LSU SRP trainees and members of the Research Translation core presented hands on workshops and lesson demonstrations at the 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 27-28, 2015. The symposium was a two-day professional development event hosted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, Louisiana Environmental Education Association, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that consisted of short courses and sessions geared to grade level and presented by environmental educators from around Louisiana. The annual symposium is aimed at providing formal and non-formal environmental educators from Louisiana and the surrounding region with up to date environmental education information and techniques.
Members of the LSU SRP led three different sessions at the symposium. Trainees Brittany Dupre and John Young led a presentation entitled “Visualizing Combustion and Particulate Matter Pollution.” Young also gave a poster presentation on his M.S. research entitled “Investigation of Potentially Hazardous Fine Particulate Matter in Homes: Designing a Particle Filtration System,” which was supported in part by a Louisiana Environmental Education Commission grant. Kelli Palmer and Maud Walsh of the Research Translation core led a session on bio magnification of PCBs entitled “Where Do All the Toxins Go?” Trainees Elisabeth Feld and Cholena Ren led a chemistry and air pollution activity to demonstrate the connection between fuel combustion and environmental health issues. The presentations engaged a diverse group of educators from across Louisiana with activities that they can use in their classroom. The educators present also gave useful feedback as to how the demonstrations could be modified or improved to suit the appropriate audience.