March 2011 Education Update

A monthly broadcast including upcoming educational programs, events, opportunities, and the latest resources from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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Programs & Events

New in this Issue

  • GLOBE at Night (Through March 6th)
  • NASA Sessions at NSTA Conference (March 10-13)
  • New Online Climate Change Graduate Courses from AMNH (March 14 – April 24)
  • The Many Colors of the Sun – Lecture (March 17)
  • Year of the Solar System: Ancient Astronomers/Modern Tools: Celebrating Sun-Earth Day (March 19)
  • Faculty Development Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching About Climate Change (Applications Due March 25)
  • Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program – Middle School Teacher Workshop (Applications Due March 25)
  • Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) – High School Educators (Applications Due March 31)
  • NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications – Graduate Students/Post-Docs (Deadline April 1)
  • Astronomy Camp Workshop for Girl Scout Leaders (April 8-10; Tuscon, Ariz.)
  • Earth: The Operators’ Manual (ETOM) – PBS Special (April 10)
  • AGU Fall Meeting – Timelines (Session Proposal Deadline April 20)
  • Lunar Workshop For Middle and High School Educators (June 20-24)
  • GLOBE 15th Annual Partner Meeting (July 17-22)

Previously Broadcast

  • Polar Science Weekend (March 3-6)
  • Thrill of Discovery Workshop – K-12 Educators (March 19)
  • Google Science Fair – Age 13-18 (Deadline April 4)
  • 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for Grades 9-12 (Deadline April 11)
  • 2011 ASP Education and Public Outreach Conference (July 30-Aug. 3)
  • Earth Science Week 2011: Our Ever-Changing Earth (Oct. 9-15)
  • Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education
  • Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Ambassador in the Classroom
  • A Day At Goddard: Opportunity for DC Metro Teachers (Grades 8-12)

Funding Opportunities

  • NSF Climate Change Education Partnership Solicitation (Proposals Due March 15)

Employment Opportunities

  • Penn State Seeks Curriculum Development Specialists for Summer of Innovation (Start Date March 1-April 15)

Educational Resources

  • Ocean Surface Winds Data Visualizer – Ocean Motion Web Site
  • NASA Interdisciplinary Climate Change Education Modules
  • As the Seasons Change, Will the Plankton?
  • Kepler Lab Out Loud Podcast

Science News

  • The Myseterious Rumble of Thundersnow (Feb. 24)
  • A Solar System Family Portrait, From the Inside Out (Feb. 18)
  • Cassini to Sample Magnetic Environment around Titan (Feb. 17)
  • Herschel Measures Dark Matter Required for Star-Forming Galaxies (Feb. 16)
  • NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater On Comet (Feb. 14)
  • SDO Sundog Mystery (Feb. 11)
  • JPL Airborne Sensor to Study ‘Rivers in the Sky’ (Feb. 10)
  • CALIPSO Spies Polar Stratospheric Clouds (Feb. 9)
  • Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Extent for January (Feb. 8)
  • NASA Releases First Views of the Entire Sun on Super SUN-Day (Feb. 4)
  • NASA Finds Earth-Size Planet Candidates in Habitable Zone, Six Planet System (Feb. 2)
  • NASA’s NEOWISE Completes Scan for Asteroids and Comets (Feb. 2)


Programs & Events

New in this Issue

GLOBE at Night (Through March 6th)

GLOBE at Night is an annual citizen-science campaign designed to raise awareness of light pollution in local communities by recording the brightness of the night sky. For two weeks (Feb. 21-March 6), when the moon is not our during the early evening hours and the constellations of Orion or Leo are visible, children and adults match the appearance of the constellations with seven star maps of progressively fainter stars found on the website. They submit their measurements with their date, time and location. For more information, visit http://globeatnight.org.

NASA Sessions at NSTA Conference (March 10-13)

San Francisco, Calif.

