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[NASA Earth E/PO] Weekly News and Announcements - January 30, 2015

Posted on January 29, 2015 - 3:15 PM CST

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Weekly News and Announcements – January 30, 2015

1.   Present Your NASA Activities at the NESTA Share-A-Thon in Chicago

2.   Input Needed for Congressional Report by February 3 (Work with Youth Serving Organizations)

3.   Webinar: The NOAA Sentinel Site Program: Engaging Communities for Coastal Resilience

4.   Position opening at the Foundation for Earth Science

Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • February 2, NASA SMD E/PO NSTA survey Deadline
  • Congressional Report Input due by noon EST, February 3 (
  • February 3-6 – American Camp Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA. More information here:
  • Webinar: Making a List and Checking it Twice: Sharing Resources using NASA Wavelength. An EarthEd2YC webinar. February 6, 1:00 PM ET. More information:
  • March 12-15 – NSTA Chicago, Illinois –
    • NSTA is in the NASA NCTS (Conference Code 21316-15)

1. NESTA (National Earth Science Teachers Association) will once again offer four opportunities for you to share your classroom activities with colleagues at the 2015 National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference In Chicago,.

Please consider presenting at one or more of the following Share-a-Thons:

  • Session 2470 Geology Share-a-Thon   Friday, March 13, 9:30-10:30 AM, Skyline W375e, McCormick Place
  • Session 2471 Earth System Science Share-a-Thon   Friday, March 13, 12:30-1:30 PM, Skyline W375e, McCormick Place
  • Session 2472 Climate, Ocean, and Atmosphere Share-a-Thon   Friday, March 13, 11:00 AM-12 Noon, Skyline W375e, McCormick Pla
  • Session 2473 Space Science Share-a-Thon   Saturday, March 14, 12:30-1:30 PM, Skyline W375e, McCormick Place

Apply to present here:

Apply soon because presentation slots fill quickly and space is limited.

There is no charge to present at a NESTA Share-a-Thon, but presenters must be registered for the NSTA conference. 


2. Input Needed for Congressional Report: Work with Youth Serving Organizations (Due Feb. 3)

NASA has been asked by Congress to report on its efforts with Youth Serving Organizations.   If you are conducting efforts with Youth Serving Organizations (see information at the end about what this means), please complete the survey at, no later than noon EST on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.  This information will be submitted by SMD to the NASA Office of Education for inclusion in the NASA report.

Some notes:

  • The following information is provided at language from the House Committee; definition of youth serving organizations (for purposes of this report); and list of information requested.
  • Please complete the information requested as completely as possible. If a category does not apply or the information is not available, please leave blank or submit what information you can.
  • Denote any events entered by fiscal year:

                  FY14 = October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014

                  FY15 = October 1, 2014 - current

  • For the purposes of this report, a YSO can be local, regional, or national (see definition below).
  • If you are reporting for multiple projects or programs, please note that you will need to complete a separate survey for each project or program (you do not need to complete a separate survey for individual events – just for separate projects or programs).

More information may be found here:


3. Webinar: The NOAA Sentinel Site Program: Engaging Communities for Coastal Resilience

 Join us on Monday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM Eastern Time

Space is limited. Reserve Your Spot at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar


Sea level rise (SLR) is impacting coastal ecosystems and economies. Tracking the status and trends of SLR over time is necessary to effectively adapt and manage communities and resources. NOAA’s Sentinel Site Program (SSP) provides critical information to support coastal resiliency. The SSP is a nested approach with three levels: Sentinel Stations are discrete sensor platforms providing information to better understand ecological status and trends. Sentinel Sites are areas in coastal environments studied to understand physical and biological changes in the ecosystems they represent i.e. National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves. Sentinel Site Cooperatives cover wide geographic areas and facilitate communication and data/information sharing between researchers, managers, and stakeholders to leverage resources and improve understanding of data, tools, and models which address coastal resiliency issues.


4. The Foundation for Earth Science (FES, is seeking an energetic and innovative Community Manager. This is an outstanding opportunity to be a connector, enabling Earth science informatics through collaboration. The Community Manager will primarily work with the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP, to build and scale existing community engagement efforts and will create new programs to support and grow the community.

Ideal candidates should be passionate about building communities with a background in informatics, Earth/environmental sciences, communications, information and library science, or related areas. The role reports to the FES Executive Director, Erin Robinson. This position is likely to be part time, but full time is possible for the right candidate. Review of applications will begin by February 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Please address any inquiries to

For more information on this posting and to apply, see: