FYI.  Hope there is still space available if BEST researchers have interest.

Kathleen Pagan, AICP, Alachua County Sr. Planner 

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From: John Walber, LearningTimes [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Subject: Free Smithsonian Online Conference on Climate Change

Dear Colleague,

LearningTimes is very pleased to invite you to another unique online conference sponsored by the Smithsonian.  

The "Smithsonian Education Online Conference on Climate Change" is three-day, free, education online conference taking place September 29 through October 1, 2009. Register now at:

"Climate Change" sessions will be of special interest to educators, entire classrooms of engaged students, and to the general public. Throughout the conference, participants will explore Smithsonian research and collections related to the evidence, impact, and response to climate change. Alongside Smithsonian scientists and curators, you will look at the issues surrounding climate change from the perspectives of science, history, and art. 

The conference will show the depth of research that the Smithsonian can bring to a current problem. Smithsonian scientists and other experts will lead participants in explorations of Smithsonian research on this important issue via live interactive presentations, moderated forums and demonstrations. 

All of the conference sessions will be recorded for later viewing via the Web at:

Among the many presenters are:

* Bert Drake, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, who leads two major studies of the impact of atmospheric carbon dioxide on ecosystems
* Scott Wing, paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History, who specializes in prehistoric plant life and its reactions to climate change 
* Charles Duncan, collections specialist at the Archives of American Art, who will explore the intersections of art, communications, and ecology. 
*Tricia Edwards, educator at the Lemelson Center at the National Museum of American History, who will focus on the work of young inventors concerned with sustainability issues. 

Registration is open to everyone at:

which also features a blog about climate change and an archive of the first online conference, "Abraham Lincoln," which attracted more than 3,000 participants on six continents.

Please write to [log in to unmask] with any questions.

Warm regards,

John Walber