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Planetary scientists and astrobiologists, Science Activation team members, and Informal Educators are invited to apply to attend a 2023 Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement professional development workshop.

The next Planetary ReaCH workshop is in New Orleans June 8-10, and the application deadline is May 8.  We have travel stipends. Apply now!

  • June 8 – 10, 2023; Tulane University, New Orleans
  • June 22 – 24, 2023; SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA
  • Aug 17 – 19, 2023; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL
  • Nov 2 – 4, 2023; Puerto Rico

For more information, please contact Andy Shaner (

Submit your nominations by May 10, 2023. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking experts to participate in a new study to assess NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Activation (SciAct) program. Now in its second phase of programming, SciAct is looking to NASEM to support its ongoing efforts to achieve its stated objectives.

The committee will carry out its work by drawing on 1) evidence about effective STEM education in- and out-of-school summarized in previous reports from the Board on Science Education, 2) documentation of changes to the SciAct program since NASEM’s 2020 Science Activation Assessment,

Request for Information: DRAFT Federal Strategy to Advance an Integrated U.S. Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Information System (GHGMIS) Released for Review and Public Comment Number: NNH23ZDA009L Response Date: April 19, 2023

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This post announces the release of 1) a draft interagency report entitled, “Federal Strategy to Advance an Integrated U.S. Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Information System” (GHGMIS Strategy) and 2) an associated GHGMIS Strategy Request for Information (RFI) on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). These documents may be located using the direct link above.

Both documents have been published

Given by the National Academies in partnership with Schmidt Futures


The awards honor top science communicators, journalists, and research scientists who have developed creative, original work to communicate issues and advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine for the general public. Submissions will be accepted from April 4 until May 5, 2023. 

Submissions are encouraged from individuals who have developed high-quality communications and demonstrated the potential or ability to communicate the full spectrum of science, engineering, and/or medicine — issues and complexities, beauty and societal benefits, and shortcomings and controversies. The program will provide winners with cash awards, training,

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 @ 2:00pm ET (7:00pm UTC, 8:00pm CET). The State of Trees - February 2023: Local Comparisons of Change Over Time for Land Cover and Tree Height and a Call to Students! 

This was the 54th webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. The webinar focused on country comparisons of land cover and tree heights using online data mapping tools that the campaign has highlighted often and a discussion thinking about the growth rate of trees over time with the context of "Does your city/town have a tree plan?" Following this, the webinar put out a


Tuesday, March 7, 2023 @ 1:00pm ET (6:00pm UTC, 7:00pm CET). The State of Trees - March 2023: May the Forest Be With You: Mapping Ecosystem Structure and Understanding Global Carbon Balance with GEDI. 

This was the 55th webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, measures the 3D structure of Earth from the International Space Station using near-infrared lasers.  The data that GEDI collects are immensely valuable for improving our understanding of the world's forests and complex carbon cycles.  In this presentation, GEDI scientist Dr. Adrián Pascual and research assistant Ms. Tali Schwelling, discussed


Wednesday, April 12, 2023 @ 1:00pm ET (5:00pm UTC, 7:00pm CEST). The State of Trees – April 2023. The NASA Surface Water and Open Topography (SWOT) Mission and how it aligns to water edges and land cover.

Join the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Team and Dr. Ben Hamlington, Research Scientist in the Sea Level and Ice Group, in the Earth Sciences Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California USA as we discuss the NASA SWOT Mission. Learn about NASA's first global survey of Earth's surface water, providing data for clean air and water, extreme events, and long-term environmental


Join the Night Sky Network and Brandon Lawton on Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern to learn about the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2027.

NASA’s next flagship astrophysics mission, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, aims to expand our view of the cosmos.  Scheduled to launch by May 2027, the Roman Space Telescope will enable new science thanks to its unique combination of a large field-of-view, Hubble-like resolution at near-infrared wavelengths, and the ability to rapidly survey large portions of the sky.  Join me as we explore what makes the Roman Space Telescope so

Join the Night Sky Network and Robert Zellem on Thursday, February 23 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern to learn how to participate in the discovery of exoplanets.

On January 10, 2023, Exoplanet Watch was announced as NASA's newest citizen science project studying exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars beyond our solar system. The project is growing daily, and we're encouraging astronomers who have telescopes with a tracking mount and a camera to participate in the project by making your own observations of exoplanet transits. We'll show you how, when, and where to look! We'll also show you how to use our

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 @ 10:30am ET (3:30pm UTC, 4:30pm CET). The State of Trees - January 2023: Setting a Baseline and a Look Back at the November 2022 International Forest Conference in Slovenia. 


The 53rd webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will be the next step in getting students comfortable with all the data accessible for student research. By establishing a baseline for student research, we will be able to focus much of this webinar on how students locate and decide what trees to observe and include in their research. This concept falls on last


Do you have opinions about eliminating the exclusive access period for Hubble and/or JWST data? A new NASA Open Science policy says “There shall be no period of exclusive access to Mission data….” But the devil’s in the details. Please take the Community Survey on Data Access Policies for Hubble and JWST and share your thoughts!   The survey takes about 10-15 min. It will be open until Feb 15.

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

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.

Join the Teams event


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


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

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.


A detailed schedule is available by viewing the agenda.


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


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


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



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

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

James Webb Space Telescope’s Program Manager, Greg Robinson has been nomination for the Federal government employee’s highest award.  Nicknamed the “Sammies,” folks can vote daily through May 23 (first round). Here is the voting site:

And more about Greg:

Pass the word!