Make NASA a part of your NSTA experience this year! Find a NASA session that fits in your conference schedule by checking out our complete list of NASA-related sessions at the NSTA 2011 conference here: http//bit.ly/faqRgN. Stop by the NASA Exhibit Booth (#729) in Moscone Center South to find out about exciting new NASA programs and products. There will be many educational materials, lessons, handouts, giveaways, and information on upcoming products, workshop opportunities and more!

New Online Climate Change Graduate Courses from AMNH (March 14 – April 24)

March 14 – April 24; second session May 9 – June 19

Learn and understand how scientists study climate and the consequences of climate change for the future with Climate Change, the newest Seminars on Science course from the American Museum of Natural History, created in partnership with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Courses run for six weeks and are fully online. Each participant receives a CD of course resources suitable for classroom use. Affordable graduate credit is available for all courses.

Spring sessions run March 14 – April 24 and May 9 – June 19. Registration has closed for the first session, but there may still be space available; email semadmin@amnh.org for more information. To register, visit http://www.amnh.org/learn/

The Many Colors of the Sun – Lecture (March 17)

11:30am EST, Library of Congress James Madison Building; Washington, D.C.

W. Dean Pesnell, project scientists for the Solar Dynamics Observatory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will discuss “The Many Colors of the Sun.” Massive explosions, filament eruptions, changing magnetic fields, and other phenomena on the sun offer scientists a multitude of mysteries to solve. To help explore them, NASA has developed a very large observatory by combining several instruments on multiple spacecraft, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Dr. Pesnell will discuss how these instruments help us gain a better understanding of the sun. For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-037.html

Year of the Solar System: Ancient Astronomers/Modern Tools: Celebrating Sun-Earth Day (March 19)

The Year of the Solar System has a new theme this month: Ancient Astronomers/Modern Tools: Celebrating Sun-Earth Day. This theme focuses on our past and present observations of the sun. Sun-Earth Day is a combination of events and programs that occur through the year, ending with a grand Sun-Earth Day celebration on or near the Spring Equinox in March. This year’s theme is “Ancient Mysteries: Future Discoveries,” and will focus on examining early civilizations who created structures containing solstice and equinox alignments, as well as exploring how humankind continues to observe the Sun from the ground and space. Many resources will be available for Sun-Earth Day participation, including video and webcast programming (created by the NASA EDGE team). The Sun-Earth Day website also features resources for educators, museums, community groups and amateur astronomers: http://sunearthday.nasa.gov. YSS offers a number of resources related to the sun, as well as information on the tools used in solar research: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss/display.cfm?Year=2011&Month=3&Tab=Overview

Faculty Development Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching About Climate Change (Applications Due March 25)

Applications Due March 25; June 28-July 1 and August 8-11; Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.

Dickinson College is offering two programs this summer to enhance competencies for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change. The Changing Planet Faculty Study Group, a year-long learning community, begins with a four-day workshop (June 28-July 1) that will bring together faculty from multiple institutions to explore what we should teach about climate change in our physical science, social science and humanities courses, and how we should teach. Participants will share expertise, experiences, lesson plans and exercises, and hear from subject area experts. Members of the learning community will continue to collaborate after the workshop through distance-media and a second one-day workshop in spring 2012.

The second opportunity is the Climate Modeling and Data Tools Workshop (Aug.8-11). This workshop offers training in the use of a global climate model and tools to integrate and visualize climatic, environmental and socioeconomic data for teaching about climate change.

Applications are open to faculty in any discipline from any college or university. For more information, visit http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/distinctive-opportunities/sustainability-education/content/Climate-Education/.

Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program – Middle School Teacher Workshop (Applications Due March 25)

Applications Due March 25; July 18-22, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL

This week-long teacher professional development workshop will focus on in-depth learning experiences in Earth, space and physical science topics for educators teaching in middle school grades. The workshop will connect the GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) 6-8 Space Science Sequence with current NASA missions. The goal of this program is for participants to gain a better understanding of these content areas and develop the capacity to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics science and educational resources. Participants will receive a $600 stipend for attending the week-long workshop and developing a 1-hour mini-workshop they can present at their own science education conferences or meetings. An additional $700 contract will be available for those participants who the go on to present to other teachers at a local and/or regional meeting/conference. Participants may also elect to earn up to two graduate credits. For more information, visit http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/educate/pd.

Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) – High School Educators (Applications Due March 31)

Applications Accepted March 1-31; July 17-23; San Francisco, Calif.

ASSET is a science and curriculum institute for high school science teachers. The ASSET experience will be interactive and content rich, with presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA, and California Academy of Sciences. Participants receive the Voyages Through Time curriculum. All expenses are covered by grant funds. More details are available at http://www.seti.org/ASSET.

NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications – Graduate Students/Post-Docs (Deadline April 1)

July 18-22 and August 1-5; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 23rd Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During the program and pre-sessions webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. But the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.

Astronomy Camp Workshop for Girl Scout Leaders (April 8-10; Tuscon, Ariz.)

Hacienda Center of the Sahuaro Council; Tuscon, Ariz.

Girl Scout leaders are welcomed to apply for the next GSUSA Astronomy Camp training. This weekend workshop is a science education program sponsored by the near-infrared camera team (NIRCam) for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Participants will become part of the world-wide network of 170 trainers teaching young women essential concepts in astronomy, the night sky environment, applied math, engineering, and critical thinking. The workshop engages leaders in the process of scientific inquiry and equips them to host astronomy-related activities at the troop level.

Training includes topics in basic astronomy, as well as JWST-specific research areas in extra-solar planetary systems and cosmology, to pave the way for girls and women to understand the first images from JWST. For more information, contact Dr. Don McCarthy (dmccarthy@as.arizona.edu) or visit http://zeus.as.arizona.edu/~dmccarthy/GSUSA/index.htm.

Earth: The Operators’ Manual (ETOM) – PBS Special (April 10)

What if we had an operators’ manual that told us what causes climate change, and how sustainable energy options can help solve our problems? Penn State geologist Richard Alley offers an objective assessment of our climate predicament. ETOM, supported by NSF, the National Science Foundation, and includes HD visualizations from NASA Goddard’s SVS, premieres nationwide on PBS at 10pm EST on Sunday, April 10.

AGU Fall Meeting – Timelines (Session Proposal Deadline April 20)

AGU’s Fall Meeting is a major event for Earth and space sciences, attracting many geoscientists from around the world. Supporting the growing interest in the Fall Meeting and maintaining the high quality of AGU science has required the adjustment to some key deadlines. Session proposal and abstract timelines for the December 2011 Fall Meeting are as follows:

  • Session Proposal Submission: February 25 – April 20
  • Abstract Submission: June 8 – August 4
  • Availability of Meeting Program: Week of September 15

These new deadlines will ensure that AGU is able to meet the expectations of all meeting participants, while effectively managing the publications and other logistics deadlines. Any questions or comments may be directed to meetingsdir@agu.org.

Lunar Workshop For Middle and High School Educators (June 20-24)

June 20-24; Herrett Center for Arts and Science, Twin Falls, Idaho
June 27-July 1; Hinds Community College, Utica, Miss.
June 27-July 1; McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, N.H.
July 25-29; Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.
Aug. 1-5; Arizona State University; Tempe, Ariz.

Educators of grades 6-12 are invited to attend a workshop focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions. Workshop participants will learn about the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and its discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with real LRO data, and learn how to bring this information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with local state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for participation in this workshop. For more information, to see other upcoming dates, and to register, visit: http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html

GLOBE 15th Annual Partner Meeting (July 17-22)

July 17 – 22; DoubleTree Hotel, Bethesda, Md.

