustaining and growing polar education initiatives.

On May 2, Dr. Joe McConnell partnered with Morris to deliver an NSTA Web Seminar entitled, "Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Impacts as Evidenced in Ice Cores", with supporting educational lessons and IDPO resource information provided by Morris. The 49 participants rated the web seminar content as valuable, interactive, and relevant, with 100% expressing interest in more online professional development offerings. The materials are archived at:

An important new collaboration Morris created with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) led to a dual presentation by Drs. Julie Palais, in-person, and Richard Alley, via Skype to community college professors during the AMS's Climate Studies Diversity Project's faculty conference in DC.

Dr. Murat Aydin conducted a Checking Out Your Team videoconference with Morris on May 23rd, for high school students in Houston, TX. This followed up his participation in a teacher workshop with Morris last fall that prepared him for this role.

New Outreach Effort

Showcase your research through the "In the News" section of IDPO's Climate Expeditions web site. To make ice core discoveries more readily available to the public, your peer-reviewed research paper will be distilled into key points summarizing its importance. Please check the examples at: (first two bullets, In the News)

Send your documents to Education Program Manager Linda Morris at for translation today!

Screen shot of one of the research summaries translated by IDPO Education Program Manager Linda Morris.

U.S. Ice Drilling Program Media Kit

Want to learn more about IDPO/IDDO? Check out our new Media Kit. It is written for the media, but it is a good resource for anyone interested in learning more about IDPO/IDDO.

Educational Outreach (2012 Spring)

An emphasis on integrating engineering concepts into the soon-to-be released "Next Generation" national science standards was the inspiration for multiple teacher workshop presentations organized by IDPO Education Program Manager Linda Morris and involving IDDO WAIS Divide Lead Driller, Jay Johnson, and WAIS Divide Chief Scientist for Borehole Logging, Gary Clow. Using a highly interactive back-and-forth delivery tied to a new reflective classroom activity, the team modeled synergies between scientists and engineers as they work together to solve problems and create new science understandings. For information on how this approach might be adapted for your own outreach or to voice interest in participating in future outreach events, please contact Linda at:

For the first time NSF's Office of Polar Programs supported an exhibit booth at this conference, which offered multiple research projects the opportunity to highlight their materials under one umbrella. Graduate researchers and outreach personnel interfaced with educators over three days. The response from the teachers was extremely positive.

NSTA National Conference in Indianapolis, 2012.

Educational Outreach (2011 Winter)

Linda Morris, IDPO's Education Program Manager, completed creation of a new videoconference-based curriculum called "Checking Out Your Team". This middle-to-high school classroom activity targets student climate knowledge and career interest, and prepares participants for a presentation by, and Q & A with, an ice coring scientist or engineer. The opportunity was presented to teachers at two regional NSTA conferences this fall, with a very positive response.

Testing of the associated, interactive portion of the activity with videoconference between a scientist and the remote classrooms began in early January. For a list of scientists who have volunteered for outreach and/or to become involved yourself, please visit

Links to teacher instructions and student "web quest" starters for this activity can be found at:

Follow Us on Twitter

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program is now on Twitter! In addition to our IceDrill.News electronic mailing list and our RSS newsfeeds, we will now also announce all of our news, deadline reminders, meeting announcements, and requests for community feedback on science requirements for equipment under development/procurement via our Twitter account at:

Education and Outreach (2011 Summer)

A new "Outreach Support" section for US scientists is available at Accessed via the "For Scientists" drop-down tab, on this page you will be able to access a generic presentation for you to personalize and use (coming soon), discover how your already developed materials can be leveraged through IDPO outreach venues, ask for help with your Broader Impacts plans and find background information on educational standards and classroom practices. This location also provides an opportunity to leverage educational resources among projects and serves as a place to highlight the outreach efforts of scientists collaborating with IPDO...check out which of your colleagues have participated and join the list for upcoming opportunities!

Educational Outreach (2010 Winter)

The first quarter of this year was an active period, where multiple events that were planned last spring came to fruition.

In October, Linda Morris, Mary Albert and graduate researcher Kaitlin Keegan manned a Polar Detectives booth for two days during the US Science Festival on the DC mall, an event attended by half a million people. Albert was broadcast live talking about the significance of ice core research and Fernando Silva-Pinto, Washington correspondent for Globo International TV, interviewed Keegan.

In November, Morris presented a hands-on teachers' workshop at the National Science Teachers Association's regional conference in Baltimore. Albert stepped in to give a science presentation for Zoe Courville, who was unable to make it home from Antarctica in time. She met with an NSTA leader concerning potential integration of IDPO research into a proposal for developing formal education activities centered on the Climate Literacy Principles.

And in December, Joe McConnell and Linda Morris co-presented Hot Topics: Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Impacts as Evidenced in Ice Cores during the AGU teachers' GIFT (Geographical Information for Teachers) workshop in December. Fifty-three teachers attended the event, which was co-sponsored by AGU and the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outreach

Linda Morris, IDPO-IDDO Education Program Manager, is holding an ice cores and climate workshop called "Climate Expeditions" at the NSTA Regional Conference in Baltimore, MD on November 12-14. Please see the NSTA website for time and location If you would like to be involved in a future NSTA conference, please contact Linda Morris at

Requesting Field Support

If you are preparing a NSF proposal that includes any kind of support from IDP, you must include a Letter of Support from IDP in the proposal. Researchers are asked to provide IDP with a detailed support request three weeks prior to the date the Letter of Support is required. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Program Information

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) is a NSF-funded facility. IDP conducts integrated planning for the ice drilling science and technology communities, and provides drilling technology and operational support that enables the community to advance the frontiers of climate and environmental science.