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The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has a new online resource available for the Moon’s south pole (www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/lunar-south-pole-atlas/). Given NASA’s recent direction to implement Space Policy Directive-1 landing astronauts at the south pole by 2024, the LPI has compiled a series of maps, images, and illustrations designed to provide context and reference for those interested in exploring this area.

Institutions planning Apollo 50th / Moon 2 Mars events for July may find...

June 6, 2019 – Webinar #2: How Cool is the Eclipse? Collect Data with GLOBE

GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) and the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) joined forces for the second webinar (in Spanish) to prepare GLOBE teachers and students to make observations during the upcoming total eclipse in South America. GME PI Dr. Kevin Czajkowski illustrated the correct way to collect surface temperature data and used a data sheet developed by GME research assistant, Sara Mierzwiak,...

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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the Pacific Ocean and make landfall in Chile. The Exploratorium will have a team waiting at the Cerro Tololo Observatory to capture this event live and make it available via satellite or the web. One hour English and Spanish language programs begin at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Telescipe only feed of entire eclipse begins at 12:00pm PDT, 3:00pm EDT. Totality begins at 1:38pm PDT, 4:38pm EDT. Feed information:

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•~250 library professionals were trained in NASA space science content and resources in collaboration with 7 state libraries (RI, TN, WY, KY, AK, NV, OH)

•This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library Network-Collaborative Summer Library Program partnership.

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GME-UT participated in The Lake Erie Water Festival on May 21, 2019 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse in Monroe, MI. This annual event educates 6th grade students from Monroe County Schools about environmental issues.

GME-UT  along with two high school students from Meadow Montessori (Lily & Meca) manned Station #9. Students collected water samples from different locations of a nearby pond and measured the temperature, transparency, pH and phosphorus. The groups shared their...

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Please join us for the next MAVEN webinar on June 26, 7pm EDT/ 6 CDT/ 5 MDT/ 4 pm PDT. All are welcome to attend these public webinars.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars

Getting Cozy with Mars: MAVEN’s Aerobraking Campaign

The MAVEN spacecraft has successfully completed an aerobraking campaign, lowering the highest altitude of the satellite’s orbit to better transmit data from present and future Martian rovers and landers, while continuing its observations of the Martian atmosphere....

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
3:00PM – 5:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)

  • The Importance of Understanding the Last Glacial Maximum for Climate Change by Dorothy Peteet
  • Chemistry–Climate Interactions in a Changing Environment: Wildfire in the West and the US Warming Hole by Loretta J. Mickley

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/8d28b198f1cf5c9f7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive...

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What Greens Up, Must Green Down: Greenings Live from Switzerland.

GLOBE Master Trainer, Markus Eugster, and his students from the Sekundarschule Uzwil in Switzerland have been conducting Greenings (Green-Up and Green-Down) research during their tree investigations. Monitoring the the beginning and ending of the growing season of trees helps scientists track plant growing seasons. One way to track the change is through a Swiss GLOBE program called PhenoCam, a way to use automated cameras...

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Tree Height, Wetlands, and the Invasive Task Force: Live from New York.

Students and teachers from the Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York have been studying wetlands around their school and local area for years.  They have recently started taking tree height measurements to add the next level of observations to their wetland research. Invasive species, in New York, continue to have an impact on trees. Students from Mahopac High School, personnel from the Cornell Cooperative...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Lessons from a Southern Old-Growth Bottomland Forest: Live from Congaree National Park.

Congaree National Park (www.nps.gov/cong) protects the largest intact remnant of southern old-growth bottomland (floodplain) forest remaining in North America. Similar forests once covered over 35 million acres of river bottoms in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains and up the Mississippi River Valley. Some of the park’s champion trees are 700 to...

https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon/annual-event/overview/

International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation and appreciation of the Moon. All are invited to observe the Moon, learn about NASA planetary science and exploration, and celebrate cultural and personal connections to our nearest neighbor. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetaria, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards...

