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[NASA Earth] Weekly News and Announcements - January 16, 2015

Updated on January 15, 2015 - 3:24 PM CST
Posted on January 15, 2015 - 3:15 PM CST

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Weekly News and Announcements – January 16, 2015

1.) Last call for session proposals for NSTA 2015 area conferences TODAY

2.) Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Opportunity

3.) Help U.S. Cope with Climate Change: Enter NASA-USGS Data App Challenge

4.) Eco-Comedy Video Competition, Spring 2015 Call For Entries

5.) Earth Science Community TagUp Notes now posted on the workspace

Upcoming Events/Deadlines:

  • January 23, 2015 DEADLINE for Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Applications.
  • February 3-6 – American Camp Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA. More information here:
  • March 12-15 – NSTA Chicago, Illinois

1). Last call for session proposals for the NSTA 2015 area conferences.  

Today at 11:59 PM EST, Thursday, January 15 is the last day to submit a proposal for the ‪#‎NSTA15 area conferences on science education. Click for strand information and to submit a proposal.

2). Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Opportunity

This workshop is Feb 8-13, 2015, apply by Jan 23 -great opportunity for 20 informal educators - you get the training and kits to teach the Space Science Sequence (  Use with teachers for PD, and other audiences. $1600 stipend but must pay expenses out of that.  Read more at: Apply at: Pass it on to your friends


The Heliophysics Science Mission Directorate Forum team is excited to invite informal educators that work with professional development for K-12 educators and informal audiences to be part of the Heliophysics Educator Ambassadors for Informal Educators program through the generous partner support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorates’ Heliophysics missions. 


Purpose The Heliophysics Educator Ambassador (HEA) for Informal Educators program will focus on in-depth, learning experiences around Earth, Space, and Physical Science topics for informal educators in museum or science center settings that work with K-12 teacher professional development. The HEA program will provide the opportunity and materials for participants to develop the capacities needed to use NASA science, data, and educational resources as an educational ambassador for NASA Heliophysics science concepts, using the same materials and resources gained in the workshop with K-12 educators and direct audiences. Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to mentor and train another informal educator to use these materials.


Benefits Throughout the program, Informal Heliophysics Educator Ambassadors will receive support in the following ways:

•  An in-person training intensive in Chicago, IL Sunday, February 8 – Friday, February 13, 2015, with lunch provided.

•  All curriculum and resources presented in the intensive;

•  All curriculum and materials needed to implement the activities in workshops, with audiences and to train and share with a mentored colleague partner;

•  Three to five online webinar sessions for both participants and mentored partners;

•  Ongoing online support through peer-sharing, discussion, access to resources and email for both participants and mentored partners;

•  A $1600 stipend upon completion of all program requirements - $1000 after attending the workshop, and $600 upon completion of program requirements and evaluation.

•  Opportunity to build ongoing and supportive relationships with other informal educators from around the country with similar backgrounds


February 2015 Workshop The Chicago HEA intensive workshop will be a rich and engaging experience that will ready participants to be able to meet the professional and mentoring program requirements. In this intensive workshop, participants will:

1)  Participate in hands-on, inquiry-based Earth, Space, and Physical science activities that utilize educational resources that have been developed by NASA and other educational partners, such as the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and incorporate current and relevant NASA science and data.

2)  Engage with NASA scientists and educational professionals to learn about the science of the Sun and its interactions with Earth’s magnetosphere and upper atmosphere, the Moon, and the interstellar medium.

3)  Design a professional development workshop for K-12 science educators to put into practice in their own home institute or center.

4)  Develop a plan to utilize the received resources and activities with a direct audience.

5)  Acquire the skills, experience, and materials to recruit, mentor and support another regional informal educator to do the same. 


For more information and to apply for the Heliophysics Educator Ambassadors for Informal Educators Program, please go here:

3.) Help U.S. Cope with Climate Change: Enter NASA-USGS Data App Challenge  (

NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change.


The Climate Resilience Data Challenge, conducted through the NASA Tournament Lab, a partnership with Harvard University hosted on Appirio/Topcoder, kicks off Monday, Dec 15 and runs through March 2015.

The challenge supports the efforts of the White House Climate Data Initiative, a broad effort to leverage the federal government’s extensive, freely available climate-relevant data resources to spur innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in order to advance awareness of and preparedness for the impacts of climate change. The challenge was announced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dec. 9.


For additional information on the Climate Resilience Data Challenge and to register beginning Dec. 15, visit:


To learn more about other NASA challenges and citizen science efforts, visit:


To find out more about U.S. climate change vulnerabilities, visit the National Climate Assessment website:


NASA monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air, and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

For more information about NASA's Earth science activities, visit:



4.) Eco-Comedy Video Competition, Spring 2015 – Call For Entries

“Clean Water, Clean Air”


Eco-Comedy Video Competition

Spring 2015 – CALL FOR ENTRIES

“Clean Water, Clean Air”

Sponsored by:


**$2,000 Prize**

The 2015 Eco-Comedy theme is “Clean Water, Clean Air.

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.

Submissions must:

Be humorous!

Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water, clean air” and overall environmental conservation.

Reach a broad audience.

Be an original production.

Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).

Be posted to Eco­Comedy Video Competition 2015 YouTube Channel at:

Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.


A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.


Submissions that are not received by Sunday, March 1, 2015, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 24, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.


For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: 


Please address questions to me at 


5.) Earth Science Community TagUp Notes now posted on the workspace