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Earth Science Weekly News and Announcements – February 6, 2015

Updated on February 6, 2015 - 10:00 AM CST
Posted on February 6, 2015 - 9:51 AM CST

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Weekly News and Announcements – February 6, 2015

News


  1. Earth to Sky Alumnus will be Honored as White House Champion of Change.
  2. Present Your NASA Activities at the NESTA Share-A-Thon in Chicago
  3. Webinar: EarthEd2YC, Making a List and Checking it Twice: Sharing Resources using NASA Wavelength
  4. Final Text of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Cooperative Agreement Notice NNH15ZDA004C released
  5. Earth Forum Tagup Monday, February 9.
  6. Webinar: “Ask US” February Session: Wednesday, February 18th – 4:00-5:15pm PT
  7. Preconference workshop on science education for students with disabilities at NSTA Chicago
  8. New Posts to the Workspace

Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • February 9, White House Champions of Change for Climate Education and Literacy, livestreamed 1:00 PM ET at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
  • February 6, EarthEd2YC Webinar. 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 11am MT/ 10am PT
  • Webinar: Making a List and Checking it Twice: Sharing Resources using NASA Wavelength. An EarthEd2YC webinar. February 6, 1:00 PM ET. More information: http://smdepo.org/post/7694
  • March 12-15 – NSTA Chicago, Illinois
    • NSTA is in the NASA NCTS (Conference Code 21316-15)

News in depth

 

1. Earth to Sky Alumnus will be Honored as White House Champion of Change.
From Anita Davis:

Earth to Sky alumnus and former NPS coordinator for our partnership, John Morris (National Park Service, retired) is being honored as one of eight people selected as White House Champions of Change for Climate Education and Literacy. On February 9, 2015, a ceremony will be held at the White House offices, to honor these leaders in climate communication/education. You are welcome to join and participant in this event virtually (see below).

 

The event will celebrate Americans who are doing extraordinary work to enhance climate education and literacy in classrooms and communities across the country. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary work to empower and inspire members of their communities.

 

John will travel to Washington, D.C. to accept the honor and participate with fellow Champions, in a panel on climate change education and literacy moderated by former NASA employee Marshall Shepherd, currently the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia and Host of The Weather Channel’s “Weather Geeks.”

 

The event will include remarks by White House officials and a discussion with the Champions.

 

Join us! (virtually)

 

The event will be live-streamed on the White House website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

 

You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #WHChamps and #ActonClimate.

 

We’ll be taking photos too, and will post on the Earth to Sky website, and our group Facebook site.

 

Read more about Champions of Change for Climate Education and Literacy

 


2. 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 Place
  • Session 2473 Space Science Share-a-Thon   Saturday, March 14, 12:30-1:30 PM, Skyline W375e, McCormick Place

Apply to present here:
https://www.nestanet.org/cms/content/conferences/nsta/shareathons/apply

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


3. NASA’s Earth Forum and NAGT’s Geo2YC have launched a series of webinars for geoscience faculty at two-year colleges, called EarthEd2YC. Each webinar includes 30 minutes of professional development for full-time and part-time faculty seeking educational resources and other guidance from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Earth Science Education and Public Outreach Forum (SMD E/PO) and NAGT’s Geosciences for Two-Year Colleges (Geo2YC) professional division.

 

Webinar: February 6 1:00 pm EST

Rusty Low, NASA SMD E/PO Earth Forum

Making a List and Checking it Twice: Sharing Resources using NASA Wavelength

To participate:

    Please click this URL to start or join .https://zoom.us/j/652616777

    Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 652 616 777   

 

Live webinars will be on the first Friday of each month at 1:00pm Eastern Time (10:00am Pacific Time). Each live 20-minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion, with real time chat throughout. All resources discussed in the webinars will be made available online. The webinars will be recorded and made available for later viewing.  If you have resources designed for 2YRC audiences and would like to host a webinar in the series, please contact Rusty Low, HEWG Lead, Earth Science.

 


4. Final Text of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Cooperative Agreement Notice NNH15ZDA004C released http://smdepo.org/post/7730

 

On February 4, 2015, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting team-based proposals for SMD science education for community review and comment. The final text will be downloadable from the NSPIRES web page at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting Solicitations and searching for NASA Science Education or NNH15ZDA004C.

(CAN-specific link: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={AC77E7D1-79AD-07F7-28C0-43E5105C5436}&path=open)

 


5. Earth Science Community Tagup Monday, February 9, 3pm ET/ 2pm CT/ 1pm MT/ 12pm PT

 

AGENDA

 

  • Announcements and Shout-outs
  • Updates from HQ
  • Featured Projects:
    • SMAP GLOBE Collaboration
    • Know Your Earth
  • Updates
    • Earth Right Now
    • NSTA
    • OEPM
    • Diversity/NASA Science4Girls and Their Families
    • Informal Ed Working Group
  • Nuggets

 


6. Webinar: “Ask US” February Session: Wednesday, February 18th – 4:00-5:15pm PT

The National Center for Science Education is partnering with NASA to do a webinar on the National Climate Assessment, Wednesday February 18th that is delivered via Google hangout.  There are still a few open slots available for interested parties.

 

Here is the description of the event: 


“Ask US” February Session: Wednesday, February 18th – 4:00-5:15pm PT
Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Southwest
The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with former NCA director, Kathy Jacobs, then learn about related educator resources with Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects. Focus this month will be on the Southwestwest region.  Watch for additional regions to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.

 

Contact Minda Berbeco at berbeco@ncse.com to register for this webinar.

 


7.  Preconference workshop on science education for students with disabilities at NSTA Chicago

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.) Regency E, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL. The conference is FREE, but pre-registration is required and space is limited!  The SESD annual conference, held in conjunction with NSTA's national conference, focuses on sharing new ideas, strategies and opportunities for opening doors to science and related fields for ALL students. The conference is open to all audiences but will be of particular interest to science teachers, special education teachers and those interested in bringing inclusive science-related activities into their classrooms.  Please complete the registration form linked below by Friday, February 20, 2015.  A confirmation and agenda will be sent to you after that date.   Questions? Please contact Rachel Zimmerman Brachman, the SESD conference coordinator, at Rachel.Zimmerman-Brachman@jpl.nasa.gov

 


 

8. New Posts on the Workspace