Buchanan teacher to present at American Geophysical Union Conference

Published 12:05 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2023

BUCHANAN — Buchanan Community Schools recently announced that Buchanan High School Science Teacher Melissa Frost has been invited to present at the fall American Geophysical Union Conference this December in San Francisco, CA.

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is an international, nonprofit scientific association whose mission is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. There will be an estimated 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries at this year’s conference. From AGU’s website, the union has been opening science for more than 100 years, opening pathways to discovery, opening greater awareness to address climate change, opening greater collaborations to lead to solutions, and opening the fields and professions of science to a whole new age of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

In 2022, Melissa Frost began participating in a research experience for teachers with the Evans Lab connected with Kellogg Biological Station’s (KBS) Long-Term Ecological Research Program and Michigan State University. The Evans Lab partners teachers with scientists to assist in ongoing research in the lab, as well as providing the teacher the opportunity to develop their own research project. Mrs. Frost, along with her Buchanan High School students, created a habitat restoration project at Buchanan High School in hopes to restore the area to improve water, soil, and air quality, while increasing students’ connections with their environment. Melissa will be presenting her research experiences with scientists from around the world.

Superintendent Trish Robinson is thankful for Mrs. Frost’s commitment to education and research inside and outside of the classroom. 

“Melissa Frost, one of many beacons from Buchanan High School, will highlight the path of discovery while presenting at the American Geophysical Union Conference,” said Trish Robinson. “Her dedication and commitment foster unity in science, nurture solutions for our world, and open the doors of diversity, justice, and inclusion in the pursuit of a brighter, shared future for humanity. She models for her students the idea that we are always learning and growing.”