Jeff Derry, a University of Colorado Colorado Springs alumnus, is the new Executive Director of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies (CSAS) in Silverton, Colorado. Jeff's passion for Polar Regions led him to work seasonally in Antarctica and Greenland. In Antarctica, Jeff held positions such as oceanic research associate, fuels supervisor, mechanic, and Manager of Marble Point located at the base of the environmentally fragile McMurdo Dry Valleys. In Greenland, Jeff oversaw and conducted multidisciplinary scientific investigations at the summit of the Greenland icecap. Jeff returned to school and earned a M.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University with an emphasis in snow hydrology. For a period of five years Jeff worked for GW-Scientific in Fairbanks, Alaska. After that, Jeff returned to Fort Collins and consulted with Golder Associates. Now Jeff continues his work at the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies where he utilizes his skills and experience to contribute to the future development of CSAS and its mission to study snowpack in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Read more about Jeff on the
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The Geo-Educator Community
With the rapid pace of change in the 21st century, it is more important than ever that young people understand the world around them. However, the focus of current education reform is elsewhere—leaving educators who are committed to teaching young people about their interconnected world out in the cold. National Geographic wants to change all that and is launching the Geo-Education Initiative to improve education about our world. The first step in this initiative is building a Geo-Educator Community for educators who are committed to teaching their students about the world. Connect through the Geo-Educator portal by way of on and off line platforms, social media, newsletters, a blog. Visit the Geo-Educator Community page to learn more.