Spring 2019 eNewsletter

CIGLR Minute Video Series

Reaching the Next Generation of Great Lakes Scientists

In February, thirteen year old California native Jason Wang was preparing his science fair project focused on climate change. He was particularly interested in looking at disparities in snowfall throughout different regions of the country. When doing research for his project, Jason found the CIGLR Minute video focused on lake effect snow. In an effort to understand this phenomenon better, Jason contacted CIGLR scientists Dr. Ayumi Fujiski-Manome and Lindsay Fitzpatrick for more information. Jason shared that, “Speaking to the [science fair] judges can be very stressful, but speaking with you all was very fun because you were all very helpful and encouraging to me. It was so much fun both presenting my project and getting to know about yours! I now realize how difficult research is. You have all been so kind and supportive of me. Emailing you and getting to meet all of you was the best part of my project. Thank you again.”

Stakeholder Engagement

As a stakeholder engagement specialist, Devin Gill works to connect scientists with citizens. She works with users of CIGLR and GLERL forecast tools to identify stakeholder information needs and guides the development of products based on those needs. Devin’s important work to connect research teams with data users ensures that our products are useful and relevant to society. “My goal as the stakeholder engagement specialist is to build a relationship between scientists and community groups to ensure that we’re all working together to promote this hugely important resource, the Great Lakes,” says Devin.