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[NASA Earth] Weekly News and Announcements - January 23, 2015

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Weekly News and Announcements – January 23, 2015


1. Citizen Science Association – New Peer Reviewed Journal

2. Earthzine Call for Papers: Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Change

3. Earlybird Registration for Chicago National Science Teachers Association conference Ends Friday, January 23

4. NASA Office of Education Scholarship and Research Opportunities

5. NASA SMD E/PO Booth at NSTA Chicago

6. Enter NASA-USGS Data App Challenge


Upcoming Events/Deadlines:

  • January 23, DEADLINE for Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Applications. http://bit.ly/1DGGMVu
  • February 2, NASA SMD E/PO NSTA survey Deadline https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSTA2015
  • February 3-6 – American Camp Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA. More information here: http://smdepo.org/post/7653
  • March 12-15 – NSTA Chicago, Illinois

1. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. It focuses on advancing the field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science practitioners and researchers—e.g., scientists, information specialists, conservation managers, community health organizers, educators, evaluators, urban planners, citizen scientists, and more—to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline. More information may be found here: http://bit.ly/1zzpYOX

 

2. Earthzine Call for Papers: The first new theme for 2015 will be Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Change [http://earthzine.org/2014/12/04/call-for-papers-indigenous-perspectives-on-environmental-change/], led by Guest Editor Cynthia-Lou Coleman. Coleman is a professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. She is enrolled with the Osage tribe.

Other upcoming themes for 2015 include: Ocean Acidification, Water for Agriculture, and Societal Benefits of Earth Observation. The first two of their 2016 themes are lined up early: Ocean Minerals and Earth Observations on Paleoclimate. If you have any themes you would like to see covered in Earthzine next year contact Paul Racette [mailto:pracette@earthzine.org].

 

3. Earlybird Registration for Chicago National Conference Ends This Friday, January 23

The NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Chicago this March 12–15.

 

Register today for the most savings! The Earlybird deadline ends THIS FRIDAY, January 23. Download the conference preview, or click here to browse through all the scheduled sessions, and create your schedule today!

 

4. NASA Office of Education Scholarship and Research Opportunities

 Applications Deadline: March 31, 2015

 NASA Office of Education (OE) is accepting applications for NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities (SRO). Scholarship awards are made to individuals who are pursuing degrees in undergraduate studies leading to Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities are the:

  • Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) which awards scholarships for individuals in one or more relevant NASA related, STEM disciplines. Students must currently attend or plan to attend an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) in the United States.
  • Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarships (AUS), which awards scholarships for individuals in areas, related to aeronautics. These scholarships are directed toward enhancing the state of aeronautics for the nation, transforming the nation's air transportation system, and developing the knowledge, tools, and technologies to support future air and space vehicles.

Information can be found and applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at http://www.intern.nasa.gov, select “Scholarship”.

 

5. NASA SMD E/PO Booth at NSTA Chicago

The NASA SMD E/PO Forums will be hosting a booth on the exhibit floor for NSTA 2015! NSTA will be in Chicago, IL, March 12-15. We will have a 20 x 20 island booth, so we are expecting lots of teachers coming by looking for your NASA K-12 resources.

 

If you are coming to the meeting and can help staff the booth, please let us know your availability.

 

If you cannot make the meeting, we are happy to make sure your materials get into the hands of teachers. With that in mind, we’d like to know what you are intending to send and a few related details.

 

Please take a moment and answer this short survey so that we can be assured of a successful NSTA. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSTA2015.  Please complete the survey by COB Monday, February 2.

 

We’ll be in touch with a schedule and shipping details.

 

6. 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.

More information may be found here:

http://1.usa.gov/1IDNjAa

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:

http://www.topcoder.com/earthscience/crdc

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

http://www.nasa.gov/solve