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MTS, GoMRI, IEEE-OES, NOAA and NASA are teaming up to offer a FREE virtual screening of “Picture a Scientist” from October 20 – 22nd. If you are not familiar with the documentary, the film challenges audiences to question their own implicit biases and brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time in an effort to move toward change.

In addition to the screening, you can participate in an interactive panel discussion led by women in ocean technology and science on October...

On September 26, 2020, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration.

  • 3,735 events and observers registered worldwide (doubled 2019 registration)
  • moon.nasa.gov went from #39 to #14 among NASA's most-visited websites for September
  • @NASAMoon shared content...

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Keeping Watch on Planet Earth

Live Webcast: October 15, 2020, 4 pm EDT

Promotional poster for "Keeping Watch on Planet Earth" webcast. Event title in white text on right of image. Below the title, are logos for OpenSpace and StarNet NASA @ My Library. On the left of the image is a visualization of the Earth from space created using the OpenSpace software.

Set a reminder and tune in on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p0LI9LS7o-Q​

Since its beginning, NASA has been watching Earth’s weather, atmospheric conditions, land use, and, over time, climate.

Join American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a live flight to view Earth as seen by satellites, and how its ecological system is divided into major life zones. 

This...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC, 3:00pm CET): Educators and Students Aligning Greenings and Tree Height: A Collaboration Between the European Phenology Campaign and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. 

This webinar will highlight the collaboration between both campaigns, with a focus on taking tree height measurements/observations at the same time participants take greenings (green up/green down) measurements. The leads for the European Phenology...

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The next meeting of the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee will be held electronically Monday, October 19, 2020 through Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time each day.  

On Monday, October 19, the event address for attendees is:
https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8ac0c8ba6c20d6158a15014539ff4fe5, the event number is 199 918 6105, and event password is ixXyezN@783. 

On Tuesday, October 20, the event address for attendees is:

On September 26, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) connected with thousands of participants from around the world during NASA's International Observe the Moon Night Live Stream event. The event was led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Five scientists from Astromaterials shared the work facilitated at NASA's Johnson Space Center. This included a virtual tour of our Apollo Lunar Laboratory, stories of Apollo samples, details on work with the Apollo Next...

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The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Team, in partnership with the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), participated in a launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Launch in February 2020.

The three day event took place from February 6-8th under the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit reaching over 800 visitors.

To help showcase the Solar Orbiter Mission & highlight other missions to...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 3:00 PM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT
Students and faculty are invited to join a NASA webinar featuring a new NASA initiative:
NASA Minority University Research and Education Projects (MUREP) Innovative New Designs for Space (NASA MINDS)

NASA MINDS is a NASA MUREP funded project that seeks student teams from Minority Serving Colleges and Universities to advance technologies needed for NASA’s Artemis mission.   Artemis will return astronauts to the moon and eventually...

Astronomy Online: Solar Storms

Friday, October 2, 2020, 1 pm EDT

Poster for American Museum of Natural History's Astronomy Online: Solar Storms. Solar weather is visualized as lines in blue and green emerging from an orange-red Sun. White text on the right of the poster reads: Astronomy Online: Solar Storms / Live Watch Party / #StayHome & #LearnWithMe"

What risks do solar storms pose for astronauts in space? 

Join Carter Emmart, the American Museum of Natural History's Director of Astrovisualization, and Leila Mays, deputy director of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA Goddard, to explore how scientists protect astronauts from space weather and why our Sun’s dynamic activity affects human space travel.

Bring your questions for our presenters and...

This Sept. 17, 2020, collaborative webinar was planned and presented by three NASA Science Activation Earth science awards and the GLOBE Implementation Office. Each group shared a broad range of NASA-sponsored opportunities and resources to connect students to investigating our Earth system using NASA and GLOBE data.

Our goal was to support teachers and students to develop and enter their research in the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS).

There were 138 attendees...

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Anna MacLennan, a former STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Intern (SEES Class of 2019), was named one of The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners for 2020.  

