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Join the Night Sky Network and Robert Nemiroff on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern for a tour of the highlights from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archive for 2022.

Along with Jerry Bonnell, Robert Nemiroff has written, coordinated, and edited NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) since 1995.  The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.   

Speaker Information

Dr. Robert Nemiroff is a professor of physics at Michigan Tech.  He worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland before coming to Michigan Tech. He is perhaps

Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator hosts Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate the first Thursday of each month from 7-8 pm CT as they present a webinar series for rural educators across the nation. The webinars highlight NASA’s assets and connect rural educators to resources, networking, and further professional development opportunities.

Here are the recordings to date:

November 3, 2022: James Webb Space Telescope, DART Mission, and Educational Resources

April 7, 2022: NASA Earth Day Resources

March 3, 2022: NASA eClips Videos and Resources

February 3, 2022: NASA Neurodiversity Network 

January 6, 2022: STEM Enhancement

Join StoryLab on Nov 9 to hear how NASA has employed teams of creative minds to showcase the groundbreaking discoveries taking place for more than 60 years. The Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) and the Conceptual Image Lab (CI Lab) are two of the teams continually finding visually compelling ways to communicate these discoveries as well as the stories behind them. During this panel discussion, SVS data visualizers and CI Lab creators will discuss how they use computer graphics and other cutting-edge tools to tell NASA's story to the world. 

This event will be broadcast on IBM Cloud Video at 

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The Goddard Earth Sciences Division is proud to present a webinar on "Anxiety": Beyond "Worry"
Cognitive-behavioral counseling 
Solution-focused interventions

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at Noon (Eastern)

The terms worry and anxiety are often used interchangeably. This presentation focuses on the differences between the two and highlights ways to decrease anxiety levels. 

Jane Gurganious is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and an employee assistance specialist. She is a board-certified supervisor and has 30 years of clinical experience counseling individuals, groups, and families in a variety of settings.

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NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) has updated its deadline to November 14, 2022, for accepting proposals for the new Community Anchor Awards, designed to support institutions in strengthening themselves as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource.

NASA invites submissions of proposals for activities for a period of one to two years that allow informal education institutions to strengthen their service as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource, implement authentic NASA STEM experiences that benefit a significant population of diverse audiences in their local community or region, and participate

Are your students hungry to view the new James Webb images and learn about innovative space technology that changes the way we understand the universe? Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Luke Henke, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Christopher Britt and Yesenia Perez from the Space Telescope Science Institute to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope and DART Mission and gain access to educational materials. 

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ROSES-22 Amendment 58: F.9 Citizen Science Seed Funding Program Revision

The Citizen Science Seed Funding Program (F.9 CSSFP) aims to support scientists and other experts to develop citizen science projects and to expand the pool of scientists who use citizen science techniques in their science investigations. Four Divisions of the SMD are participating in the CSSFP: the Astrophysics Division, the Biological and Physical Sciences Division, the Heliophysics Division, and the Planetary Science Division. All proposals must address one or more goal(s) or objective(s) relevant to at least one of these participating SMD divisions. The Earth Science Division is not participating.

Goddard will celebrate Earth science with presentations in October. These talks will not be recorded.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Brian Campbell will talk about how NASA GLOBE Program volunteers, from students to
teachers to enthusiasts, have been taking tree height measurements and observations using
handheld clinometers and the NASA GLOBE Observer App Trees Tool. He will also highlight
the upcoming NASA GLOBE Trees Challenge 2022: Trees in a Changing Climate.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Akiko Elders will talk about how remote sensing affords the opportunity to monitor and
evaluate data-scarce regions where field collection efforts are costly. A current project uses
multiday

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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall on the NASA Science Career Path Tool at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Thursday, October 20. This town hall will be focused on the Science Career Path Tool, an interactive online tool that features five distinct science career tracks and summarizes the common roles across the NASA science workforce. The tool can assist scientists, managers, students, and prospective employees to NASA in their awareness of career opportunities, help plan and navigate careers, and determine training and development needs to better prepare them for different roles.

Members of SMD, the science community, academia, and the public are invited

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern as Jackie Faherty from the American Museum of Natural History tells us about the JWST will enhance our understanding of low mass stars, and exoplanets.

The James Webb Space Telescope is a game changer for astronomy. However, the influence that this momentous telescope has varies on each subfield.  One area of science that JWST will be particularly impactful is substellar astrophysics, or the study of objects that do not have stable hydrogen burning.  Often called brown dwarfs, these objects do not have enough mass to ignite

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, November 15 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern as Dr. Francis Halzen from the University of Wisconsin-Madison tells us about IceCube, a neutrino observatory located at the South Pole in Antarctica.

With funding from the National Science Foundation the IceCube project at the South Pole melted eighty-six holes over 1.5 miles deep in the Antarctic icecap to construct an enormous astronomical observatory. The experiment discovered a flux of neutrinos reaching us from the cosmos, with energies more than a million times those of neutrinos produced at accelerator laboratories. These cosmic neutrinos are astronomical messengers

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is launching a new series of webinars in Spanish, Alcanzando las Estrellas. Each 60-minute webinar will feature a discussion of planetary science topics and careers. Students, educators, and community members are invited to learn more about the exciting field of planetary science!

Tune in on Thursday, September 29 to hear from Betzaida (Beth) Aponte Hernandez. Beth is a researcher at LPI that works with radar data collected at the Arecibo Observatory. This data is used to confirm detection, track, and characterize the properties of Near-Earth Objects (NEO), such as asteroids and comets. This

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SMD Bridge Program Workshop graphic

The virtual SMD Bridge Program Workshop is scheduled for October 17–21, 2022. Please see the attached flyer for details.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring all stakeholders in the NASA SMD Bridge Program together to build on the framework established by the Bridge Program Workshop Organizing Committee (BPWOC) and collaboratively co-create a program that increases the diversity of the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

Agenda

A detailed schedule is available by viewing the agenda.

