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





On Nov 2, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, David Skorton, announced the recipients of the 2018 Smithsonian Education Awards for Achievement and Innovation. Smithsonian Science for Global Goals, from the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), received the Innovation Award for its “boundary-pushing approach to helping students across the globe understand critical socio-scientific issues and how they can take action in their local communities to make a difference.” The first...


One of our CCRI teachers Nicole Dulaney recently created a unit plan (9-12) that passed SMD product review and is available for national distribution. Please distribute to your relevant teacher networks. All questions and feedback are welcome.
Earth’s Energy Budget is a unit plan designed for high school students grades 9 – 12 with access to computers, NASA GISS Panoply software, and RStudio. This unit takes approximately three weeks to complete. The goal of this unit is for the students...

And the winners are…..

On May 1, 2018, more than 100 students from Michigan & Ohio presented over 70 research projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student conference at The University of Toledo’s Student Union. This conference, originally named SATELLITES: Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space, has grown over the years. The speaker, John Moore from the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, showed students how their data can be visualized by...


ASU’s NASA Exploration Connection PI Recognized as “Top 10 Teaching Innovator”


Ariel Anbar was named as 1 of only 10 top teaching innovators in the first-ever such selection by The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Anbar’s innovation was developing the NASA-supported Habitable Worlds online science class for non-scientists which is organized around NASA SMD themes. Habitable Worlds was recently recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as an exemplar of personalized,...


The NASA eClips™ Video “Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery” was recommended by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Product Review Panel for broad distribution and approved for inclusion in the NASA Wavelength Database.

This video can be viewed on the NASA eClips website at:

And on Youtube at:...


Dr. Patricia Reiff, veteran of 15 trips to the center line (13 total and 2 annular, with only two clouded out), has been presenting many eclipse trainings, webinars, and public talks about the eclipse. These talks include eclipse animations created with HEC support. 

Recent presentations include:

•ESIP “Out to Lunch” webinar May 17 (available at )

•“Earth to Sky” webinar May 25:  Available at


With just over two months to go until the August 1, 2017 deadline, now is the time to focus on your Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program application! Fulbright Scholars are selected for their academic merit and leadership potential to teach, research, and exchange ideas. There are nearly 500 awards available in more than 125 countries; complete details are located in the Catalog of Awards.

You are invited to join any of our upcoming webinars. We run a series of Application Walk-Through and...

A few highlights from the impact that the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative is having on rural community college students in western North Carolina.


July 22, 2016

On 22 July The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the following:


Federal Research Grants: Opportunities Remain for Agencies to Streamline Administrative Requirements.
GAO-16-573, June 22


June 30, 2016

RELEASE 16-067

NASA Awards Grants to Nine Informal Learning Institutions

NASA has awarded almost $10 million in grants to informal education organizations in seven states to help inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers.

The organizations include two botanical gardens, five museums, one foundation and one NASA visitor center. The selected projects include botany experiments focused on growing food in space, technology challenges using caves as an...

NASA GSFC Office of Education is currently seeking graduate students to participate in the year long NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative internship program located at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. 

Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long internship opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science...

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduate students presenting at the 2015 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to apply for a travel stipend up to the amount of $500. Applicants must be 1) a current undergraduate student, 2) the first author on the abstract they are presenting (oral or poster), and 3) a U.S. citizen. Other eligibility requirements may apply. Students presenting for the first time at a professional conference are encouraged to apply. These stipends are funded...

Crowdsourcing and Curating Online Education Resources

  1. Darrell Porcello*,
  2. Sherry Hsi

Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720USA.

The Internet is a growing source of open educational resources (OERs) focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). These STEM OERs are not only shared openly and free for all to use, but often provide licenses that permit modification and reuse. Educators must have access to tools that...

Dr. Jim Green, Director of the NASA Planetary Science Division, presented Dr. Susan Niebur with the Planetary Science Division’s Public Service Award at the end of a panel on which Susan was presenting at the Women and Mars Conference! Read the full details here.

You can view Susan’s panel here.

The award portion begins at around the 2:52 timestamp.

Congratulations, Susan!