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Four state library partners, supported by COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies), recently joined the NASA@ My Library team (see map) with an additional eleven state libraries planned by Fall 2018. State library partners will receive and then circulate 3 NASA-themed kits to public libraries in their state.These kits will contain several hands-on activities and a facilitation guide with access to online NASA resources.

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Presenter: Tracy Ostrom, UC Berkeley

Tracy provides a follow up session to Susan Hassol's presentation given on April 10 for students. Making sense of past, current, and future climate conditions is complex. Simple communication strategies are presented.

To view the webinar from April 10, go to https://youtu.be/1hJ-fl7O8CI

Please register for this event: https://tinyurl.com/GMEWeb8Student

Presenters: Kathleen Johnson, Donald DeRosa, and Peter Garik from Boston University.

The GLOBE Greenup Webinar will explore green up events in phenological gardens. We will discuss taking data of budburst of shrubs and trees and observations of blooming of flowers using USA Phenological Network specified plants and GLOBE protocols. Examples of phenological garden plants, data, and observations will be from schools in Providence, RI.

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From April 6–8, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The Solar System Exploration Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center hosted two booths at the event, both organized by Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC. The booths featured Goddard’s support of lunar and martian science and exploration. At the Moon table, visitors learned...

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The ASP's 130th Annual Meeting (Advancing Astronomy for All: A Conference on Education, Communication, and Diversity in Science) welcomes your contributions to the advancement of science literacy through astronomy. Share your work and network with other innovative leaders in astronomy education and outreach.

Learn from a thoughtful network of educators and expand your understanding of what's possible in astronomy education with us. Meeting will be held from September 10 - 13, 2018 in...

From March 30 to April 1, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center participated in AwesomeCon, Washington, D.C.’s ComicCon, with an estimated attendance of 67,000 people.Dawn Myers of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission led the effort on behalf of NASA. At the booth in the exhibit hall, visitors learned about lunar topography and moon landing sites with LRO, terrestrial elevations from the ICESat-2 mission, and the Global...

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The NASA Astromaterials team shared information about Rocks from Space (large to microscopic) and associated NASA resources to science teachers at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. The teachers listened to Sample Disk Program presentations at NASA’s Hyperwall, learned about on-going sample return missions and signed up to get more information about the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk certification training and webinars to connect...

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The 2018 conference for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific will be from September 10 - 13, 2018 in the Sonoma Wine Country. There will be workshops, panels, oral sessions, poster sessions, professional networking, opening reception, formal dinner, and optional extracurricular tours (including wine tasting and tours of Mission Sonoma and Sonoma Square).  

See ASP 2018 Meeting Details about meeting registration, lodging, and other important information. (

LPI recently completed the 2017-18 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series titled Diving into Ocean Worlds, featuring presentations about ocean worlds of the outer solar system (Europa, Titan, and Enceladus) and beyond, and what we have learned about habitability from exploration of these worlds. 

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Employment Opportunities

STEM Educator & Associate Researcher: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education

Dates of Program: 7/2/2018 - 8/9/2018

Description:
The New York City College of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology offers an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) as well as a baccalaureate degree. Both degree programs are hands-on with engineering applications in areas such as CAD, CAM, Materials Testing, and Robotics. The...

The Infiniscope team spent time engaging with science teachers in the NASA booth, at the NASA Hyperwall, and through an NSTA session at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. Science teachers learned about the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network and everything it has to offer regarding STEM-focused activities and the upcoming community building features. 331 teachers opted to join the network based on the use of authentic NASA data...

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On March 28, LPI staff assisted Dr. Michael Evans of NASA JSC with the use of LPI's portable planetarium at Texas A&M University-Galveston. Dr. Evans was introducing students on campus to planetary geology and encouraging them to register for a planetary geology course he will be teaching in fall 2018. 

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Wednesday, April 18–Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday (Ages 18+)
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio, The Exploratorium, San Francisco

Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the  West Coast. 

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat...

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Posted at the Request of NASA's Office of Education: 

Point of Contact: Beata KozakNASA Research & Education Support Services (NRESS) Phone: (202) 479-9030 ext. 413

Email: bkozak@nasaprs.com

NOTE:  This email is for information gathering purposes. Willingness to participate in the peer review process does not guarantee a proposal will be assigned. The number of available qualified reviewers may exceed the number of reviewers needed.

NASA Research and Education Support Services...

Presenter: Susan Joy Hassol, Director of Climate Communications: science and outreach

Making complex issues such as Climate Change understandable and relatable to our students and greater community can be a challenging task, to say the least. Making sense of past, current, and future climate conditions is more complex than simply looking at CO2 and temperature values.  And understanding how climate change effects on our nation's environmental and economical securities plays a role in how...

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Posted on behalf of Karen L. Rugg, ARMD Lead for Communications and Education, NASA Headquarters, MS 6-D24 Ph: 202-358-2197 Cell: 202-510-0294

NASA Aeronautics’ University Leadership Initiative Solicitation Now Open

Research proposals are being sought from university teams for the next round of University Leadership Initiative (ULI) awards. The first ULI awards  were presented in 2017. ULI provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership...

Solar System Ambassadors at NSTA 2018

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The Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative supported GLOBE-trainee Amanda Clapp with a GLOBE field day for her students, centered around atmosphere protocols.

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On March 23, 2018, The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the third in its series on Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education investments, Actions Needed to Better Assess the Federal Investment, in the context of the America COMPETES Act (2007) and The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

Why GAO Did The 2018 Study

Education programs in STEM fields are intended to enhance the nation's global competitiveness. GAO reported in...

•The STEAM Innovation Lab team hosted a lab tour for Dr. Steve VandenAvond (Northern Michigan University)

I finally made it back to Marquette and wanted to take a second to thank you once again for taking time out of your busy life to show me the lab and all of the wonderful initiatives that you have going.  I couldn't be more excited about continuing to learn from you and helping in some way to move STEM education and the use of virtual reality in education forward.  I was so impressed...

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The GME team was interacting with science teachers using GLOBE and NASA activities at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. With over 8,000 teachers in attendance, you could find the team doing numerous activities: presenting at NASA’s Hyperwall and NSTA sessions, manning stations at the NOAA and NASA booths and distributing information at NESTA Shar-A-Thons.

Hyperwall Presentations at the NASA booth:

GLOBE: Viewing Clouds from...

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AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) -- Wayne RESA, Wayne MI - Monthly Status Report -- March, 2018

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•Finished production of GRACE satellite video, incorporating changes from test audiences (and the SciAct members who saw and commented on it). Are now distributing to planetariums throughout the US.

•Finished production of a short video on the detection of life around nearby M dwarf stars.  Posted a version on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/218834480 and will soon distribute to other planetariums.

Entered the “STEM for ALL” video showcase.

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On February 27, 2018, over 60 NASA@ My Library Partners participated in a hands-on Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Certification training program in Denver, CO, led by Suzanne Foxworth and Bridget Mcinturff from the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

This training was a collaboration between SSI’s NASA@ My Library program and mindSpark Learning – launched and funded by the Morgridge Family Foundation. This project is part of the STAR...

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On February 28 to March 1, 2018, over 80 NASA@ My Library Partners (including 4 state libraries and public library staff from 49 states) gathered for intensive professional development training in Denver, CO. These NASA@ My Library Partners participated in numerous discussions, demonstrations and hands-onSTEM activities. This project is part of the STAR Library Network (www.starnetlibraries.org).

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