July 30, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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CAMBRIDGE, MA– TERC Senior Scientist Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley was recently selected for the 2013 American Geophysical Union.s Excellence in Geophysical Education Award. This annual Award is given to acknowledge a sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education through professional service. Dr. Ledley and other awardees will be celebrated at an honors ceremony and banquet to be held during the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, scheduled for December.

In addition to participating in the awards ceremony, Dr. Ledley is coordinating 9 climate literacy sessions that involve over 30 conveners and one AGU Education sponsored workshop for the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, which is expected to draw over 24,000 attendees.

Dr. Ledley has been a member of the American Geophysical Union for several decades, having presented her first science research papers at the AGU meetings after receiving her Ph.D from MIT in 1983. In the late 1990s, Dr. Ledley chaired the Global and Environmental Change Committee, and was instrumental in drafting the first AGU position statement on climate change. In 1999, Dr. Ledley published a response paper in Eos, AGU.s member bulletin, documenting the reasoning behind the position statement.

Dr. Ledley is a Senior Scientist and chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning (CSTL) at TERC. Her most recent work in Climate Literacy and Earth system science education includes development of the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection; founding and chairing the CLEAN Network (formerly the Climate Literacy Network ); collaboration on .Essential Principles of Climate Science.; and the development of EarthLabs modules on climate change and Earth system science that will serve as the laboratory component of a high-school capstone course in Earth and space science for the NSF-funded Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy and NASA-funded Earth System Science: A Key to Climate Literacy projects.

Dr. Ledley has also been involved in a spectrum of projects that focus on the use of Earth science data in educational contexts and leverage the National Science Digital Library efforts. These grants have entailed the development of the Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET), an online resource that provides step-by-step instructions for the use of an Earth science data set and data analysis tool by teachers in the classroom, as well as the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) Data Services and AccessData.projects that focused on bridging the communication gap between scientific and educational communities to make Earth science data sets accessible and available to educators and students.

More information about the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting can be found at: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/.

About AGU
The American Geophysical Union galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists to collaboratively advance and communicate science and its power to ensure a sustainable future. Established in 1919 as a committee within the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, AGU was independently incorporated in 1972. Since its founding, AGU is dedicated to furthering the sciences of geophysics through the individual efforts of our members and in cooperation with other national and international scientific organizations. These goals are met through publishing scientific journals and other technical publications, sponsoring scientific meetings of various sizes throughout the year and a variety of other educational and scientific activities. For more information, please visit: http://sites.agu.org.