Researchers and teachers seize funding opportunity
July 30, 2012
BCI game wardens hosted a visit to the school in nearby Las Pavas where the teachers hope to build an ongoing outreach relationship
In 2010 Stefan Schnitzer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, received nearly $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation to ask how a significant increase in woody vines known as lianas affects tropical forests. He didn’t stop there. Stefan also won a Research Experience for Teachers supplemental grant so middle school teachers from Milwaukee could join his team on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island.
Sarah Oszuscik, the lead teacher since the program began in 2010, was accompanied this year by Sue Pezanski Browne, Sara Feider and Armando Rodriguez. “Living on BCI provides such a rich experience,” said Sarah. “We’ve had the opportunity to learn about work done by labs throughout the world during simple dinner conversations and relaxing evenings on the porch.”
BCI game wardens hosted a visit to the school in nearby Las Pavas where the teachers hope to build an ongoing outreach relationship.
UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides additional funds for the project, which Schnitzer hopes will continue beyond this funding cycle.