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EVS atmospheric scientist Scott Collis discusses his recent visit to Utqiagvik, Alaska

February 8, 2019

EVS atmospheric scientist Scott Collis recently visited Utqiagvik, Alaska, the northern most city in the U.S., where the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Research Facility has an atmospheric observatory. Collis traveled to Utqiagvik as a guest of Argonne Education as a domain expert on a project teaching 8th grade students computational thinking skills using forecast weather data, which is part of an Argonne Education program funded by the National Science Foundation to introduce computational thinking into the middle school classroom.

Upon returning to Chicago, Illinois, Collis discussed his trip and the recent cold outbreak in Chicago during interviews broadcast on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago and WTTW.

First sunrise in 2019 in Utqiagvik, Alaska, after about two months without sunlight.
First sunrise in 2019 in Utqiagvik, Alaska, after about two months without sunlight. [Source: Scott Collis, Argonne National Laboratory]
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