Iowa Climate Change Educators Forum 2016

Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum 2016
Friday, October 7,
10:00 am – 2:30 pm - Rooms 118-119
Des Moines Area Community College, West Campus

The Forum is free and lunch is provided. Participants must register for the Forum at this link.

The 4th annual Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum will take place on Friday, October 7, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at Des Moines Area Community College, West Campus in West Des Moines.

This year’s forum will include presentations on the latest climate change research in Iowa and an update on the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards focusing on climate science curriculum in Iowa middle and high schools.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest climate impacts in Iowa and learn more about what the climate models say about Iowa’s future weather extremes. This will also be a great chance to network with Iowa public and public and private college and university science leaders.

If you have questions, please contact Joe Bolkcom at 319-353-2681 or



10:00 am - Welcome and Introductions – Dave Courard-Hauri

10:10 am – 10:25 am - Overview and discussion of Iowa Climate Statement 2016

10:25 am – 11:00 am Next Generation Science Standards implementation in Iowa
Kris A. Kilibarda, State Science Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Ted Neal, Clinical Instructor of Science Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Iowa
Scott Spak, Assistant Professor, Public Policy Center, University of Iowa

11:00 am - 11:20  am - Educational Tools from the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment - Betsy Stone - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa

11:20 am -11:30 am - Environmental Issues Instruction: Food, Farming, and Climate Change, Barbara Ehlers, Associate Professor of Education, Upper Iowa University

11:30 am – 11:50 am - USDA Climate Hub - Dennis Todey, Director - USDA Midwest Climate Hub

11:50 am – 1:00 pm – LUNCH - Connie Mutel – A Sugar Creek Chronicle – Communicating Climate Change

1:00 pm Latest updates on climate change impacts in Iowa

1:05 – 1:20 pm - Climate Change Adaptation in Grassland Ecosystems - Diane Debinski, Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University  

1:20 pm – 1:50 pm - Impact of changing intense rainfall on soil erosion - Rick Cruse, Professor and Director of the Iowa Water Center, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

1:50 pm – 2-25 pm Discussion of topics for Iowa Climate Statement 2017 and Climate Science Educators Forum 2017

2:30 pm Adjourn


Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum Presentations 2016 (will be posted after the Forum)


Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum Presentations 2015

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