Eyes in the Sky II Online PD + Summer F2F at a NASA facility

January 22, 2010 by  
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Eyes in the Sky II Seeks Grade 9 to 12 Science Teachers
Eyes in the Sky II is a long-term professional development program that prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies. Throughout the program, teachers and students investigate both global and local environmental issues. The program includes four parts: 1) a 12-week online Web course, consisting of three 4-week modules; 2) a 7-day face-to-face summer workshop held onsite at a NASA research center; 3) one year of classroom implementation, ending with a virtual student showcase; and 4) an ambassador program for providing professional development for other teachers in participants’ schools or districts.

Grade 9 to 12 science teachers will benefit from this program. Through participating, teachers will: 1) become proficient using NASA data and geospatial analysis tools; 2) receive a $1000 stipend for completing the online course and the 7-day summer workshop; 3) receive an additional $1000 stipend as compensation for delivering professional development as an Eyes in the Sky II Ambassador; 4) equip their students with geospatial technology skills that are in increasing demand in the workplace; and 5) obtain optional graduate credit through Northern Arizona University.

For more information about the Eyes in the Sky II program, including the online application visit http://serc.carleton.edu/eyesinthesky2/index.html. Applications are due by January 15, 2010. We expect this will be a popular program. As there are a limited number of openings available, first consideration will be given to early applicants. If you have further questions, please contact Carla McAuliffe (Carla_McAuliffe@terc.edu) or Erin Bardar (Erin_Bardar@terc.edu

Educators Needed to Assist With NASA INSPIRE

January 22, 2010 by  
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Educators Needed to Assist With NASA INSPIRE

Are you interested in working with students, earning money and receiving graduate credit this summer? Come join our NASA team on the Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE) as a Chaperone. INSPIRE offers opportunities for ascending high school students to be mentored by NASA personnel in STEM disciplines at a NASA field center.

For details on the INSPIRE program, go to http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/INSPIRE_Project.html .

The Chaperone assists students participating in the Residential Internship during their off time away from the NASA field center. Oklahoma State University is looking for outgoing, confident and lifelong learners to help guide INSPIRE students. Only certified educators with at least three years of classroom experience need apply. In addition to working with students, you will be provided the opportunity to earn graduate credit during this experience, if desired.

For details regarding employment and graduate credit opportunities, go to https://opportunities.nasa.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=applications.LookforJobs .

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Peggy Maher
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Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD
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El Nino’s influence!

Picture1If you have followed the weather around the United States this week, you’ll know that there has been a big change from two weeks ago. The cold air in the eastern US is gone. And, the wastern US is getting pounded by rain and snow. It is very typical for storms to hit California during an El Nino year.

Unfortunately, I had just gotten the ice rink (I just put water on a pool cover) going when the weather got too warm for the ice to be good. It looks like we will have another week of warmer weather (still winter so warmer is all relative) and then it may get cold again. We’ll see.
Dr. C

Announcing OhioView SATELLITES Geospatial Technology Conference

January 20, 2010 by  
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OhioView SATELLITES Geospatial Technology Conference
K-12 and university students present their research projects based on geospatial technology
Presented by
OhioView & Penta Career Center

April 27, 2010
4:00pm – 8:00pm

Penta Career Center
9301 Buck Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551

Contact: Kevin Czajkowski, 419-530-4274, kczajko@utnet.utoledo.edu
K-12 and university students will present their research results from work they performed throughout the school year. In order to emulate the way scientists present their research for review, students present their findings at the SATELLITES conference. Being able to present findings is a way for students to show they truly understand the way scientists work and to appreciate their own work as “scientists”. This year’s SATELLITES conference is set for April 27, 2010 at the Penta Career Center.
This year’s themes were the International Polar Year and climate change. Both research questions are quite timely. IPY has occurred when Arctic sea ice has melted back to historically low values. Also, there is much discussion about climate change and what should be done about it. The projects build on field work that the students conducted in the fall associated with the GLOBE program.
This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from the University of Toledo. He will present his perspectives on climate change.


Cold winter in Northern Hemisphere, What about El Nino?

Dr. C’s Blog 1-9-10:

The weather certainly has been wintry in the Northern Hemisphere. In the United States there has been record snows and record cold. There has been significant snow in the southern US. There has been cold weather pouring from Canada that has brought -20’s and -30’s F (-30’s to -35 C) lows in Minnesota and Iowa. The orange crops in Florida have been threatened by freezing temperatures (see Figure 1 below).

