Sacred Heart Academy Senior Angelina Kramer was invited by the Association of American Geographers to present her original research project at the annual conference of their Middle States Division, October 16-17. Her "spatial approach to an important environmental issue is novel and eye-opening," according to one geographer.
This year's meetings, hosted by Hofstra University, will be held virtually. Angelina's study of "Spatial Patterns in PM2.5 Air Quality on Long Island" closely examines factors influencing air pollution and air quality rates at four sites over an extended period - two in Nassau, two in Queens. Her poster will be visited by dozens of academics and GIS professionals from industry and government firms on Saturday afternoon. Angelina will also have an opportunity to participate in several geography workshops and mentoring opportunities throughout the weekend. Significantly, only three (3) high school students were invited to present research at this prestigious adult conference.
Working with his daughter Christine Sullivan-Pulgrano, SHA Research Director Stephen Sullivan will chair a session and present a paper of his own, on a very different aspect of geography - elementary school pedagogy. Recognizing the time constraints the Common Core has imposed on elementary curricula, "Using Children’s Literature as a Tool to Teach Geography" proposes employing geography-enriched children's literature in ELA to complement and expand the limited social studies/geography instruction offered at many schools.
Congratulations to Sacred Heart Academy, and to its Science Research Program for the breadth and depth of its work.