December 2004 - January 2005
A group of Native American students from the Haskell Indian
Nations University in Kansas visited the Mesa Lab on November
18, sharing perspectives on environmental topics and learning
about recent developments in atmospheric science.
The Institute for the Study of Society and Environment teamed
up with Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research
and Science to sponsor the evening reception. The event was
part of a continuing effort by ISSE and SOARS, as well as
by UCAR in general, to reach out to underrepresented populations.
Highlights included a presentation by NCAR director Tim Killeen
on research developments in atmospheric science, as well
as a tour of the SCD visualization lab.
“I’m here primarily because I’m interested
in the integration of indigenous wisdom into the sciences,” Anthony
Fernandes, a junior at Haskell, said during the reception. “This
wisdom is often overlooked by the scientific world until
it’s proven, but you don’t need scientific verification
for it to be valid.”
Anthony Fernades (left) and Raj Pandya.
He added that indigenous peoples, with generations of weather
observations and other insights into the natural world, can
enrich scientific understanding.
SOARS staffers Jocelyn White, Rebecca Estrada-Anderson, and
Beverly Johnson organized the event, and several NCAR and
UCAR scientists mingled with the students and fielded their
questions. “From my conversations with the students,
they left feeling welcomed by and intrigued about NCAR, its
science, and the possibility of convergences between indigenous
knowledge and Western science,” said SOARS director
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