Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
DOINews: University of Oklahoma Student Joins Congressional Science Fellow Program
Ms. Kim Klockow, PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (host university for the South Central Climate Science Center), has accepted a 12-month position as a Congressional Science Fellow. The Congressional Science Fellows' program places highly qualified, accomplished scientists within the offices of individual Members of Congress as well as congressional committees for a one-year assignment. Fellows perform in much the same way as regular staff members. The Fellows bring to the Congress new insights, fresh ideas, extensive knowledge, and education in a variety of disciplines. The Fellow may have the opportunity to participate in, and make significant contributions to, public policymaking within Congress on issues such as global change, water, energy, pollution, and communications technologies. The program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). There are about 35 Fellows in each class, sponsored by over two dozen different scientific societies. Following orientation and interviews on Capitol Hill in September, Kim will select a position in the House or Senate.
Ms. Klockow's interests lie at the intersection of nature and society, particularly understanding how people perceive and respond to climate change and natural hazards risks. For her Ph.D. research, Kim is examining the impact of uncertainty information on tornado warning response through both qualitative and quantitative social science methods. Her research combines contemporary behavioral geography, cartography, and spatial cognition into an understanding of the ways people perceive environmental risk in a geospatial context. She plans to graduate in August.