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Chicago Heights Educator to Set Sail on Gulf of Mexico Research Cruise

Chicago Heights Educator to Set Sail on Gulf of Mexico Research Cruise [06/14/2018]

Submitted by: NOAA Teacher at Sea Program

Dr. Angela Hung, a biology professor at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois, will sail on June 22 to assist scientists on a 14-day survey of groundfish populations in the Gulf of Mexico. Hung will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.

“I am excited to connect my landlocked students and colleagues with the faces and efforts of NOAA researchers who work on exciting projects at sea, as well as the residents of the ocean,“ says Hung. “Making their learning relevant through my own hands-on experiences is vital to getting students excited about science and environmental stewardship.”

Hung will board NOAA Ship Oregon II in Galveston, Texas, and will work with scientists daily as they conduct an ongoing population survey of groundfish populations in the Gulf of Mexico. Hung is writing a blog detailing her experience—photos from the blog are free and available for use by media with proper credit.

"NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program gives teachers the professional opportunity of a lifetime with a chance to participate in cutting edge science, on the ocean, working side-by-side with world-renowned scientists,” says Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director. “Teachers describe this authentic research experience as transformative and one that allows them to bring new knowledge and excitement back to their classrooms.”

Now in its 28th year, the program has provided nearly 750 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from nearly 300 teachers, and chose 35 to participate in research cruises. These educators are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.

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For more information:

NOAA Fisheries Homepage: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/
NOAA Teacher at Sea Homepage: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/
Angela Hung’s blog: https://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/#/2018/Angela*Hung/blogs