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4 December 2013
Lehigh Valley Campus Biology Students Accepted into Prestigious Research Course
Three Penn State Lehigh Valley biology undergraduates have been accepted to participate in a National Institutes of Health sponsored training course normally reserved for faculty and advanced postdoctoral fellows.
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21 October 2013
China Smog Emergency Shuts City of 11 Million People
Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China's largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country's first major air pollution crisis of the winter. An index measuring PM2.5, or particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), reached a reading of 1,000 in some parts of Harbin, the gritty capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and home to some 11 million people.
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15 October 2013
Panama has First High-fidelity Nationwide Carbon Map
A team of scientists piloted a gadget-laden plane over every terrestrial ecosystem in Panama, firing 400,000 light pulses per second at the landscape with airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. Countless terabytes of crunched data later, researchers unveiled the most high-fidelity carbon map of any nation to date. Their work injects new levels of confidence into carbon stocktaking and the findings have the potential to revolutionize nation-level carbon trading.
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Students or Scientists? Both!
Undergraduates and professors conduct global climate change research in Panama as part of Penn State Lehigh Valley's award-winning CHANCE program.
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30 September 2013
Arctic Sea-Ice Loss Has Widespread Effects on Wildlife
With sea ice at its lowest point in 1,500 years, how might ecological communities in the Arctic be affected by its continued and even accelerated melting over the next decades? In a review article in the journal Science, published 2 August 2013, Eric Post, a Penn State University professor of biology, and an international team of scientists tackle this question by examining relationships among algae, plankton, whales, and terrestrial animals such as caribou, arctic foxes, and walrus; as well as the effects of human exploration of previously inaccessible parts of the region.
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28 September 2013
IPCC Climate Report: Humans 'Dominant Cause' of Warming
A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming since the 1950s.
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21 September 2013
Channelized Ice Melting in the Ocean Boundary Layer Beneath Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica
Ice shelves play a key role in the mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheets by buttressing their seaward flowing outlet glaciers; however, they are exposed to the underlying ocean and may weaken if ocean thermal forcing increases. An expedition by Stanton et al. (2013) to the ice shelf of the remote Pine Island Glacier, a major outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet that has rapidly thinned and accelerated in recent decades, has been completed.
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16 September 2013
Remote Antarctic Trek Reveals A Glacier Melting From Below
Scientists watching Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier from space have noticed with some alarm that it has been surging toward the sea. Scientists from The Naval Postgraduate School team are deploying ocean monitoring instruments through a bore hole into the ocean cavity below to measure the currents flowing right under the ice sheet. As it turns our, the river that is flowing beneath the ice they are monitoring is moving rapidly toward the open ocean, and cutting into the ice above it as it flows.
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Registration is Open for the 2013 NABT Professional Development Conference
Help NABT celebrate it's 75th Anniversary with four days of renowned speakers, hands-on workshops, informative sessions and special events! You can register online at 2013 NABT Registration or by completing the 2013 Registration Form. ADVANCE REGISTRATION ends on at midnight EDT on Friday, November 1st.
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14 August 2013
With Tar Sands Development, Growing Concern on Water Use
Environmental questions about Canada's massive tar sands development have long centered on greenhouse gas emissions. Now there are mounting concerns about the huge volumes of water used by the oil industry and the impact on the vast Mackenzie River Basin.
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03 August 2013
CHANCE article published in German Newspaper "MZ" (Mitteldeutsche Zeitung)
Graduate student, Daniela Schmidt, and instructor of science education, Dr. Anne-Kathrin Lindau, recently joined the 2013 CHANCE field expedition in Panama for professional development purposes and to work with CHANCE Director, Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, to explore a partnership with Penn State CHANCE and the Institut für Geowissenschaften und Geografie der Universität Halle.
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03 August 2013
State of the Tropics: Early Insights Reports Released
Key institutions from across the world have joined forces to assess and report on the critical questions facing one of the world's most important and fastest growing regions. The State of the Tropics Report is being developed to answer a very simple question: "Is life in the tropics getting better?" The report will analyze a range of environmental, social, and economic indicators to answer this question. The analysis will provide a foundation for policy makers, geopolitical analysts, and other stakeholders to examine in greater detail the tropics and the major issues affecting it. The full State of the Tropics Report is expected to be published later this year and will shine a light on the critical importance of the people and issues of the tropical world, and contribute to efforts to improve the lives of the peoples of the Tropics and their environment.