The news in Great Britain is full of the stories about the cold and snow (See Figure 2 below). There is a beautiful MODIS satellite image of Great Britain completely covered with snow on January 8, 2010.

There was a record breaking snow storm in China and Korea.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted at the beginning of the winter that the Midwest of the United States would be mild. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2009/10/forecast_a_71_chance_of_a_mild.shtml


You can look at NOAA medium range forecasts here http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/90day/

Why did they make that prediction and what happened? Well, there is an El Nino going on in the Pacific Ocean (see Figure 3 below). The warm temperature anomalies are the El Nino. You can get that data here http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sst_anom.html . During an El Nino year, the Midwestern United States is warmer than average and the winter tends to be mild. The forecasters at NOAA were just making the winter forecast factoring in El Nino. But, there are other things that affect the weather. Jeff Masters from the Weather Underground.com posted a nice discussion of why the Northern Hemisphere land areas have been cold so far this winter. http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/article.html

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has a discussion of the reasons behind the cold temperatures on the land masses as well. They talk about the Arctic Oscillation. http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2010/010510.html As pointed out in this article, although the land masses have had colder than average temperatures, much of the ocean has been warmer than average and there is less ice cover than average.

In a nutshell, the climate is more complex than just El Nino. From the things I have read and what is mentioned in Jeff Masters posting is that the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) has been negative for about a month. The NAO is the pressure difference between the low pressure system that hangs out around Iceland during the winter and the high pressure system that is located around the Azores Islands. When the NAO is negative as it has been, a blocking high pressure is anchored over Greenland. This causes cold weather to stay in North America and Europe. I wonder if that is what caused cold outbreaks in the past like in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I wonder what causes the NAO to go negative and positive. Also, currently the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is also negative. The PDO is represented by cold water along the Alaskan coast.

Now, having said all of that, it looks like after this very cold air moves through that we will see a warm up. It looks like El Nino conditions will start to take hold and there will be near normal temperatures in North America and possibly above average temperatures in the midwest.

The one thing that I think about often is with a significant amount of the land mass in the Northern Hemisphere covered with snow and the fact that the snow reflects sunlight to space because it has a high albedo, will there be a positive feedback that leads to more colder temperatures?

Figure 1 Snow cover in North America

Figure 2 Snow cover in Europe and Asia.

Figure 3 Snow depth in the United States

Figure 4 MODIS image showing snow cover in Great Britain.

Figure 5 Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly (that is the difference between the average temperature and the temperature observed from satellite today).

The GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign was very successful. I know that there are a couple schools still planning to enter data. Please get it in soon. We have had 1365 observations from 42 schools.

The schools that have participated so far this year are:
Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, OH, US [20 rows]
Woodward High School, Toledo, OH, US [18 rows]
Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School, Houston, PA, US [18 rows]
Washington Junior High School, Toledo, OH, US [10 rows]
Cloverleaf High School, Lodi, OH, US [148 rows]
The Morton Arboretum Youth Education Dept., Lisle, IL, US
Peebles High School, Peebles, OH, US [62 rows]
United Elementary School, Armagh, PA, US [5 rows]
Gimnazjum No 7 Jana III Sobieskiego, Rzeszow, PL [14 rows]
Burlington County Institute Of Technology, Medford, NJ, US [4 rows]
Brazil High, Brazil Village, TT [39 rows]
Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium, Parnumaa, EE [18 rows]
Montague Elementary School, Montague, NJ, US [8 rows]
National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC, US [2 rows]
West Union Elementary School, West Union, OH, US [36 rows]
Huntington High School, Huntington, WV, US [431 rows]
Lima High School, Lima, OH, US [43 rows]
United High School, Armagh, PA, US [20 rows]
The Kiski School, Saltsburg, PA, US [18 rows]
Hermitage House Youth Services, Edinboro, PA, US [9 rows]
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Lakewood, OH, US [38 rows]
Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, OH, US [34 rows]
Our Lady Of Lourdes School, Toledo, OH, US [26 rows]
Ida Elementary School, Ida, MI, US [3 rows]
Elkview Middle School, Elkview, WV, US [13 rows]
Ida Middle School, Ida, MI, US [10 rows]
McTigue Middle School, Toledo, OH, US [7 rows]
Taaksi Basic School, EE2914 Viljandimaa, EE [15 rows]
South Suburban Montessori School, Brecksville, OH, US
Ft. Hays State University, Hays, KS, US [26 rows]
John Marshall High School, Glendale, WV, US [30 rows]
Birchwood School, Cleveland, OH, US [30 rows]
Gimnazium in Toszek, Toszek, PL [29 rows]
Iowa Academy Of Science Ed. Programs, Cedar Falls, IA, US [17 rows]
Eastwood Middle School, Pemberville, OH, US [8 rows]
The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, US [17 rows]
Indian Lake High School, North Lewistown, OH, US [19 rows]
Main Street School, Norwalk, OH, US [31 rows]
Monroe High School, Monroe, MI, US [46 rows]

Lots of Great NASA stuff for Teachers, LOOK

January 5, 2010 by  
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education E-Newsletter
January 2010

A monthly broadcast including upcoming educational programs, events, opportunities and the latest resources from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.


(1) NASA Space Math at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (Jan. 15, San Francisco, Calif.)
(2) Eyes in the Sky II – Teachers Grades 9-12 (Applications Due Jan. 15)
(3) Training Workshop for Afterschool Astronomy Program—Grades 6-8 (Jan. 19-20, Register by Jan. 12; Greenbelt, Md.)
(4) Family Science Night at NASA Goddard (Jan. 14)
(5) Hands-on Universe/NASA WISE Workshop for High School Educators (Jan. 23, Register by Jan. 16; Farmers Branch, Texas)
(6) Digital Learning Network to Host Solar Event for High Schools (Jan. 26)
(7) Astrobiology Summer Institute for High School Teachers (July 18-24, Apply by Feb. 12)
(8) TOP STARS Deadline Extended: Educators Invited to Submit Inspiring Examples of Hubble in Education (Entries due Feb. 28, 2010)


(9) Online Climate Courses for Middle & High School Educators Accepting Winter Registrations (Jan. 22-March14, 2010)
(10) Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education (FINESSE) Accepting Applications for Free 2-day Workshops (Jan. 12-13, 2010; Mar. 25-26)
(11) 2009-2010 NASA Education Resource Showcase Series (Jan. 27)
(12) International Space University’s 14th Annual Symposium: The Public Face of Space (Feb. 16-18, 2010)
(13) 2010 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for Grades 9-12 (Entries due April 5, 2010)
(14) GLOBE Partnering with Live Earth Run for Water (April 18, 2010)
(15) 2010 Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (Boulder, Colo; July 31-Aug. 4)
(16) Public Library Tour: Visions of the Universe (Through March 2010)
(17) A Day at Goddard: Opportunity for DC Metro Teachers (Grades 8-12)
(18) Solar Dynamics Observatory Ambassador in the Classroom


(19) Applications Available for 2010/2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (Applications Due Jan. 13, 2010)
(20) NASA Accepting Proposals for the NASA Digital Learning Network Cooperative Agreement Notice (Proposals Due Jan. 19, 2010)
(21) NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF) Program: 2010/2011 Academic Year (Proposals Due Feb. 1, 2010)


(22) Deputy Education Officer: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


(23) NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Gives Teens Their “Space”
(24) Unique “Climate One Stop” Web site Unveiled in Copenhagen
(25) Earth Observatory Feature Article: Drought Cycles in Australia
(26) New What’s Up Podcast: Orion Nebula
(27) Interactive Web site for Middle School Students Teaches About Predicting Weather Patterns


(28) NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five Exoplanets
(29) Voyager Makes an Interstellar Discovery
(30) Keck Telescopes Gaze Into Young Star’s ‘Life Zone’
(31) Earth’s Core in Constant Movement
(32) A Flash of Light from Saturn’s Moon Titan
(33) Quiet Sun Means Cooling of Earth’s Upper Atmosphere
(34) Colliding Auroras Produce an Explosion of Light
(35) Supernova Explosions Stay in Shape
(36) Hubble Finds Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Ever Seen
(37) Sandtrapped Mars Rover Makes a Big Discovery


Jan. 13-16; San Francisco

The Joint Mathematics Meeting is the national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The AMS and MAA are joined at this meeting by the Association for Symbolic Logic, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the National Association for Mathematicians, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Sten Odenwald, from NASA Goddard will give a talk on how to capture student interest in mathematics by using space science topics from NASA, as well as presenting a few problems.

