Three TAS Alumni Present at Smithsonian
Sue Zupko (TAS 2011), Kathleen Harrison (TAS 2011) and Michele Brustolon (TAS 2010) were invited to present at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natura History on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Each week at the Smithsonian’s Sant Ocean Hall, a scientist or science educator is invited to share their knowledge and experiences with the public during “The Scientist Is In: Ask an Expert” event.
The Sant Ocean Hall was created through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to show the ocean as a global system that is critical to life on Earth. The Hall opened in September 2008 and was the largest renovation of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum since it opened in 1910. It is 23,000-square-feet and features 12 distinct sections that exhibit deep oceans, coral reefs, Arctic and Southern Oceans, current ocean research and much more.
Ms. Zupko (TAS 2011) is a gifted-program teacher at Weatherly Heights Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama. She sailed aboard NOAA Ship Pisces and studied deep sea coral off the coast of Florida. While at the “Scientist Is In”, she shared her experience as a Teacher at Sea and her knowledge of coral by having the public create coral models.
Ms. Harrison (TAS 2011) is an earth science, biology and oceanography teacher at Hampton High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She sailed aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson and studied Walleye Pollock off the coast of Alaska. Ms. Harrison showed the public at the Hall how to measure fish, using models, and record data like the scientists on the Dyson.
Ms. Brustolon (TAS 2010) is a science teacher at Woodbury Middle School in Exeter, NH. She also sailed aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson and studied Walleye Pollock, but she sailed a year prior to Ms. Harrison. Michele demonstrated how sound waves move through water.