Ms. Hehr has been involved with GLOBE since the Program began.
In 1994, as a research geologist summer intern working at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Ms. Hehr was recruited to work with the GLOBE program. This ultimately led to her being one of two science trainers at the very first GLOBE workshop in Norman, Oklahoma. Her background in soils research and environmental science professional development made her ideally suited to the task of teaching GLOBE protocols to teachers. It has been full steam ahead ever since.
Ms. Hehr has taken the lead in implementing GLOBE in the state of Arkansas, coordinating the first GLOBE Partnership in 1997. She also assisted the GLOBE Program Office (GPO) to establish two additional partnerships in the state since that time. For approximately 10 years (1995-2005) GLOBE protocols were used as the basis for a high school grade student summer institute held on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Pre-service and in-service trainings have been held both as workshops and for graduate credit. Hehr's state hosted the second GLOBE Learning Expedition at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, in 2000. The gathering included approximately 100 students, educators, scientists, U.S. GLOBE Partner Coordinators and GLOBE Staff from Finland, Israel, Spain and the United States. Of course differences in ages, languages and cultures existed. But according to Hehr, the differences turned out to be, a binding force. "The barriers were down," she said. "GLOBE was the commonality. We had local fifth-grade students who are Hispanic translating Spanish for us. We had people of all ages and cultures working together for the betterment of Earth and making friends in the process."
"GLOBE epitomizes what environmental education should be - a global network of students, teachers and educators working with lab and field scientists in a K-12 international program of data collection, analysis and communication about Earth systems science," Hehr said. "The fact that GLOBE involves worldwide interaction gives actual meaning to 'global' and provides each country involved a firm commitment from other countries that we are all 'in this together'. This, I feel, offers hope for future generations as caretakers of the Earth."
Hehr's is often asked why students should participate in GLOBE. She responds to those questions with a series of direct answers. The GPO thought the community would be interested in sharing her comments with others.
- GLOBE allows students to explore the environment with real world research applications;
- Students can exchange ideas with a global campus made up of other students, teachers and scientists;
- GLOBE students expand their global awareness through Earth Systems - what happens 'here', also happens 'there';
- By doing GLOBE, students experience a sense of unity with other students from around the world who are interested in helping the Earth.
The GLOBE International Advisory Committee extends a warm welcome to Lynne Hehr.