–Introducing Students and Teachers to the Connections Between Science and Mathematics using NASA Space Science Discoveries as a Vehicle for Mathematics Education,
–January 15, 2010, 9:30 a.m.; Room 3008, 3rd Floor, Moscone

Check out the new problems on the Space Math Web site. In addition, there is a new section, entitled ‘Press Releases’ which includes math problems based on current NASA press releases (links provided). In most cases, the press release states a quantity (volume, distance, mass, etc.) and the math problem provided will demonstrate how the particular quantity in the press release was calculated—a good way for students to learn where the numbers originate. View the new problems at http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov

(2) EYES IN THE SKY II (Teachers-Grades 9-12)
Applications Due Jan. 15, 2010

Eyes in the Sky II prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies. Throughout the program, teachers and students investigate both global and local environmental issues. The program includes four parts: 1) a 12-week online Web course, consisting of three 4-week modules; 2) a 7-day face-to-face summer workshop held onsite at a NASA research center; 3) one year of classroom implementation, ending with a virtual student showcase; and 4) an ambassador program for providing professional development for other teachers in participants’ schools or districts.

Participating teachers receive a $1000 stipend for completing the online course and the 7-day summer workshop; they receive an additional $1000 stipend as compensation for delivering professional development as an Eyes in the Sky II Ambassador. They can also obtain optional graduate credit through Northern Arizona University.

Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2010. For more information about the Eyes in the Sky II program and to apply online, visit http://serc.carleton.edu/eyesinthesky2/index.html .

Jan. 19-20, 2010; Registration due Jan. 12

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. It explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.

A free, two-day training workshop is being held on Jan. 19-20, 2010, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees receive access to a password-protected Web site that has resources to help with the implementation of the program, including a PDF version of the manual.

–Registration for this training session is due Jan. 12, 2010. Register by visiting http://universe.nasa.gov/au/register.html .
–For more information about the program, visit http://universe.nasa.gov/afterschool/ .
–Questions about this program should be directed to the project coordinator at Sarah.E.Eyermann@nasa.gov .

This monthly two-hour program is open to the Washington DC metro area middle school students and their families to discover the wide variety of science and engineering being performed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. As a family you will work with NASA volunteers to explore various themes through two hours of hands-on activities and even take home resources to perform your own experiments at home. Registration is required. The Goddard Visitor Center, the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Astrophysics Science Division support this event. For more information, visit: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/families/fsn.php.

Upcoming Family Science Nights include:

January 14: Be a Star (Lifecycles of stars)
February 11: Exploring the Moon (Moon exploration)
March 11: Batteries not included (Solar cars)
April 8: Now you see it… Now you don’t! (Eclipses)
May 13: Searching for Other Worlds (Exoplanets)
TBD in June: Family Science Night Overnight.

Jan. 23, 2010; Farmers Branch, Texas; Registration due Jan. 16, 2010

NASA invites high school educators to attend one of a series of workshops to learn how to incorporate the NASA WISE mission (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) asteroid studies into high school physics, astronomy and Earth science classes.

The UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science Hands-On Universe HOU project, Global Systems Science and the WISE mission are joining forces to organize a series of teacher workshops. These one-day workshops will introduce new curriculum materials that can be easily integrated into existing science courses and provide reinforcement of certain key science education standards (physics, astronomy and inquiry-based learning). Participating educators will be field test teachers for these new curriculum materials.

The one-day workshop will be followed by periodic teleconferences to assist teachers in implementing materials introduced in the workshops. In this way, participating teachers form a Professional Learning Community to share effective teaching strategies. Participants receive a stipend of $50 for the one-day workshop and another $50 for implementation and classroom field test feedback.

For additional information on the workshops and to register online, visit http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/education_workshop.html . Please direct questions about this opportunity to Darlene Yan at Darlene@ssl.berkeley.edu .

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for exploration of an upcoming mission to understand more about the sun and its impacts on Earth.

How intense will the next solar cycle be? Can scientists predict when a violent solar storm will blast Earth with energetic particles? How does this peculiarly low activity of the sun in 2007-2010 counteract global warming trends? These are a few of the questions that scientists anticipate the new Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, will help to answer.