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CHANCE China 2014 Field Course - A Penn State University, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China and Nanjing University, Nanjing, China collaboration. The focus of this course will be on our world's vanishing fresh water supply. Undergraduate students selected from both institutions will learn about the majors rivers of China and their past, present, and future ecological and economic realities. Students will explore Qinghai province, located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau and home to the glacial headwater of the Yellow, Yangtze, and Mekong Rivers. Field research will focus on global climate change and desertification issues that are affecting the health of China's rivers and fresh water supply. (DATES TBA)
CHANCE Panama 2014 Field Course - A Penn State University and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) collaboration. The focus of this course will be on global climate change. Penn State undergraduate students will learn about the biodiversity and value of healthy tropical ecosystems - mangroves, sea grass, coral reef, and tropical rainforest. Students will explore habitats in Barro Colorado Island , Gamboa, and Bocas del Toro and carry-out scientific research projects that question how global climate change realities are affecting specific ecological systems and how this data can be used to forecast environmental change in the future. A major highlight of this trip will be working with nesting sea turtles and hatchlings to ensure the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations worldwide. (DATES TBA)
"Science in the Classroom" is a collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials designed to help students at the high school, community college, and undergraduate level understand the structure and workings of professional scientific research. Currently six Sciencepapers have been annotated and are ready for use in the classroom.
Each annotated Science paper contains a "Learning Lens," which is used to selectively highlight different parts of the original text of the research article, including a scroll over glossary. Additionally, an educational scaffold containing an expanded explanation of the figures, often with a close-up of the relevant section of the figure itself, has been built into each research article. Discussion questions, additional activities, and access to raw data provided by the authors also accompany each paper.
Science in the Classroom users can also access the Science Education Portal, a centralized location for freely available educational content published by Science.
TEDxNASA - Bruce Wielicki - Climate Change: Fact And Fiction
Other CHANCE featured videos:
Ice sheets, sea level, and other surprises: Benefits of understanding some beautiful places »
Ghost of the Caribbean Expedition »
Pacific Reefs Heading Towards Regional Collapse from Climate Change »
Beijing to Improve Pollution Monitoring »
Renewing Our National Park Promise »
CHANCE 2011 Lake Taihu and Water Analysis Video »
3 November 2013
Congratulations to 2010 and 2012 CHANCE Fellow, Christine Yukech!
The University of Akron along with two other universities in the United States was chosen as the host of an Entrepreneurial Education NSF I-Corps grant. The grant is to partner 17 lead entrepreneurial scientists with a faculty mentors (one being Christine!!) and business mentors while assisting in the start up and funding for new companies. The team has lessons and meetings each week to learn about the entrepreneurial education ideas presented through Udacity and in-class lessons about customer segmentation, market needs, and value assessment. The grant takes place in 2 parts and will continue into 2014. CHANCE looks forward to see what the entrepreneurial and "green" sides of Christine come up with!!
22 September 2013
CHANCE Fellow Earns Graduate Assistantship at Iowa State
Congratulations to 2007 CHANCE Fellow Kathryn Bus (or "Katie") who is beginning her studies at Iowa State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition this fall, 2013, where she received a graduate assistantship to earn a Master's degree. She is currently exploring the area of community nutrition and researching youth activity and healthy living through outreach programs that are implemented in the ISU community. She also hopes to research vitamin A and the most effective way to deliver vitamin A to countries with a high rate of vitamin A deficiency. In addition to earning her Master's degree, she is trying to fulfill the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian. CHANCE is SO PROUD of you, Katie!!
9 December 2013
Application Period Now Open for EPA's EE Teacher Award
EPA is currently welcoming applications from public school teachers for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world. Winners will receive $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education and each winner’s school will also receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher. Applications are due by February 28, 2014.
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28 November 2013
Special Discount On NABT Membership
The National Association of Biology Teachers is a diverse and innovative community of biology educators and this year marks NABT's 75th year of supporting that community.
The 75th anniversary celebration isn't over yet, and they are offering a $15 discount on full membership until midnight on December 31st. Just enter NABT2013 as your discount code during checkout when you join NABT or renew your membership for another year.
12 November 2013
Environmental Concern (EC) Workshops
The following EC courses are designed for formal and non-formal educators who are interested in learning more about wetlands, and who would like to bring the excitement of wetland education into their classroom. No courses in your area? No problem. We can bring all of the courses to you - contact the education department to learn more. Need a specific wetland course? No problem. We can create a custom course to meet your needs.
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands introduces participants to wetland ecology through a study of the three parameters of wetlands: vegetation, soils and hydrology. Participants will also learn about wetland functions and values by utilizing K-12 cross curricular, inquiry based activities. Leave with a wetland resource guide with over 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, and ideas for student action projects.
Rain Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms is a one-day course that introduces educators to the concept of rain gardens and their value as schoolyard habitats. Participants will understand how rain gardens benefit the environment by improving the watershed and how they can be used as an extension of the classroom. Participants will leave with the basic knowledge of how to plan, design and implement a rain garden from start to finish.
POW! The Planning of Wetlands exposed participants to the step-by-step process for creating or enhancing wetlands on school grounds or within the community. POW! guides participants through wetland design and construction with the goal of utilizing the habitat as an outdoor classroom. Leave with cross curricular activities that allow students to participate in the design, installation, and monitoring of a schoolyard wetland habitat.
