- January 2004
UCAR hires GLOBE director
UCAR has selected Craig Blurton, an educator who specializes in science
and computers, as the director of GLOBE. Craig will start work 5 January.
“After an extensive international search, we are excited that Craig
has agreed to join the new GLOBE team. He has a strong background in both
education and management,” says Jack Fellows, UOP director and vice
president for corporate affairs.
Jack has been serving as the interim executive director of GLOBE since
UCAR, in collaboration with Colorado State University, won the contract
to manage the worldwide Earth science and education program. (For more
about UCAR’s management of GLOBE, see the July-August 2003 issue
of Staff Notes Monthly.)
Craig comes to GLOBE from the University of Hong Kong, where he was an
associate professor at the Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching
and head of the Information Technology and Teaching Group. Previously,
he was associate directorof Classroom of the Future, NASA’s premier
research and development laboratory for education technology. While at
NASA, he managed the development of educational multimedia products such
as the award-winning Astronomy Village: Investigating the Universe.
Craig holds a doctorate in education from Arizona State University.
“I am very pleased to be invited to serve as GLOBE’s director
and I am excited about joining the worldwide GLOBE community,” Craig
says. “I look forward to meeting GLOBE students, teachers, partners,
scientists, and staffas we work together to shape the program’s
UCAR has hired several additional staffers for GLOBE, including Teresa
Kennedy (director, international/U.S. partnerships), Rebecca Boger (international
project scientist and deputy director, international/U.S. partnerships),
and Gary Randolph and Eric Stonebraker (international program specialists).
A hands-on, school-based program for Earth science education, GLOBE involves
hundreds of thousands of primary and secondary students around the world
in partnership with scientists to collect important data for research
about Earth’s environment. More than 24,000 teachers in 14,000 schools
and over 100 countries have received GLOBE training. •Nicole Gordon
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