The GLOBE Program Office is pleased to invite all GLOBE Partners, Country Coordinators, teachers, and science and education community members to participate in the 15th GLOBE Annual Partner Meeting. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Expanding International Perspectives About Climate.” Participants will learn about the latest scientific research activities and other developments in The GLOBE Program, interact with GLOBE’s worldwide network of community members and scientists using GLOBE data in their research, and talk to top educators on effective methods of enhancing the GLOBE educational experience in the classroom. For more information, visit http://globe.gov/events/2011-annual-meeting.

Previously Broadcast

Polar Science Weekend (March 3-6)

The 6th annual Polar Science Weekend (PSW) will be at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash. PSW brings students, teachers, and families face-to-face with scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth. PSW consists of dozens of hands-on activities, live demonstrations, and exhibits about current polar research, presented by the researchers. PSW highlights NASA-funded work in polar regions, and is supported by a grant from NASA E/PO for Earth and Space Sciences (EPOESS). For more information, please contact Harry Stern (harry@apl.washington.edu, 206-543-7253) or visit http://psc.apl.washington.edu/psw/.

Thrill of Discovery Workshop – K-12 Educators (March 19)

Come celebrate NASA’s Year of the Solar System! NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers missions are traveling vast distances to find answers to age-old questions. These robotic spacecraft are celestial detectives, revealing how our solar system formed and evolved, and doing science utilizing new technologies. The workshop will be held at four locations: NASA JPL, Pasadena, Calif.; Johns Hopkins University APL, Laural, Md.; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Tx.; and Jackson Middle School Observatory, Champlin, Minn. A registration fee of $25 is required for the workshop, which covers lunch, snacks, and a packet of resources and a DVD of “Space School Musical.” For more information, visit: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/thrill_of_discovery.asp.

Google Science Fair – Age 13-18 (Deadline April 4)

Google has launched the inaugural Google Science Fair. This is a global competition open to any student aged 13-18. Registrations and submissions will be made online, and there is no cost to enter. The Science Fair will culminate in a celebratory event at Google headquarters in California in July. Submissions are due by April 4th. For more information, please visit http://www.google.com/sciencefair.

2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for Grades 9-12 (Deadline April 11)

The 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students (grades 9-12) to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using the latest geospatial tools and data. The best project will receive cash awards in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Individuals or teams of up to four students may submit entries. Winners will also be featured in an Encyclopedia of Earth article. In addition to the student prizes, teachers or adult “coaches” of the first-, second-, and third-place students will receive a $200 Amazon.com gift card. For more information, visit: http://www.strategies.org/thachercontest.

2011 ASP Education and Public Outreach Conference (July 30-Aug. 3)

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific invites you to a national conference on science education and public outreach in conjunction with its 123rd Annual Meeting. The conference, with the theme of “Connecting People to Science,” will be held at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor. The conference will be held Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 1-3, with special events the preceding weekend, July 30-31. Conference sessions will take place in the Baltimore Masonic Temple building, providing a unique setting for learning about new developments, sharing experiences and results, improving practices, and making connections across science disciplines. A call for abstracts will be released in early 2011. To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

Earth Science Week 2011: Our Ever-Changing Earth (Oct. 9-15)

The American Geological Institute is pleased to announce the theme of Earth Science Week 2011: “Our Ever-Changing Earth.” This event will engage young people and the public in learning about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. Earth Science Week 2011 materials and activities will show how evidence of change can be found everywhere, from the earth beneath our feet to the oceans and atmospheres around us. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth science and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the AAPG Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, the National Park Service, Exxon Mobil, ESRI, and other major geoscience groups. To learn more, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org.

Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education

Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education is a project to establish professional learning communities (PLCs) of high school teachers aimed at implementing effective teaching of climate change in existing courses. PLCs will identify the best resources to use and share best practices, and will also be invited to presentations by climate scientists. PLCs will have telemeetings and explore techniques to achieve the most effective ways to communicate without travel. If you are interested in joining a Lifeline PLC, please apply at: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/gss/lifelines/

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Ambassador in the Classroom

Let NASA take over your classroom for the day! Teachers in the DC Metro area and southern Pennsylvania are eligible for a visit from an SDO educator or scientist. Your students will learn about solar clocks, Earth’s place in the solar system, electricity and magnetism, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the Doppler effect. Visits are free, include all supplies for the activity, and can be customized for each teacher. Register at: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/educators/ambassador.php

A Day At Goddard: Opportunity for DC Metro Teachers (Grades 8-12)

Teachers in the DC Metro area are invited to bring their students to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a day spent learning what it is like to work for NASA. Field trips include a meet-and-greet at the visitor’s center featuring a scientist and engineer, a demonstration of the Science on a Sphere program, a tour of the satellite testing facility and an inquiry based science lab activity. Programs are highly customizable, teacher-friendly and designed for grades 8-12. Contact Aleya Van Doren (aleya.vandoren@nasa.gov) with your desired date and class information to reserve your spot. Slots fill up quickly so register today!


Funding Opportunities

NSF Climate Change Education Partnership Solicitation (Proposals Due March 15)

The Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. To view the full solicitation, see Frequently Asked Questions, and review slides and audio regarding the solicitation, visit http://bit.ly/fcEw3x


Employment Opportunities

Penn State Seeks Curriculum Development Specialists for Summer of Innovation (Start Date March 1-April 15)

The Penn State College of Education, under the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, is seeking seven Curriculum Development Specialists for the NASA Summer of Innovation program. These positions are non-tenure track, 48-week academic positions based at the specialists’ homes. Salary is commensurate with education and experience; full University benefits apply. To view the entire solicitation, visit http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/employment/copy_of_curriculum-development-specialist_soi


Educational Resources

Ocean Surface Winds Data Visualizer – Ocean Motion Web Site

The WINDS data visualizer gives access to global ocean surface wind behaviors between 1999 and 2009. The map displayed by the visualizer shows a 70° by 56° region of the ocean. The visualizer allows users to select a region of the ocean and study changes happening in the region. Each map has arrows showing the wind direction and the colors indicate the wind speed, direction, convergence or vorticity. At the bottom of each map, there is a color scale that allows users to convert image colors to a numerical measure.
http://www.oceanmotion.org/html/resources/winds.htm

NASA Interdisciplinary Climate Change Education Modules

Instructors in climate change are invited to use the National Council for Science and the Environment’s NASA-based curricular package of nine self-contained modules. Educators and students have access to web portals that allow interactions with other instructors and students. Online pre- and post-course assessments are available to determine student knowledge and attitudes about climate change.
http://www.eoearth.org/article/NCSE-NASA_Interdisciplinary_Climate_Change_Education

As the Seasons Change, Will the Plankton?

This feature article from the NASA Earth Observatory explores changes in phytoplankton populations, their importance in marine environments, and how they are affected by seasonal changes. Such studies could lead to a better understanding of how climate changes would affect phytoplankton populations.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/OceanProductivity/page1.php

Kepler Lab Out Loud Podcast

Lab Out Loud is an NSTA podcast and blog that discusses science news and education with leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field. “Episode 58 – Exploring New Worlds with Kepler” features Dr. Natalie Batalha, co-investigator of NASA’s Kepler team, discussing the Kepler mission and the discovery of planet Kepler 10b.
http://laboutloud.com/2011/02/episode-58-exploring-new-worlds-with-kepler/


Science News

The Myseterious Rumble of Thundersnow (Feb. 24)

(Feb. 24) NASA atmospheric scientists got an unexpected chance to study a curious phenomenon called “thundersnow” when a recent storm unleashed it right over their heads.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/24feb_thundersnow/

A Solar System Family Portrait, From the Inside Out (Feb. 18)

(Feb. 18) NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft pieced together the first portrait of our solar system from the inside looking out. Comprised of 34 images, the mosaic provides a complement to the solar system portrait – from the outside looking in – taken by Voyage 1 in 1990.
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/family_portrait.html

