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Above: Amanda Achberger shows students exteme cold weather gear during Trinity Episcopal Day School’s SMART (Science, Math, Art, Religion, and Technology) day (21 May 2014).


Participant in Louisiana State University’s Microbiology and Food Sciences 2014 summer camp. Students discussed experiences in science, the logistics of doing field work in an extreme environment, and were shown microorganisms on a scanning electron microscope.

Participant in the inaugural Math/Science Week, hosted by the LSU College of Science (July 2014). This project is designed to ignite an excitement for math and science that students can carry through middle and high school and into their college careers.

Participant in a science-based summer program sponsored by the LSU Laboratory School (3 June 2014).  The students learned about the types of microbes that can live under the world’s ice sheets, got to see ice from the base of a polar glacier, and tried on extreme cold weather gear.

During spring 2013, we hosted a tour of our laboratory and cold temperature environmental rooms for AP biology students from Grant High School, Dry Prong, LA.

Featured scientist in audio segments for Hear the Answer, a media platform produced in partnership with PBS and WETA/Washington, D.C. as a premier science, environmental and technology educational resource for teachers, students, and the public. Segment 1: Why study microbial life in ice? Segment 2: How does life exist when there is no sunlight? Segment 3: What’s an internship like in Antarctica? Segment 4: What is it like to camp in Antarctica?

Featured scientist in "Invisible", a documentary special for the History Channel (January 2013), Flight 33 Productions.

Participant in the EnvironMentors program, a national college access initiative that prepares at-risk high school juniors and seniors for college degree programs in environmental and related science fields, 2011-2013.

LSU Sally Ride 2012

Above: MARSLIFE participates in the annual
Sally Ride Science Festival at LSU (22 September 2012

Lecturer for Saturday Science at LSU, an outreach program targeting high school students, teachers, and open to the public, May 2011.

Under The Ice: Studying One of the Last Unexplored Aquatic Environments on Earth. NSTA Learning Center, May 2010.

Host of laboratory tours for the LSU BIOS program August 2007-2010, a 1 week intensive biology “bootcamp” for incoming freshmen at LSU.

Science presentation and demonstration for Louisiana high school students at the Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposia, January 2010.

Participant in PolarTREC during the 2009-2010 Antarctic field season, an educational research experience, funded by the NSF and managed by the Arctic Research Consortium, in which K-12 teachers participate in a polar research experience.

Graduate student Shawn Doyle's Antarctic field blog.

Story about Shawn Doyle's outreach program with his alma mater, Sulphur High School.

Featured scientist in "Discovering Astrobiology", an Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) video project in collaboration with the Highland Road Park Telescope Observatory

Pre-K and Kindergarten outreach program at University Methodist Preschool and South Boulevard Magnet, Baton Rouge, LA, 2009-10.

Participant in job shadow program with St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2008.

Participant in POLAR/PLANET-PALOOZA, Baton Rouge, LA, November 2007.

Invited speaker for Project SCIENCE (Science Content and Investigations to Engage, Nurture and Challenge Educators) workshop, “Life on Earth... and Elsewhere? An Educator Resource Guide in Astrobiology”, September 2006.


Visit to EBR South Boulevard Elementary for Career Day, February 2010.

    


Research in the news:

Icy moon explorer gets an Alaska road test. New Scientist, July 2014.

Glacial microbes gobble methane. Science News, April 2014.

LSU scientist assists with research in Antarctica. WAFB, December 2013.

Government shutdown affects University science research. The Daily Reveille, November 2013.

LSU studies old ice for future insights. The Advocate, October 2013.

Colder Than Ice: Researchers Discover How Microbes Survive in Subfreezing Conditions. Scientific American Blog, October 2013.

Life under ice. Science News, September 2013.

Dara O Briain's Science Club Series. (goto 35:36) August 2013.

The Case for Alien Life. Popular Mechanics, August 2013.

Life Under Antarctica's Ice. Discover Magazine, July/August 2013.

Unlocking Secrets. EJ USA, June 2013.