“The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners is comprised of young people from around the world who are breaking barriers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields and bringing the sciences to the public through...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC; 8:00pm CEST): New Jersey Pinelands: The Nation's First National Preservation Area. Congress created the Pinelands National Reserve (PNR) through the passage of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. Mr. John Moore, Executive Director at the Institute for Earth Observations at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, will discuss how the PNR is listed as the first National Reserve in the nation. Discussion on the PNR being approximately 1.1 million...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Kicking Off Year 3 With Tree Height Research Using Satellites and Ground-Based Instruments: The importance of tree and vegetation research to help us understand our changing planet. Join us for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign with the first of our featured science talks for Year 3 of the campaign. Dr. Nancy Glenn, a researcher from Boise State University, the University of New South Wales and an ICESat-2 Mission...

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The 2020 Community Cloud Challenge: Science is Better Together (July 15 - August 15, 2020), led by the NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley, asked participants around the world to learn, discover and, when safe, collect GLOBE cloud observations.  This year, participants could join a video watch, do an at-home activity, or collect observations to participate due to COVID-19 (https://observer.globe.gov/cloud-challenge-2020).

Weekly videos with NASA experts and GLOBE educators featured...

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Two recent peer-reviewed publications have featured GLOBE citizen science (GLOBE Observer) data. In the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, “Clouds Around the World: How a Simple Citizen Science Data Challenge Became a Worldwide Success” describes the overall quantity and type of data collected during the 2018 Spring Cloud Challenge, as well as satellite matches made (left, top image), and specific areas of interest such as over-the-ocean clouds observations in the Drake Passage...

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Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...

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We have a great opportunity for Graduate Student Research Assistants in the NYC metropolitan area to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC:

Graduate Student Research Assistant Stipend: $11,700

Application Period: Applications are considered upon receipt and the application period closes on September 21, 2020.

Multiple positions...

We have an amazing opportunity for High School STEM Teachers to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams while developing STEM curriculum for their current classes:

The NASA GSFC Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)  is currently recruiting high school STEM Teachers to apply for the NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI).

Teacher Stipend: $7,650.00

Application Period: Applications are considered upon receipt and...

Dr. Gregory Cajete will be speaking on Native Science and Astronomy 

Date: September 10, 2020 

Time: 12:00 Pacific, 3:00 Eastern 

Please note the time on the flyer is Pacific Time.

Register at
https://bit.ly/328W2v6

In response to educators continuing online in the fall semester, the Infiniscope team offered 43 educators from all over the U.S. a 4-day online workshop held July 14-17, 2020.

This workshop focused toward creating virtual field trips (VFT) that connect students to their community and promote learning that is rooted in students' own "place" such as their neighborhood or town. These educators were tasked with creating a VFT for classrooms use.

VFTs are guided online explorations that...

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Saturday, September 26 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join people around the world to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or observe the Moon from home. The Moon will be close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

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Members of Montana State University Academic Technology and Outreach passed out 500 NASA space kits to Blackfeet tribe, through a partnership with Blackfeet Community College and NESSP SMD Grant.

A 2nd offering will go to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

The effort generated several news articles in MT

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Field Trip: Comets

August 21, 2020, 1 pm EDT

The night sky has been a spectacular show lately, with the appearance of Comet NEOWISE in July and the Perseids annual meteor shower this month. Join American Museum of Natural History planetary scientist Marina Gemma and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a virtual field trip to visit see some of these space objects up close. Find out what comets and meteors can reveal to scientists studying our solar system, and why and how you can spot...

NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.

 

We are excited that CCRI Educator, Alejandro Mundo, will be featured on NASA STEM STARS en Español!

 

Please join us on Monday 8/10 at 1:30 pm EDT following this link:

 

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SMD is currently accepting applications for two Program Analyst positions at NASA HQ. These positions are part of a team which manages the budget of one of SMD's five Science Divisions (Earth Science, Planetary Science, Astrophysics, Heliophysics, or Biological and Physical Sciences). These positions work closely with SMD's technical staff of program managers and program scientists, and are responsible for the budget formulation and execution of a portfolio of projects. These positions are...

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