36 students from 5 schools from MI and IN presented 20 projects at the GLOBE U.S. Midwest Student Research Symposium on April 5-7 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Student projects were reviewed both by their peers and by local scientists and educators. The Midwest GLOBE SRS hosted by Marcy Seavey, Sasha Wohlpart, Science Educator, School Board Member, STEM Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa. 

The Award Winners at the GLOBE Midwest Student Research...

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Scientists attending the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC; March 18-22, 2019) engaged with early career scientists throughout the week, serving as presentation reviewers and mentors.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) scientists participated in the April 13, 2019 “Owls in Space Symposium” at Rice University. They spoke with university students and current NASA and commercial space professionals during the networking event attended by Rice alumnus NASA Administrator James Bridenstine.

 

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When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019; 4:00PM – 6:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)
Topic: "Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Urban Areas" by Vivien Gornitz
 

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/7a3d1222423b9a8e7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the meeting.
 

These presentations are part of a monthly series hosted by CCRUN, a NOAA RISA...

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Our first GLOBE Observer Mosquito Blitz kicks off on Sunday, April 7 and ends on Citizen Science Day, April 13. We invite you, your family and friends to join us in this focused effort to gather observations of mosquito breeding sites.

To participate, simply follow these seven steps: 

  1. Grab your mobile phone containing the GLOBE Observer app and open the Mosquito Habitat Mapper.
  2. Go outside to check your local environment for standing water (mosquito breeding sites).
  3. Take a...

AREN Project Press Release

Participate in the 2019 GLOBE AREN Project Wind Speed Engineering Challenge from April 1 – May 31, 2019.  

Challenge:  Engineer a low-cost electronic or non-electronic anemometer (tool for measuring the speed of wind).

The GLOBE Program does not have a protocol for determining wind speed.  The GLOBE Program supports the AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) Project, which utilizes kites to collect data.  In order to safely fly a kite, it is important...

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April 2019-Land Cover (Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) Begins April 1, 2019!

Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) are focused periods of time where participants are encouraged to collect large amounts of data and enter it in the GLOBE database. Data that is collected during an IOP will provide other GLOBE students, scientists, researchers, and educators large amounts of concentrated data over a short period of time. This can also be referred to as "Data...

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The NASA eClips team encourages you to engage your non-formal student audience in Spotlite student production. NASA Spotlites are short videos that correct science misconceptions. Students research, create storyboards, write scripts, and film and edit videos to correctly teach science concepts to younger students.

Please join us for one of two informational 45 minute webinars on Tuesday, March 12,  2019 (3:00-3:45 or 4:30-5:15 pm EST).
Participants will learn how to integrate this...

•In February 2019, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) sent out 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2019.

•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for 11 STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with strong...

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Attached is a nugget about Radio JOVE's Historic Marker Project that is featured in local video.

 

Best,

Shannon

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC): Resources for Trees Research and Guiding Investigative Questions. During this webinar, Forest Research and Professor, Peder Nelson and Campaign Lead, Brian Campbell will introduce some campaign guiding investigative questions that will provide students with questions to answer while collecting and analyzing their GLOBE protocol data.  Also, several major resources, to assist students in extending their data analysis, will be presented,...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC): Our Connection to the Land: Trees and Forests Through the Eyes of the Salish Tribe of Montana. Oscar Garza and his team will show how GLOBE protocols and citizen science have the potential to help efforts of many communities around the world in their task on language, culture and landscape revitalization and preservation in a dual-learning environment. Many indigenous cultures around the world posses a different perspective about forestry...

We regret that due to the federal shutdown, we must postpone next week’s MAVEN webinar on The Magnetic Tail of Mars by NASA scientist Dr. Gina DiBraccio. We will reschedule it once the shutdown ends and Dr. DiBraccio’s schedule permits.

Previous recorded MAVEN webinars and form to subscribe to future MAVEN announcements are available online at http://bit.ly/MAVENOW.

•As libraries across the country prepare to implement space science-themed programs in summer 2019, the Space Science Institute and Lunar and Planetary Institute are partnering with state libraries to deliver training on NASA science learning experiences.

•Two workshops reached the following states and individuals:

     - NM on 10/31/18: 17 participants

     - CO on 11/15-16/18: 34 participants

•This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library...

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