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With the presentation of Dr. José Rutllant, climatologist of the CEAZA and member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, a lecture cycle was started by researchers from the Scientific Center.

Through an alliance between CEAZA and the School of Pedagogy of History and Geography of the University of La Serena, the students of that career began to receive lectures directly from the researchers of that Scientific Center, as part of the strategy of link with the medium of that professional training unit of the house of studies.

The first presentation was made last Monday by Dr. José Rutllant, a climatologist at CEAZA and a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. The scientist referred to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle and its repercussions on the rainfall regime of the Coquimbo Region.

According to Pilar Molina, coordinator of these classes and responsible for transfer of knowledge of CEAZA, this contribution seeks to support the training of teachers, but also resort to the multiplier effect of knowledge transmission that involves the teaching profession, by passing on the knowledge to the future students.

Strengthen the training process

For Mg. Sandra Álvarez, director of the School of Pedagogy in History and Geography of the ULS, this is a very important instance, because it means to promote one of the lines of academic development and the management model of the educational process of our career.

"This allows us to maintain contact with scientific and educational institutions, especially. The signing of an agreement will strengthen this line. On the other hand, we conceive the link with the environment as a possibility to strengthen our formative process. That's why we think of activities that can really give feedback to our work, "said the teacher.

According to the academic, this type of alliance is part of the strategy of linking the career, which already has three agreements with other institutions.

"The agreement with CEAZA stems from our need to strengthen the geography area. We wanted to give an added value, change, even the perception of students with respect to the teaching of this area. In addition, work in arid areas of CEAZA is very relevant for our training, "he said.

He added that the talks are already an important contribution to the race, since the students would be motivated to go to the field and even some already consult directly with the researchers of the scientific center for their work.

Dr. Fabián Araya, academic in charge of the Social Sciences Teaching Methodology line, points out that for the History and Geography career it has been a long-term desire, because there is certainty that the CEAZA develops cutting-edge research in various specialties.

"The idea is that the CEAZA is part of the sources of knowledge of scientific research of the formal programs of the race and of our students, who will then work with students of basic and secondary education, to whom they will transfer that information. We want that virtuous circle to be strengthened, "he said.

The topics "Principles of global climate change and its potential effects in the Coquimbo region" have also been presented, by Dr. Bernardo Broitman; "Paleoecology and paleoclimatology throughout Chile", presented by Dr. Antonio Maldonado; and "Small North Glaciers: Ice in the Desert", theme addressed by Dr. Shelley MacDonell.

Source: www.ceaza.cl