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NOVA 'Polar Extremes' A Screening Event


  • WHEN Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE Patrick Henry High School, 6702 Wandermere Dr., San Diego, CA 92120
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Join KPBS for an epic adventure to explore the dynamic history—and future—of ice at the Earth’s poles. This event features excerpts from NOVA "Polar Extremes" and a panel discussion with local scientists and educators moderated by KPBS Environment Reporter Erik Anderson. In addition, educational resources from NOVA will be shared to support lifelong learning and foster scientific exploration.

This event is FREE. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson takes us on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet. Discover the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-high ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life. What caused such dramatic changes at the ends of the Earth? And what can the past reveal about our planet’s climate today—and in the future?


Erik Anderson, KPBS Environment Reporter - Erik’s career in journalism spans more than 40 years. He has reported on the region’s clean water and air initiatives, beach erosion, power, the restoration of the Salton Sea, and water quality along the coast. In addition, he has reported on endangered species, such as the Giant Panda, the California Condor, and the Northern White Rhino.

Emelia Chamberlain, Ph.D. student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego - Emelia Chamberlain grew up in the forested Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where she developed an interest in the natural sciences. At SIO, Emelia is focusing her research on the Arctic pole. Her first expedition is scheduled for summer 2020 as part of the MOSAiC International Arctic Drift project, a year-long expedition to study the Arctic ocean-ice-atmosphere system with the goal of clarifying key climatic and ecological processes as they function in the changing Arctic.

Professor Helen Fricker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego - Helen’s research focuses on ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland and their role in the climate system. Professor Fricker is widely recognized for her discovery of active sub-glacial lakes and her innovative research into the Antarctic ice shelf. Professor Fricker holds a BS from the University College in London and a Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania.

Ann Wegmann, Science Teacher, Patrick Henry High School - Ann Wegmann earned her B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning from DePaul University. As an educator, she is passionate about experiential learning and has brought students to the Amazon, Galapagos, Iceland, and the Dominican Republic so they can experience these unique ecosystems and our impact on them firsthand.

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