Russian scientist defends Lake Vostok life claims. Nature News, March 2013.

Antarctica's "New Life": Expected, or Extraordinary? Popular Mechanics, March 2013.

Buried Antarctic lake has life. Pique NewsMagazine, March 2013.

Water from the cold underworld. The Hindu, February 2013.

Life Found Deep Under Antarctic Ice for First Time? National Geographic, February 2013.

Life found deep below Antarctic ice. Science News, February 2013.

Piercing a buried polar lake. Science News for Kids, January 2013.

NSF-funded Team Samples Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet. NSF press release, January 2013.

Small, Small World. National Geographic, January 2013.

Mountains of Madness: Scientists Poised to Drill Through Antarctic Ice and Into Gothic Horror. Wired, December 2012.

Magical realism: WISSARD project poised to explore subglacial Lake Whillans. The Antarctic Sun, November 2012.

The High Life. ScienceNews for Kids, November 2012.

Peyton Adkins' Journey to Antarctica. LSU Research News, October 2012.

Search for Life in Antarctica's Ice-Covered Lake Takes Off. Live Science, September 2012.

Melting Glaciers Liberate Ancient Microbes. Scientific American, April 2012.

Cryobots Could Drill Into Icy Moons With Remote Fiber-Optic Laser Power. Article describing the VALKYRIE cryobot and its disruptive enabling technology. Wired Magazine, April 2012.

Life at the Edge of Space: Do high-flying microbes control Earth's weather? Cover article in April 2012 issue of Discover Magazine that features the MARSLIFE project.

Scientists Scope Out Frigid Lakes. Chemical & Engineering News, February 2012.

Scientists close to entering Vostok, Antarctica’s biggest subglacial lake. Washington Post, February 2012.

Microbes Controlling the Climate? Interview at 2011 General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, New Orleans, LA.

Surprising Find: Live Bacteria Help Create Rain, Snow & Hail. Live Science, May 2011

Bacteria: Blame them for the rain? Los Angeles Times, May 2011.

Research featured in First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth by Marc Kaufman, March 2011.

Even Ordinary Microbes May Survive Radiation on Mars. Live Science, December 2010.

From Trees and Grass, Bacteria That Cause Snow and Rain. New York Times, May 2010.

Researchers Hunt Down Antarctic Microbes. Live Science, May 2010.

Antarctica shelters abundant microbial life in water miles below the icy surface. Washington Post, March 2010.

LSU scientists home from Antarctica. WVLA NBC 33, December 2009.

Making Rain. Ivanhoe Newswire, June 2009.

Freezing energizes bacterial metabolism. Nature Reviews Microbiology, February 2009.

Rainmaking Bacteria Ride Clouds to "Colonize" Earth? National Geographic, January 2009.

Top 100 Stories of 2008 - #88: Bacteria Can Control the Weather. Discovery Magazine, January 2009.

New Life Beneath Sea And Ice. Science Daily, November 2008.

Potential Sources Of 'Rain-Making' Bacteria In The Atmosphere Identified. Science Daily, November 2008.

Fast Draw: In The Clouds. CBS Sunday Morning, July 2008.

Bio-Snow? Time:Nature's Wonders, June 2008.

Bacteria’s rainy role. Geotimes, May 2008.

Bacteria In Clouds. Chemical & Engineering News, April 2008.

Prevalence of Bacteria in Making Snowflakes Is Seen as Widespread. New York Times, March 2008.

'Rain-making' bacteria found around the world. Nature News, February 2008.

Bacteria Assists in Formation of Ice and Snow. NPR's Science Friday, February 2008.

Science Podcast, Science Magazine, February 2008.

Do Microbes Make Snow? Scientific American, February 2008.

Evidence Of 'Rain-Making' Bacteria Discovered In Atmosphere And Snow. Science Daily, February 2008.

The Last Unexplored Place on Earth. Discover Magazine, November 2007.

Essentially Immortal. Astrobiology Magazine, September 2007.

The Dark and Mushy Side of A Frozen Continent. Science Magazine, July 2007.