SDO is scheduled to launch in February 2010. To energize students and teachers about this mission, NASA DLN will host a one-hour interactive event with scientists and engineers of SDO. Geared for students in grades 9-12, the event will take place on Jan. 26, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Slots are limited, and schools will be selected upon evidence of need and how the event will match the school’s curricular activities. All schools interested in connecting to this videoconference must send a contact name, school name and address, grade level, number of students to participate, and a short description of how this event will benefit the curriculum to Dr. Marci Delaney, marci.delaney@nasa.gov .

Application Deadline Feb. 12, 2010

The Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) is being held July 18-24 at San Francisco State University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy of Sciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on the origin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems around Sun-like stars, and the search for in the universe. Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum (see www.voyagesthroughtime.org) and free astrobiology materials. All expenses are covered by grant funds. Applications accepted Jan. 4 through February 12, 2010. Details at http://www.seti.org/epo/ASSET.

2010 is the 20th anniversary of the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope, and to celebrate, the NASA Top Stars contest has extended its next deadline to Feb. 28, 2010.

U.S. formal (K-12, college) and informal educators are invited to submit their best examples of using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope for science, technology, engineering or mathematics education. Those selected as “Top Stars” will receive national recognition and awards.

For more information or to view “Top Stars” from previous rounds visit the ‘Showcase’ on the Top Stars Web site, http://topstars.strategies.org .


Courses run Jan. 22—March 14, 2010

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers a series of six and seven week courses for middle and high school teachers that combine geoscience content, information about current climate research, easy to implement hands-on activities, and group discussion. The courses run concurrently from Jan. 22 through March 14, 2010. There is a $225 fee per course (save $25 if you register by Jan. 1st.) Courses include: CD 501 Introduction to Earth’s Climate, CD 502: Earth System Science: A Climate Change Perspective, and CD 503:Understanding Climate Change Today. For more specific course information, a course schedule and registration information, visit: http:/ecourses.ncar.ucar.edu or contact Kirsten Meymaris at kirstenm@ucar.edu .

January 12-13, Sacramento, Calif.; March 25-26, Baltimore, Md.

The 2010 Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education (FINESSE) is now accepting participant applications. This free two-day workshop is to assist university and community college faculty and graduate students in preparing future teachers in science. The two upcoming workshops are:

–ASTE (Association for Science Teacher Education) Conference, Sacramento, Calif., January 12-13, 2010
–NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs), Baltimore, Md., March 25-26, 2010

NASA Earth and space scientists and educators share authentic inquiry activities, data, and resources related to key topics from the national science standards. The 2010 institutes will include a focus on NASA Earth science data and the theme of climate change. The first 20 participants receive a $300 stipend, and all participants receive lunch and develop implementation plans.

To apply or for more information, please go to http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network presents a series of videoconferences to assist educators in staying current on NASA education resources and related products. During each event, product producers, authors and experts will demonstrate their materials designed to increase awareness and understanding of NASA science content. Instructional objectives, accessing the materials and primary contacts for the materials will also be discussed. During the videoconferences, participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter that will be addressed during the presentation.

In the coming months, the following topics will be covered:

— STS-131 Robotics: Jan. 27, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EST
— NASA Fit Explorers Feb. 24, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EST
— NASA eProfessional Development Network — Robotics Course: March 31, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EDT
— MoonWorld: April 28, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EDT
— On the Moon: May 26, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EDT

For more information about these videoconferences and to sign up online, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/. Questions about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov .

February 16-18, 2010 (Early Registration Deadline Jan. 22, 2010)

The International Space University’s (ISU) three-day symposium serves as an interdisciplinary, international forum to help both the users and the providers of space-related systems to move forward from the discussion of problems to the formulation of innovative solutions. The symposium program will include considerations of public awareness and expectations, as well as workforce development and capacity building, all with the goal of producing recommendations for ways forward towards a sustainable space program. For more information, visit the ISU Web site: http://www.isunet.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&Itemid=146.

(13) 2010 THACHER ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CONTEST FOR GRADES 9-12 is an activity of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies that awards cash prizes to secondary school students (grades 9-12) whose projects demonstrate the best use of satellites and other geospatial technologies or data to study Earth. Three cash awards will be given: 1st place — $2,000; 2nd place — $1,000; and 3rd place — $500. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. In the case of team entries, the cash award will be split equally among the winning team members. In addition to prizes for the winning students, the teacher/coach of the winning students or teams will receive a $200 amazon.com gift card. Entries must be postmarked April 5, 2010. For more information, please visit http://www.strategies.org/ThacherContest.

