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October 4, 2017


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How Chemistry Shapes the Local Environment

Modeling Reveals Pathways of IHNV in Steelhead Trout

By the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

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USGS scientist Bob Shedlock discusses the health of Minebank Run in Baltimore County with a group of teachers participating in a BES teacher workshop.

MILLBROOK, N.Y. – Through a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is partnering with Baltimore City Public Schools to transform the way that chemistry is taught in the city's high schools.

The innovative approach draws on data gathered by BES to convey how chemistry shapes the local environment.

Dr. Alan Berkowitz, Head of Education at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, is leading the effort. Berkowitz says, "This represents a major milestone in our work with Baltimore City Public Schools. For the first time, we are developing a unit for a required high school science class that will include Baltimore Ecosystem Study data, research methods, and local applications. Every student in the city will be learning about chemistry through the lens of this research."


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