FHSU professor working in coordination with NASA and the European Space Agency

Dr. Paul Adams, professor of teacher education at Fort Hays State University, traveled to Colorado Springs, CO, in July to serve as a consultant on education and public outreach for the CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) satellite mission, a joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency.

"My part was working with teachers in science?helping them to collect data on the ground," said Adams. He added that such data was then correlated with satellite data collected at the same time for a specific geographic area.

"I've been doing it for three years during the summer. I've always wanted to be involved with satellite and space missions and to do something different from my day-to-day job," said Adams.

The CALIPSO satellite mission is just one of three such programs to study the impact of natural and man-made aerosols on Earth's atmosphere. CloudSat studies cloud development and characteristics and Aura Earth Observation System studies radiation.

In addition, Adams recently co-authored the article "Survey of Kansas High School Physics Teachers" in the spring 2004 edition of Kansas Science Teacher.

It was to take a look at professional needs for high school teachers so that they could decide where they wanted to go from an educational standpoint," said Adams.

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