(14) GLOBE PARTNERS WITH LIVE EARTH in support of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, a worldwide series of events to occur on April 18, 2010 dedicated to finding solutions for the global water crisis. GLOBE is contributing to the educational component of these events. Live Earth Run for Water will feature 6 km runs (the average distance that women and children in Africa, Asia and Latin America must walk every day to obtain drinking water), concerts, and education villages to raise awareness and support to help solve the water crisis. For more information, see: http://liveearth.org/en/ or http://www.globe.gov/.

Boulder, Colo.; July 31-August 4, 2010

“Cosmos in the Classroom 2010: A Hands-on Symposium on Teaching Introductory Astronomy” & “Making Connections In Education and Public Outreach” – Save the date and plan to put funding in your 2010 budget for a double hands-on meeting for everyone involved in astronomy and space science education. More information about specific meeting programs and formats and ways to propose sessions and papers will be available in late 2009. Both dormitory and hotel housing have been arranged, so that the meeting is accessible for a variety of budgets. Read about the 2009 annual meeting or learn more about ASP at: http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html.

(16) PUBLIC LIBRARY TOUR: VISIONS OF THE UNIVERSE – Through March 2010, 40 public libraries are hosting “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery,” a traveling exhibition to mark the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. For more information: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/visions/ or http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ppo/programming/visions/visionsuniverse.cfm .

(17) A DAY AT GODDARD: OPPORTUNITY FOR DC METRO TEACHERS (Grades 8-12) – Teachers in the DC Metro area are invited to bring their students to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a day spent learning what it is like to work for NASA. Field trips include a meet-and-greet at the visitor’s center featuring a scientist and engineer, a demonstration of the Science on a Sphere program, a tour of the satellite testing facility and an inquiry based science lab activity. Programs are highly customizable, teacher-friendly and designed for grades 8-12. Contact Aleya Van Doren with your desired date and class information to reserve your spot at aleya.vandoren@nasa.gov . Slots fill up quickly so register today!

Let NASA take over your classroom for the day! Teachers in the DC Metro area and southern Pennsylvania are eligible for a visit from an SDO educator or scientist. Your students will learn about solar clocks, Earth’s place in the solar system, electricity and magnetism, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the Doppler effect. Visits are free, include all supplies for the activity, and can be customized for each teacher. Register at: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/educators/ambassador.php

Applications due January 13, 2010

This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Selected teachers spend a school year in a congressional office, the Department of Energy, or a federal agency such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Applicants for this program must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years. Three recommendations are required. One must be from a school district official. During the fellowship, each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend plus a monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm .

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to the Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org .

Proposals Due January 19, 2010

Participation in the CAN is open to educational institutions only. The procurement is valued at $9M over 5 years. The overall goal of the proposed cooperative agreement is to optimize the effective use of online and educational technologies for the benefit of other NASA education efforts and audiences associated with the three Office of Education divisions — K12 STEM Program, Higher Education, and Informal Education. The recipient will work with NASA to continue the operation, maintenance and evolution of the NASA Digital Learning Network™.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network™ has been in operation since 2003 and consists of staff and facilities at all 10 NASA field centers. The DLN infrastructure reaches students and teachers through videoconferencing and webcasting technologies. DLN Coordinators/Instructors and subject matter experts at all sites present interactive lessons that incorporate NASA missions and research into the teaching and learning of standards-based STEM content. There are over 50 modules available free of charge to teachers who register for and schedule events through the DLN website (http://dln.nasa.gov ). The DLN also maintains a webcast schedule of live events through its DLiNfo Channel.

The DLN CAN is available at:

Proposals Due February 1, 2010

This call for graduate fellowship proposals, entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program – 2010/2011 Academic Year, solicits applications from accredited U.S. Universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, at respective institutions. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals outlined above. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF Program comes from SMD’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics.

For more information and to read the full solicitation go to
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={4B6B94FA-6508-FB89-FDFC-E31089D85D3F}&path=open .


(Applications due Jan. 10, 2010)

The Office of the Director seeks a highly skilled individual to serve as the Deputy Education Officer. Serves as an agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus for integration of NASA education programs into a seamless pipeline such that, when aligned w/the NASA Office of Education’s exemplary program criteria, assures NASA’s mission as defined within the current NASA framework at the Agency level.

