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Rajul Pandya

Director, Spark: UCAR Science Education, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Rajul Pandya

Rajul (Raj) Pandya is the director of Spark: Science Education, which is the education and community engagement group associated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Spark’s mission is to engage people and communities in the wonder and discovery of science, especially as related to the atmosphere. This includes topics like weather, climate, space weather, atmospheric chemistry, and computational science.

Spark is developing a research agenda in atmospheric science education and using that research to develop, test and disseminate educational experiences. Other activities include research internships for secondary and college students and teachers, exhibits and tours that reach over 10,000 school children annually, and a library of web-based activities and interactives. Spark also partners with diverse communities on projects that advance community priorities using atmospheric science. Examples include working with tribal colleges to explore climate change impacts on native lands and work in Africa to use precipitation forecasts to better manage meningitis.

Pandya has managed student internships, worked in digital libraries, conducted research on student learning with visualization, and served as an assistant professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His PhD investigated the large-scale organization and impact of long-lived thunderstorms.

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