Monday, November 13, 2017
Students participate in the Royal Norwegian Embassy's Virtual Ambassador Program
Led by Dr. Benjamin Franek, Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Scienes (EGGS), some 50+ students participated in the Royal Norwegian Embassy's Virtual Ambassador Program. Using a Skype connection, the students were able to meet and talk with H. E. Kare R. Aas, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States. A wide variety of topics were covered including Norway's shift to clean energy, the new opportunities and challenges in the Arctic, and other global issues of interest to both Norway and the US.
This program was a natural extension of previous work by Dr. Franek. Last summer, he and Dr. Laura Mock, adjunct professor in EGGS, led 8 students on a 21-day trip to Norway as part of their course (EGGS 211) Regional Geography Abroad. That course will be offered again this June.