Incumbent serves as the Deputy Education Officer for Goddard Space Flight Center, providing direct support to the Chief Education Officer in implementing, managing, coordinating, assessing, and communicating the Center’s education efforts and activities. The incumbent has authority to act for the Education Officer on all education matters and manage education activities for the Center. Serves as an agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus for integration of NASA education programs into a seamless pipeline such that, when aligned w/the NASA Office of Education’s exemplary program criteria, assures NASA’s mission as defined within the current NASA framework at the Agency level.

View the full job description, qualifications, benefits and application information on http://usajobs.gov, Announcement Number GS10B0095: http://bit.ly/8wL59c


NASA’s SMD launched Mission:Science, a new Web site created specifically for teenagers. Through Mission:Science, teens can access current NASA spacecraft data for their school science projects, conduct real experiments with NASA scientists and locate space-related summer internships.

Mission:Science showcases NASA’s educational science resources and encourages students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While NASA provides a vast amount of online STEM information for students of all ages, Mission:Science “boosts the content available for this age group,” notes the Outreach manager for SMD, Ruth Netting.

The site also features social networking tools, links to enter science contests or participate in a family science night, information about college research programs, and an array of NASA images, animation, videos and podcasts. Check out the new site at http://missionscience.nasa.gov

Researchers attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen unveiled a unique web site that gathers and organizes climate data for decision makers, professional scientists and lay people. A group of US and international organizations developed the site as a “one-stop shop” for information on Earth, emphasizing international development applications. Learn more at http://climateonestop.net

Drought has taken a severe toll on croplands in Southeast Australia during many years this decade.


Relive the last month of the International Year of Astronomy, through the last ‘What’s Up’ podcast on the Orion Nebula.

Visit the NASA Portal – What’s Up podcast page to listen or subscribe to a RSS feed: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/whatsup_index.html

This archive on the Solar System Exploration News page has podcasts from each month in multiple formats, and written transcripts: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/whatsup-view.cfm?WUID=244

A YouTube version is also available on the JPL channel: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=JPLnews#g/u

“SciJinks” is a highly interactive Web site that provides middle-school students and audiences of all ages an amazing science education opportunity. Provided by NOAA and NASA, the Web site transports visitors to the wild world of weather to learn about predicting global weather patterns. Visit SciJinks at http://scijinks.gov

Click on the Educators link at the bottom of the page for suggestions on how to use the SciJinks resources in the classroom: http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/en/educators/

Become a Fan on the SciJinks Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/scijinks

Follow SciJinks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/scijinks


Jan. 4 – NASA’s Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.


Dec. 23 – The solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist. In the Dec. 24th issue of Nature, a team of scientists revealed how NASA’s Voyager spacecraft have solved the mystery.


Dec. 23 – Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have measured the properties of a young solar system at distances closer to the star than Venus is from our sun.


Dec. 22 – NASA research confirms complex motions of Earth’s churning, burning liquid core.


Dec. 18 – NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft has captured the first flash of sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn’s moon Titan, confirming the presence of liquid on the part of the moon dotted with many large, lake-shaped basins.


Dec. 17 – New measurements from a NASA satellite show a dramatic cooling in the upper atmosphere that correlates with the declining phase of the current solar cycle.


Dec. 17 – A network of cameras deployed around the Arctic in support of NASA’s THEMIS mission has made a startling discovery about the Northern Lights. Sometimes, vast curtains of aurora borealis collide, producing spectacular outbursts of light.


Dec. 17 – A new study of images from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory on supernova remnants — the debris from exploded stars – shows that the symmetry of the remnants, or lack thereof, reveals how the star exploded.


Dec. 16 – NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the smallest object ever seen in visible light in the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of icy debris that is encircling the outer rim of the solar system just beyond Neptune.


Dec. 2 – While stuck in a sandtrap, Mars rover Spirit has made a discovery one researcher calls “supremely interesting.”



