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Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning

By Rick Toomey, Shannon R. Trimboli, Bob Ward, Mike Adams and Blaine Ferrell

Abstract

The Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning (MCICSL) is a cooperative venture of Mammoth Cave National Park and Western Kentucky University. Funding, logistical support, and governance of MCICSL are shared equally by both entities. MCICSL is part of a national network of research learning centers located within the National Park Service. The goals of MCICSL and the other research learning centers are to: I. Facilitate the use of parks for scientific inquiry. II. Support science-informed decision making. III. Communicate the relevance of and provide access to knowledge gained through scientific research. IV. Promote science literacy and resource stewardship. MCICSL has been operational since the middle of 2005, so it is still building programs. Current staffing consists of a Research Director (Toomey) and a part-time Education Program Specialist (Trimboli). In spite of the limited staff, MCICSL is meeting its goals and is leading both research and education based programs

Topics: Animal Sciences, Forest Sciences, Geology, Hydrology, Other Earth Sciences, Plant Sciences
Publisher: TopSCHOLAR®
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.wku.edu:mc_reserch_symp-1039
Provided by: TopSCHOLAR

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