Cassini to Sample Magnetic Environment around Titan (Feb. 17)

(Feb. 17) NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is set to skim close to Saturn’s moon Titan to learn about the interaction between Titan and Saturn’s magnetosphere, the magnetic bubble around the planet.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-058

Herschel Measures Dark Matter Required for Star-Forming Galaxies (Feb. 16)

(Feb. 16) The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed how much dark matter it takes to form a new galaxy bursting with stars. Herschel is a European Space Agency cornerstone mission supported with important NASA contributions.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/feb/HQ-11-045_Herschel_Dark_Matter.html

NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater On Comet (Feb. 14)

(Feb. 14) NASA’s Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission. The images also showed the comet has a fragile and weak nucleus.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/feb/HQ_11-046_Stardust_Mission.html

SDO Sundog Mystery (Feb. 11)

(Feb. 11) NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), best known for cutting-edge images of the sun, has made a discovery right here on Earth: a new form of ice halo.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/11feb_sundogmystery/

JPL Airborne Sensor to Study ‘Rivers in the Sky’ (Feb. 10)

(Feb. 10) They’re called atmospheric rivers – narrow regions in Earth’s atmosphere that transport enormous amounts of water vapor across the Pacific or other regions. Aptly nicknamed “rivers in the sky,” they can transport enough water vapor in one day, on average, to flood an area the size of Maryland 1 foot deep, or about seven times the average daily flow of water from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-048

CALIPSO Spies Polar Stratospheric Clouds (Feb. 9)

(Feb. 9) NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite was in the right place at the right time in early 2011. On Jan. 4, while flying past the east coast of Greenland, CALIPSO caught a top-down glimpse of an unusual atmospheric phenomenon – polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs), also known as nacreous clouds.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=49187

Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Extent for January (Feb. 8)

(Feb. 8) During the Northern Hemisphere winter of 2010-2011, unusually cold temperatures and heavy snowstorms plagued North America and Europe, while conditions were unusually warm farther north. Now the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has reported that Arctic sea ice was at its lowest extent ever recorded for January (since satellite records began).

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=49132&src=twitter-iotd

NASA Releases First Views of the Entire Sun on Super SUN-Day (Feb. 4)

(Feb. 4) NASA released online the first complete view of the sun’s entire surface and atmosphere on Sunday, February 6th. Seeing the whole sun front and back simultaneously will enable significant advances in space weather forecasting for Earth, and improve planning for future robotic or crewed spacecraft missions throughout the solar system.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/feb/HQ_M11-025_STEREO.html

NASA Finds Earth-Size Planet Candidates in Habitable Zone, Six Planet System (Feb. 2)

(Feb. 2) NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface. Five of the potential planets are near Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of smaller, cooler stars than our sun.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/feb/HQ_11-030_Kepler_Update.html

NASA’s NEOWISE Completes Scan for Asteroids and Comets (Feb. 2)

(Feb. 2) NASA’s NEOWISE mission has completed its survey of small bodies, asteroids and comets, in our solar system. The mission’s discoveries of previously unknown objects include 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs).
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/jan/HQ_11-029_NEOWISE.html


Calendar

March 2011

Feb. 21-March 6 – GLOBE at Night http://globeatnight.org
March 2 – ROSES Supplemental Funding Proposals Due

March 3-6 – Polar Science Weekend at Pacific Science Center http://psc.apl.washington.edu/psw/
March 10-13 – 2011 NSTA National Conference http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2011san/?lid=tnavhp
March 14-April 24 – Online Climate Change Graduate Course from AMNH http://www.amnh.org/learn
/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=939971&module_id=81727

March 15 – Proposals Due – NSF Climate Change Education Partnership Solicitation http://bit.ly/fcEw3x
March 17 – The Many Colors of the Sun – Lecture http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-037.html
March 19 – Thrill of Discovery Workshop – K-12 Educators http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=110