Registration

Registration fees are not being collected for this virtual workshop, but registration is required for communication purposes, including virtual

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Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI)

Application Period: 8/29/22 - 9/23/22

The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement and Experiential Learning Opportunity for educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project hosted at either the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, NY or the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

During the fall and spring terms of CCRI, the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who lead in-service high school STEM educators and graduate student research assistants

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 1:30pm EDT (5:30pm UTC). Planting Roots and Leaving a Legacy Behind and Setting the Research Stage for Year 5 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Focus: North America. 

This webinar will be the final webinar for Year 4 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. Next month (October 2022) will begin Year 5. During this webinar, we will have several guest speakers, led by teacher Julie Houck, of Defiance Elementary School in Defiance, Ohio. Julie will begin by discussing how she and her students have used resources as a GLOBE teacher to reach

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Saturday, October 1 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join observers around the world in learning about lunar science and exploration, making celestial observations, and honoring cultural and personal connections to the Moon. This annual, worldwide public engagement event takes place when the Moon is close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

We encourage you to interpret 'observe' broadly. From lunar art projects to virtual field trips to data that you can hear, there are so many ways to enjoy, learn about, and connect with the Moon. Visit the International Observe the

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Monday, September 19 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern as Dr. Joseph Lazio from NASA JPL shares how NASA’s Deep Space Network helps in our exploration of the Solar System and beyond!Nearly every image of another planet that was taken by a NASA spacecraft has been transmitted to us through one or more antennas of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN).  For almost the past 60 years, the DSN has been guiding spacecraft to their destinations across the Solar System, sending them commands for actions to take upon reaching their destinations, and receiving the data

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Focusing on Students and Educators as they prepare for Year 5 of the Campaign and the 2023 GLOBE IVSS: Featuring Highlights from the U.S. Forest Service’s Tree Canopy Cover Layer and U.S. Tree Mapping and Monitoring. Focus: North America. 

 

This webinar will bring the campaign to the GLOBE North America Region with a focus on activities that can assist students and teachers, from all across GLOBE, with their tree, land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle research, as part of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. We will have a guest

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Friday, July 22
4 p.m. EDT / 3 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. MDT / 1 p.m. PDT

Learn about a variety of versatile, hands-on activities that scientists can use to engage different audiences in planetary science. All planetary scientists (including researchers, engineers, and graduate students) are invited to join to discuss effective strategies and share your experiences and favorite activities. Speakers include Amelia Chapman (NASA JPL) who helps run NASA’s Museum and Informal Education Alliance’s community of practice, Eve Klein (Institute for Learning Innovation) whose programs help organizations connect public audiences with local research through dialogue with scientists, and

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Thursday, July 21
4 p.m. EDT / 3 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. MDT / 1 p.m. PDT

Wondering what it takes to become a planetary science intern working alongside LPI and NASA scientists, conducting cutting-edge research? Join us for Intern Stories 2022 to find out!

During this free, virtual event, you’ll hear from LPI summer interns about how they applied and prepared for their internship, their ongoing experiences, and how the internship has helped them. Middle and high schoolers, undergraduate students, parents, and educators are encouraged to tune in!

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The NASA-funded CosmicDS team is seeking a part-time astronomy educator/curriculum designer to participate in the development of online resources for teaching data science to the public. Candidates should have experience with software development. If they are familiar with github, open source development or web design, that will be a big plus.

The benefits-eligible position is for 2 years at 0.7 FTE, with the possibility of an extension through December 2025 and is based in Cambridge, MA. Depending on funding availability and fit, the Science Education Department at the Center for Astrophysics may have separate projects that could provide additional

NASA is sending spacecraft to study objects throughout the solar system! With support from the ChemCam instrument team on the Mars Curiosity mission, the LPI is hosting informational webinars for students and early career researchers who have an interest in becoming involved in current or future planetary missions. Undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists are invited to join us for a discussion of how to prepare, both academically and professionally, for a career in mission science. We will also share opportunities for getting involved!

Each virtual event features a panel of mentors and mission scientists who will

The SciAct community and Night Sky Network members are invited to join Dr. Kelly Korreck on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern, when she will give us an update on the Parker Solar Probe.

What is faster than a speeding bullet?  What can fly through turbulence without fastening its seat belt?  What can tell us about the origins of our solar system at the same time performing its main mission to understand our closest star?  NASA’s Parker Solar Probe! The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft was designed to solve 3 mysteries of the sun

TheSciAct community and Night Sky Network members are invited to join Dr. Brian Grefenstette on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern, when he will share with us a decade of discoveries from NuSTAR.

 NuSTAR is a NASA Small Explorer (SMEX) mission that, when launched in 2012, was the first space telescope capable of focusing high energy X-rays. This has brought about a golden era of X-ray astronomy, including fundamental advancements in the study of black hole physics, stellar explosions, and some of the highest energy phenomena in the cosmos. In this webinar we will

Join Dr. Eliot Quataert and the Night Sky Network on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00PM Eastern, when he will discuss the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics, released in late 2021, that identifies the most compelling science goals and presents an ambitious program of ground- and space-based activities for future investment in the next decade and beyond.

Every decade, the National Academy of Sciences, at the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy, and NASA,  undertakes a survey of astronomy and astrophysics.   The purpose of the survey is to

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