From the Shores of Great Salt Lake to Cutting-Edge Science
July 15, 2009
(KCPW News) Westminster College's Great Salt Lake Institute held its first summer camp for high school students this week. The three-day camp is part of a statewide effort to churn out more scientists from Utah's colleges. And it's one of the outcomes of a renewed interest in studying Utah's unique Great Salt Lake. KCPW's Elizabeth Ziegler reports.
Westminster's Great Salt Lake Institute was created last spring on the principle that the national landmark is both understudied and undervalued. The institute aims to spur new research and educational opportunities for undergraduate and K-12 students.
Partial Transcription:  The Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster college has created a special curriculum for teachers and a new summer camp for high school students to reinforce the importance and convenience of having such a unique eco-system right in our back yard. On a field trip to the Great Salt Lake shore lands preserves in Layton, Jamie Butler stops her group of campers and science teachers to point out an educational exhibit on the marsh wren.
BUTLER: I think we’ve heard a couple of them, but I keep telling you they build their nests in all of these cat tails. And their nests look like one of the cat tails.
Butler is the coordinator of the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College… [40 sec]