March 20 – Sun-Earth Day http://sunearthday.nasa.gov
March 21-May 6 – SUNY Climate Change Online Course: Climate Change Science and Sustainability http://www.esf.edu/esfonline
March 25 – Applications Due – Dickinson College Faculty Development Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching About Climate Change http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/distinctive-opportunities/sustainability-education/content/Climate-Education/

March 25 – Applications Due – Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program – Middle School Teacher Workshop http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/educate/pd
March 31 – Applications Due – Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers http://www.seti.org/ASSET

April 2011

April 1 – Applications Due – NASA Planetary Science Summer School for Grads/Post-Docs http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov
April 4 – Google Science Fair Entries Due http://www.google.com/sciencefair
April 8-10 – Astronomy Camp Workshop for Girl Scout Leaders http://zeus.as.arizona.edu/~dmccarthy/GSUSA/index.htm

April 10 – Earth: The Operators’ Manuel – PBS Special
April 11 – Deadline to enter 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for Grades 9-12 http://www.strategies.org/thachercontesthttp://www.strategies.org/thachercontest
April 20 – Session Proposals Due – AGU Fall Meeting http://www.agu.org/meetings/

May 2011

May 9-June 19 – Online Climate Change Graduate Courses from AMNH http://www.amnh.org/learn

June 2011

June 9 – Aquarius Launch Date http://aquarius.nasa.gov/index.html
June 20-24 – Lunar Workshop for Middle and High School Educators; Twin Falls, Idaho http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html

June 27-July 1 – Lunar Workshop for Middle and High School Educators; Utica, Miss. and Concord, N.H. http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html
June 28-July 1 – Changing Planet Faculty Study Group http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/distinctive-opportunities/sustainability-education/content/Climate-Education/

July 2011

July 17-23 – Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers http://www.seti.org/ASSET

July 18-22 – Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program – Middle School Teacher Workshop http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/educate/pd
July 18-22 – NASA Planetary Science Summer School for Grads/Post-Docs http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov
July 17-22 – GLOBE 15th Annual Partner Meeting http://globe.gov/events/2011-annual-meeting

July 25-29 – Lunar Workshop for Middle and High School Educators; Laurel, Md. http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html
July 30-Aug. 3 – 2011 ASP Education and Public Outreach Conference http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

August 2011

Aug. 1-5 – NASA Planetary Science Summer School for Grads/Post-Docs http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov

Aug. 1-5 – Lunar Workshop for Middle and High School Educators; Tempe, Ariz. http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html
Aug. 4 – Abstracts Due – AGU Fall Meeting http://www.agu.org/meetings/
Aug. 8-11 – Climate Modeling and Data Tools Workshop http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/distinctive-opportunities/sustainability-education/content/Climate-Education/

October 2011

Oct. 9-15 – Earth Science Week 2011: Our Ever-Changing Earth http://www.earthsciweek.org


Acknowledgements

NASA Science Mission Directorate: Stephanie Stockman and Ming-Ying Wei

Editor: Theresa Schwerin, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

Writer: Morgan Woroner, IGES.

Contributions From: Shari Asplund, NASA JPL; Pamela Harman, SETI Institute; Geoffery Haines-Stiles, Passport to Knowledge; Jan Heiderer, GLOBE; Andrea Jones, NASA GSFC; Andy Jorgensen, University of Toledo; Suzanne Kinnison, IGES; Neil Leary, Dickinson College; Barbara Mann, Virginia Space Grant Consortium; Don McCarthy, University of Arizona; Katie Rasmussen, American Museum of Natural History; John Ristvey, McREL; Cassie Soeffing, IGES; Sara Tweedie, NASA HQ; Kevin Ward, Sigma Space Corporation; Trisha Wheeler, NASA JPL; and Heather Withnell, Adler Planetarium.

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