3 November 2013
Project Dragonfly Accepting Applications Now For 2014
Applications are now being accepted for 2014 field courses and the Global Field Program master's, which offer groundbreaking courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. New for 2014 is a course in India.Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2014 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand.Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.
Earth Expeditions and the GFP can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's degree from any discipline. For information and to apply, please visit:
Earth Expeditions: http://earthexpeditions.org
Global Field Program: http://gfp.miamioh.edu
Applicants may be interested in Dragonfly's additional master's degree, the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), co-delivered with premier learning institutions in select U.S. cities. Current AIP sites are located in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, New York and Seattle.
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24 October 2013
NABT CONFERENCE REGISTRATION CLOSES IN ONE WEEK!
The NABT Professional Development Conference is a month away, but advance registration ends on November 1st! Here are five reasons you want to book your registration now:
7 October 2013
Applications Accepted For Einstein Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts.
Current sponsoring agencies include the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Some outstanding contributions of past Einstein Fellows include:
7 October 2013
Announcing the CSATS Saturday Science 2013‐2014 Workshops!
All workshops are FREE to teachers and include a free continental breakfast and lunch. Act 48 credits are available for $10.00 and each workshop is held at Penn State – University Park from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. Workshops are aligned to the PA Science and Technology, and Engineering Education Standards and the NGSS. Center for Science and the Schools The Pennsylvania State University (CSATS) thanks the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium for their generous financial support of these workshops. Check out all the offerings and register soon!
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22 September 2013
Conservation Classroom Resources
Open a world of ideas in your classroom with educational tools based on stories from Conservation, an award-winning science magazine published by the University of Washington. These classroom resources include discussion questions, downloadable worksheets, multidisciplinary project ideas, and additional reading for advanced high school and undergraduate students. Article topics include climate, energy, oceans, food, policy, and international conservation. Explore the archive at: http://conservationmagazine.org/educators/
21 September 2013
8 Educational Apps for Virtual Field Trips
With more and more schools providing iPads to students, you might want to check out these educational apps that allow students to take virtual field trips.
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10 September 2013
2013 Cassini Scientist For a Day Essay Contest
The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists! Participants (either individuals, or groups up to four) will examine three possible observations taken by Cassini, and will choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. These junior scientists will then defend their choice in a 500-word essay. This year's choices are Saturn and two of its moons, Iapetus and Dione. more information visit the website listed above. Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013
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2014 Globe Calendar Art Competition
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Seek Students To Solve Environmental Issues In Sixth Annual 'Siemans We Can Change The World Challenge
As global environmental challenges increase, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are looking to our country's future leaders and problem-solvers for innovative solutions. Since 2008, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge has tasked K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more.
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Celebrate EARTH SCIENCE WEEK 2013 October 13-19, 2013
Be part in Earth Science Week 2013, held to promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. "Mapping Our World," the theme of ESW 2013, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact.
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28 August 2013
Climate Change LIVE!
The U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring climate learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources! This distance learning adventure will provide an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs, aligned to national science education standards, which are gathered from 17 federal agency and NGO partners! The ClimateChangeLIVE electronic field trips are a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media!
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16 November 2013
Patagonia Grants Support Small, Grassroots, Activist Organizations with Provocative Direct-action Agendas
Patagonia funds environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because Patagonia believes that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support.
19 October 2013
NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program
The National Science Foundation International Science & Engineering section would like to make you aware of an opportunity for U.S. graduate students to participate in research experiences in summer 2014 through the East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program. EAPSI supports 200-205 graduate students each year to do research in the lab of their choice in any of seven locations: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. An EAPSI award includes a $5,000 stipend and round trip air ticket provided by NSF, and a living allowance provided by NSF’s counterpart funding agency in the host location. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in research-oriented graduate programs in NSF-funded STEM fields. The U.S. graduate student is the PI on an EAPSI proposal. The application deadline is November 25, 2013.
8 October 2013
2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages. The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
21 September 2013
Welcome to Cool Green Science, the conservation science blog of The Nature Conservancy!
Nature Conservancy has 550 staff with advanced science degrees, and they publish more than 200 peer-reviewed articles annually. In all 50 states and 36 countries, their scientists pursue the latest conservation research to make the most difference for people and nature.
On this blog, you'll find:
Cool Green Science is devoted to all things conservation science.< For a blog on Conservancy policy, news and green living, check out Conservancy Talk.
21 September 2013
Quick Study: Why Conservation Science Needs to Get Interdisciplinary–and Why It Hasn't Study: Roy, E.D., A.T. Morzillo, F. Seijo, S.M.W. Reddy et al. 2013. The elusive pursuit of interdisciplinarity at the human–environment interface. BioScience 63:745–753.
The Big Question(s): Do today's scientists talk enough and work together well enough to solve the world's most pressing conservation problems? Or do communication and institutional boundaries keep them siloed in traditional natural or social science disciplines? Add your opinion now! Write on blog hosted by The Nature Conservancy»