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Teachers from the Institute for Science Instruction and Study Visit USGS in Woods Hole


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Susan Hageman, Program Director of the Institute for Science Instruction and Study (ISIS), and 16 high-school and middle-school science teachers from Connecticut visited the USGS' Woods Hole Field Center to learn about gas hydrates.
Susan Hageman (top right), Program Director of the Institute for Science Instruction and Study (ISIS), and 16 high-school and middle-school science teachers from Connecticut visited the USGS' Woods Hole Field Center to learn about gas hydrates.
Susan Hageman, Program Director of the Institute for Science Instruction and Study (ISIS), and 16 high-school and middle-school science teachers from throughout Connecticut visited the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Woods Hole Field Center (WHFC) on March 15.

The teachers are participants in ISIS, established in 1985, which is an intense, 2-year interdisciplinary program aimed at advanced-degree science teachers interested in bringing new discoveries, technologies, and ideas into the classroom. This was the third ISIS group to visit Woods Hole since 1995.

The teachers were given a tour of the WHFC facility, including a visit to GHASTLI (Gas Hydrate And Sediment Test Laboratory Instrument) and other instrumentation in the Geotechnical Laboratory that is used by Bill Winters, Bill Waite, Dave Mason, and Brandon Dugan (a recent postdoctoral fellow from Penn State).

The teachers were given a presentation on gas hydrates, including information about USGS field and laboratory programs. They also viewed video clips of a force-12 storm weathered by the Ocean Drilling Program's drill ship JOIDES Resolution and the giant-piston-coring program conducted aboard the French Polar Institute's research vessel Marion Dufresne during July 2002 in the Gulf of Mexico.

The teachers were given numerous fact sheets, teacher's packets, and Web-related handouts provided by Nancy Soderberg and Joanne Sedlock, and enjoyed learning about ongoing work performed by the WHFC, as depicted in hallway posters. Because each of the 16 teachers instructs 100 to 130 students per day, the information gained by the Woods Hole visit potentially reached more than 1,600 students the following week.


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Gas Hydrate Studied in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
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Woods Hole Field Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Woods Hole , MA

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