Jan. 1– Early Registration Deadline for UCAR Climate Courses, http:/ecourses.ncar.ucar.edu
Jan. 10 – Applications due for Deputy Education Office at NASA Goddard, http://bit.ly/8wL59c
Jan. 12-13 – FINESSE Workshop (Sacramento, Calif.), http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/.
Jan. 13 – Applications due for Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm .
Jan. 14 – Family Science Night at NASA Goddard, http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/families/fsn.php.
Jan. 15 – NASA Space Math at Joint Mathematics Meeting, http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov
Jan. 16 – Registration due for Hands-on Universe/NASA WISE Workshop, http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/education_workshop.html .
Jan. 19 – Proposals due for NASA DLN Cooperative Agreement Notice, http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={458BD2F9-43C1-279E-AA4C-B536D5B63DF5}&path=open
Jan. 19-20 – Training Workshop for Afterschool Astronomy Program, http://universe.nasa.gov/au/register.html .
Jan. 22-Mar. 14 – Online Climate Courses for Middle & High School Educators, kirstenm@ucar.edu .
Jan. 23 – Registration due for Hands-on Universe/NASA WISE Workshop, http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/education_workshop.html .
Jan. 26 – DLN Hosting Solar High School Event, marci.delaney@nasa.gov
Jan. 27 – NASA DLN VideoConference , STS-131 Robotics, http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/.
Feb. 1 – Proposals due for NASA Earth & Space Fellowships 2010/2011, http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={4B6B94FA-6508-FB89-FDFC-E31089D85D3F}&path=open .
Feb. 12 – Application Deadling for Astrobiology Summer Institute for High School Teachers, http://www.seti.org/epo/ASSET
Feb. 16-18 – ISU’s 14th Annual Symposium: The Public Face of Space, http://www.isunet.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&Itemid=146.
Feb. 24 – NASA DLN VideoConference, NASA Fit Explorers, http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/.
Feb. 28 – Top Stars Round 4 Deadline, http://topstars.strategies.org .
March 25-26 – FINESSE Workshop (Baltimore, MD.), http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/.
March 31 – NASA DLN VideoConference, NASA eProfessional Development Network–Robotics Course, http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/.
April 5 – Entries due for 2010 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, http://www.strategies.org/ThacherContest.
April 28 – NASA DLN VideoConference, MoonWorld, http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/ .
May 26 – NASA DLN VideoConference, On the Moon, http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/ .
July 18-24 – Astrobiology Summer Institute for High School Teachers, http://www.seti.org/epo/ASSET
July 31-Aug. 4 – 2010 Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference, http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html.


NASA Science Mission Directorate: Larry Cooper, Stephanie Stockman and Ming-Ying Wei.

Editor: Theresa Schwerin, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), theresa_schwerin@strategies.org .
Writer: Catherine Fahey, IGES, catherine_fahey@strategies.org .

Contributions from:
Emilie Drobnes, NASA GSFC; John Farrow, International Space University; Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College; Pamela Harman, SETI Institute; Becca Hatheway, UCAR Office of EPO; Jan Heiderer, GLOBE; Jane Houston Jones, NASA JPL; James Lochner, CRESST/USRA; Sten Odenwald, NASA GSFC; Christine Shupla, Lunar & Planetary Institute; Aleya VanDoren, NASA GSFC; and Kevin Ward, NASA’s Earth Observatory.


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NASA Professional Develop, Deadline Jan. 15

January 4, 2010 by  
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Eyes in the Sky II is a long-term professional development program that prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies. Throughout the program, teachers and students investigate both global and local environmental issues. The program includes four parts: 1) a 12-week online Web course, consisting of three 4-week modules; 2) a 7-day face-to-face summer workshop held onsite at a NASA research center; 3) one year of classroom implementation, ending with a virtual student showcase; and 4) an ambassador program for providing professional development for other teachers in participants’ schools or districts.

Through participating, teachers will: 1) become proficient using NASA data and geospatial analysis tools; 2) receive a $1000 stipend for completing the online course and the 7-day summer workshop; 3) receive an additional $1000 stipend as compensation for delivering professional development as an Eyes in the Sky II Ambassador; 4) equip their students with geospatial technology skills that are in increasing demand in the workplace; and 5) obtain optional graduate credit through Northern Arizona University.

Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2010. For more information about the Eyes in the Sky II program and to apply online, visit http://serc.carleton.edu/eyesinthesky2/index.html. As there are a limited number of openings available, first consideration will be given to early applicants.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Carla McAuliffe (Carla_McAuliffe@terc.edu) or Erin Bardar (Erin_Bardar@terc.edu).